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Quench your thirst, balance your body's pH

Published On: Oct 21 2013 10:41:00 AM CDT
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 04:23:26 PM CST
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(NewsUSA) - Balance: it's important in life, and it's important to your health. You may not realize it, but balance is literally what keeps you alive -- and it all comes down to a lesson you probably learned in junior-high-school science.

In life, everything falls on a scale of things that are acidic and things that are alkaline. The balance between acidity and alkalinity is called the pH, potential of hydrogen. The level of pH is measured on a scale of zero to 14, with things that fall on the lower end of the scale being more acidic and the higher end being more alkaline. Water is -- or should be -- a neutral pH of 7.0.

Your body and your blood can also be measured on the pH scale. The food you eat and the water you drink can influence whether your system has too much or too little acid. Studies have shown that you are at your best if your blood is slightly alkaline (7.35 or 7.45). If your blood is too acidic, it can leave you vulnerable to health ailments like cardiovascular disease and diabetes complications.

"The fluids in the cells of most people's bodies are overly acidic," says Dr. Robert Atkins, Author of popular health manual The Atkins Diet. "This can cause a lot of problems. It prevents your body from neutralizing toxins and leaves you more susceptible to the cell-damaging free radical oxidation that leads to cancer and other diseases."

So, what can you do to achieve optimum health? Eat the right foods, and drink the right water. You may think that all water is created equal, but it's not. The water that flows from the taps in your home can contain lead and mercury, pesticides, herbicides and nitrates.

That's where special alkaline water can help. This water has been specially treated so that it's truly pure, and it has an alkaline pH. It helps maintain your body's natural balance, and a balanced body is a body that is protected from things like premature aging, fatigue or even cancer.

"The time to fix the barn is before the cow is dead," says Dr. Mu Shik Jhon, author of the book The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key. "As the amount of disordered water in the body increases, the survival rate declines. The more alkaline ionized water in the body, the healthier you will be."