Recently I have done blogs about how you should put more alkalising foods into your body to keep it from developing serious illnesses. But what about our drinking water?
Studies have shown that the drinking water we have out of our taps has a few thousand chemicals in it to “filter” it to become fit for human consumption but leave in the heavy metals that are known to cause a number of neurological and physical diseases.
Plus high levels of chlorine, which are linked with a number of health issues, including miscarriages and birth defects. Then there is fluoride!! Now I know a lot of people will not agree with me, but in my opinion fluoride is a highly toxic substance that has been reported to cause crippling birth defects (Especially in China and India).
In terms of acute toxicity (i.e., the dose that can cause immediate toxic consequences), fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats and insects. It is also why accidents involving over-ingestion of fluoridated dental products–including fluoride gels, fluoride supplements, and fluoridated water–can cause serious poisoning incidents, including death.
Usually, the water that we get from our taps is acidic in nature ~ therefore ~ not good for our body.
So how do we alkalise our water?
First we need to understand the pH of our water. You can do this by buying a pH kit and using the strips to determine the acidic nature of your water. When water is above a 7 on the pH scale, the water is good, while water below a 7 is acidic. Ideally you want your water to be somewhere between 7 and 9.
If it is too acidic, one way to alkalise is to use baking soda. Add 1/8 tbsp (600 mg) baking soda (make sure you get an aluminium free one) to an 8 oz. (0.237 liters) glass of water. Baking soda has a high alkaline content. When the baking soda mixes with the water, it increases the alkaline properties of the water. Shake (if you are using a water bottle) or stir (if using a glass) the mixture vigorously to make sure the baking soda mixes in thoroughly with the water.
NOTE: If you are on a low sodium diet, do not add baking soda to your water. Baking soda is high in sodium.
Another way is to use lemons or limes. Now people will say “but you’re crazy, lemons and limes are acidic!!” Lemons and limes are anionic, so when you drink lemon/lime water, your body reacts with the anionic properties of the lemon/lime making the water alkaline as your body digests it. Fill one jug (2 litres/64 oz.) with clean water. (Filtered water is the best way to go, but if you don’t have a filter, tap water is okay to use).
Some people just cut up the lemons/limes and put them in the jug of water and let it sit overnight….me, well I have to be different ~ I want ALL the goodness of the lemon/lime, so I cut the rind off ~ leaving the pith on as this has essential nutrients. I cut the lemon/lime up and remove any pips ~ then I place the whole lemon/lime in my blender with the water and BLEND….I then pour it into a bottle and refrigerate. Sediment will sink to the bottom of the bottle, but all you have to do is shake it and drink…
You can buy lionisers and filters for your taps, but I haven’t looked into how they work yet…mainly because they are beyond my finances at the moment…but once I look into them I will let you know!!
Meanwhile, enjoy your alkaline water :o)