What is alkaline water?
‘Alkaline’ refers to pH level, a number that ranges from 0 to 14. Something with a pH less than 7 is acidic and that with greater than 7 is alkaline. The pH of regular drinking water is around 7. Chemicals and gases can mix and react with water to change its pH level to make it acidic or alkaline.
Because of higher pH level of Alkaline water, it can neutralize acids in the body.
However, pH alone doesn’t give the water all the alkaline properties. Alkaline water must also contain negative ORP.
What Is ORP?
ORP stands for Oxidation-Reduction Potential and is a popular water quality parameter. It is measured in “mV” (millivolts) using an ORP meter, and the value can be either positive or negative. Water with a negative ORP is considered a good antioxidant and is more hydrating. Antioxidants counteract free radicals that create aging and disease in the body.
Let us just understand ORP as a measurement of the capability of oxidizing or reducing (anti-oxidizing) another substance.
- positive ORP value is an indicator of an oxidizing agent. The higher the reading, the more oxidizing it is.
- negative ORP value is an indicator of a reducing agent. The lower the reading, the more anti-oxidizing it is.
Most types of water, including tap and bottled water, have positive ORP value and hence are oxidizing agents.
Alkaline ionized water has negative ORP value and hence is anti-oxidizing. It neutralizes free radicals in the body and prevents their harmful effects .
Make Your Water Healthier
You can gain the benefits of anti-oxidizing water at home by putting your tap water through a water filter that makes the water alkaline ionized. In addition to changing the pH level of your tap water, these systems lower water ORP to offer benefits of antioxidants.