Thursday, July 24, 2014

The PH of Health

Water is one resource which every Singaporean knows about how precious it is. It is one of the most understated elements, colourless and even tasteless most of the time. To me, water is mostly a thirst quencher. And according to my parents, the more water you drink, the better it is for your skin and health.
But do you know that there is actually different form of water! For the health conscious out there, it is time to sit up straight and listen. I bet many of you are not aware of this. 
Alkaline Water
Alkaline Water! Have you heard of it before? Cos I have never heard of it! So yesterday, I had the opportunity to know about the water ionizer by StarWater. The water ioniser actually uses a "simple" (or maybe not so simple, but I will use layman terms to make it easier for you all) technology to separate the water.
To put it simply, it  is water purification method using 2 electrodes with different polarity such that the acidic ions and alkaline ions are separated. Thus producing the acidic water (which could be used for cleaning and cleansing) alkaline water (for drinking and consumption) and lastly purified water, which basically just neutral water (for those on medication).
Water Ionizer
Honestly, I am not sure if any of have heard of StarWater cos I myself have never heard of them. Haha. It is actually a Singapore brand. And the first thing that really capture my attention on the ionizer was its sleek design. The model that we actually saw that day was the white Star 5. It kinda of remind me of my iPhone *laugh* The truth is it is very aesthetic pleasing and easy on the eye. No surprise why they won Singapore Good Design. It is just something that I probably wouldn't feel too embarrassed placing it in my modern kitchen cos it just blends in well. Haha.
I went to their website and saw that they actually have a Star 7 launching soon. It is a little bit too bulky for my liking though. But one thing I really did fall in love with was the red water ionizer. Dangerously Chic!!! I tinkered with their knobs on the day itself and I think it is quite intuitive to use the water ionizer. Nothing hated most than hassle (even if it is for my good health)!
Blue To Purple
The presentation by StarWater that day was really more like an entertaining science lesson. It was very informative and we did a few experiments just to show how acidic the fluids we take in on a normal basis are. Sprite and Coke are expectedly acidic. But what came as a surprise to me was H-two-O! I was taken aback by the amount of acid in it. Thank god, I am not that a huge fan but my BF is. Our tap water is thankfully somewhat alkaline :)
Also, we also found out that with alkaline water, we can neutralise the acidic amount of fluids or solids we consume in a day. And using the blow test, you can actually find out how acidic you are. I am quite glad I wasn't pick as a volunteer cos I am definitely one highly acidic walking human. And for those who are't aware, carbon dioxide is an acidic gas (O'levels syllabus! My teacher will be proud that I still remembered)
Korean Pear Salad
The next part of the programme is something that I was really eager demonstration by Chef Anna using the alkaline water! But of course, it is not a must that you use alkaline water to prepare such scrumptious meal, it is just the preferred choice! :) As you all may know, I am like a housewife-in-training with the number of cooking lessons I have been attending. And the 3 dishes that she was going to teach us that day were healthy and not difficult at all to whip out at all! Very suitable for busy people like me!
The first dish was the Korean Pear Salad. I really liked the pear sweetness but I am not that into the Yuzu and lemony taste. Too sour for me. I am not much of a date person actually. But the dates really tasted very good and complements the pear very well.
4 Herbal Mix
The second dish is my favourite! I even had a second helping! It is the 4 herbal mix chicken soup! My Dad never cooks it at home so it was really a very good opportunity for me to learn it! When she started pan frying the sesame oil, I was literally drooling. It smelt so so good. 
The chicken was incredibly tender. I am more of a fishy girl than a red meat girl but this chicken was quite suited to my tastebuds! Yummy! I did contemplating having a third bowl. But I didn't want to look too greedy or hungry. It is so nice! I will probably try it at home some day and impress the BF with my fine culinary!
Black Sesame Rice
The third dish was the Black Sesame Rice, which I unfortunately didn't quite like. Sorry Lao Shi, it is a bit too salty for me. The organic rice was okay. I am not an Asian who is very particular about rice, so any grain would do since I can't taste the difference. But the seasoning came with salt..And OMG it was salty.
For me I would probably modify this dish a little, skip the salt and keep the sesame and I believe I would probably cook this quite often :)
Last but not least, we had our iced honey peppermint lemon cooler drink and a nice tea to go along. One thing I personally really liked about Chef Anna was her generosity. You know, when she heard that we have not tried a particular tea, or stuff before and she had it in her kitchen, she would just take it out and share it with all of us. And I think it was really very very nice of her.
The drinks themselves are easy to make. I also realised that when using the alkaline water, they actually absorb the flavor faster. It was less than a minute or so, and I noticed the water changing colour. My house doesn't use alkaline water and especially if we are using normal temperature water, I am pretty sure the flavour doesn't come out that fast!
And that summed up the cooking demonstration of that day!
I guess every event always let me take away some learning point.
Healthy Living Starts With You. Drink Your Way To Better Health! 
And that is what I took away. It is an investment and if you do not want to invest in it maybe due to financial reasons, I would recommend you to try to reduce the amount acidic food you take. And maybe drink more tap water instead of carbonic drinks. Sometimes we don't see the immediate effect now, but 10 years down the road, you may find yourself plagued with illnesses. This words of wisdom didn't really come from but from an older friend. But I thought I would share it with you guys...cos caring is sharing. 
Be a happy fish in good PH water! No need for nasty headmask! :)

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