Wellness Trend Alert: pH-Balanced Water

Wellness Trend Alert: pH-Balanced Water(Source: AQUAhydrate, Purestock/Thinkstock) Pop quiz: are you acidic or alkaline? As the health-seeking public begins to appreciate the importance played by pH balance in achieving optimal health, alkaline-balanced water brands such as Neo Water (24 half-liter bottles for $47.99), Essentia (12 1.5-liter bottles for $28.75),  AQUAhydrate (12 one-liter bottles for $20.99), as well as filters like the Aptera Alkamag Alkaline Filter Kit ($124.99), aim to quench your thirst while also helping you balance your own pH. How? Simple. "Alkaline water contains more hydrogen ions and hydrogen is an antioxidant," sums up triple board-certified nutritionist Dana James of the Foodcoach.

In case you didn't get the pH memo, as humans, we should be between 7 and 7.4 on the pH scale, which ranges from 0 (extremely acidic) to 14 (extremely alkaline). 

So, it's no shocker to realize that "healthy" foods (green vegetables, whole grains) are alkalising, while "unhealthy" stuff (coffee, sugar, booze) tend to be acidifying. And the effects of an acidic system are no fun: In addition to feeling tired and sluggish, according to AQUAhydrate, people with acidic systems can experience symptoms like loss of strength, and decreased bone, muscle, and kidney health. That said, if you tend to be more acidic, eating––and drinking––right can further optimize your pH balance towards the alkaline side of the fence. That's where these so-called "high-performance" waters come in.

Boasting a pH state of 9 (most bottled waters clock in around 7), AQUAhydrate's pH is achieved through filtration, as well as the addition of electrolytes and trace minerals. Electrolytes offer the added bonus of hydration, particularly before, during, or after a workout when your cells need extra fluid.

So drink up and get alkaline!

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