For years, people wondered which water is best for human consumption.
Water- a colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid forming the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. It is recommended that one drinks 8 glasses of water daily. Water makes up 65% of the body and helps us lose weight and stay younger. As human beings, we have choices which at times make the decision process difficult. Many individuals have asked which water is best for one’s body- Alkaline or Plain Tap Water.
Alkaline water, also known as ionized water is a compound above 7 on the pH scale. It is available through commercial or home systems and is also sold in bottles. On the other hand, tap water is water obtained directly from a faucet or tap.
Knowing water’s pH is important when it comes to maintaining proper body cell and tissue. Several studies have shown that a more neutral to alkaline environment is suitable for the body. Water having a pH range of 7 is neutral, when compared to tap water which is commonly between the pH range of 7 and 8. Alkaline water is said to be beneficial due to its high pH levels, making it a powerful antioxidant with electrons that can “get rid of” the free radicals flowing through our veins. It also improves ones metabolism and helps one’s body absorbs nutrients.
On the hand, there have been many doubts in the minds of individuals about tap water however; many people still believe that plain tap water is simply the best. Tap water being both federally and state regulated dictates that water has to be neutral prior to distribution to the public. Tap water is treated of bacteria prior to consumption to prevent diseases such as E-Coli and Cryptosporidium. Tap water is free of cost.
For more information regarding water safety, please contact your local health department or health care professional.
Written by Sasha-lee Moodie
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