Alkaline Diet for an Athletic Edge: What’s the Deal?
What Is Alkalinity?
The word “alkaline” comes from the Greek words alka (“water”) and kala (“acid”). When water dissolves in a solution, it forms carbonic acid (H2CO3). Carbon dioxide gas is produced when water reacts with other substances. These reactions are called carbonation. Water is a good example of a non-polar molecule. Other examples include ammonia (NH4), nitrite (NO3) and sulfuric acid (SO4).
Carbon dioxide gas is not harmful to humans because it does not cause any symptoms unless there is too much of it in the air. However, if the concentration becomes high enough, then it can cause problems such as breathing difficulties or even death.
In fact, the human body is made up of two parts: the tissues and fluids. Tissues contain living cells and liquids contain blood.
If one part gets damaged, it will affect the whole body. For instance, if your heart stops beating due to damage caused by a broken bone or a blocked artery, you won’t die immediately; instead you may suffer from cardiac arrest for some time before dying.
Harmful Substances That Can Also Be Found In Drinking Water
Fluoride can be found in water, toothpaste, mouthwashes and other sources. Its presence in water is regulated by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to between 0.7 ppm and 1.2 ppm.
Many people believe that fluoride is a harmless substance because it is used to prevent tooth decay. However, there is a considerable amount of evidence that suggests the contrary.
It can be found in many places, including drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes and other sources. On the surface, it may seem like a good thing to prevent tooth decay. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows its presence in drinking water between 0.7 ppm and 1.2 ppm.
Fluoride is considered a toxic substance that accumulates in the bones, bloodstream and in various tissues. Our bones gradually turn to chalk and our teeth become brittle.
Most people do not know that fluoride is also used in rat poison, where it works quite well!
Most of the dangers of fluoride are related to the thyroid and kidney problems. The thyroid controls the rate of metabolism and is therefore critical to the rate at which our body uses energy.
If the thyroid is damaged, it can lead to a lower metabolic rate, causing weight gain and fatigue among other problems.
Kidney problems can also occur with long-term exposure to fluoride. It can cause tissue damage and an increase in uric acid (a risk factor for gout).
The most common symptoms of fluoride toxicity include:
~ Skin irritation such as itching or a rash
~ Shortness of breath
~ Swelling of the throat or mouth
Fluoride can also cause decreased thyroid function, disruption of immune function, increased risk of broken bones, and other harmful effects. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have linked fluoride to a number of illnesses.
In 1977, the CDC stated that fluoridation was not effective in preventing dental decay for adults.
Chlorine is also used in some water treatment plants. It is added to kill bacteria and other microorganisms in water.
It can also be found in tap water. It has a distinct chemical taste and smell.
It can cause irritation if it comes in direct contact with your skin and eyes. It can also cause burning of the throat and stomach if swallowed.
It may also increase the risk of getting cancer.
However, chlorine is considered a small health risk when it is added to water in acceptable amounts (usually 0.2 ppm to 0.5 ppm).
It is also naturally found in some water sources.
Chlorine bleach is another chemical used to sanitize surfaces and water. It can be found in some over-the-counter medications.
It is commonly used in disinfecting swimming pools and hot tubs. It may cause irritation or burning of the skin, eyes, nose or throat if it comes in direct contact with these body parts.
It has a distinct chlorine smell and flavor. The effects of chlorine on the body are even more detrimental than fluoride.
It can damage your stomach or intestines if swallowed.
In addition, it can damage your eyes, burn your skin and irritate your respiratory tract if you inhale it. If you come in contact with large amounts of chlorine, it can cause a severe drop in blood pressure and heart problems.
Some people are more sensitive to chlorine than others. Pregnant women and people with a history of asthma, emphysema or other breathing conditions should avoid any contact with this chemical.
There are some simple ways for you to reduce the amount of chlorine in your water. You can use a filter that contains activated charcoal.
A carbon filter can easily be installed under your kitchen sink. It will reduce or eliminate the chlorine taste and smell from your water (as well as other impurities).
You can also use a pitcher that has a filter inside of it. This type of filter will attach right to your faucet.
It is a good idea to change your filter or pitcher every three months or so. This ensures that you are getting the best tasting, most pure water possible.
It is best to avoid bottled water unless you know for sure that the company uses a carbon filtration system instead of reverse osmosis or other methods.
Water that has been distilled has had almost all of its impurities removed. Distillation is a method that involves boiling the water and then capturing the steam as it cools.
This method of purifying water is rather time-consuming and requires a lot of energy, so it is not typically used in large water treatment plants or by individual people. However, you can find small bottles of distilled water in most grocery stores.
It is important to remember that distilled water will leach minerals and other beneficial chemicals out of your body as you drink it. Most of the time bottled water companies add minerals such as calcium or sodium to the water after it has been distilled.
Regardless of whether your tap water is considered hard or soft, you should still consider drinking eight glasses of water a day, especially if you do not consume an adequate amount of fruits or vegetables in your diet.
Benefits of Drinking Water
Water helps your body flush out toxins that build up in your blood stream. When the toxins are flushed out, you will have more energy, and feel better.
Water also helps boost your metabolism to help you burn more calories each day.
Drinking plenty of water is important for keeping skin looking vibrant and youthful. Dehydration makes your skin look wrinkled and dry.
It can also make you tired and not think as clearly.
Water can also help to curb your appetite. Drinking a glass of water before each meal can make you feel fuller, so you eat less.
You should be drinking the water instead of eating food to make you feel full.
When choosing a water filter for your home, you have several options. There are faucet filters, pitcher filters and even under-sink filters that can be installed by a plumber.
Faucet filters are probably the least expensive option that you can purchase. They fit on your faucet and filter your water as it comes out of the tap.
The filters need to be changed regularly, depending on how hard your water is.
Some faucet filters have an electronic monitoring device that lets you know when the filter needs to be replaced. Replacement filters can be purchased at any hardware store, or online.
If you are more environmentally conscious, you can purchase a re-usable filter in order to bypass the plastic that the disposable filters come in. You fill up the re-usable filter with the filter of your choice and screw it onto the faucet in place of the original filter.
Faucet filters are handy because they take up hardly any room and can be easily transferred from one faucet to another. The downside is that you have to monitor the filter and replace it when necessary.
There are also some types of contamination that faucet filters cannot remove from the water, such as viruses and certain chemicals.
Another option is a pitcher filter. These filters sit in a container and have a spigot at the bottom so that you can fill up a pitcher or glass with filtered water.
The pitcher filters can be disposable or re-usable. You simply fill the pitcher half way with water and replace the filters when necessary.
Disposable filters can be convenient, but they are not environmentally friendly. You also have to remember to constantly fill them up, or they will not filter the water effectively.
If you want a higher-end pitcher filter, you can buy one that has a built-in electronic monitoring device. This lets you know when the filter needs to be replaced.
The under-sink filter is the option that offers the best filtration. These are installed directly under your kitchen sink and filter the water as it comes through the pipes.
There is a wide range of filter types on the market, so you have to choose the one that fits your needs.
Some of these units come with an electronic monitoring device, similar to those on the higher-end pitcher filters. This lets you know when it is time to change the filters, just as with the pitcher filters.
There are some advantages to this type of system. One advantage is that all of your water for the entire house is filtered.
This can be handy if you have a guest or a roommate who drinks a lot of water. It also means that you do not need to worry about monitoring any filters or filling them up.
Of course, this method is also the most expensive. It involves having pipes and a filter system installed in your home.
It can also be inconvenient if the filter needs to be replaced and your plumber is not readily available.
In any case, you need to carefully research your options before buying any type of water filtration system for your home. You want to choose one that will fit into your lifestyle and address the contaminants in your water that you are concerned about.
You should also think about how important environment friendliness is to you. If this is a concern, you may want to avoid the disposable filters and stick with one of the other options.
Whatever type of filter you go with, you are sure to notice a difference in the taste of your water. This is especially true if you have chlorinated water or water with a lot of chlorine odor.
No longer will your showers smell like a public pool. And you will no longer experience that dry feeling that extreme chlorination can cause.
You may also notice that you are saving money. Some people spend up to $100 or more every year on bottled water.
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