H2O for health: Alkaline water

What is Ionized Alkaline Water?

Alkaline ionized water is water where ions have been produced by a process called electrolysis. Alkaline ionized water also has a more alkaline pH than most tap water. Some ionized alkaline water also contains calcium, both of which may be beneficial for oral health.

Alkaline Ionized Water for pH Balance

People drink alkaline ionized water because of its potential health benefits. Some experts believe the diet we eat creates an acid-base imbalance, and our bodies are too acidic. The thought is we can correct this imbalance and create a more neutral body pH by drinking ionized alkaline water. Some people also believe that the additional ions in ionized alkaline water “mop up” free radicals that can damage cells.

Ionized Alkaline Water and Oral Health

Can drinking ionized water improve dental health? Most people aren’t aware that what they eat and drink affects the dental enamel that covers their teeth and keeps them strong and hard. If you drink acidic soft drinks and eat acidic foods, it gradually erodes away this hard enamel covering leading to tooth sensitivity and discoloration. Drinking alkaline water may help to neutralize this acid and prevent acid erosion. Your saliva does this to some degree, but alkaline water may provide some additional pH-balancing properties.

Alkaline Ionized Water may Help Fight Cavities

Another way that ionized alkaline water may improve dental health is by preventing dental caries. Plaque-forming bacteria that live in the mouth and contribute to dental caries and gum disease produce acids that erode away enamel and dentin causing caries to form if re-mineralization doesn’t take place fast enough. Alkaline ionized water may neutralize some of this acidity while helping to re-mineralize teeth because of the additional calcium it contains.

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