What is pH?
pH is also used to refer the acid–base balance in the human body. Our body should be maintained at a precise pH for a healthy function of all the cells and tissues. Different organs such as the lungs, kidneys and various other tissues maintain the acid–base balance in the human body. Any alterations in this balance can lead to disturbance in the normal functioning of our body. These alterations can result from various conditions or disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory failure, kidney dysfunction, diabetes, ingestion of toxic substances and others leading to life-threatening crises. The pH balance of our body can also be altered based on the stress we experience, the diet we follow and our lifestyle.
What is Normal Range of pH?
The normal pH of blood ranges from 7.35 to 7.45 while that of urine ranges from 4.6 to 8 with an average of 6. Unhealthy habits and lifestyles such as smoking, drinking, over-consumption of sodas, meat and poultry, as well as sleep deprivation and stress will negatively affect your health and alter your body's pH. When the body is too acidic, it can lead to acidosis, which is manifested by symptoms such as a weakened immune system, fatigue, anxiety, headache, muscle and joint pain, weight gain, digestive problems and high blood pressure, to name a few. Left untreated many of these symptoms could result in serious illnesses and diseases including arthritis, ulcers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and cancers.
Doctors and health professionals often stress the importance of a balanced diet—and a balanced pH level is essential for a healthy body and mind. How can you best achieve this state of homeostasis in a hectic lifestyle of the modernized world? You can start by avoiding carbonated soft drinks and eat less of the acidic foods. Eat more alkaline foods such as vegetables, fruits, and certain nuts. Equally important is to drink plenty of water— but not just any water—drinking alkaline ionized water is simplest and easiest way to achieve a balanced pH.
"Drinking 4 glasses of alkaline water is much more effective than 8 glasses of regular, bottled water or filtered tap water." Sang Whang, author of Reverse Aging
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What is Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)?
The antioxidant properties of a substance can be determined by ORP, which is a measure of oxidizing ions (such as chloride) and reduction ions (such as calcium). Oxidizing ions "steal" electrons from other substances and reducing ions "donate" electrons thereby giving them the ability to neutralize free radicals. The potential energy for oxidation-reduction is measure by an ORP meter in millivolts (mV) as positive or negative values. Positive ORP value indicates more oxidizing ions (lower pH) and negative ORP value indicates more reducing ions (higher pH). A2O Alkaline Water for drinking has an ORP value ranging from -100mV to -450mV.
What is Oxidation?
Oxidation refers to causing damage to the cells and tissues in the body through oxygen. Oxygen can be used by our body in both constructive and destructive ways. Providing excessive oxygen to the cells can be destructive and the body uses this function to destroy cells that it feels is not functioning properly. But, during this process, some of the normal cells in the surrounding areas are also destroyed. The role of antioxidants is to prevent such damage.
What are the Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are dietary substances including some nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium. Antioxidants are available both naturally and artificially (available as capsules, creams etc.). Fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts are the natural sources of antioxidants.
How do Antioxidants work?
Antioxidants work by significantly reducing or preventing the oxidative damage of the cells and tissues in our body. The oxidative damage is carried out by substances known as free radicals that cause the cells to function abnormally. The role of such free radicals has also been established in the occurrence of heart disorders and other disorders such as diabetes.
Role of Antioxidants
Consumption of an optimum amount of antioxidant-rich food and substances including drinking ionized water helps prevent damage from the oxidation process and also aids in the repair of damaged cells. Antioxidant can improve the body’s resistance to diseases by boosting the immune system.