Here are the facts about how to drink alkaline water. It may be simpler than you think and will certainly cost a lot less than buying an ionizer.

The alkalinity of freshwater has to do with the amount of dissolved minerals present. Because of treatment steps like reverse osmosis, there may be no dissolved minerals in your tap water. But there are reliably large amounts of minerals in some areas.

Mineral content affects the taste. There can be a positive or negative effect depending on the minerals present. Minerals are also referred to as electrolytes, which are necessary for proper hydration.

It is important to mention that the pH level of what you drink will have no effect on the pH level of your bloodstream. Your body will maintain the pH level of your blood, unless you are in very poor health.

Marketers claim that eating acidic foods and drinking acidic beverages causes an imbalance that leads to acidosis of the tissues and organs, while your body works to maintain the pH level of your blood. There is no scientific evidence to support that claim.

So, while we are talking about how to drink alkaline water, you should know that there is no need to buy an ionizer or use the liquid drops that are supposedly to “infuse” 15 gallons with 72 ionic minerals. If you take a good multi-nutritional supplement, you do not need the drops.

The marketers also recommend that you test the pH level of your saliva or urine to determine how healthy you are. Saliva and urine pH have nothing to do with your health. Your doctor may check the pH level of your blood if he or she suspected kidney disease or lung damage.

Here's how to drink alkaline water. Invest in a home purifier with an ion exchange step. The ion exchange step will not “infuse” the liquid with 72 ionic minerals, but it will exchange any metallic particles, such as traces of lead, for sodium or potassium. Those minerals improve the test and by removing tracks of lead, the step helps to protect your health.

There are many toxins in publicly treated supplies and in private wells due to pollution in the environment. Those toxins are much more dangerous than eating acidic foods. Only a good home purifier can protect you from them.

Now that you know how to drink alkaline water, you might want to learn how to find a good home water purifier. That's really the first step.