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Top 4 Reasons to Drink Alkaline Water

We can all agree that water is an essential need for body health, but not all water is the same. Researchers show that alkaline water provides other extra great benefits that regular tap or bottled water lack.

What’re the secrets…?

  1. Restores Ph balance in the body – Alkaline water carries a higher amount of Ph levels than regular bottled water which contributes to reducing the acidity levels in your body. According to the Healthline online article, Ph is a term referred to as levels of acid or alkaline a substance contains; this is measured from 0 to 14. The lower the number, the more acidic. Healthline reveals that “normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7; alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9.” Results show that alkaline water is more beneficial by being able to effectively neutralize the acid in your body compared to other waters.
  2. Increases Energy levels – In a Newsmax health review, a co-author of the pH Miracle, Robert O. Young expresses that too much acid in the body can result in the loss of energy, increase in fatigue and drowsiness. As it is established that alkaline water is an exceptional source of reversing acidic levels in the body, it can also restore energy levels that were withdrawn.
  3. Extra hydrating than other water – Based on the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, alkaline water has an increasing hydrating effect through blood viscosity versus regular water. Blood viscosity is level hydration being measured. When you have a low blood viscosity, your hydration level should be higher. In this case study, participants were given water to drink after their workout, half alkaline water, half regular purified water. Those consumed alkaline water, their viscosity reduced to about 6.30% compared to those who consumed regular water with their reduction averaging 3.36%.
  4. It can help reduce signs of aging – Almost over half the percentage of our body is of water; water is essential to keeping our organs healthy and functioning correctly. “If your water content decreases in any particular body parts [such as skin, muscles, and organs], then the health of these specific parts of your body would decrease,” according to the Alkaline Water Plus article; “you’d look and feel less youthful and more aged.” Alkaline water is suggested as containing antioxidants to extensively hydrate and filter out free radicals in your body, hence, halting the aging process of cells by keeping them healthy.

Side Effects: Possible overconsumption of alkaline water can over neutralize the body’s natural acid levels which can remove the probiotics “good bacteria” needed. Probiotics are the good bacteria that the body requires to fight off harmful bacteria and other pathogens.

Though alkaline water sounds like the best thing ever, always seek additional advice from a medical professional before switching. Remember, health is wealth!

How to Achieve Hydrating Healthy Skin in these Dry Chilly Months

Overall skin care is always important; but as the temperatures are progressively dropping, this can cause your skin to become dryer than normal. With these few health skin hacks, you can help promote your skin to reach its healthiest and most hydrating state.

If you have sensitive skin or possible skin allergies, please consult with your doctor for more information or recommendations for your specific skin concerns 

  1. Moisturize after washing your body and face. When you shower or wash your face, the soap is stripping the dirt and oil from your skin. So, it is very important that you make sure you restore your skins moisture barrier and Ph levels. With the weather getting cooler, your skin is more prone to absorb moisture and dry out quicker; so, try to keep travel lotion either in your car, bag, or desk to have easy access for reapplication.
  2. Regular exfoliating is very important in helping your skin absorb the maximum amount of moisture. Exfoliating is removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, either mechanically such as brushes, scrubs or chemically with products that contain acids. According to Women’s Health magazine article, it’s explained that “as we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones.” By removing those piled up skin cells, you are able to expose fresh new skin and open up your pores that will allow for moisturizing products to penetrate further into the skin without the dull rough barrier.
  3. Vitamin C contains properties that allow your skin to retain moisture. In vitamin c, it consists of a water-soluble derivative, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP). The function of this specific acid, according to the Indian Dermatology online journal, is to create “a hydrating effect on the skin and decrease transepidermal water loss.  Tip: Vitamin C is best absorbed with foods such as oranges, broccoli, papaya or even in a serum form; massage just a few drops prior to applying your moisturizer.
  4. Consistent water consumption increases hydration from the inside and out of your entire body. Water is a natural detox as it flushes out toxins from your body. These toxins in your body can show in the appearance of your skin with blemishes, rashes, and dryness. By drinking your daily recommended amount of water, about half a gallon according to Healthline, you can reduce the number of skin impurities; so, you can fully absorb the amount of moisture or any topical applied to your skin.  Tip: Keep skin damp when applying your favorite moisturizer or lotion. This allows your pores to remain open to maximize absorption; leaving super soft skin.
  5. Maintaining a healthful diet is another great contribution to maintaining healthy skin. A dermatology professor, Leslie Baumann, in a Real Simple article explains, “Diet can play a role in strengthening your skin’s ability to maintain moisture, too.”  Leslie suggests fatty-acid foods such as nuts, fish, or olive oil to try incorporate more into the diet as these can increase moisture production in your skin.