Alkaline water, or alkaline ionised water, is commercially available water with a high pH. The pH level, which stands for “hydrogen potential”, reflects the acidity of the water and refers to the amount of hydrogen it contains. The pH value is always between 1 and 14, and this determines whether the water is basic or acidic:
If it is below 7, the water is considered acidic
If it is 7, the water is considered neutral.
If it is higher than 7, the water is considered basic or alkaline.
For example, the pH of natural water ranges from 6.5 to 8.5. As a determining cause of its corrosiveness, it is understandable that water that is too acidic, which will dissolve metals (such as copper in pipes), increasing their content in the water we drink, can cause various health problems.
For this reason, treating water with chemicals to increase its pH, and thus make it alkaline, is considered one of the best measures to reduce its corrosiveness.
Production of alkaline water
Spring water that collects minerals as it flows through rocks becomes naturally alkaline. Artificially, alkaline water can be produced by electrolysis, separating its acid and alkaline components.
One of the best ways to alkalise your water is to use a filtration system, such as a water ioniser. This is attached to the tap and automatically separates alkaline and acidic water. The reverse osmosis filter is the champion of these filtration systems: consisting of a very fine membrane, it quickly produces alkaline drinking water.
Benefits of alkaline water
Many studies show the health benefits of alkaline water, such as a reduction in blood glucose and cholesterol levels. In addition, its consumption protects the pancreatic beta cells from oxidative damage.
Since alkaline water has a higher pH, its natural ability to neutralise acids in the stomach makes it an ideal choice for treating many gastric disorders, such as hyperacidity, diarrhoea, etc.