How to Balance Your Body's pH with Water

Water is vital for the human body and maintaining the right pH level within is necessary to properly carry out all our functions. Not drinking enough of it will lead to dehydration and other imbalances.
How to Balance Your Body's pH with Water
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 08 July, 2022

Have you ever stopped to think about why a glass of fresh water is more refreshing and revitalizing than any stimulant drink? Why, when you wake up in the morning and drink a glass of it, your body instantly starts to feel better? This is because this common liquid is essential for life as we know it. As such, remedies that contain it aren’t only refreshing but keep you healthy.

Your internal organs, skin and even your hair depend on water to stay healthy. However, not everyone finds it easy to drink enough water.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips to drink more water. Not only to stay better hydrated but to improve body function.

The role of water on your health

The human body contains a lot of water, about 55 to 75 percent, depending on your age and physical constitution. This liquid is involved in almost all physiological processes, from the transport of nutrients and oxygen, to the elimination of waste substances and salts.

You can obtain water from food but you also need to drink it. Experts recommend at least 3 glasses of water a day.

Furthermore, you can lose water as easily as you drink it when you move and exercise. Thus, you must replenish fluids to remain hydrated and normally go about your day.

How much of it should you drink every day?

A woman drinking water to balance her body's pH.

You don’t have to drink 5 pints of water a day or 6, 7 or 8 glasses. However, in order to stay hydrated, you should drink water depending on your level of thirst, your lifestyle, and your general state of health.

For example, a pregnant woman won’t have the same needs as a baby or a child. Saying that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day is nothing more than a myth.

How much water a person should drink depends on the individual – there is no universal norm. It’s important to get to know your own body and understand its needs. This will allow you to prevent the negative consequences of low water consumption, such as dehydration.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

There’s no reliable early indicator that the body needs water. Many people, especially older adults, don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. This is why it’s important to increase your water intake during warm weather and when you’re sick.

Dehydration is nothing more than an imbalance in the ratio of water and mineral salts in the body. These are some of the symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Confusion 
  • Excessive thirst
  • Headache
  • Dark-colored urine 
  • Infrequent urination
  • Dry skin and gums
  • Decreased blood pressure

Hydrating home remedies

If you have trouble drinking water because of its lack of taste, you can use the following home remedies to gradually get used to drinking at least a couple of glasses of it every day.

Be sure to check with your doctor to find out some of the other options you can include in your diet to keep you hydrated.

With fresh mint

Some believe that mint has both calming and digestive properties when used for cooking or as remedy. Its smell is quite pleasant and relaxing and adds a certain freshness to any dish or beverage, especially during hot weather. What greater sensation on the palate than a cool glass of water with mint leaves?

With honey

Water with lime, honey and ginger.

 

Here’s an energetic combination to start the day: dissolve a teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water and drink it. Flower honey is high in calories so it provides lots of energy. Moreover, it contains a certain amount of the vitamins you need to be healthy, including A, D, E, B1, C and K, to name a few.

Warm water and lemon

Lemon juice contains folic acid, antioxidants, and vitamin C. As such, it’s considered an excellent way to start the day. Dissolve the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water and drink it before breakfast.

With cinnamon

As well as its obvious culinary uses, it’s believed that aromatic cinnamon, originating from Sri Lanka, possesses therapeutic properties. Since ancient times, it’s been used to stimulate the circulatory and digestive systems in your body.

It also has a positive effect on your respiratory system. Among its many components, we find terpenes, tannins and carbohydrates, which give it its sweet taste. Drink a healthy morning beverage by placing a cinnamon stick in a bottle of H2O for an hour.

Water and cloves

 

You can get whole cloves in most markets and grocery stores. Aside from being a very handy spice to keep in your cupboard, they can also be a useful ingredient for making hydrating drinks.

To benefit from its properties, you only need to put two to three cloves in your three pint bottle of water.

These remedies are just a few of the ways to stay hydrated.

And finally…

As you can see, you now have several ways to make the simple act of drinking this precious liquid more pleasant and healthy. Be sure to maintain a diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your body hydrated and balance your pH.



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