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How to Make Alkaline Water

author image Jonathan Croswell
Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.
How to Make Alkaline Water
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Water is alkaline when it has its pH level adjusted so that it is around 8 or 9, making it a base. Many of its proponents believe this improves your body's health because the body tends to gravitate towards being acidic, which can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. There are expensive water ionizers that will release chemicals and supplements into the water to turn it alkaline. These are fine options, but you can also create your own alkaline water.

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Step 1

Fill a glass with about 8 ounces of water. Don't use straight tap water, since this usually has chemicals added during the purification process. Use distilled or filtered water, or water purified through reverse osmosis.

Step 2

Add 0.4 grams of sea calcium to the mixture. While this might seem like an insignificant amount, pH levels are sensitive, and this amount will make a big difference.

Step 3

Place half a capsule of magnesium complex into the water. Mix the water with a spoon or stirring stick. This method combats potential calcium or magnesium deficiencies in addition to making alkaline water, according to

Step 4

Consider purchasing a water ionizer and a water distiller to speed the process of making alkaline water. This is a good option for those who will drink multiple glasses a day.

Step 5

Use pH drops, which use highly-concentrated alkaline minerals to "dramatically increase the alkalinity of the liquid, according to This method is advantageous because pH drops can be packed in a purse or bag and added to any water drank throughout the day.

Step 6

Add lemon or lime juice to your water. This is the cheapest option, according to Even though lemons and limes are acidic fruits, they have minerals in them that have an alkaline effect on your body, although they are better used as a quick fix than a permanent solution since this option's health benefits don't stand up to other alternatives in the long run.

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