Last year I posted on the risk to your teeth enamel by drinking mineral water that is too acidic, and I have now found another interesting post that takes this assertion further, to include a risk to the entire body.
Here is that post with the addition of an extract from the article which you will find interesting and will persuade you to review your intakes of mineral water vs. filtered tap water.
I rarely have any fizzy drinks and I am pretty careful about fruit juices too and I decided to explore my acid erosion a little further. I tend to drink bottled water and filtered tap water in tea and coffee, and since the majority of the fluid I drink is water, I decided to check out the pH value which determines if a substance is acidic or alkaline.
What is pH balance?
Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance. The pH balance refers to the acidity or alkalinity of every living organism. The scale for measuring this balance is called Potential for Hydrogen or pH balance and each system or organ has its optimum balance for health. The scale goes from 0 to 14 with 7.0 being neutral with anything above 7 as alkaline and anything below 7 being acidic. Each step up or down is ten times the previous which means that even a change of .1 will have an effect on your body.
For example human blood stays in a very narrow pH range between 7.35 and 7.45. If the balance goes either side of this there will be varying symptoms of disease. In fact if the pH level drops too much below 6.8 or above 7.8 the heart can stop.
This illustrates how critical this level of acidity and alkalinity is for our health.
If you have a health problem you are very likely to be acidic. Some of the early symptoms are acid after eating, acne, panic attacks, cold hands and feet, food allergies, bloating, mild headaches and fatigue. Sound familiar?
More acute symptoms are cold sores, depression, migraines, asthma, hives, and urinary infections (urine pH should be between 7.0 and 7.2. Under 5.3 you cannot absorb vitamins and minerals), hair loss, fungal infections and numbness and tingling.
Advanced symptoms are the diseases such as Crohn’s disease, MS, Leukaemia, Peptic ulcers, Cancer (thrives in a balance of 4.5 to 5.0), Hodgkin’s Disease, Tuberculosis, Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoporosis.
Every food and fluid has its own pH value and when we consume and process that food it adds to the general acidity or alkalinity of our body.
What is the pH value of plain water.
Even water has a pH value and can vary according to the chemical make-up of minerals that have been leached from the source of the water before we drink from the tap or bottle. For example we live in hard or soft water areas and that is down to the amount of certain minerals present.
The pH of water is between 6.5 and 8.5 and the lower the pH the more acidic it is. At the lower end it is likely to have more metals such as copper, iron, lead and zinc and it is soft water that can leave a metallic taste in the mouth.The more metallic and acidic the water the more toxic it becomes.
The harder waters will be closer to the 8.5 pH value and will have more calcium deposits which results in an alkaline balance but also can block your pipes.
What about mineral water that millions drink every day?
It just so happens there was an article this week that caught my eye and will encourage me to change the bottled water I currently drink to another brand.
Tests have been done on some of the leading brands of mineral water to identify their pH value, and I was interested to see how, some of these often expensive brands, have an acidic pH value as low as 4.
Acid erosion of our enamel occurs when we constantly wash them with acidic foods and drinks below a value of 5.5.
If you are drinking every day and believe that you have chosen the healthy option, you might like to get your dentist to check for enamel erosion on your next visit. If like me you do not drink fizzy soda or a lot of fruit juices, you should perhaps check out your mineral water.
This new article takes us through the process of turning ground water, which is mineral dense into bottled water, which may have been stripped of these minerals and made more acidic by the need to extend its shelf life.
To put things in perspective… fizzy drinks such as Coco Cola have a pH balance of around 2.3.
Here is the article I am referring to and it is important to read if you are relying solely on bottled mineral water for your daily fluid intake. This is particularly important if your children are also relying on bottled mineral water as their teeth are not yet fully developed and it may impact their second teeth before they have erupted.
We have now moved to filtered tap water to remove the chlorine, and use a reusable water bottle which is not plastic.
Unhealthy PH of Most Bottled Water
Acidity is a major concern associated with bottled water. Anyone eating or drinking an average American diet needs more alkalinity from their water, because they’re already inundated with too many acids in their diets. Our bodies need balance to be healthy. Much of this page is devoted to exposing the acidity of many of the most popular brands of bottled water.
Why are Most of the Bottled Water Brands So Acidic?
One reason why so many brands of bottled water are acidic is that most methods of purifying water used by the bottling companies use extreme filtration and ozonation to treat the water before bottling it. Neither of these processes make the water healthier, and they are NOT better than what your local water company does. Extreme measures of filtration make the water acidic. Take a minute to follow this link if you’re not sure why drinking alkaline water is far more healthy for people.The consensus among water quality regulating groups and health researchers is that bottled water is inferior to one’s health than our average-quality US tap water. Here are explanations of methods used by bottling companies along with 1) why the companies use these methods and 2) why they are unhealthy:
Extreme Filtration: The majority of the bottled water companies use extreme filtration [ion-exchange, demineralization, reverse osmosis, distillation, deionization or any combination of these]. Regardless of the source, wells, springs, rivers, lakes, and municipal water supplies, when you use extreme filtration you create dead-water. Dead water is void of all healthy minerals, similar to acid rain. It’s called dead water because of the death of tissues, cells and life caused by this type of water. Part of the water cycle and cycle of life is for rain-water (which is acidic) to soak into the ground, trickle through layers of calcium and other rock and in the process it becomes alkalized by the healthy alkaline minerals in the soil and bedrock. Defying nature, and with one foul swoop, bottling companies “treat” the water by removing everything from it, including all of the healthy minerals. This is the cheapest way to go, because with this type of filtration they can use any water; they don’t have to use expensive specialty filters; and they can locate themselves anywhere.
Some water bottling companies tap into the source water of a particular area that has already good ground water (not needing extreme filtration), but even if they don’t kill it with extreme filtration the popular measures used by bottling companies is to ozonate the water to sanitize it. This is necessary because the water will sit on a shelf for a very long time and will grow algae and other gross things if it isn’t sanitized. Ozonation puts acidity into the water though. Basically the rule is: to KILL LIFE & KEEP IT FROM GROWING — MAKE THE WATER ACIDIC. But if you follow that logic further you can see that acidic water (which kills living things) is going to kill our cells too!
In all cases bottling the water negates the benefits of the good ground water. As explained in #2, above, you just can’t do it any other way.
In addition to acidifying the water, ozonation also adds harmful free-radicals to it. The process of ozonation is basically infusing the water with oxygen free radicals. Our bodies need balance and too many free-radicals can be unhealthy for the body.
Electrolytes: Extreme filtration also removes healthy electrolytes from the water. We need these electrolytes for our cells to function properly, and they are often hard to come by. It’s far better to consume the electrolytes naturally dissolved in water than to add some in later on with some man-made formula.
There are many trace minerals found in water that are removed with extreme filtration. Without enough minerals as water passes through the body’s tissues and joints it absorbs minerals from them like a vacuum or sponge. Your bones, joints and muscles need the dissolved minerals from the water, and they certainly do not need to lose their minerals to the water passing through. It’s a process we all learned in high school, called diffusion. in order to fill the void created by stripping the water of its minerals it will act as a vacuum cleaner for minerals in your body. This probably won’t do much if you consume just a little bottled water, but if you drink a lot of extremely purified water it will rob your body of significant amounts of its healthy, essential minerals that it needs.
Bottled water is likely to be more acidic by the time it reaches you than the bottling company reports it was at the factory. In a recent research study, most of the bottled water tested by the Dental Hygienists’ Association had an even more acidic pH when tested in the lab than the value listed in the bottling companies’ water quality reports. Dental health relies on a balanced pH diet. It is well known to hygienists that dental erosion and tooth decay is often caused by over consumption of acidic foods and beverages.
Further on down this page you can find many charts and videos showing the pH of dozens of brands of bottled water. As you can see the majority are acidic. If you insist on getting bottled water or have to for the lack of a healthy water source, I highly recommend that you alkalize it minimally with the PH Pitcher.
I do suggest that you read the article in its entirety and it also has charts indentifying the acidity and alkalinity of the most popular brands of mineral water in the USA and UK. Remember that the lower the number the more acidic the mineral water.
Check out your mineral water: https://www.alkalinewaterplus.com/analyzing-comparing-brands-of-bottled-water
I hope that you have found this of interest and your feedback is always appreciated.. thanks Sally.
©Sally Cronin Just Food for Health 1998- 2018
My nutritional background
I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.
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