As you may or may not know, alternative and complementary medicine are gaining more weight every day. More and more people are becoming aware of the limits of the conventional medicine. Without trying to deny the exceptional progress of modern medicine, the example of cancers and many degenerative diseases got people to question the therapies and treatments they’re put under as well as all the side effects of the many drugs that they have to take in order to stay “healthy”. In this battle, one product has been creating a big buzz in the last few years and this is alkaline water, also known as ionized alkaline water depending on the way it is made or manufactured. Many experts, allopaths, homeopaths, nutritionist to name a few, see in alkaline water so many health benefits that they would recommend to everyone, whether you are currently sick or apparently healthy to add that liquid supplement to your regular diet. However, the price tag tends to discourage many who then turn to Homemade alkaline water.
Where does alkaline water come from anyway
Alkaline water is becoming very popular as more and more people talk about it but it all started in Japan after the second world war (in the 1950s) as Japanese scientists were experimenting on the effect of ionized water on plants and animals. It is around 1954 that they began experimenting with alkaline water on humans and were able after a lengthy testing and experimenting to prove that it was not toxic for human consumption. On the contrary, they found that alkaline water possessed some virtues that tend to appease some humans’ diseases and this is all it took to draw the attention of the Japanese government in 1960 and shine some light on this supplement. In 1966 after some further experimentation requested by the Japanese government from an expert panel (medical and agricultural), alkaline water was officially recognized and approved as a health-improving medical supplement by the Japanese government. This recognition quick-started the industrialization of the first water ionizers and in 1985, the first Korean made ionizers were entering in the US.
What is alkaline water and how is it made
In order to keep this post in a reasonable size, the topic of “What alkaline water is” is covered in a different post that you can find by clicking HERE. To keep it short, alkaline water is water in which some minerals (Calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) were added and that has a pH level greater than 7. Many scientists claim that alkaline water consumption would reduce acidosis in the human body thus bring to the body the minerals it needs so it does not have to draw them from bones, tissues, and organs. Acidosis in the human body is a fertile field for osteoporosis, cancer, degenerative diseases and many more health issues.
Although alkaline water is becoming more and more accessible, It has been a long way before this exceptional water supplement could become mainstream and affordable for the majority.
There are several ways to get or make alkaline water:
- Bottled Alkaline Water: Due to the always increasing demand, more and more companies are getting into the business of making bottled alkaline water and this is one way to get alkaline water. I suspect bottled alkaline water to gain even more popularity in the near future as further studies confirm the health benefits that many are already experiencing. Not many grocery stores carry them, yet a search on the internet will bring up hundreds of links where one can buy bottled alkaline water.
- Alkaline Water ionizer: Until very recently, this was the primary yet very expensive method of making alkaline water. The alkaline water ionizer is a device that was invented by the Japanese and the Koreans in the 1970s to make ionized alkaline water. These devices used to be very expensive as you could not buy one for less than US$10,000. The higher demand has caused the price to drop and nowadays it is common to find a decent water ionizer between US$1,500 and US$10,000 depending on personal taste. It is important to mention that a water ionizer can make acidic water as well. The difference is made by adding minerals to the water. The four most known alkaline water ionizers are Kangen, Medilight, Tyent, and Bawell.
- Ionizing water filter: These are cheaper if you cannot afford the alkaline water ionizer. Just like with regular filters, water goes through a series of filters and then sits in well selected alkaline minerals for a few minutes before you can drink it as alkaline water.
- Reverse osmosis water filter: Similar to water ionizer, they are very expensive. Reverse osmosis water filters are devices that can be used to make alkaline water. They connect to your house faucet. Most of the time the company selling them would install for free but you can also find them cheaper if you install them yourself following instructions. With this device, water goes through a pressure system, flowing through different membranes and filters that remove most impurities, colors, and odors and make it alkaline.
- Natural alkaline water: Some groundwaters are naturally alkaline due to the soil, mineral, and rocks they encounter on their path through the earth.
- Do It Yourself alkaline water: If you cannot afford to spend US$1000+ on an alkaline water ionizer or buy bottled alkaline water regularly, then you still have the option to make your own at home, which is actually the main topic of this post. I will describe the most simple way to make alkaline water at home below.
Major ingredients of homemade alkaline water
If you choose to make your own alkaline water, you should know which ingredients are required and how much of it.
- Water: Obvious right? If you want to make alkaline water, then your first ingredient will be water. Let’s say 1 gallon of tap water, which is perfectly fine if we’re trying to limit the cost to the bare minimum. However, it has to be filtered to remove any impurity
- Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate: I remember when I was young, whenever I had stomach flu, my mum would mix baking soda in a half glass of water and give it to me to drink. I don’t think she knew about alkaline water back then but this is exactly what she was serving to me. For this recipe, you will need a teaspoon of baking soda.
- Sea salt: You will need a teaspoon of sea salt.
- Calcium powder: You will need a teaspoon of calcium powder.
- Lemon: You will need a medium size lemon.
As for equipment, you will need:
- A gallon container with a screw-on lid. You will shake your mixture for all ingredients to mix well together.
- pH test strips. These will be required to test the pH level of your mixture when you are done.
- A kitchen knifes. You will need the knife to cut the lemon as the juice will be required.
- A Bowl.
- A hand blender.
All ingredient and equipment are available for purchase in stores or online.
How do you actually make alkaline water
- Add the baking soda, the calcium powder, and the sea salt to the bowl.
- Use the knife to cut the lemon and squeeze all the juice out of the lemon.
- Remove all the seeds and pour the juice into the bowl with the previous mixture of minerals.
- Add a quarter of your gallon of water to the bowl with the lemon juice and minerals.
- Use the blender to get all the ingredients to mix well together.
- Add the remaining 3/4 gallon of water to the gallon container and add the alkaline solution into it.
- Do not overfill as you will shake the mixture a couple of times.
- Use the pH strips to test the pH level. It should fall between 8 and 9. If not, you can add baking soda and test until that range is reached.
Other DIY alkaline water
- If time is an issue, alkaline drops are also available. You find them in health stores or online and their prices vary from $25 to $100. While you have no control on the ingredients, you only need to add a few drops to a water bottle to turn it into alkaline water. It is very important to read and follow instructions as too much or highly concentrated alkaline water would lead to alkalosis.
- Another simple way is just to add baking soda alone to water as baking soda has a very high alkaline content. You should add about 600 mg of baking soda to 30cl of water.
One very important aspect to bear in mind is that it is not only about the high pH level, but more about which minerals make up the alkaline water. And if you wonder about the acidity of lemon, another misconception is the pH level of the actual food we eat. The important ones should be “Alkaline forming food”. Some food can have a pH lower than 7 yet be good for you because the result after you eat them is that your body gets alkaline.
Homemade alkaline water vs Other Alkaline water
Now, this strictly depends on everyone’s preference. You should definitely consider a homemade alkaline water if you are on a tight budget as all ingredients are available and very affordable for most if not all. However, you should be very careful with the hygiene as it is easy to get something in the water that does not belong in there if basic hygiene rules are not followed.
The alkaline drops are also a good alternative for a tight budget but you need to follow all instructions and keep it refrigerated once it is opened.
The bottled alkaline water is probably the safest way to go as you have a better control of the hygiene, the pH level and the minerals in the water. It is always ready to be used and can be stored for quite some time. When using bottles alkaline water, it is better to go with high alkaline water, water with pH above 9 as they tend to provide the body with a quick burst of alkalinity that helps the body produce its own alkalinity. Balance7 is currently the bottled alkaline water with the highest pH measured around 11.2.
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