Drinking Alkaline Water!

I have been reading a lot about the benefits of alkaline water and have been interested in trying it out for myself. Have you heard about this?

As I understand it, alkaline water is water with a higher pH. While acidic substances (like soda pop) have a lower pH, less acidic substances have a higher pH. There are plenty of health benefits associated with having a non-acidic body, and drinking alkaline water can apparently help keep down your body’s acidity levels. 

Based on my research, there are two types of alkaline water. The first kind of alkaline water is natural in the sense that the water has become alkaline as a result of its environment. For example, water can become alkaline by picking up minerals as it trickles down a mountain stream. The second kind of alkaline water is unnatural in the sense that a human made machine has been used to increase its alkalinity.

Being someone interested in health and wellness, I have obviously been more interested in the first kind of alkaline water, being natural alkaline water. I was having coffee with my good friend Betty a few months ago when she suggested that I try using a copper water bottle. Apparently storing water in a copper water bottle increases the pH of water and can also have a multitude of other health benefits.

After spending a few hours researching, I was interested to learn that certain cultures have been using copper vessels to store drinking water for hundreds if not thousands of years. I also discovered that copper water vessels can be very beautiful! My favourite design, and the one I ultimately purchased for myself, is this copper water bottle made by a company called Copper H2O.

Copper H2O has a very informative website with plenty of information regarding the health benefits of drinking from a copper vessel, including an explanation of how to make alkaline water using a copper water bottle.

I use my copper water bottle every day, and have been testing the water with litmus paper to see how alkaline it becomes. If I store water in my copper bottle overnight, the pH of the water tends to increase by one or two points, which is perfect for me. I haven’t experimented with keeping my water stored in my water bottle for longer than that, but I bet that doing so would increase the water’s pH a bit more!

Talk to you next time, and in the meantime, don’t hesitate to let me know if you’ve had an interesting experiences with alkaline water!  I’d love to hear from you.

Vist to Palm Springs!

Greetings from beautiful Palm Springs! Every now and then, I go down to Palm Springs for a few days to visit some friends. I have been down for a few days now, and the weather has been very sweet! People always ask me what the weather is like in Palm Springs. During the spring and summer, the weather can be downright unbearable. It isn’t uncommon for days to get scorching which means that your options for the day are quite limited! During the winter, the situation is very different: it can range from a cloudy, chilly day to a perfectly pleasant day for sipping drinks by the pool.

There are plenty of things to do around Palm Springs, which makes it an excellent destination when you’re looking to take a break. For example, I generally stay in an area close to Mesquite St., which is home to a lovely hike that takes you up into the mountains. The views of palm springs are tremendous! In addition, it’s a great workout. A lot of my friends have expressed surprise that Palm Springs isn’t completely flat! As it turns out, the geography is far more varied than anything you’d expect.

Once you have spent some time hiking in the mountains, chances are you’ll have worked up a pretty good appetite! Luckily, Palm Springs is also home tons of great food. One of my favourite places to eat in Palm Springs is called El Mirasol – it’s this lovely Mexican place, and there are a few locations around town. I went there the other day and was treated to some lovely quesadillas while an excellent musician strummed on his guitar, all while fellow diners danced in their seats. What a lovely experience!

If you haven’t got the appetite for a full meal and you just want a little snack, you can also consider taking a walk around your garden! Citrus fruits are very common here in Palm Springs, and the area I stay in has plenty lemon trees, orange trees, and grapefruit trees. The fruit is absolutely delicious and much sweeter than the fruit I normally buy from the store.

When I stay in Palm Springs, however, I don’t eat out all that much. I much prefer to treat myself to a lunch or dinner out every now and then, and otherwise prepare healthy meals for myself. Luckily, Palm Springs is also home to a fabulous Trader Joe’s! You can get tons of healthy, organic, and relatively inexpensive things from Trader Joe’s. I went there the other day and loaded up the trunk of my car – that should last me for a while!

Anyway, it’s a beautiful day today, the sun is out, and the swimming pool is beckoning. I think it’s time to take a nice dip! Talk to you next time!

Hello, My Name is Martha!

Hello, my name is Martha Talks! I am a holistic nutritionist and very interested in discovering new things and staying healthy. I was born and grew up in England and emigrated to the United States number of years ago. I currently live in beautiful San Francisco with my trusty beagle, Keiko.

I am happy to finally have my own blog and will use this space to write about things I discover on the subjects of nutrition, health, wellness and fitness. I will try to write as often as I can, although Keiko likes to keep me active and outdoors, so I may not always be as active as I would like!

I am always delighted to connect with like-minded people, so if you would like to get in touch, or even co-author some posts with me, I would be delighted to hear from you! You can always reach me at martha@marthatalks.com.