What's the Best Water to Drink, and Why?
Health and fitness experts agree that since our bodies are about 70% water we need to be consuming plenty of water daily for maximum hydration. So, how much do we need? An easy formula for how much your body needs is this:
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water, daily.
But the QUALITY of water consumed is just as important as the quantity!
Pure water has a pH of 7, and water lower than 7 pH is considered acidic.
Acidic water sometimes contains metal ions such as manganese, copper, lead and iron. Acidic water causes damage to metal piping and has a sour taste. A neutralizer is typically used to treat a low-pH water system. Water with a pH above 8.5 is considered hard water
Acidic Versus Alkaline Drinks
Do other beverages contribute to the quantity of water our bodies need? NO. In fact, certain beverages contribute to the acidity in our bodies that we need to eliminate.
Drinks that are acid-producing, according to the University of California San Diego, include any that contain alcohol, caffeine or phosphates. This includes soft drinks, most teas except herbal teas and juices made from blueberries, cranberries, plums or prunes.
The Wolfe Clinic adds that distilled water, rice and nut milks and cow's milk are acid-producing drinks. The Clinic explains that an ideal diet that most closely matches your body's pH is comprised of approximately 25 percent acid-producing and 75 percent alkaline-producing foods and beverages. (Maura Benar, April 18, 2017 cited by OurEverydayLife.com)