co pH: Acid or Alkaline? –

ACIDIC WATER - A water condition which has a pH lower than 7.0
ALKALINE WATER - A water condition which has a pH higher than 7.0
Properly hydrated cells are healthier cells. However not all waters or soda hydrate the same. Many are very acidic and much more damaging than most people understand.

pH is a measure of acidity, ranging for most liquids from 0 to 14. A pH below 7 is neutral and represents the acidity of pure water at room temperature. A pH below 7 is acidic. Low pH can corrode tooth enamel. A pH above 7 is called alkaline or basic. (source: Jain, Nihill, Sobkowski, Agustin. General Dentistry March/April 2007)

When water carries more hydrogen than hydroxyl ions, it is said to be ACID; when hydroxyl ions predominate, science calls water ALKALINE. Our blood system is always working to keep itself at that narrow range of pH 7.3 to 7.45. This process is called homeostasis.
When we drink a popular soft drink like colas, which has an acidic pH of 2.5, the bloodstream does not lower itself to that level. Rather, the sugars and other elements in the drink are processed by the blood into acid wastes: some are eliminated, and others are stored at various locations in the body.

New theory of Aging
Modern medicine has not been able to answer the "Why We Age? " question. Yet another theory of aging and illness has been around for a long time. It has been voiced by natural healing practitioners all over the world, in America, Asia, and Europe . Briefly, this theory holds that aging (and many diseases) results from the accumulation of acid waste products in the body.

Bad diet can cause acid wastes to be stored in the body. A meat and potato diet, for example, can cause the body to become more acidic.
When acid waste enter the bloodstream, the blood, in order to maintain that narrow pH range (7.35 pH to 7.45 pH), must store these wastes somewhere. These wastes, lodged in the body over decades, will overburden the whole system. Drink Chanson water to rid the body of wastes.

Bad Diets – includes meat and potatoes, fried food, soft drink colas, sucrose and other sugars – build up acid salts in the body.
Often these deposits, by having to be stored away from blood flow, can remain in the body for decades.

Stress – both mental and physical – can also form acid deposits in the body. Mental stress can make you feel depressed. While the physiology, scientific connection to stress in the body has not been completely established, there exists a school of thought in psychology, called psychosomatics, which maintains that one’s mental state will influence health. Doctors in Japan, following more than forty years of research and testing, believe that daily drinking of alkaline water can lift depression.

Acids in Popular Sodas Erode Tooth Enamel
Root beer could be the safest soft drink for your teeth, new research suggests, but many other popular diet and sugared sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid.
Prolonged exposure to soft drinks can lead to significant enamel loss, even though many people consider soft drinks to be harmless or just worry about their sugar content and the potential for putting on pounds, the study says.
The erosive potential of colas is 10 times that of fruit juices in just the first three minutes of drinking, a study last year showed. The latest research, published in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) journal General Dentistry, reports that drinking any type of soft drink hurts teeth due to the citric acid and/or phosphoric acid in the beverages.
Non-colas are less acidic than colas overall, the study found, but they erode the teeth more effectively than colas.

5 percent weight loss
The study measured the acidity, or pH, of 20 commercial soft drinks, including Coke, Pepsi, 7 Up and their diet versions, immediately after cans were opened. Then slices of enamel from freshly extracted teeth were weighed before and after being immersed in the soft drinks for 48 hours.
The result was that the teeth immersed in Coke, Pepsi, RC Cola, Squirt, Surge, 7 Up and Diet 7 Up lost more than 5 percent of their weight, according to the report by Poonam Jain of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and her colleagues. (Other sodas brought about losses in the enamel weight in the range of 1.6 percent to 5 percent).
AGD spokesman Kenton Ross said that RC Cola was found to be the most acidic soft drink studied, with a pH of 2.387 (the pH scale ranges from 0 to 14 for most liquids, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the least acidic - or most alkaline). Cherry Coke was found to be the next most acidic (pH of 2.522), and Coke was the third most acidic soda tested (pH of 2.525).
Battery acid has a pH of 1.0. Pure water at room temperature has a pH of 7.0.
The results show that a soda's acidity is not the whole story when it comes to tooth erosion. The type of acid in the soda, level of soda and calcium content are also factors. Citric acid is the most erosive acid found in soft drinks and is the predominant acid in non-cola drinks.
"The bottom line is that the acidity in all soft drinks is enough to damage your teeth and should be avoided," Ross said in a prepared statement.
Root beer's advantage
Root beer was found to be the least acidic of all soft drinks, with a pH 4.038 for the Mug brand, Jain and her colleagues found. The reason for the reduced acidity is that root beer is often non-carbonated and contains no phosphoric or citric acids.
Still, drinking anything in the pH rage of 4.038 is badly damaging to other parts of the body.
A 2006 study reported that orange juice and sports drinks also reduce the surface hardness of tooth enamel, but a cola reduced more - the dentin, surface enamel and two additional dental components. (Dental erosion refers to the action of acid on the entire tooth surface. Cavities and tooth decay tend to hit targeted areas, such as pits, grooves and spots where teeth are adjacent).
In the past 40 years, many Americans have swapped nutrient -dense milk for sodas and other beverages that are mostly bereft of nutrients. In 1966, Americans drank, on average, 20 gallons of soft drinks and 33 gallons of milk. In 2003, Americans drank an average of 46 gallons of soft drinks and 22 gallons of milk. Milk contains minerals, proteins, vitamins and, most importantly, calcium. Still, some studies show that milk actually leaches calcium from the body and that all the hype about it building strong bones is really deceptive marketing.
To properly hydrate, one should eliminate harmful sodas all together. It takes 32 parts of alkaline water to undo the damage of drinking two sips of acid sodas.

This article, courtesy of Health on Planet Earth