Why You Should Get Rid of Alkaline Water?

Alkaline Water

Did you know that the amount of protons present in the given water has a rather ‘electrifying’ effect on the readiness with which other substances will dissolve: the more protons in solution, the more soluble cations become? The water containing a lot more free protons than hydroxide ions is said to be acidic, and acidic waters are notorious for containing large quantities of dissolved metals. Conversely, where the amount of hydroxide ions greatly outnumbers the protons, the water is said to be alkaline, and it will tend to contain large quantities of particular anions (especially the carbonate ion CO32-, which contains one carbon atom and three oxygen atoms).

As the hydrolysis equations show, there is such a close relationship between the concentrations of protons and hydroxide anions that measurement of one is the mirror image of measuring the other. This is where the concept of pH comes in very handy. Most people have heard of pH, and are aware that it provides a scale of measurement of the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a water: pH 7 denotes a water that is neither acidic nor alkaline, in which the H + and OH- ions are present in equal concentrations. Such waters are described as neutral. Waters with a pH much lower than 7 are acidic (i.e. H + is far more abundant than OH-), while those with pH much greater than 7 are alkaline (i.e. OH- greatly exceeds H +). In natural waters, pH is most commonly in the range 6.5 to 8.5, termed ‘circum-neutral’. There is a powerful series of reactions between H +, OH-, carbon (C) and oxygen (O), which has the effect of resisting excessive lowering or rising of pH outside of the circum-neutral range. This complex of reactions is usually referred to as the carbonate buffering system. Its importance for aquatic chemistry cannot be over-emphasized.

Because most waters are circum-neutral, most life on Earth is adapted to coping with water in that narrow pH range, and tends to struggle when it encounters acidic or alkaline waters. For instance, even modest acidification of the oceans can lead to the calcium carbonate shells of many sea creatures dissolving, with fatal consequences. For us humans, acidic waters aren’t so problematic, at least not if we only drink them occasionally. In fact, many people rather like the sharp taste of carbonated water, which typically has a pH of about 3.5. Once in your stomach, acidic water is not a problem either, as the stomach is a naturally acidic place anyway. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t advise you to drink too many fizzy drinks, as the calcium in our teeth is highly prone to dissolving in acidic water.

While occasional modest drinks of acidic water can feel quite stimulating, I’ve yet to meet anyone who likes drinking highly alkaline water – though there are some spas where you can try it, if you really want to! However, in the quest of alkaline water, don’t forget to pay for your safe and clean drinking water. Make sure that your bill payments are up-to-date with Thames Water (if you are suing their services and if you are facing any problem while paying your bills, please feel free to call them directly at Thames Water Contact Number.

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