Acidic water can affect your health and it can cause damage to some appliances, like kettles, when exposed to acidic water continuously. Alkaline is the opposite of acidic and alkaline water is softer on your skin and your internal organs.
Testing the Water
Before you begin to make alkaline water, you’ll need to know the PH level of the water. There are a number of ways of doing this. One can get tester drops that you add to the water and compare this to a color chart that will give you the approximate PH level of the water. You can also use test strips, which are small strips of litmus paper that you dip into the water. The paper will change color and, like the drops, you will use a chart to match the color of the paper to the PH level. The most accurate (and easiest) way is to use a PH probe. This is an electronic device that you that has a probe which you put into the water, you’ll then get a digital display on a screen telling you the exact PH level of the water, within a few decimal points – this will depend on the calibration of the probe that you buy. They’re not expensive and very handy for testing the water in your home and pool.
Any PH reading above 7 is considered to be alkaline water. Lower than this, the water is acidic. The ideal PH for alkaline drinking water is a PH level of 8-9. If you decide that you want to alter your water and make alkaline water, there are a few simple ways you can do this at home.
DIY Alkaline Water
A very basic method for making alkaline water is to use common household baking soda (bicarbonate). All you need to do is add 1/8-tbsp regular baking soda to a glass of water (8OZ). Stir the water until the baking soda has dissolved and this will create alkaline water that’s safe to drink.
Another way to is to add lemon juice to the water. While this actually has the opposite effect, in that you’re adding citric acid, the natural properties of lemons are anionic. This causes a reaction in the body that turns the water alkaline. Obviously, this won’t work for alkaline water that’s not used for drinking. So it’s not, strictly speaking, alkaline water – it just has the same effect when ingested.
One can buy PH drops that you add to your water and dose it according to the instructions to make alkaline water.
All of these processes will affect the taste of the water. Baking soda leaves a soapy taste, lemon is sour and most PH drops have a chemical after-taste. So while these methods are cheap and relatively easy they are not ideal for producing palatable alkaline water for drinking.
Using a Reverse Osmosis Filtering System
The best way is to use a filter that produces alkaline water. Some jug filters can do this, but not all. This is also not the most effective way of doing this. Many of the best reverse osmosis water purification systems have a remineralization stage. Here minerals are added to adjust the PH of the water. This is the best way to ensure perfect alkaline water and it takes absolutely no effort. A reverse osmosis system can be connected to your main water supply and you not only have alkaline water, but all the other harmful impurities have been removed.
Though the most effective way to produce ultra-healthy alkaline water has to be by using a water ionizer. These systems use electrolysis to produce cathodic water. This all sounds very scientific and, yes, a water ionizer is a sophisticated electric device. Though, from the user’s point of view they are simple.
Basically, the water is directed from the faucet to the water ionizer and you use it in the same as you would a reverse osmosis system. Though the internal workings are very different. By using electrolysis, the water’s PH level is changed and you get very soft alkaline water with a PH level of about 9. The acidic water, which has a PH level of about 4, is flushed down the drain.
While this is the best, and easiest way to have pure alkaline water on tap, the benefits go beyond this. The reduced water that you get from the ionizer has a negative charge (-250 to -350 MV). This results in a phenomenon known as reduction-oxidization potential (REDOX). The effects of reduced water with a negative potential on the body goes way beyond that of water that has an alkaline PH level. Basically, the negative charge means that reduced water will neutralize the the effects that oxygen radicals have on the cells in the body. The active oxygen in your body causes healthy cells to become damaged. By supplying added electrons to the oxygen, they prevent them from damaging your healthy cells. This makes the body less susceptible to disease and reduces excessive fermentation in the digestive tract.
So the positive health effects of a water ionizer are twofold. The PH level is raised to give you healthy alkaline drinking water and the negatively charged molecules prevent cell damage from occurring by preventing oxygen radicals from attaching themselves to these cells.