What is pH and why is it important for your health?
pH stands for the potential of hydrogen. Everything that we consume today right from your favourite beverage to the food you have, every consumable item has a pH which helps us define the acidity or alkalinity of its content.
However what is important for us to understand is where we stand on the pH scale on a day to day basis to ensure a healthy life. The pH scale measures from 0 to 14 where the lower the pH, the higher the acidity, and the higher the pH, the more alkaline it becomes.
Usually regular tap water that you drink, stands at roughly between 6 & 7, depending on the source of water.
Just to give you an idea of what pH scale is, we also conducted a quick test measuring the pH scale of various drinks available to us. You can watch the video below
Why it is important?
In our fast moving life, we are used to consuming loads of foods and beverages which mostly tend to be on the acidic side of the pH scale (i.e. below 7). These are your regular coffee, cheese products, red meat and sugar as well. Now our body, naturally has the tendency to balance it out with the alkaline food we consume as well (green vegetables, alkaline water etc), however it’s important for us to keep a regular check of it.
The kidneys usually maintain the electrolyte levels in our body consisting of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Usually when the body is exposed to acidic substances, the electrolytes are used to combat the acidity. When acid intake reaches higher levels our body’s natural phenomena ends up robbing minerals from our bones, cells and various organs. Now though this may help in balancing the acid levels in our body, it also leads to weaker bones and low immunity levels. Toxins accumulate in the body and our body becomes more prone to viruses rendering us weaker by the day.
Most of the times we are completely unaware of this as there is no visible change in our body, but you can clearly identify the symptoms in high fatigue, less concentration, heart problems, less strength and stamina and perpetual tiredness.
Water plays an important role in helping us combat such situations. However due to lack of knowledge on pH, most people would drink the regular water or mineral water available to them. This does little benefit to the body as it is in need of high levels of alkaline.
Fruits and various vegetables contain potassium in high leverls which safeguard acidity. Processed food contains sodium chloride-sale which constricts blood vessels and accelerates acidity in our body. Similarly eating too much red mean or protein builds up sulphuric acid in the blood as amino acids are broken down.
So what does one do?
Alkaline water is the need of the hour for anyone who is looking to lead an active life. Due to its high pH contents, fighting acidity in our body becomes much swifter and a eventually becomes natural process. Ofcourse this goes without saying that you have to supplement your water along with healthier food options.