Is Alkaline Water Really Good for Your Health?
You’ve probably heard the hype about alkaline water benefits. Is there a correlation between alkaline water and good health?It seems like every other year there’s a new trend in water, and it can be hard to keep up when it comes to what kind of water is the best to be drinking at the moment.
By nature, regular tap water has a neutral pH. You might remember testing different liquids in chemistry class by dipping a strip in them to determine their pH — you can get those same strips at a hardware store to test your water to see what kind of balance your tap water has, but chances are it will fall around 7, which is neutral.
Understanding Water, and Alkaline Water
Alkaline water (also known as ionized water or ionized alkaline water), by contrast, is water that is has a pH level higher than 7, and the general idea is that drinking it will help your body neutralize acids that can be harmful. You can purchase bottled alkaline water, or an alkaline water filter to produce the same effect at home. Common claims indicate that alkaline water can help improve your overall health and fitness as a result. But does the hype live up to the actual results? You might be surprised.
The Myth That Alkaline Water Is Good For Your Health
To the degree that any water is good for your health, alkaline water can be beneficial for you. It’s important to realize however, that in most cases, drinking plenty of regular (neutral) water every day is in itself, a key component of having a healthy diet and lifestyle.
That said, claims that alkaline water is more beneficial than ordinary water have not been substantiated by anything more than anecdotal evidence.
The Myth About Alkaline Water and Anti-Aging Claims
Again, drinking plenty of water as a general rule has a lot of benefits for a more youthful affect. Besides improving overall skin complexion, drinking enough water flushes out toxins and free radicals in the body that can cause the cell deterioration primarily responsible for premature aging.
Alkaline water, as a result, can be shown to help prevent the biggest culprits of premature aging, however, there simply isn’t enough data to demonstrate that it has a bigger impact than drinking simple, neutral pH tap water.
The Myth That Alkaline Water Prevents Illness
Proper hydration can help you ward off the common cold and keep you healthier in general. Lots of water helps support your immune system by flushing toxins from your body more effectively. Proponents of alkaline water (mostly those organizations and individuals selling alkalizers and/or alkaline water) will tell you alkaline water is better suited to keeping you feeling fine than regular tap water, but the evidence just isn’t there.
In studies that compared alkaline water drinkers with regular water drinkers, the biggest differentiator for health and avoiding ailments like the flu and common colds still comes down to the amount of water consumed, not whether or not it was alkalized.
The Lemon Alkaline Water Myth
There is no scientific evident that lemon/lime juice mixed in alkaline water provides health benefits. It is known that lemon/lime are acidic in pH but contain minerals that react with your body to make urine less acidic. But that isn’t true for the rest of your body — which regulates its blood
Does Alkaline Water Taste Good?
In a taste test of waters done in 2017, opinions of alkaline water were divided. Those who enjoyed the water said it was smooth and clean. Those who didn’t thought it was actually acidic, and described it as “salty in taste.” The best way to explain is it may taste different, or the same. It may taste bad, or good — it all depends on your palate’s personal preferences.
Can I Get An Alkaline Water Test?
You can buy pH test strips from many retailers — both brick and mortar and online. Looking for more than just a pH test? Your local Culligan Man is happy to test your water for free to help you decide if you should be drinking filtered water rather than what’s currently coming out of your tap. Schedule your FREE water test today, or learn more about the benefits of drinking water.
Is Culligan Water Alkaline? What Else Should I Know?
Culligan water in its standard form, through a bottle cooler or having gone through reverse osmosis, is no more or less alkaline than your typical bottled water you’ll find in stores.
Our bodies are designed to function effectively with plain, neutral pH water. They’re designed to find their own balance, and while many health trends come and go, the biggest takeaway is that simple hydration is the key. The more water you drink (to a point) the healthier you’ll be, whether that water is slightly more alkaline, or slightly more acidic.
Want to experience all the benefits of alkaline water? You’ll likely be just as well off saving your money and drinking fresh, filtered tap water. As long as the water you’re drinking is free from harmful contaminants, you’ll benefit from getting your daily recommended ounces (the rule of thumb is at least 64 ounces per day, or 8, 8-ounce glasses) of water.