pH Affects How Water Behaves
The symbol pH stands for Potential Hydrogen. It is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is.
When it comes to drinking water, there is always a RANGE of pH that is ideal for your body. The human body is an amazingly adaptive machine that can make energy, enzymes, and life from a variety of resources.
The biochemical processes that happen in your body require a specific range of pH, and sometimes a very tight range.
For example, your blood has an ideal pH range of 7.35 to 7.45.
If your blood pH drops to just 7.0 or rises to just 8.0, then you get to die. Imagine that! A few tenths of a percent either way and your life is over.
That's why your body has several mechanisms to control your pH and they involve your breath first, and your kidneys, skin, bones...
Let us help you understand pH a little bit more and why it matters to you. The pH scale is a base-10 logarithmic scale, just like the Richter Scale. Here in Southern California we know the difference between a 4.5 earthquake and a 5.5 earthquake. The 5.5 version is 10 times stronger.
This is why a blood pH of such narrow range can bring you life in the middle, and death at 7.0 or 8.0.
If we eat acidic foods and drink acidic water (which includes almost all bottled water), then our body has to use all its built-in resources to offset the acid we just consumed. Chemistry is very unforgiving in that way.
Our body works very hard to maintain the ideal pH range necessary for life. The resources required are limited. Drinking alkaline water will not directly change your body pH, but it sure will make it easier for your body to regulate it itself.
It's very common to become ill over time and not realize the culprit might simply be acidic fuel (food and water) that makes your body work harder to maintain its ideal biochemical pH.
It seems everyone these days has heard of ALKALINE WATER. It's been an internet buzzword for quite a while now. But there's more to it than just alkalinity.
The most helpful range of pH for drinking water is around 8.5 to 9.5. This helps your body more easily maintain its optimal pH for life.
Some people get stuck on that phrase "alkaline water" and don't realize it's only one part of the equation for optimized water. If it were only that easy! You can make water more alkaline by simply mixing in baking soda or running the water through filters that contain coral calcium or tourmaline.
What these chemical methods of altering pH will NOT do is change the water to have a negative electrical charge. In the world of water, electrical charge is also a critical matter in health. It can either enhance cellular life or cause sickness and death.
Just ask any pool treatment person who wants the charge to be over 600 mV POSITIVE CHARGE in order the kill microorganisms in the pool.