Technological advancements have provided people with valuable insights into their own biological functions and processes. These insights have led to advancements in the field of medical science that have greatly improved the quality of life and the availability of disease treatment as well as human longevity. Some of the insights that are currently on the cutting edge of medical technology have to do with the health benefits of adding alkaline water to your diet plan. Adding alkaline water to your diet plan helps slow the aging process and prevent disease.
Alkaline water is water that has been chemically modified to be basic on the pH scale, rather than acidic or neutral. pH is the scientific unit for acidity and is scaled from 1 to 14. A substance that has a pH of 1 is extremely acidic, while 7 is neutral and 14 is extremely basic. Water normally measures in at about 7, but it is often slightly acidic. Alkaline water, on the other hand, normally measures between 8 and 10. Alkaline water production begins with water ionization. Ionization separates each H2O molecule into two separate O+ and OH- molecules. At this point, the pH is still neutral. The next step, which is to remove many of the O+ molecules but not the OH- molecules, however, renders the water alkaline.
In our day-to-day activities, we consume a substantial amount of acidic food. This food decreases the pH of our blood. To maintain homeostasis, the human body must keep its blood pH stable, so when blood becomes acidic because of the consumption of acidic foods, the body balances its blood pH by drawing chemicals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium from bones and teeth. Unfortunately, the presence of these chemicals in bones and teeth is what prevents bone, tooth, hair and skin decay, which are some of the first signs of aging.
Adding alkaline water to your diet plan can help slow the aging process by enabling your body to maintain blood pH homeostasis without taking vital anti-aging chemicals from your body. Instead of bones and teeth, your body can neutralize the acid in its blood by utilizing the basic nature of alkaline water.
Adding alkaline water to your diet plan prevents disease in a number of ways. For example, it replenishes nutrients that are vital in fighting disease. Most importantly though, alkaline water prevents the accumulation of free radicals. Free radicals are chemically reactive ions that, although they perform some necessary biological functions, are associated with a number of debilitating diseases including cancer, stroke, myocardial infraction, Alzheimer's and schizophrenia.
The regular consumption of alkaline water prevents the accumulation of free radicals by neutralizing their reactivity. Free radicals are essentially ionic, which is to say they have incomplete electron shells. When free radicals come into contact with alkaline water, they combine with excess OH- molecules to form a stable, benign compound.