What is an Alkaline Diet, and why is it good for me?
As we are celebrating Healthy Eating Month, we want to take a moment to focus on how drinking more water, specifically more alkaline and ionized water, as well as including an alkaline diet, can improve your overall health. There are many reports and studies outlining how alkaline and ionized water can benefit your body overall, but most importantly start off, is to understand why our bodies do better with alkaline and ionized water.
I like to think of our bodies as office workers, overwhelmed with daily multi-tasking! Our bodies have the important job of keeping the heart beating, the lungs pumping air, digesting food, fighting illness, and don’t forget our brain continues functioning, just to name a few! Although many things I’ve mentioned are done involuntarily, it still takes a lot of energy and effort for our body to complete its multitasking duties. It’s important to remember a body doesn’t get much time off! It works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help us stay alive to enjoy all the things we want to do with our precious time on this planet. Many things we do, such as sleep, and many things we could do more of, such as adopting a better diet, help our body in this extreme multitasking!
Our bodies naturally want to be alkaline. The main reason for this is because it wants to stay healthy. Bacteria and viruses thrive in an acidic environment. The more alkaline your body is, the easier it is for your body to fight off illnesses and viruses, as well as managing inflammation. One of the most common complaints for a lot of people is inflammation. The more alkaline your body is, the less inflammation your body will have.
So, let’s go back to our amazing, multitasking body! When we drink something, let’s say a soda which has a very acidic pH level, and as we start to digest the acidic drink, it makes our body’s pH level drop. As a response and to protect itself, our body uses precious energy to ensure the blood stays as alkaline as possible – an “acid-alkaline balance”. Imagine if we were to avoid this energy being wasted on such a menial task…our body could do more important things such as fighting the flu, battling inflammation or just keeping blood flowing!
Of course, it’s a foregone conclusion, the things we love the most are usually the worst for us! Examples of overly acidic foods and drinks include coffee, processed sugar, alcohol, fatty meats, cheeses, and of course soda! One more thing which is overly acidic is bottled water. What many people do not realize is most bottled water is tap water that has been processed, usually through reverse osmosis (RO). This water is now clean of contaminants and some might say, safe to drink, however “safe” is a word that is used relatively loosely, meaning RO removes a lot of harmful bacteria and contaminants as per regulation, but it is far from perfect. As a result, RO water is highly acidic.
The RO process cannot recognize good from bad which causes natural essential minerals to be removed from water along with the more harmful contaminants.
These minerals are the one thing that keeps the water alkaline and ionized. In a study we conducted, we found that almost every brand of regular bottled water was either acidic or a neutral pH to match tap water.
So now you’re on board to wanting to drink alkaline water! What can it do for you?
Studies show, alkaline and ionized water helps detoxify the body. Participants who stuck to drinking alkaline and ionized water, both lost weight without changes in the rest of their lifestyle, but also tested higher for levels of certain metals and toxins in their urine, toxins not present in the water they consumed. The conclusion is, alkaline and ionized water works with your body to assist in the detoxification process.
Alkaline and ionized water helps boost the immune system so we can fight health concerns and inflammation such as diabetes, arthritis, skin conditions including psoriasis, as well as muscle cramps and migraines. Cancer cells have also been proven to thrive in acidic environments, which means it is even more important to ensure we support our body in maintaining an acid-alkaline balance. Many cancer patients try an alkaline diet not as a cure for cancer, but to assist the body with fighting this important battle. Staying alkaline is also a preventive measure against developing cancer.
Alkaline and ionized water promotes better hydration within the body, which is extremely important as this is how cells stay healthy and youthful. People with thyroid disorders or autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s, benefit greatly from alkaline and ionized water as it promotes better hydration. People with certain health concerns often struggle to stay hydrated. When we are dehydrated, it causes our body’s histamine levels to rise which can lead to anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, and sometimes difficulty regulating body temperature. It can also cause weight gain, stomach ulcers, as well as digestive issues.
Last but not least we know very well hydration is super important for us to stay young and youthful; both inside and out! The more hydrated our skin is, and the more anti-oxidant benefits in our body, the better our skin looks and the younger we look!
Aside from drinking alkaline and ionized water, we can also improve the foods we eat to assist our body maintain its healthy balance. Almost all fruits and vegetables are alkaline; the most alkaline vegetables being sweet potatoes, kale, celery, and fruit such as blackberries, watermelon, strawberries and mango are also very alkaline. Nuts and seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, cashews and pistachios are also alkaline, so are lentils. Maintaining an alkaline diet means avoiding things such as bread, cereal, cheeses, flour, as well as meat.
If your overall eating habits are good and if you drink alkaline and ionized water, it’s okay to treat yourself now and again and enjoy some of the more acidic things we crave! The message is to enjoy acidic items in moderation to allow our body a chance to balance itself. If you enjoy soda, then enjoy it with a fresh salad. If you want to have pizza then skip the beer or other acidic drinks, and have a glass of alkaline and ionized water instead!
So, if you have googled “shop alkaline water” while reading this blog you will be very well aware that to purchase bottled alkaline water is very expensive and not so nice on the pocket! That is why we at PUR2o, are committed to making alkaline and ionized water accessible on demand for as many people as possible. Our cost-effective water filtration, purification and re-mineralizing systems offer alkaline and ionized water on demand from a dedicated faucet in your home. You can use it to wash fruits and vegetables, cook, make beverages, and obviously use it as your primary drinking water source.
Check out our most popular at home system here. An important note is that we proudly make our water alkaline and ionized by using natural minerals and natural ionization. We do not electrify the water to raise the pH, this technique provides an artificial pH level without the necessary minerals that are vital for your good health and wellbeing.
We are striving to provide as many people as possible with filtered, purified, naturally alkaline and ionized water for drinking and cooking straight from the tap, for three reasons. We care about the health of YOU, the health of our PLANET and the health of your POCKET!
THE HEALTH OF YOU
Our goal is to provide as many people as possible with pure, crystal clear, safe & healthy water.
PUR2o Alkaline water is shown to benefit: Overall health and energy, weight management, muscle stimulation, brain power, digestive system, mood, body temperature, youthfulness, complexion, lifespan, and boosting your immune system.
THE HEALTH OF OUR PLANET
We are also committed to creating a greater awareness of how plastic and plastic bottles are polluting our planet and our bodies by providing the best water out of your tap, eliminating the amount of plastic we dispose of and how much water we consume out of plastic bottles.
THE HEALTH OF YOUR POCKET
Aside from all the health benefits of Alkaline Water, you save a tremendous amount of money with our systems! Did you know?…. If you drink eight glasses of water each day, it will cost approximately $55 per year; vs $1,700 if you were to drink the same amount of bottled water instead. The PUR2o system pays for its self in only one year by one persons water consumption.