Acidic water refers to water with a pH of less than 7.The pH of water indicates how acidic or basic (alkaline) it is. This measure can range from 0 to 14, with a pH of 7 being neutral. There are many causes of low pH water, including natural causes like acidic rain. Soil microbes, tree roots, and some rock formations can also generate acids that cause nearby water to become acidic. Oftentimes, acidic water is due to industrial pollution, with low pH water often being found near mining sites, chemical dumps, power plants, confined animal feeding operations, and landfills
It’s not recommended to drink acidic water, as its high acidity and concentration of heavy metals can have several negative health consequences.
ACIDIC WATER MAY CONTAIN HEAVY METALS
One of the main concerns with acidic water is that it often contains high amounts of heavy metals. Research has found that solutions with lower pH levels are more likely to leach heavy metals from the environment. As a result, the solution — in this case, water — ends up with a higher concentration of heavy metals. In particular, acidic water can be high in lead, arsenic, copper, nickel, cadmium, chromium, and zinc. This is concerning, as exposure to heavy metals can be dangerous, potentially leading to heavy metal poisoning and toxicity, symptoms of which include the following:
2- Nausea and vomiting
3- Abdominal pain
6- Shortness of breath
7- Suppression of the immune system
8- Organ damage
The severity of these side effects depends on several factors, including age, sex, individual susceptibility, and the route, dose, and frequency of exposure. Children, in particular, have been shown to have more severe side effects from heavy metal exposure, including an increased risk of developmental delays, respiratory issues, behavioural disorders, certain forms of cancer, and heart disease.
ACIDIC WATER MAY CAUSE TOOTH DECAY
The pH of food and beverages plays an important role in your overall health. In particular, tooth enamel — the hard, outer surface of your teeth that protects it against decay — is susceptible to damage from acidic beverages.
While acidic groundwater hasn’t been studied specifically, beverages with a pH of 4.5 or less have been shown to increase the risk of tooth decay. As such, regularly drinking acidic water may slowly erode your tooth enamel, causing cavities.
ACIDIC WATER MAY BE BAD FOR BONE HEALTH
Consuming acidic water has been claimed to prevent calcium absorption and lead to bone loss over time. Yet, research hasn’t shown that the pH of your diet significantly affects your risk of bone loss, nor has it consistently shown that drinking alkalized water has a protective effect. However, exposure to certain heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and chromium, has been linked to negative side effects for bone health. Therefore, regular exposure to acidic water that’s high in these heavy metals may have negative effects on bone health over time.
ACIDIC WATER CAN DAMAGE THE PLUMBING IN YOUR HOUSE
In addition to harming your body, acidic water can corrode pipes. Due to its high acidity, water with a low pH can start to dissolve metal pipes over time, causing leaks and further increasing the presence of heavy metals in your drinking supply. Signs that your pipes may be experiencing corrosion due to acidic water include blue-green stains on your faucets or in your sink, metallic-tasting water, and pinhole leaks in your plumbing.
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