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Consumers were on pace to spend more than $1 billion on alkaline water in 2019, and that number is anticipated to be even higher this year. This growth comes from numerous claims of health benefits for those that drink it compared to regular water. However, are the claims substantiated by scientific evidence? What exactly is alkaline water, and is it right for you? Let’s look at the potential benefits and drawbacks of drinking alkaline water.

What is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water has a slightly different pH level than regular water. pH measures the acidity of a liquid on a scale from 0 to 14. Water is a seven, which is neutral, while alkaline water scores an eight or nine. Liquids with more acidity like lemon juice will have lower numbers. Excessively high or low pH liquids can be detrimental to people, especially in large doses. Alkaline water has slightly more alkalinity than regular water and may have a slightly bitter taste. Our bodies work to maintain a balanced pH level, so the body will naturally counter any changes brought on through our diet.

What Are the Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water?

The benefits highlighted here come from anecdotal evidence. One of the most notable anecdotal benefits of drinking alkaline water is a decrease in bone loss. Other common claims and beliefs include:

  • anti-aging and colon-cleansing properties
  • an improved immune system
  • better hydration and skin health
  • weight loss

Due to its pH, alkaline water is believed to have anti-acidic properties that can benefit those with acid reflux. However, eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains could offer better relief that is longer lasting. Those suffering from acid reflux should discuss with their doctor if alkaline water could help the problem or if a better solution is available.

What Are the Potential Downsides of Drinking Alkaline Water?

However, medical professionals warn that alkaline water can have negative effects. An excess of alkalinity may lead to gastrointestinal issues and skin irritation. It can also lead to nausea, vomiting, hand tremors, muscle twitching, tingling and mental confusion. Serious cases appear to be rare. Drinking alkaline water occasionally will not make much of a difference. However, people that drink more than a gallon per day may produce more gastric juices and digestive enzymes. These excess acids are the body’s response to more alkalinity and they are created to maintain pH balance.

People with kidney conditions or who take kidney medication should avoid alkaline water. The minerals in alkaline water may accumulate in their bodies and could be difficult for someone without a fully functioning kidney to process. The biggest downside of drinking alkaline water simply comes with the cost. Buying alkaline water or an alkaline filter can be expensive without any proven benefits.

Is Drinking Regular Water or Drinking Alkaline Water Better?

Water is considered the best thing that people can drink and offers numerous health benefits without the need to be alkaline. Drinking more water can:

  • improve memory and mood
  • reduce sugar cravings
  • improve exercise performance
  • assist in bowel health
  • reduce the risk of kidney stones and bladder infections

A survey showed that 75 percent of American adults are chronically dehydrated. The lack of drinking enough water can cause several health problems including:

  • foggy memory and irritability
  • slower metabolism and increased fatigue
  • overeating and weight gain
  • a weakened immune system
  • persistent headaches

Instead of worrying about whether to drink alkaline water, most people should consider drinking more regular water to improve their overall hydration. While it can be difficult to drink the recommended eight glasses of water per day, there are mobile apps and water bottles that will provide reminders to drink throughout the day. Those interested in the potential benefits of drinking alkaline water should wait for more comprehensive scientific studies from independent researchers to confirm the benefits. Until then, drinking the proper amount of regular water is the best investment you can make in your health.

Make Sure Your Water is Pure

The benefits of water are well known, but you want to ensure the water you drink is clear of impurities. Sadly, commercial water filters sometimes do not catch everything they should. Our laboratory at the Atlantic Blue Water Center can test your home’s water to ensure it is safe to drink. High levels of chemicals like arsenic, lead, and selenium can cause illness, or in the worst cases, death. These chemicals can make it into the water despite filters and water treatment centers. The only way to be confident in your home’s water is with a third-party test from a trusted laboratory.

Remove Waterborne Contaminants Using Atlantic Blue Water Center

We provide water treatment solutions for homeowners that want a cleaner water supply. We’re also focused on providing additional education on water treatment, water quality, and issues associated with water contaminants. Call us at (410) 751-9200 to schedule your in-home water testing appointment today.