What is alkaline?
Why is alkaline important?
Is alkaline the same as pH?
Is alkalinity the same as alkaline?
We’ll begin with the root of the word alkali.
ALKALI: the definition.
From the graphic here we can see the actual definition, but to ordinary folk like you and me, perhaps the easiest way to describe an alkali is simply to say it’s the opposite to an acid.
Keeping it simple, therefore we can state that something that is alkaline has all the properties of an alkali.
Now let’s look at how this word is used because here’s where it can get confusing. One common form of the word is alkalinity.
This definition by a British Dictionary is almost understandable!
Look at the second line. It says:
THE AMOUNT OF ALKALI (OR BASE*) IN A SOLUTION.
(*Base is another word for alkali).
So… something that is alkaline, or has alkalinity, has an amount of alkalis or alkaline minerals in it.
Yes, it may also have acids in it, but if there are measurably more alkalis than acids, it is seen as alkaline.
OK. Now you’ve discovered er… very little, let’s move to the other way of describing alkalinity: pH.
And yes, this is going to be confusing to the newcomer too… but fear not. I’ll be putting you out of your misery very soon!
pH is a scale of acidity from 0 to 14. It tells how acidic or alkaline a substance is.
More acidic solutions have lower pH. More alkaline solutions have higher pH.
Substances that aren’t acidic or alkaline (that is, neutral solutions) usually have a pH of 7.
But note: It is a measurement, which isn’t the same as a fact.
Why is this important? Because many people try to sell high pH as high alkaline. The devices they sell as producing alkaline water – water with alkalis in it – only enhance the pH by use of electrolysis. So you’ll get a high pH reading which does NOT relate to alkalinity.
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It’s important because substances such as our stomach acids tend to be at a certain acid/alkaline balance in order to work properly. This balance, which we express as pH is also important because it must be at certain levels in order for living organisms to survive.
The human body is designed to maintain a very delicate alkaline/acid balance in its fluids, tissues and systems.
As most biochemical reactions essential to life take place in an aqueous environment, however, it is our blood plasma and interstitial fluids surrounding the cells that are most sensitive to acid-alkaline imbalance.
Consequently, the body has in its design the ability to sacrifice less critical parts of the body to ensure the blood receives enough alkalis to maintain balance.
When your body fluids contain too much acid, it’s known as acidosis. Acidosis occurs when your kidneys and lungs can’t keep your body’s acid/alkaline levels in balance.
Blood acidity is measured by determining its pH.
A lower pH means that parts of your system are experiencing excess acids while a higher pH means parts of your system are experiencing excess alkalinity. Unlike acidity, alkalinity, generally speaking is quickly reduced through renal filtration.
pH is a numerical value that indicates the degree to which water is acidic. or alkaline. pH measurements range between 0 (strong acid) and 14 (strong alkali), with 7 being neutral. The water quality regulations specify that the pH of water at your tap should be between 6.5 and 9.5.
However vast regions of the world have water supplies, both private and public, that exceed these recommendations.
- Almond Milk. It may be called milk, but you won’t find this delicious drink down the dairy aisle. …
- Juice. While it may be true that you Shoulda’ had a V8, there may be some healthier ways to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. … Just remember that juices concentrate fructose, a nasty form of sugar which is the ‘great acidifier’! If you must have a juice every day, include green vegetables in it, or use AlkaWay Greens.
- Coconut Water.
- Alkaline Water. …
- Spinach. …
Or, of course true natural alkaline water from a water filter designed specifically to give you alkaline water enriched with natural hydrogen!
- Drink plenty of good alkaline water.
- Support your lymph.
- Give up coffee.
- Replace sugar with stevia, coconut sugar, or small amounts of honey.. or much better – NOTHING!
- Add a salad or add greens to every meal.
- Chew your food.
- Sweat (or bathe) it out.
- Take cold showers.
To calculate the pH of a liquid you need to know the concentration of the hydronium
The pH is then calculated using the expression: pH = – log [H3O+].
Not easy for most people, right? That’s why we use pH test strips or a pH meter.
pH is the negative logarithm of the concentration of hydrogen ions in the solution. It is expressed as pH = log 1/[H+ = −log [H+]]. The bracket around the H+ indicates hydrogen concentration. The equation means that for each pH number change (up or down), the concentration of hydrogen ions changes tenfold.
Simply: one point increase or decrease in pH = ten times more or less potential hydrogen content in the water.
More Useful Links:
- A super simple alkaline diet hack here
- Can we REALLY change our pH balance video
- Alkaline Diet? Is it the Alkalinity that’s making us feel so good, or… here
- A great Free Alkaline Primer here
- My 7 Big Takeaways from 18 Years on the Alkaline Diet and Alkaline Water here
- Talking Alkalizing and Magnesium here
- The Warburg Myth here
- The Forgotten Alkalizer: Potassium. All you need to know about WHY here.