Every day, our body strives to maintain a balance between acid and alkaline. Stress, poor sleep, an imbalanced diet, alcohol, tobacco, and the lack of physical activity all cause acidity and force the body to work harder in order to remain healthy.
When our body does not receive enough nutrients, it draws minerals and vitamins from the bones, organs and tissues to neutralize acid. As a consequence, the immune system is weakened and becomes more exposed to illnesses.
Fortunately, the easiest way to maintain a healthy alkaline balance is by drinking mineralized alkaline water. Some of the health benefits of drinking alkaline water include:
- Balancing pH levels
- Strengthening the immune system
- Preventing the development of diseases
In this blog post, we’ve put together a list of 10 amazing benefits of drinking mineralized alkaline water. You will discover:
- What alkaline means, particularly with respect to water
- The health benefits of alkaline water
- What the pH of drinking water should be
- Why bottled alkaline water is ultimately not a sustainable choice
But first things first. Let’s shed light on the difference between pH and alkalinity. Although these two terms are often used interchangeably, they have very different meanings.
pH stands for potential of hydrogen. In other words, pH is a value that measures how alkaline or acidic a solution is.
The pH scale ranges from 0 (highly acidic) to 14.0 (highly alkaline), with 7.0 being neutral (which is neither acidic nor alkaline). The optimal pH for water is between 8.0 - 9.5.
On the other hand, alkalinity is a solution’s resistance to change in pH. You can find a more in-depth explanation and precise definition of alkaline, alkalinity, and pH here.
1. Mineralized Alkaline Water Is Derived From Minerals, Not Electricity
There are two ways to make water alkaline. The first is through minerals, and the second is through electricity.
Water can become alkaline through the use of electricity, which changes the water molecules from negative to positive. However, this method is unnatural, artificial, and not as beneficial.
On the other hand, alkalizing through minerals is a natural process. In nature, fresh water runs down river rock beds: here, it collects minerals and becomes alkaline. All of Santevia’s products mimic natural processes to create alkaline water.
Although there are a few alkaline water brands on the market, they all come at a very high price (such as an alkaline water machine), and without the health benefits provided by mineralization.
2. Mineralized Alkaline Water Contains Powerful Antioxidants
One of the greatest benefits of alkaline water is its antioxidant properties. Thanks to its alkaline pH and its minerals, alkaline water provides us with nutrients and trace minerals that make us look and feel younger.
Antioxidants are powerful bodies that fight free radicals that can potentially harm the immune system. We are exposed to free radicals on a daily basis through pollution, smoke, cleaning products, and processed foods.
For this reason, we need antioxidants to eliminate free radicals in the body. Drinking mineralized alkaline water is a great source of antioxidants.
Santevia adds healthy minerals to your water such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and trace minerals (including zinc) – everything we need in order to retain a youthful appearance, and a strong body!
The low pH level of bottled water does not provide you with the same benefits and nutrients as an alkaline water filter.
3. Mineralized Alkaline Water Boosts the Immune System
By consistently keeping your body in a state of alkaline, you will have a stronger immune system. Drinking mineralized alkaline water balances the pH levels and helps to fight free radicals, which are both very important in maintaining overall health and keeping the immune system functioning optimally.
When we drink acidic water, and when we don’t follow an alkaline diet, our bodies are more prone to inflammation (which can lead to chronic diseases). Not drinking enough mineralized alkaline water can cause dehydration which, in turn, can result in:
- Premature ageing
- Dry skin
- High cholesterol
- Excess body weight
- High blood pressure
Moreover, alkaline water boosts the immune system since it is the best source of hydrogen. Apart from its antioxidant properties – and its ability to protect our body from free-radicals – hydrogen is beneficial because it helps us feel energized, active, and alert.
4. Mineralized Alkaline Water Promotes Hydration
In order to survive and perform at an optimal level, our bodies need to be well-hydrated throughout the day. However, not all waters are created equal and the pH level of bottled water is often low (or acidic).
For example, Aquafina’s pH level is 6.0 whereas the pH of Santevia’s mineralized alkaline water is between 8.5 and 9.5.
One of the many benefits of alkaline water is better hydration. This is most important for athletes who require optimal hydration.
Alkaline water has a smaller molecular content, allowing it to be more easily absorbed by the body. There are also more ionized minerals in alkaline water, which promotes better blood and oxygen circulation.
Drinking alkaline water is healthy because it:
- Helps you feel more energized
- Keeps your muscles and joints well-hydrated
- Improves your mood
- Regulates the body’s temperature
- Encourages weight loss
- Helps to flush out toxins
- Promotes healthy skin
- Treats headaches and migraines
Keep in mind that there are many ways to stay hydrated: eating alkaline fruits and alkaline vegetables will also help you maintain a strong and healthy body.
5. Mineralized Alkaline Water Helps Detoxification
Our local grocery stores and our pantries are often filled with acid-forming products. Canned food, meats, chemical additives, sugar, artificial flavourings, and trans fats force our body to work hard to maintain its balance.
As a result, our organs struggle to perform their functions and, as the amount of toxins increases, the tissues deteriorate and create a hostile environment, thus favouring the development of serious diseases.
Most foods that we eat on a daily basis and that are part of the Standard American Diet (SAD) are not nutritious.
Diets that are based on the consumption of refined carbs, sugars, and processed foods tend to lack the vitamins and minerals that our body needs in order to repair itself and thrive.
By drinking mineralized alkaline water, you are encouraging your body to flush away toxins and chemicals. Alkaline drinks and alkaline meals are vital for your overall health and the detoxification process.
Although drinking alkaline water can slow down the ageing process, decrease the chances of developing a chronic illness, and maintain the body’s pH levels, you should support your detox by exercising regularly and eating alkaline foods.
Below are two charts that list alkaline foods as well as acidic ones. These charts will help you identify which foods you might want to include (or exclude) from your next alkaline recipes.
Alkaline Food Chart
|Category||Category Food Options|
Alkaline Lemon Water, Alkaline Water, Fresh Vegetable Juice, Matcha, Green Tea, Herbal Tea
Avocados, Cherries, Coconut, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Mango, Papaya, Tomatoes, Watermelon
Buckwheat, Quinoa, Spelt
Herbs & Spices
Most herbs and spices, Himalayan Salt, Cayenne Pepper
Beans, Edamame, Lentils, Soy Flour, Soy Nuts, Tofu
Nuts & Seeds
Almonds, Cumin Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds
Avocado Oil, Borage Oil, Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil
Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Cucumbers, Garlic, Ginger, Green Beans, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
Acidic Food Chart
|Category||Category Food Options|
Alcohol, Beer, Black Tea, Coffee, Wine
Cottage Cheese, Cream, Goat’s Dairy, Ice Cream, Milk, Soy Milk, Yogurt, Whey
Ketchup, Malt, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Soy Sauce, Table Salt, Vinegar, Yeast
Canned Fruit, Jam, Jelly
Rye Bread, White Bread, White Flour, Whole-grain Bread, White Pasta, White Rice, Whole-wheat Bread
Herbs & Spices
Curry Powder, Nutmeg, Vanilla
Meat, Poultry, Fish
Beef, Eggs, Farmed Fish, Shellfish, Pork, Poultry, Veal
Nuts & Seeds
Salted Nuts, Most Packaged Nuts
Butter, Corn Oil, Margarine
Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, Fructose, Pasteurized Honey, Refined Sugar, White Sugar
Mushrooms, White Potatoes
6. Mineralized Alkaline Water Balances the Body’s pH Levels
The body is constantly trying to maintain the alkaline balance of the blood. However, when the body is too acidic, it puts stress on other areas of the body to maintain the balance.
An acidic body can cause many health problems, including disease, cell malformation and acid reflux. Most diets today are full of acidic foods and therefore it is very important to combat acid through drinking alkaline water.
Mineralized alkaline water will neutralize the acid levels in the body, thus balancing your pH levels.
Keep in mind that when we’re aiming for an alkaline body, our goal is not having the same pH everywhere; each part of our body has a very specific pH, and when that pH is not maintained, it is a serious health risk.
By eating correctly, and by drinking water with the best pH, our body becomes higher in alkalinity, meaning that it becomes more resistant to pH changes.
Take a look at the chart to observe the various pHs throughout the body:
|Area of Body||pH|
7.35 - 7.45 pH
7.0 - 8.5 pH
7.1 - 7.2 pH
1.5 - 4.0 pH
7.3 - 7.4 pH
6.5 - 7.5 pH
4.0 - 7.0 pH
4.0 - 6.5 pH
7. Mineralized Alkaline Water Eliminates Undesirables
An alkaline water filter not only balances your pH levels and alkalizes your body, but it also removes harmful agents found in tap water.
Filters can remove micro-plastics, fluoride, chlorine, rust, sediments, bacteria, parasites, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, trihalomethanes, heavy metals, organic chemicals, particulates, odours and tastes.
8. Mineralized Alkaline Water Can Help You Lose Weight
An acidic body, caused by junk food and an unhealthy lifestyle, is more likely to put on weight because it is not digesting food properly. In fact, an acidic body creates more fat cells than an alkaline body.
Alkaline water neutralizes the acid in the body, reducing the production of fat cells. Plus, if you watch what you eat, exercise and drink alkaline water, you will be well on the way to reaching and maintaining your ideal health.
With plenty of alkaline diet recipes and vegan alkaline meal options online, eating clean can be fun, creative, and very tasty. If you’re planning an alkaline cleanse, next time you’re headed to the grocery store consult our alkaline vs. acidic food chart above.
If your goal is that of achieving a healthy body weight, here are some tips that can help reduce the amount of acidity:
- Avoid refined sugars such as fructose, syrups, and artificial sweeteners. For example, opt for an alkaline breakfast instead of sugar-packed breakfast cereals
- Eat organic, fresh veggies, and other alkaline diet foods
- Limit the amount of dairy products you consume
- Avoid the trans fats which are present in fried foods and vegetable oils
- Drink alkalizing beverages such as coconut water and alkaline water with lemon
- Keep stress at bay by exercising, meditating, and practicing yoga
9. Mineralized Alkaline Water Can Help Reduce Acid Reflux
Many people suffer from acid reflux or heartburn. Simple lifestyle changes involving an alkaline diet, exercise, and plenty of mineral water with the best pH can help reduce the chances of contracting a chronic disease, as well as maintain an alkaline body.
Research has shown that alkaline water can also reduce the acid build up in the stomach, thus diminishing the burning sensation.
Alkaline water also activates the enzyme pepsin, which can combat reflux. Through a healthy diet and drinking alkaline water, acid reflux can be eliminated.
10. Save Money...And The Planet
Clever marketers working for big bottled water companies often provide customers with picturesque images and idyllic descriptions portraying pure, crystal-clear water sourced from the mountains.
Bottled water brands represent their water as a cleaner, healthier, and safer option to tap water. However, this could not be further from the truth and, in most cases, packaged water is nothing but filtered municipal tap water.
This means that drinking tap water is no different than drinking water from a bottle. If anything, it is cheaper. However, tap water is a hazardous choice since it contains heavy metals (such as lead), fluoride, and chlorine.
Moreover, although there are a plethora of different types of water on the market, the bottled water pH levels are usually lower than 7 (that is, acidic). Here you see a chart of bottled water brands and their pH value:
What's the pH of my water?
|Bottled Water Brand||pH of Water|
6.8 - 7.2 pH
Arto Life WTR
6.6 - 7.4 pH
Nestlé Pure Life
Choosing alkaline bottled water, which is usually available in single-use water bottles, has repercussions for the environment.
Out of the 50 billion water bottles consumed in the U.S each year, only 23% is recycled: this leaves 38.5 billion unrecycled bottles lying in our oceans and landfills.
The most sustainable way to drink mineralized alkaline water daily is by using an alkaline water filter. Santevia offers mineralized alkaline filtration through its range of pitchers, water bottle filters, and premium gravity water systems.