Whole 30, Day 14 – Water 2.0

Two hands holding a red and a black Santevia Alkaline Water Energy Flasks

Most people would agree that hydration is important, but we’ve recently discovered the next level of water consumption. No, we’re not talking about a fancy bottled drink with celebrity endorsement. No offense Jennifer, but we’re talking about something much Smarter…taking your own water – even tap water if you want, and changing it into something that not only absorbs better but also alters your body’s pH to a more healthful state and supplies much needed minerals. It’s the Santevia Alkaline Water Energy Flask and it’s one of your new favorite things.

Not only do these stainless steel flasks look good – I especially love how the design on the lids look like the bezzle of an expensive watch, but inside there are two mineral baskets filled with some pretty special stuff:

  • Tourmaline stones to raise the pH to 8.5+
  • Maifan stones to re-mineralize the water by adding iron, zinc, calcium and other beneficial minerals
  • Far infrared stones to energize the water
  • Chlorine reduction balls to reduce chlorine concentration
  • Negative potential balls to reduce the ORP value, which means more oxygen

Now I’m not going to go and copy a bunch of stuff off the internet about the benefits of drinking alkaline mineralized water. You can do a quick google search and find 1.38 million results. You can even find some skeptics that don’t really think it matters. But here, in a nutshell, is our take.

The most healthful state for human blood and most cells is slightly alkaline – about 7.3 (okay, I DID google that one…). But much of what we eat, including all meat, dairy, grains, sugar, alcohol and coffee create an acidic internal environment. Dairy might surprise some people because we’re often (wrongly) told to drink milk for heartburn. Other things that contribute to acidity include stress, pollution and environmental toxins, physical exercise and even some normal metabolic functions. So what’s the problem? The problem is when our bodies become acidic, our cells get less oxygen, cellular function is compromised, and pretty much every diseases, disorder and parasite thrives in the acidic, anaerobic environment that’s created.

But our body is pretty clever and figures out ways to keep our blood pH stable. Good news, right? Not so fast, because it does so at the expense of other systems by “pulling” alkalinizing minerals from our bones and other tissues. Talk about a raw deal.

So to us it makes sense to create as alkaline an internal environment as possible. Eating vegetables are GREAT for this – as if you needed another reason to eat your greens, but drinking alkaline water helps too. The only drawback we can see to the Santevia Flasks are they’re relatively small at 380ml (about 12 oz for our American friends). Since we aim to drink 2-3 l (~4-6 pints) per day, we pack around our 1.5l Kleen Kanteen and our Santevia flask. When the flask is empty, we top up and *presto* alkaline, remineralized water within 5 minutes!

Good to the last drop! 🙂

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