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What is Alkalinity?

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The alkalinity is equal to the stoichiometric sum of the bases in solution. In the natural environment carbonate alkalinity tends to make up most of the total alkalinity due to the common occurrence and dissolution of carbonate rocks and presence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Other common natural components that can contribute to alkalinity include borate, hydroxide, phosphate, silicate, nitrate, dissolved ammonia, the conjugate bases of some organic acids and sulfide. Solutions produced in a laboratory may contain a virtually limitless number of bases that contribute to alkalinity. Alkalinity is usually given in the unit mEq/L (milliequivalent per liter). Commercially, as in the pool industry, alkalinity might also be given in the unit ppm or parts per million.

What are the water quality standards for alkalinity?

As the concentration of calcium carbonate increases, the alkalinity increases and the risk of acidification decreases.

The good news is that you can regulate alkalinity levels in your body from your diet by cutting down on acid producing foods such as caffeine, alcohol, soda, meat, dairy, salt, and sugar. Try to replace these foods with vegetables, and natural unprocessed foods.

It’s not just diet that affects your pH levels, lack of exercise, drugs, anger, and stress all make you acidic. Cut out the negative habits and feelings out of your life and stand by positive people and decisions. Slip out of the office during the day and take a short walk on your lunch break. Living a healthy and stress free life is the key to living a long and happy life!

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