The importance of pH
The pH level of water measures how acidic it is (pH stands for potential hydrogen, referring to how much hydrogen is mixed with the water.) 7 is a balanced pH for water. Anything below 7 indicates the water is acidic, and if it’s above 7 it is alkaline.
Minerals in water don’t just add to its taste and healthfulness, but they have a huge impact on the water’s pH.
This is important because the human body has a natural pH of 7.4. It needs this level to run efficiently and always seeks to return to this state, if it becomes overly acidic or alkaline. Drinking water that has had the minerals removed – and eating acidic foods can temporarily take the body out of balance.
Drinking more alkaline water can help the body restore this balance. In addition, drinking more alkaline water will have your dentist smiling because acidity from beverages is a leading cause of tooth decay.
There is a simple test to check for pH in water, available in some health food, some grocery stores and online.
Generally, you will find that heavily purified waters – even if they have been remineralized – will have a pH under 7. Waters taken from underground sources and not treated or modified in any way will have a pH between 7.2 and 7.8, which is the ideal range for good health.
With a healthy pH of 7.8, ESKA is one of the most alkaline natural spring waters available. Evian, by contrast is 7.2 and Fiji is 7.5 – both still good waters.
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