All humans can make themselves healthier by controlling what they put into their bodies. What many people don't realize, however, is that healthy lifestyle changes can, in many cases, be applied to our pets. One such lifestyle change is the substitution of normal water with alkaline ionized water. Pet owners can increase their pets' longevity as well as quality of life by giving them water that has high alkalinity.
Alkaline water is normal water that has received a two-step treatment process to artificially induce a basic pH level. pH is the scientific measure of acidity, and the scale ranges from 1 to 14. A substance with a pH of 1 is highly acidic, while 7 is neutral and 14 is highly basic. Typical tap water normally has a pH of 6 to 7. Alkaline water, on the other hand, measures 8 to 10.
The first step for producing alkaline water is ionization. Ionization is a process in which each water molecule, through electrolysis, is separated into H+ and OH- ions. This produces water that is full of electrolytes but retains its pre-ionization pH level. To create alkaline water, ionized water must be subjected to an additional step. This step is to remove some of the H+ ions, which leaves a majority of OH- ions, resulting in basic conditions.
Alkaline water benefits mammalian pets in much the same way that it benefits humans. The diets of our pets are often atrocious. Although we do everything we can to control what dogs and cats eat, they often get their paws on food that simply slips past our radar. These foods, and even designated pet foods, create an imbalance of pH in pets' bloodstreams. Our pets' pH imbalances are exacerbated by stress, pollution and unwanted bacteria.
Although most aspects of pets' bodies can support dynamic pH levels, the bloodstream must have static acidity conditions. For this reason, when blood pH gets unbalanced, pets' bodies draw alkaline chemicals from any sources that are available to them into the blood to restore homeostasis. Unfortunately, the most common sources of alkaline chemicals are calcium, potassium and magnesium, which are stored in bones, teeth, hair and skin. Our pets need these alkaline chemicals in their bones, teeth, hair and skin to combat degenerative bone diseases, age-induced loss of bone and tooth density, the thickness of their hair and the quality and appearance of their skin.
Adding alkaline water to your pets' diets gives their bodies an alternative source for alkalinity to restore blood homeostasis. Making this lifestyle choice for your pet allows your pet to retain important chemicals and to live a longer and healthier life.
Furthermore, alkaline water neutralizes free radicals. Free radicals are ions in pets' bodies that perform some important biological functions but that are also notorious for their involvement in diseases such as cancer and myocardial infraction. Alkaline water neutralizes free radicals because free radicals combine with the excess OH- molecules in alkaline water to form stable and benign compounds.