Posted on December 28 2015
Alkaline Water: Beneficial or a Hoax? by Roki Prunali
Alkaline based diets have been all the rage lately, but I must say, I never really did my research. The other day at the store I saw a filtered bottle to make your own alkaline water at home, and tempted to add something else “healthy” to my regimen, I purchased this rather expensive bottle without really knowing what I was buying. Now that I have read up a little more on alkaline water, I wanted to share with you pretty birds my thoughts on alkaline water.
What is Alkaline Water?
Alkaline Water, also known as ionized water, is measured on a basis of the pH scale of acidity to alkalinity. The normal scale runs from 0 to 14; liquids with a score of 1 are highly acidic and those with 13 are very alkaline. Pure mineral water has a pH close to 7, which is the neutral midpoint on the scale, while alkaline water ranges between 7 and 9.5.
Alkaline water is believed to work by making our bodies less acidic. Naturally, the human blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH of around 7.4, and we must maintain a close range to this. Other benefits claim to slow the aging process, increase energy, and help fertility issues.
Athletes gain the most from drinking alkaline water because intense exercise causes muscles to produce more hydrogen ions than the body can effectively remove, thus increasing acidity and fatigue. Drinking alkaline water can help the body buffer the acidity, especially with the mineral compounds calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Are there any cons to drinking Alkaline Water?
People who have a kidney condition or taking medication that alters kidney function are at risk to accumulating minerals in their bodies and are strongly suggested to stay away from alkalized water.
Also, overdoing it on alkaline water can throw off your body’s natural pH, leading to a condition called metabolic alkalosis, a condition in which the pH of human tissue is elevated beyond its normal range. Our bodies naturally do a sufficient job at maintaining blood pH, so if your pH is out of balance, it is more important to determine the underlying cause.
How can you get Alkaline Water?
You can artificially make alkaline water by running tap water in an ionizer or drinking bottled spring or mineral water. Natural spring water flows through rocks and soil picking up various minerals along the way, which affects its level of pH. The minerals that cause water to be alkalinized include calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. Bottled water that contains higher pH levels includes Essentia, Iceland Spring, Fiji Water, Smart Water, Evian, Aquafina, and Dasani.
So, should you be drinking alkaline water?
Personally, I have decided that I am still going to use my new filter and drink alkaline water, as with anything, you should not exaggerate how much alkaline water you take in. In most places, the tap water is acceptable and has a good filter system set in. For now, I am going to mix my water sources with alkaline water, tap water and bottled mineral water. Whatever water you choose to drink, staying hydrated is the most important role in keeping balanced.