What is Alkaline Water?
If you are interested in the acid-alkaline diet then the chances are that you will have read a lot about alkaline water. So what is alkaline water and why do many people feel that it can bring health benefits? To understand the possible health benefits of alkaline water, we first need to understand a little bit about the theory of the acid-alkaline diet.
The acid-alkaline diet
We don’t want to go into too much depth here because this post is primarily focussing on what alkaline water is but the basic idea behind the acid alkaline diet is that all foods, drinks or even airborne particles we take into our body all have the potential to alter the PH level of the cells within our body, making them either more acidic or more alkaline. Our cells also produce acids that need to be neutralized as they carry out their daily processes. The more acidic these cells become, the more prone they are to disease. So the idea is to give your body enough alkaline forming foods and drinks to keep your cells slightly alkaline.
So what is Alkaline Water?
Firstly we need to understand that water does not have one static PH level, all waters have a different PH level, often depending on the minerals contained in the water. The PH level of the water that comes out of your tap can range from anywhere between 6 and 8.5 and the PH level of many well- known bottled water brands also varies dramatically.
Alkaline water is water that has been fed through some form of water alkalizing machine or has had alkalising minerals added to the water in an attempt to increase its PH level and make it much more alkaline, often up to around PH level 10. In this way alkaline water is believed to help in neutralizing any acids within our body that could lead to hyper-acidity and disease.
Will you be trying Alkaline Water?
So does Alkaline Water work?
This is where we run into our usual problems when we come to anything health related, or at least when it comes to alternative medicine. The evidence surrounding alkaline water is very conflicting. Some people swear by alkaline water, saying that it has drastically improved their health and vitality. Others – including many scientists – refute the claims made by those who sell the idea of alkaline water for health, stating that much of the supposed research on the subject of alkaline water is not backed up by fact. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t give alkaline water a try though, I’m just saying that it might not be worth investing thousands of dollars into a water alkalizing machine right from the get go.
What are the cheaper ways to try alkaline water?
Instead of jumping straight into buying an expensive water alkalizing machine then, why not try the cheaper options first? Perhaps you could try a portable water alkalizer as they’re much cheaper than the big machines but will allow you to test the benefits of alkaline water for a much cheaper initial cost. There are also supplements out there which you can add to water in order to increase its PH level, so perhaps it might be worth giving that option a try too. Finally you will also find that some bottled waters have a quite alkaline PH, so if you really didn’t want to go wild with your investment then you could try one of those brands. Personally I’m a big fan of Evian as a bottled water brand because of its PH level and mineral content but there are many other high PH brands on the market including some that are specifically bottled and branded as truly alkaline water. These tend to be quite expensive though and you may find them difficult to get hold of unless you are shopping online.