Acidosis vs Alkalinity
In today’s world, most people’s bodies and blood are more acidic than they should be. This is the result of poor diet (heavy in sugar, soft drinks, excessive protein, and refined carbohydrates), dehydration, stress, and environmental pollutants. Each of these contributes to acidosis—and unfortunately also to disease and premature aging. Besides the consequences mentioned above, acidosis reduces your body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients. It reduces energy production and slows cellular regeneration. Acidosis is responsible for hardening of the arteries and it makes you more susceptible to fatigue and illness. In an overly acidic body, maintaining normal blood pH is difficult; sometimes your body has no choice but to pull alkaline minerals from organs and tissues—including bones and teeth.
Benefits of drinking Alkaline water
1. Alkaline water provides an abundance of alkaline minerals that are required to neutralize acidic wastes in the tissues and in the blood. Having an abundance of alkaline minerals spares their removal from organs, bones, and teeth.
2. Alkaline water is capable of carrying more oxygen in the form of OH-.
3. Drinking alkaline water (especially 20 minutes before a meal) stimulates the production of HCl which aids digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. Most North Americans over the age of 40 don’t produce enough HCl in their stomachs for optimal digestion.
4. The production of HCl releases bicarbonates which are sent to the bloodstream. These are used to balance (buffer) the pH of the blood and other body fluids.