Tap Water vs Alkaline Water.
(BlackFitness101.com) Water is a necessity for our body. Without a doubt we need it, and our intake needs to be consistent for our body to function at its best potential. So many people grew up drinking regular tap water out the faucet, and there seemed to be no issue with it. Today some scientist will still back tap water. However we can cannot ignore contamination in many water supplies so as a result of such the bottle water industry has thrived. The increase in health and fitness awareness has also driven the discussion of water. Granted some bottled water companies ( Dasani, Aquafina, Crystal Geyser) are nothing more than purified water from the tap. However, there is an emerging discussion regarding alkaline water.
Alkaline water has a ph balance of 7 to 9.5. Some studies claim that this water helps control acid levels in the body. “The Budwig Center believes that having too much acid in your body can weaken all your systems. The thinking is that your body has to then borrow minerals from your bones, teeth and organs to neutralize excess acidity. High acid levels, or acidosis, might lead to diarrhea, osteoporosis, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis and impaired immune function. Acidosis could also interfere with your cells’ ability to heal or produce energy and also allow cancer to flourish.”
While some people may argue that they don’t feel a difference drinking alkaline water hence preferring tap…some athletes appreciate this water as if has shown affective while working out. “If there’s one group that may benefit from drinking alkaline water it’s those who are physically active. Why? Because intense exercise spurs muscles to produce more hydrogen ions than one can efficiently remove. Thus, acidity increases and fatigue sets in.
Drinking alkaline water might enhance the body’s buffering capacity and temper the acidity, thus improving our performance.” Alkaline water is also beneficial if one suffers from acid reflux because it will help neutralize the acid in the stomach.
Spring water is considered to be a good source of alkaline water verses the synthetic type. “A good source of alkaline water is spring water — usually a pH of 8 to 8.5 — that naturally becomes alkaline by acquiring minerals as it passes over rocks, according to Lawrence Wilson, M.D., who specializes in nutritional balancing at the Center For Development in Arizona.” Dr. Wilson warns against ionized alkaline water as it does not have the natural minerals the body needs. While there seems to be benefits to alkaline water one does not want to body, which is to be at a ph balance of 7.4, to become too alkaline. This can negatively affect those that have kidney conditions as minerals can build up in the body.
One of the biggest issues with tap water will remain contamination. Too many people no longer trust the water that comes out of the faucet. Though some experts may favor tap water they can’t calm fear regarding contamination. Alkaline is but one kind of water, and for some it is very beneficial while others will prefer bottled purified water. I personally have experienced great benefit from drinking alkaline water especially during, and after my workouts. For the average person it is not harmful. You may find that you enjoy it.
Staff Writer; Christian Starr