Alkaline water is all the rage among health enthusiasts worldwide with purported benefits being that it reduces the acid content in the bloodstream, increases metabolism and is rich in hydroxyl ions, which is a known anti-oxidant. Although the health authorities are yet to verify these claims, you can easily produce alkaline water at home to see for yourself what the buzz is all about. It is really if you perform the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the pH level of the water
The pH level is a chemical measurement that describes the chemical nature of any liquid. If the pH level is at 7, a liquid is considered to be perfectly neutral. If the measurement is below 7, the liquid is considered to be acidic and if the measurement is above 7, then the liquid is considered to be alkaline. Distilled water, which is the purest form of water, would have a pH level of 7. However, the water provided by your municipality or those found in natural wells has minerals that tends to make it slightly acidic. The alkaline water that is purported to have the aforementioned health benefits would have a pH level of 8 or 9.
It is really easy to determine the pH level of your water. Just go to any health store and purchase a pH kit. It should come with a bunch of strips (also known as litmus paper) and a color chart. Dip a strip in your water and let it sit for a few seconds. Then pull it out and compare the color of the strip with the shades on your chart. This is to ensure that the water you are about to use to produce alkaline water is slightly acidic in nature.
Step 2: Alkalize the water
There are a couple of things lying around your kitchen that you can use to make alkaline water:
- Baking soda: A quick disclaimer; baking soda is really high in sodium. If you suffer from high blood pressure or if you are trying to follow a low sodium diet in general then this would not be the right method for you. However, if you are free from such concerns then this is as simple as mixing baking soda with water. The usual proportion is 600 mg (about 1/8th of a tablespoon) in 8 oz. (a typical glass) of water, so now you just need to scale according to the amount of alkaline water you need to produce. Keep stirring until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Use the handy strips from step 1 to check the pH level of the water. After a few minor adjustments, you will be good to go!
- Lemons: Lemons have anionic properties, and when your body interacts with these anionic properties in lemon water, it automatically creates alkaline water. Take about 64 oz. of regular filtered water (should fill up a typical pitcher). Then take a typical lemon and cut into eight equal pieces. Now drop these pieces in the water and let it sit for about 8 – 12 hours at room temperature, post which it will be ready for consumption!
If all of the above seems like too much work, you can always purchase a water ionizer. However, before you make an investment in a piece of equipment, we would strongly recommend that you produce alkaline water at home via any of the aforementioned methods to ensure that drinking alkaline water would be a good fit for your health routine!