pH is a measure of the acidic or basic (alkaline) nature of a solution. The concentration of the hydrogen ion (H+) activity in a solution determines its pH. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic, a pH of 7 neutral, and 14 the most alkaline. Because the pH scale is logarithmic, a pH of 8 is ten times more alkaline than 7, while a pH of 9 is one hundred times more alkaline.
Our blood and other bodily fluids that surround the cells are slightly alkaline (with a pH of 7.2 to 7.45). If blood pH drops down to 6.9, a person can fall into a coma or even die.
Fortunately, our body has mechanisms that help it maintain its balance and prevent significant changes in pH value: the lungs during respiration, then the so-called buffer systems in body fluids, and the selection of hydrogen ions in kidneys.
However, a modern lifestyle can produce large quantities of "acid waste" in our body.
97% of food we metabolize produces acid waste, and some of the most common contributers to acidity in the body are smoking, alcohol, stress and pollution.
Our body is constantly forced to fight to neutralize acids, which over time deplete the reserves of our neutralization systems.
These acids burden our body on a long-term basis, which causes numerous issues: obesity, reduced immunity, and lack of energy, as well as a whole series of diseases connected with acidity, including diabetes, osteoporosis, the formation of kidney stones, arthritis, cancer, etc.
Alkaline water contains more negative OH- ions, which liberate more oxygen in the blood. In fact, if the blood is just slightly more alkaline (from 7.3 to 7.45), there will be approximately two thirds more oxygen in it, available to all cells in our body!
Dr. Otto Warburg, who received two Nobel Prizes, discovered in 1932 that lack of oxygen in the cells causes cancer. Unlike the normal cells, cancer cells do not need oxygen and they flourish in an acidic environment.
Dr. Warburg also discovered that mutated receptors, which cause cancer, are unlikely to appear if the pH value of cells is at a healthy alkaline level.
In order to combat high quantities of acid waste the body produces an excess of free radicals, which oxidize not only only the waste, but also healthy cells.
Negative OH- ions from alkaline water neutralize free radicals, i.e. act as a strong antioxidant.
In researching the longevity of certain nations, scientists have established that what they have in common is clean alkaline water!