“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”                                                                                         Jim Rohn

There’s been a lot of discussion about pH levels in drinking water. I’d like to discuss the range of levels as well as the benefits and uses of different water pH levels in daily living.

To start with, pH means “potential of Hydrogen”. The pH levels range between 0 and 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. There are 2 types of ions in a substance, hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions. Balanced pH (level 7) means that there are the same number of hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions. When hydrogen ions outnumber hydroxyl ions, the substance is acidic and moves in the direction of 0 pH; when hydroxyl ions have the edge, the substance is alkaline and moves in the direction of 14 pH.

So what does that mean to you? It means that if your body is tending to be more acidic (a common problem these days) then making sure you’re drinking water that is at a pH level of at least 7 is important.  Federal guidelines allow for a pH between 6 and 8.5 for drinking water. The best way to make sure you’re putting the best possible water into your body is to drink ionized/alkalized water that you know is the proper pH.

It’s important to understand that the concept of pH is not a vague idea of acidic/alkaline but rather a scientific fact that is relatively easy to measure with a basic pH kit. Learning about what level pH water you’re drinking and making sure you’re taking care of your body is crucial for long term health and wellbeing.