The 4 Best Bottled Alkaline Water Brands Reviewed

The 4 Best Bottled Alkaline Water Brands Reviewed

What is the best bottled alkaline water on the market?

Now that more people are discovering the amazing health benefits of alkaline water, there are more people scrambling to find a great-tasting, reasonably priced bottled alkaline water to keep in stock at home.

Since bottled alkaline water isn’t always available in local grocery stores, we decided to test and review some of the biggest brands online to ensure that our top picks were available to everyone (at least everywhere Amazon delivers!).

Below you’ll find a breakdown on our favorite bottled alkaline waters according to their source, purification process, taste, and cost.

1). Evamor Alkaline Water

Where it comes from:

Evamor water comes from a rare artesian, naturally alkaline aquifer miles below the ground where it’s bottled directly at the source into BPA-free bottles.

What we think:

We love that Evamor comes from a protected natural source where it’s bottled directly because the water isn’t exposed to any human contact or air until you open it.

It tastes great, it’s alive with minerals, it’s available in many different sized bottles and cases, and there’s nothing added or removed. It’s delicious, naturally alkaline water from an ancient source the way nature intended.

Not only that, but Evamor alkaline water is regularly tested to ensure pH levels are where they’re supposed to be and evaluated by a third party laboratory. It’s clear that they take their water quality very seriously!

pH readings:

8.8-9.1

Cost:

$.07-$.12/fl oz (varies by bottle size and number of bottles in case)

Taste:

Some people complain that alkaline water has its own unique taste or texture, but the majority of Evamor drinkers agree that it tastes great without any strange texture or aftertaste.

2). Essentia 9.5 pH Drinking Water

Where it comes from:

Essentia water undergoes micro-filters, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet exposure in order to filter it to 99.9% purity. It is then infused with electrolytes and ionized to create alkaline water with a pH of 9.5 or higher.

What we think:

While we personally prefer water that is naturally alkaline, we love that Essentia is less expensive per ounce than many of its competitors and still tastes great.

For people who want to drink alkaline water exclusively, this may be a better bang for your buck in the long-term than some of the other competitors.

Taste:

While most people agree that Essentia tastes great and makes them feel better hydrated, there was a recall a couple years back (2014) that left some customers with a bad taste in their mouth about this brand. Recent reviews indicate that the quality product people initially fell in love with is back, but be sure to check expiration dates just in case. Anything from the last 2 years should be completely fine.

pH reading:

9.5 or higher

Cost:

$.03-$.05/fl oz (varies by bottle size and number of bottles in case) + free Amazon Prime shipping

3). Eternal Naturally Alkaline Spring Water

Where it comes from:

Previously imported from New Zealand, Eternal water is now sourced from three natural springs across the United States: the Shasta-Trinity Alps in California, the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and the Alleghany Mountains in New York.

What we think:

This water seemed to taste better when it was sourced from New Zealand, but it still tastes great from its current sources across the USA and we love that it’s naturally alkaline and purified. The price is fair, but the shipping can get pricey when it comes to ordering online. We would drink Evamor over this brand because of their water source, quality, taste and free Prime shipping.

pH readings:

7.8-8.2

Cost:

$.04-$.06/fl oz (+$12 shipping)

Taste:

Eternal water has a clean, refreshing taste that most people enjoy, especially if they’re already used to drinking alkaline water.

4). Molly Water 8.5 pH Premium Alkaline Water

Where it comes from:

Molly Water goes through an extensive purification process that results in 99.9% purity and contains natural ionic minerals from Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

What we think:

Overall, Molly Water is a quality alkaline water and is a great source of magnesium. While it doesn’t come directly from a natural source, it does contain important minerals and tastes great. It’s far more expensive per ounce than any of our other choices, but it’s a much better choice to fuel physical activity over sugar-loaded drinks like Gatorade.

pH readings:

8.5

Cost:

$3.60/fl oz

Taste:

Molly Water doesn’t have any kind of weird texture or taste. It’s infused with electrolytes which makes it a perfect drink before, during or after a workout for ultimate hydration.

In Summary

While we genuinely enjoy each and every one of these brands, there is no doubt that Evamor alkaline water is our top choice. Its source is ancient and pristine and is regularly tested for pH and purity by third party labs. Their prices are competitive, it has a superior taste, it qualifies for free 2-day Prime shipping and it’s packed with natural minerals that your body will love!

Best Kitchen Faucet-Mounted Water Filter Systems of 2017

Best Kitchen Faucet-Mounted Water Filter Systems of 2017

What Kind of Faucet-Mounted Water Filter System Is Best?

Faucet-mounted water filters have become increasingly popular over water pitcher filters for a few key reasons: installation is typically quick and easy and requires little to no tools, more contaminants are removed compared to a standard water-filtering pitcher, and many come at an affordable cost.

Below you’ll find a breakdown and review of the six most popular Kitchen Faucet-Mounted Water Filter Systems of 2016 according to our research.

DuPont WFFM350XCH Faucet Mount Water Filter

Our Rating: 4.8/5

What We Love
  • While this filter is about $10 more than many of the other brands mentioned in this review (ranges from $29-$35), you get what you pay for with a better design and longer warranty.
  • Sleek design with digital, easy-to-read display that comes in 3 finishes (chrome, brushed nickel, and white).
  • Digital display shows you how many gallons you’ve filtered so that you know exactly when to replace.
  • Filter has a 200 gallon capacity
  • Easy and quick installation
  • Improves taste, purity and clarity of water by reducing sediment, chlorine, cysts, lindane, benzene, asbestos, mercury and lead
  • Has built-in Microban antimicrobial protection to improve the life of the filter
  • Includes 4-year limited warranty
What We Don’t Love

There have been a few reports of the digital meter stopping or more trouble with installation than other brands, but all in all, those reviews are far and few in between and the warranty/customer service seems to take care of most any issue that may arise.

Overall Conclusions:

As our top choice, we didn’t find too much to complain about with this filter! All in all, it’s a great filter at a reasonable price with a 4-year warranty (twice as long as any other filter we’ve found) and we love the sleek design and digital display… it definitely feels worth it to spend the “extra $10” on the Dupont filter over its slightly cheaper competitors in order to get the higher quality product.

Read the entire DuPont WFFM350XCH Faucet Mount Filter review

Although many water filter systems are designed to fit with the modern décor of your kitchen, nothing can come close to DuPont’s Deluxe Faucet Mount.

Its sleek design is available in three colors: chrome, white and brushed nickel.

It comes with an easy to read electronic display that lets you know the quantity (in gallons) of water filtered. This helps in the measurement of the filter life and lets the owner know the right time at which the filter must be replaced.

The filter cartridge of this DuPont filter helps in removing sediment, benzene, lindane, chlorine, cysts, mercury, asbestos, and lead. Imagine getting clear filtered water every time with no chlorine odor or taste.

This model comes with a built-in Microban Antimicrobial product protection for improved filter life and performance. This water filter system can fit into most standard kitchen faucets. The entire water filtering system includes the Electronic Metered Deluxe Faucet Mount; an ultra-protection faucet mounts cartridge, two faucet adapters, two washers, a lifetime battery (pre-installed) and a plumbing tape.

DuPont gives a 4-year limited warranty on its WFFM350XCH model, which can be considered as one of the best you can expect in the industry.

However, keep in mind that you won’t be able to install this water filter at all if your kitchen faucets have a pull down spray head.

The replacement filters are available individually and in packs of three. They are designed for easy replacement where you can remove the filter cover at the back of the unit and install a new one easily.

The digital electronic display has a lifetime battery and indicates two very important things regarding the activity and functioning of the filter.

First, it shows the initial flush cycle and second, the quantity of water filtered is displayed in gallons.

There’s also a Water Flow Selector that allows one to switch between filtered and regular tap water easily. The DuPont WFFM350XCH weighs 1.3 pounds and requires two AA sized batteries. The batteries are not provided in the package.

For the digital display to function properly, make sure that you install it after you’ve installed the water filter.


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PUR FM-3700B Faucet Mount Filter

Our Rating: 4.0/5

What We Love
  • Extremely quick and easy to set up with one-click installation
  • It filters out most heavy metals and common contaminants (certified to remove over 70 contaminants, 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of pesticides)
  • Provides clean, refreshing water at a fairly affordable price ($22-$32 to start depending on store/shipping costs + $10-$20 per replacement filter depending on how many filters are bought at once)
  • A 2-year limited warranty is included
What We Don’t Love
  • Its 100 gallon capacity per filter isn’t unusual, but there are competitors with a 200+ gallon capacity, which is more convenient for families or frequent use.
  • There are lots of mixed reviews about the quality long-term… most customers love it for the first year or two, but run into leaks, faulty parts etc. shortly after the 2-year warranty is up.
  • Overall Conclusions:

    The PUR Advanced Faucet Water Filter Chrome FM-3700B is a good bang for your buck – it may not last you a lifetime, but it comes with a 2-year warranty and filters are sold everywhere, which makes it easy to replace.

    It’s not our top choice because a lot of reviewers ran into leaks and problems down the road and each filter only lasts 100 gallons (compared to 200+ gallons with some of its competitors), but it’s in our top 3 for the amount of contaminants removed, price point, indication light, and ease of use.

    Read the full PUR FM-3700B Faucet Mount Water Filter Review:

    The PUR Advanced FM-3700B in chrome finish weighs 1.5 pounds and has a Filter Change Indicator light that notifies you when 100 gallons are used up, so that it can be replaced quickly and easily as soon as the filter is full.

    Its filter removes 99% of lead and 96% of mercury as well as many other contaminants, which is much more than most standard water pitchers. It adapts itself equally well to both standard and pull-out faucets.

    The PUR Advanced Chrome FM-3700B is driven by the MAXION Filter Technology. In this advanced filtering technology, water passes through three levels of distinct filtering techniques to provide clean and fresh tasting drinking water.

    The activated carbon filter is made from coconut shells that are “heat treated’ with steam, which makes microscopic pores in each grain of carbon to let pure water pass through while trapping the contaminants.

    This model has the National Sanitation Foundation’s certification on removal of lead and organic contaminants and has been certified to filter out at least 70 contaminants. The advanced filter system also removes traces of pharmaceuticals.

    Part of what makes this type of filter so appealing is its 1-click-installation feature. The ease of installing and removing makes it convenient for anyone who needs an extra space in the sink at any time and the 360 degree swivel feature makes it compatible with most any sink.

    The PUR Advanced Chrome FM-3700B also offers an option to choose between filtered and unfiltered water with a simple switch.

    It requires no batteries and comes with a two-year limited warranty. The filter is active up to 100 gallons (about 3 months) and would require a replacement after that.

    On average, you’ll have to replace your filter about 4 times annually to enjoy clean drinking water all year round.

    Overall, the PUR Advanced Chrome FM-3700B is a good value for what you get and it comes with: a vertical faucet mount, filter casing, one filter and the Automatic Safety Monitor Gauge.


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    Culligan FM-25 Faucet Mount Filter

    Our Rating: 4.2/5

    What We Love
    • Like many other faucet-mounted filters, the Culligan FM-25 is quick and easy to set up with 1-click installation.
    • The price point is reasonable at $27-$30 (depends where you purchase) and most customers have positive things to say about the purity and taste
    • It’s NSF certified and provides level three advanced filtration to help reduce sediment, lead, cysts like giardia and cryptosporidium, turbidity, atrazine, lindane, bad odors and more.
    • Each filter provides up to 200 gallons of clean drinking water (on average 2-4 months depending on how often you use it).
    • Includes a 2-year limited warranty and fits most faucets
    What We Don’t Love
  • Unlike some if its competitors, the Culligan FM-25 doesn’t come with an indication light when it’s time to change the filter, so it’s important to mark it on the calendar or set an alarm on your smartphone to remind you when it needs to be done (water flow will slow down significantly).
  • While the warranty lasts 2 years and should cover any mishaps you have during that time, many consumers complain that it doesn’t last very long beyond those first two years.
  • Overall Conclusions:

    The Culligan FM-25 faucet mount filter has twice as much capacity per filter as the PUR and Brita with a similar price point. All three filters have a 2-year warranty, but the Culligan doesn’t have an indication light, which may be a missing piece for some consumers who don’t want to guess or rely on calendars to remind them when it’s time for a replacement. Overall, it’s a quality filter at a fair price that most consumers have positive things to say about.

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    The Culligan FM-25 water filter is the latest version to the Culligan FM-15. Most of the specifications are almost similar to its predecessor, yet there are a few advanced features that we’ll highlight in here.

    The design of FM-25 allows you to fit it either on the left or right of your tap. Every cartridge of the Culligan FM-25 has a filter that is capable of providing 200 gallons of pure drinking water.

    The filter removes bad taste and odor and reduces sediment, lead, cysts such as giardia and Cryptosporidium, and clears turbidity.

    Weighing only 0.89 pounds (or 403 grams), its compact and simple design allows for a perfect fit in most standard kitchen sinks.

    The only tool needed in the installation process is a wrench and the Culligan FM-25 package includes extra adaptors to accommodate various types of aerator faucet designs. (Note: the included adaptors may not fit all types of faucets.)

    To install the Culligan FM-25 faucet mount filter, all you need to do is unscrew the aerator and then fit in the adaptor.

    You can have clean filtered drinking water in about five minutes. Enjoy!


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    Brita On Tap Faucet Water Filter

    Our Rating: 3.7/5

    What We Love
    • Offered at a fair price point ($23-$28 depending on location)
    • Comes in both a Chrome and White finish
    • Removes 99.99% of cryptosporidium and giardia cysts and reduces the taste and odor of chlorine as well as lead and asbestos
    • Has an indicator light to notify you when it’s time to replace the filter
    • Easy installation, fits on most standard faucets and has 3 different “flow” options to choose from
    • Includes 2-year limited warranty
    What We Don’t Love
  • While the water looks clean and tastes good for the most part, it doesn’t seem to filter out as many contaminants and heavy metals as other comparable filters on the market.
  • Like other faucet-mounted filters in this price range, many users complain that they are not well-designed to continue working at the same level of quality more than a year or two.
  • Like the PUR FM-3700b, the 100-gallon capacity is kind of the “bare minimum” and there are other comparable filters that handle 200+ gallons for the same price range.
  • Overall Conclusions:

    This is a good filter for the price, but it’s not the best filter you can get in this range. Brita is a big name in the filtered water industry, but we think that you can get cleaner water and more life out of filters when it comes to the PUR, DuPont, Mancel or Culligan!

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    The Brita On Tap Faucet water Filter System comes in standard white or a classy, chrome finish that looks great in almost any sink.

    As far as filtration goes, it reduces chlorine taste and odor from water, removes lead and asbestos commonly found in tap water, and it easily eliminates 99% of the dangerous cysts like Cryptosporidium and giardia. It fits easily onto most standard faucets.

    The most unique feature of Brita On Tap is that it has an extra layer installed which only traps sediments. The filter dispenses up to 100 gallons of filtered drinking water.

    This also means that you are replacing 750 plastic bottles of standard 16oz drinking water, cutting down on waste and money.

    Another important feature of this water filter system is that it comes with an indicator that lets you know the exact time to dispose the current filter and install a new one.

    Once your Brita On Tap is installed, run the faucet for five minutes. The 100 gallon life of the filter begins after these five minutes.

    There are provisions for three different types of water flow: Brita filtered water; regular flow and spray.

    The regular flow is one that you get in your regular tap water. The Brita filtered water flows in half in size (diameter) of regular flow, but is more intense. The spray feature has a fairly good flow and pressure.

    It’s simple to install the Brita On Tap Water Filter System in your kitchen. Just unscrew the aerator from the faucet and check to see whether the faucet threads are on the inside or on the outside.

    If they’re on the inside, then select a proper adaptor and a washer and attach them to the faucet. If the adaptors don’t fit, call Brita’s consumer care for more support and instructions.

    Giving support to the base, insert the water filter till you hear a click sound. Great Success! You’ve installed it successfully.

    However, make sure that a green light flashes within 10 seconds. This indicates that the filter is engaged.

    Brita On Tap does not require any batteries to operate and includes a 2-year limited warranty.

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    MANCEL Faucet Mount Water Filter

    Our Rating: 4.5/5

    What We Love
    • Like many other kitchen faucet mounted water filter systems, the Mancel is easy to install, comes at a reasonable price point ($24-$26), and fits most standard faucets.
    • It reduces dangerous contaminants like sediment, chlorine, cysts, benzene, asbestos, mercury, & lead.
    • The Non-toxic KDF 55 filter also kills bacteria and inhibits the growth of scale, lime, mold, and fungi.
    • Sturdy construction and sleek design with very few reports of leakage.
    • Has a 530 gallon capacity, which is more than double what most other kitchen faucet-mounted water filters provide.
    • Filtered flow function seems to be quicker than most of its competitors
    What We Don’t Love
  • There isn’t an indication light or meter to let you know when it’s time to replace the filter.
  • No included warranty is listed, whereas most other filters provide at least 2 years under warranty.
  • Overall Conclusions:

    The MANCEL has the highest filtering capacity of up to 530 gallons per filter, which is far higher than every other faucet mount filtration system on this list! It looks sharp, has the fewest reports of leaks (along with the DuPont) and removes a wide variety of contaminants.

    Our biggest flaw with the MANCEL is the lack of a listed warranty (all the others include at least 2 years). That being said, customers have responded positively to Mancel’s customer service with comments of friendly, quick service in times of need. It’s our 2nd choice after the DuPont WFFM350XCH Faucet Mount System.

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    The Mancel Water Filter System is another good choice if you’re searching for a faucet-mounted water filter for your kitchen sink to produce clean, filtered water more conveniently.

    It eliminates the awful chlorine odor and sour taste from the regular tap water supply as well as other harmful contaminants like degraded soil wastes, chlorine, unusual bacterial growth, benzene, asbestos, mercury, and lead.

    The package comes with a faucet water filter and a cartridge.

    The non-toxic KDF 55 kills and removes various types of harmful bacteria and prevents further development and expansion of scale, lime, mold and fungi, etc.

    The construction feels sturdy because it’s made with durable ABS plastic that does not leak. The ABS plastic constituents are devoid of the hazardous BPA and Phthalate.

    The filter’s optimum function will provide up to 530 gallons of clean drinking water.

    On installing the filter, you may get brown water for the first few minutes of use. That is actually the carbon filter getting activated.

    The cartridge filter needs to be replaced every 3 to 4 months based on the frequency of consumption. The entire water filter weighs only four ounces and the stainless steel looks great in most any kitchen.

    Unlike other water filters, the water pressure in MANCEL Faucet Water Filter isn’t slowed down as significantly.

    Installation is a no-brainer and barely requires an instruction manual!

    All you have to do is remove the nozzle of your kitchen sink’s tap and fit in the water filter system.

    Many consumers responded positively to this product saying that this system never leaks, whereas the previous ones they bought did leak at one point or the other.

    The MANCEL Kitchen Water Filter weighs only 0.25 pounds and has dimensions of 2.36” in length, 4.33” in breadth and 4.33” in height. The suitable temperature for the water filter is less than 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

    This is a great filter for frequent water drinkers who want a quality system at an affordable price!

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    What is Reverse Osmosis Water?

    What is Reverse Osmosis Water?

    If you are a reader of health ezines or offline health publications, there’s no doubt you’ve encountered the popular buzz phrase, “reverse osmosis water.” If you are still crinkling your forehead and asking yourself, “What is reverse osmosis water” you are certainly not alone. There is much confusion on this topic and the purpose of this article is to clear up this confusion.

    What Is Osmosis?

    Before you can understand reverse osmosis, you first need to understand osmosis. Osmosis is a natural process that occurs in the human body, throughout all living organisms, and throughout all ecosystems.

    It is the scientific principle whereby a weaker salt solution will always have the tendency to migrate across a semi-permeable membrane into a stronger salt solution. This occurs passively without adding energy or forcing anything to happen. The same would occur with any solvent, such as sugar, dissolved in an aqueous solution (water solution).

    Try this simple experiment!

    There’s a simple and fun experiment you can perform with your kids that will drive home what osmosis is and give you a visual of the process…

    Fill your bathtub with water. Next, fill one balloon with ordinary tap water out of the same faucet. Fill another balloon with salt water. You can just use ordinary table salt.

    The amount of salt doesn’t matter much but you can use a ratio of three parts water to one part salt to make your salt water. Before the water balloon fight breaks out, drop both of these balloons into the bath water and watch what happens over time.

    The balloon containing tap water should stay about the same size because the bath water and the water inside the ballon have about the same concentration of solvents (no added salt). The balloon filled with salt water should start to expand because the weaker solution, the bath water, should start to move inside the ballon with the stronger solution, salt water.

    How about those swollen feet?

    Here’s another example you can think about. When you soak your tired swollen feet in water containing a high concentration of Epsom salts, what happens? The swelling goes down! This is because of the magic of osmosis!

    The weaker solution, the water in your swollen feet, moves toward the stronger solution, the Epsom salt water! Like magic, the swelling in your feet goes down!

    Let’s look at another example. When you notice that your favorite houseplant looks wilted and unhappy, what do you do? You water it of course! What happens? It perks up, right? This is due to the magic of osmosis! The fresh water you add to your plant naturally gravitates inside the plant where the solution of minerals is much stronger.

    Please note that a stronger solution will never gravitate toward a weaker solution during osmosis.

    This is a universal truth in nature. Keep this in mind as we explore reverse osmosis.

    What Is Reverse Osmosis?

    Unlike osmosis, which is a natural process, reverse osmosis is NOT a natural process. In order to get this reverse osmosis to occur, considerable energy must be applied from an outside force. Basically, considerable pressure is applied to force a stronger solution past a semi-permeable membrane into a weaker solution.

    Reverse osmosis may happen inside a water purification machine or during an industrial process. Extreme pressure, i.e. extreme FORCE, is applied to a stronger solution to forcibly move it past a semi-permeable membrane. In this process, the substances dissolved or suspended in the water are removed.

    Another way to say this is that reverse osmosis is the exact opposite process (reverse process) from osmosis. However, it is not natural for reverse osmosis to happen and it must be artificially induced by an outside force. Generally speaking, the force required to perform reverse osmosis must be generated by a machine as force applied by a human would not be strong enough.

    What Is Reverse Osmosis Water?

    Many people automatically equate reverse osmosis water with alkaline water. However, you should not make this assumption. Strictly speaking, reverse osmosis water is actually acidic water, i.e. it has a pH of less than 7.0.

    reverse osmosis machineThis is because water that has been run through a reverse osmosis process has had most of the particulates suspended in the water removed. This includes mineral ions and bicarbonate that buffers water and keeps it alkaline. Without minerals and bicarbonate, water is acidic, not alkaline.

    Reverse osmosis is often used to “purify” water. It’s quite an effective way to remove harmful substances like pathogenic bacteria, pyrogens (harmful fever producing substances released by pathogenic bacteria), chlorine, lead, and other heavy metals. However, there’s also a negative side to using reverse osmosis to purify water. It filters out the good stuff too!

    This includes healthy minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and silica. Reverse osmosis also filters out bicarbonate which has also been shown to have positive effects on the human body and even increase the bioavailability of minerals.

    The reason that people often think that reverse osmosis water is alkaline water, or a type of alkaline water, is because many brands of bottled alkaline water use reverse osmosis as part of their process (so do many consumer end water machines). However, it is only a FIRST STEP when they do so.

    After running the water through reverse osmosis, they then take additional steps that makes the water alkaline again. This may include running the water after reverse osmosis through another filter that adds minerals back into the water. It may also include adding in bicarbonate.

    Some companies or water machines that make “alkaline water” first use reverse osmosis and then use electrolysis (ionization) to “ionize” it, i.e. run it past electrodes that create ions from the water molecules.

    In Summary

    Strictly speaking, reverse osmosis water is acidic, not alkaline. This is because reverse osmosis removes the minerals and other substances required for water to maintain an alkaline state.

    However, in the vernacular, people sometimes mistakenly use the term “reverse osmosis water” to mean alkaline water that has used this process as the FIRST STEP in treating the water. This is why you should never accept these terms at face value. Always check to see how the water has been treated, every step used.

    Alkaline Water Benefits

    Alkaline Water Benefits

    Alkaline Water Benefits Explained

    As more scientific research is done, more alkaline water benefits are being uncovered and shown to help prevent and improve a variety of health conditions. In fact, drinking alkaline water is one of the easiest ways to improve your health and stay well going forward.

    People who drink alkaline water not only get better results on their medical tests, they also report that they feel better and have more energy.

    Drinking alkaline water is a holistic approach to improving your health because it affects every system in the human body simultaneously.

    The positive effects on each system or organ may be direct or indirect. Alkaline water helps prevent disease and can also be used to help treat many diseases.

    In this guide, we will review the research behind many of the known alkaline water benefits. We’ll also give you practical tips throughout the guide on how best to use alkaline water to improve your overall health, prevent disease, and treat disease.

    Before we delve into each alkaline water benefit, we need to point out a few important facts about alkaline water.

    A few important facts about alkaline water…

    Alkaline water is water that has a pH of greater than 7.0 on the pH scale of 0-14.

    This alkaline pH may be achieved through the buffering effects of minerals dissolved in the water or through the ionization of the water by electrolysis in an alkaline water machine, also called a water ionizer.

    Some home use alkaline water machines actually do both. They first filter the water, then ionize it, and then run this purified ionized water across a filter that adds healthy minerals to the water.

    Drinking alkaline water will help you balance and maintain optimal pH inside your body, keeping most of it in an alkaline state and parts of your gastrointestinal system at a healthy acidic pH.

    This will have the effect of lowering the oxidation of your tissues and reducing the production of free radicals in your body. These effects will improve your health on many levels, including preventing disease.

    It will also improve your natural biome, the beneficial bacteria that live on your skin and inside your body. These beneficial bacteria retard the growth and proliferation of pathogenic organisms that cause many health problems on your skin and inside your body.

    They also boost your immune system and help your gastrointestinal system function better.

    As you learn more about the health benefits of alkaline water, you should be aware that in scientific research papers, alkaline water created in an ionizer is often referred to as “reduced water,” “electrolyzed reduced water,” or “electrolyzed-reduced water.” It may also be referred to as “restructured water” in some contexts.

    This is important to know because if you do a search for “alkaline water benefits” in Google or in scientific databases, you will miss many of the most important health benefits you can get from alkaline water simply because scientists use a different term for the same type of alkaline water that you can create with a home based alkaline water machine (a water ionizer).

    Now, let’s talk about specific benefits of alkaline water!

    Alkaline Water For Cancer

    Probably the scariest diagnosis a person can get from his or her doctor is “the C-word” — cancer. Traditional cancer treatments include procedures like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

    Unfortunately, these traditional treatments for cancer usually don’t ultimately work, and almost always, they significantly lower one’s quality of life.

    This is why people are so interested in reducing their odds of getting cancer and in learning about alternative ways to treat cancer.

    Here’s a key fact you need to know about cancer: for cancerous tumors to grow and metastasize (spread to other areas of the body), they must first send out newly formed blood vessels into the surrounding tissue(s).

    These new blood vessels will feed the new cancer cells as the tumor grows. Without these new blood vessels delivering fresh blood to the area, the tumor cannot spread because the new cells will die without this nourishment.

    Thus, one of the primary directions cancer research has taken is to prevent the formation of these new blood vessels. If this can be achieved, the tumor will be stopped from spreading!

    So, how does this key fact relate to using alkaline water for cancer?

    In January 2008, a research study out of Kyushu University in Japan, published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, showed that alkaline water (electrolyzed reduced water) was able to stop the “vascular endothelial growth factor” (VEGF) in lung cancer cells.

    Translated into everyday speech, this means that alkaline water was able to stop new blood vessels from forming off a lung cancer tumor! Without these new blood vessels, the tumor could not get bigger! This is a very significant finding and other research studies have shown similar results.

    In addition to blocking the growth of new blood vessels from cancerous tumors, it seems alkaline water can also stop the DNA impairment that leads to the formation of malignant cells in the first place!

    In another study to come out of Kyushu University (the Japanese are leaders in alkaline water research), and published in 2005 in the journal “Cytotechnology,” a line of cells from Balb/c mice, predisposed to develop into cancerous cells, was shown to uptake alkaline water inside the cells in such a way as it gave a protective effect and prevented the formation of a cancerous tumor.

    As you contemplate these exciting results, keep in mind that the water inside your cells comes from the water you consume.

    Other interesting studies demonstrating that alkaline water suppresses cancer are coming from the Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, in Taiwan.

    In 2009, a study from this university and published in the journal “Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry,” showed that alkaline water had an “enhanced inhibitory effect” on leukemia cells.

    Moreover, the alkaline water only affected the abnormal blood cells (leukemia cells), NOT the normal blood cells. This is very different than traditional cancer treatments where all the cells, cancerous and non-cancerous, are killed!

    Obviously, it is hugely advantageous for a treatment to zero in on the cancer cells and not affect normal cells.

    Most naturopathic physicians and alternative treatment centers for cancer highly recommend that cancer patients immediately switch to alkaline water.

    In fact, the American Anti-Cancer Institute (AACI) recommends restructured alkaline water, i.e. alkaline water produced in an ionizer, as their number one natural product to fight cancer.

    They stress the ability of alkaline water to alkalize the body, making it less hospitable to cancer cells (so they stop growing). They also stress the ability of alkaline water to help detoxify the body and produce a strong antioxidant effect which helps prevent the spread of the cancer.

    Alkaline water also helps to reduce the negative effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

    Alkaline Water For Alzheimer’s Disease

    One of the best alkaline water benefits is its neuroprotective effects, i.e. its protective effect on your brain and your nervous system.

    Many scientists now believe that alkaline water has the ability to reduce the probability of developing neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

    They also believe that alkaline water can help slow the progression of these neurological diseases once they start.

    Unfortunately, neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease not only lower the quality of life for the person who develops them, they also have a deep impact on that person’s family and friends.

    A person with Alzheimer’s begins to forget the times they have spent with their own spouse and the childhood memories they share with their siblings.

    At some point, they may not even recognize their own children or grandchildren.

    For these reasons, Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult diseases families deal with and one of the most dreaded of all diseases to get.

    The good news is that drinking alkaline water is one of the easiest ways to lower your odds of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

    This news was announced at the twenty-second Proceedings of the European Society for Animal Cell Technology held in 2011 in Vienna, Austria. A Japanese research group, led by Hanxu Yan, reported that they had demonstrated that alkaline water (electrolyzed reduced water) provided neuroprotective effects on several types of neural cells, brain cells included.

    In their presentation, they explained that the brain is the most vulnerable organ in the human body to succumb to the negative effects of oxidative stress.

    They also explained that oxidative stress is thought to be the most important factor leading to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

    But here’s the best part of what they said: their research specifically showed that cell death rate was significantly decreased in neural cells exposed to oxidative stress when they were allowed alkaline water uptake.

    Put another way, brain cells that contained electrolyzed reduced water did not die as frequently when exposed to oxidative stress! Keep in mind too that alkaline water reduces the occurrence of oxidative stress.

    This is huge news that should be on the front page of every major newspaper, along with the cancer research discussed above, and the diabetes research reported below! Why is this amazing research not reported widely?

    Could it be that the pharmaceutical companies and medical products companies, the biggest advertisers in these publications, with their multi-billion dollar profits every year, want these kinds of stories kept out of the media?

    Keep in mind, alkaline water is dirt cheap compared to prescription drugs!

    Remember too, your brain is composed of about seventy-five percent water. When you drink water, that water becomes incorporated into your brain cells!

    If you want to protect your brain cells from diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, drink alkaline water to ensure this is the kind of water your brain cells uptake.

    Practical Tip #1:

    After making your alkaline water at home, do not store it in plastic containers, especially if you plan to store it for a long time.

    Instead, store it in glass containers or metal containers for optimum safety and taste.

    The water molecules in alkaline water are smaller than those in tap water. This gives them the ability to interact more with the harmful chemicals embedded in the plastic and actually draw them out into the water.

    You will therefore have a safer supply of alkaline water if you store our alkaline water in glass or metal containers.

    Alkaline Water For Diabetes

    The rate of type 2 diabetes is growing at epidemic proportions in the United States and other industrial nations. More than ninety-five percent of all diabetes is type 2.

    Fifty years ago, it was unheard of for a child, or even a teenager or young adult, to develop type 2 diabetes. Alarmingly, it is growing more common every day for grade school children to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

    The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that more than forty percent of the American population will have type 2 diabetes by 2040. In fact, some scientists believe the percentage will be even higher.

    So, what is going on? Why do we see this enormous increase in type 2 diabetes? Many scientists believe it is due to the changes in the food supply, as well as the environmental toxins we are all now exposed to.

    With this crisis situation, it is imperative we do everything we can to avoid this disease. While type 2 diabetes doesn’t kill you overnight, it will cut 15 years off your lifespan on average and very significantly lower your quality of life.

    It is important to do everything you can to avoid this disease and or reverse it if you already have it!

    Most people know that those who suffer from type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar because this is the symptom that traditional doctors try to control with pharmaceutical drugs, as well as the symptom most often talked about on commercials for diabetes medications.

    However, those concerned with treating diabetes naturally typically try to address the underlying problem: insulin resistance. They try to make cell membranes sensitive to insulin again.

    Keep in mind too that that prescription diabetes medications almost always make the problem worse over time by forcing the body to produce more and more insulin until the body just wears out.

    These prescription drugs also create additional problems like low blood sugar (very dangerous), weight gain, and high blood pressure.

    It is much better if a diabetic can reverse their insulin resistance without the side effects of prescription diabetes medications.

    The cell membranes in a person who has type 2 diabetes become resistant to the effects of insulin, i.e. insulin resistance.

    Insulin is the hormone that facilitates the movement of glucose, created from the breakdown of food, into your cells for energy. If the cell membranes do not work cooperatively with insulin, you can develop a whole host of metabolic problems.

    Glucose will also build up on the walls of your smallest blood vessels causing cardiovascular disease. Your nerves will also be damaged by this build-up of extra glucose.

    Ultimately, diabetes affects virtually every part of your body and it kills you a little at a time. Most diabetics die of the complications of diabetes than from the disease itself.

    For example, a diabetic may die from a heart attack or kidney failure caused by the damage to blood vessels caused by their diabetes.

    The research for using alkaline water to improve insulin sensitivity on cell membranes looks very promising. An interesting and convincing study was performed in Nov 2006 in the Department of Obesity management, Dongduk Women’s University, in South Korea. The results were published in the journal, “Life Science.”

    In the experiment, a genetic strain of mice called the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mouse were used because these mice have insulin resistant type 2 diabetes. The only variable (change from the normal routine) used in the experiment was to provide the mice with alkaline water (electrolyzed reduced water) instead of their normal drinking water.

    Just by drinking alkaline water, these diabetic mice showed reduced blood glucose levels and higher insulin sensitivity!

    The Dongduk Women’s University study, and another study by the same research team published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin in 2007, also demonstrated another amazing effect of alkaline water that can potentially prevent and reverse diabetes.

    They showed that alkaline water exhibited a protective effect on the beta cells of the pancreas. Beta cells are the specialized cells that produce insulin in the human body. Protecting the beta cells has a positive effect on both type 1 and type 2 diabetics!

    The most amazing thing about these diabetes studies is that they clearly show that diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, can benefit from drinking alkaline water. This is a much easier change to make in one’s everyday life than cutting down severely on carbohydrates and doing daily rigorous exercise.

    In other words, drinking alkaline water is so simple to do, and has such a positive effect, that every diabetic should be doing it! Even if you do not have diabetes, you should be sharing this valuable information with every family member and friend you know who has diabetes.

    Furthermore, given the alarming statistics on this disease, you would do yourself a great favor by drinking alkaline water as a preventative measure against developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

    Alkaline Water For Acid Reflux

    When the acidic gastric juices from your stomach are regurgitated into your esophagus, this is called acid reflux.

    It is estimated that about sixty-four million people in the United States suffer from acid reflux on a regular basis.

    Even more people experience acid reflux on an irregular basis.

    While acid reflux isn’t life threatening, it cause considerable discomfort and is usually a sign that there is a serious underlying gastrointestinal issue.

    It can also cause considerable damage to your throat and esophagus.

    The pepsin in your gastric juices, the principal enzyme that breaks down proteins, is what causes damage in the throat and esophagus of people who have acid reflux on a regular basis.

    People will often drink water to soothe the effects of acid reflux.

    alkaline water for acid reflux

    However, pepsin remains active when you drink tap water or most bottled beverages which usually range from about 6.5 to 7.5 on the pH scale.

    However, alkaline water can have a pH of 8.0+ which can immediately render pepsin completely inactive, and thus, can instantly counteract the harmful effects of acid reflux in throat and esophagus.

    Additionally, drinking alkaline water on a regular basis can prevent acid reflux from occurring due to its buffering effect on the stomach.

    Both of these positive effects of alkaline water on acid reflux were show conclusively in a 2012 study published in the journal, “Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.”

    In fact, drinking alkaline water has become a popular natural method for treating acid reflux.

    Practical Tip #2:

    Not only can you drink glasses of pure alkaline water, you can also use alkaline water in your cooking and food preparation.

    So, for example, if you are making soup, instead of running tap water into your soup pot, you can use alkaline water.

    Likewise, you can make your rice with alkaline water. Instead of soaking your dry beans in tap water, you can soak them in alkaline water.

    You can also prepare coffee and tea with alkaline water.

    Of course, the more you prepare food and beverages from scratch, and avoid eating processed foods that contain “industrial water,” the better this tip will work for you.

    alkaline water in tea

    Canned soup, bottled teas, and frozen foods will not contain alkaline water, even if they are labeled as “healthy” or “natural” products.

    However, if you make these foods and drinks yourself, you can use alkaline water and improve even more than just by drinking alkaline water.

    Alkaline Water For Anti-aging and Increasing Your Lifespan

    Aging is a process we all wish we could avoid… but of course that’s not possible.

    What we can do, however, is slow the aging process down as much as possible.

    In order to do that, you must first have a basic understanding of what causes aging. First, you need to know that in the scientific literature, “aging” is often referred to as senescence.

    Aging, i.e. senescence, is directly related to the formation of free radicals in your body.

    Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that form when your tissues and cells are oxidized. They are highly reactive because they contain an odd number of electrons which gives them a charge.

    This charge gives them the tendency to bind in weird ways to other molecules and actually attack your cells and tissues in the process.

    As you age, free radicals gradually damage every tissue and every system in your body. The visible sign that this is happening is how we look older as we view ourselves in the mirror over the years.

    Every system in our bodies also gradually slows down and begins to malfunction in various ways. Our bodies begin to ache as this aging process takes place.

    alkaline water anti aging

    Of course, this doesn’t happen overnight… it creeps up on you over several decades.

    If you are looking for the fountain of youth, (a real one, not the theoretical one Ponce de León thought he found in Florida), then you need to incorporate strong antioxidants into your body.

    Hopefully, one of the most important take away lessons you will learn from this guide is that ionized alkaline water is one of the strongest antioxidants you can ingest, so in a way, you could call alkaline water a fountain of youth.

    Another advantage about alkaline water, compared to other antioxidants, is the fact that water gets into every cell, every organ, and every system in the human body! Your body is literally bathed in it from the inside out!

    Pay close attention to this. The slower the oxidation rate and the less extensive the oxidation in your body, the slower you will age!

    Thus, it follows that the more alkaline water you incorporate into your fluids and diet, the slower you will age, because you’ll get more alkaline water into your body!

    This does not mean you won’t age at all if you drink alkaline water religiously. Of course, you will age!

    HOWEVER, the progression of the inevitable aging process will be slower if you incorporate alkaline water into your body on a consistent basis.

    Fountain of youth? Well, not exactly but you will increase your lifespan and you will feel better late in life when most of us have more time and resources to really enjoy life!

    There is actual proof in the scientific literature that alkaline water increases lifespan and slows aging.

    One source comes from a carefully designed scientific study published in 2010 in the journal, “Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry.” It was conducted by a group of Japanese researchers at the Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.

    Again, the Japanese are leaders in alkaline water benefits research because their government encourages this type of research both with accolades and funding.

    Like their widespread daily consumption of highly alkaline algae, most Japanese people consume alkaline water because their research firmly suggests it reduces disease and extends life.

    Drinking alkaline water is actually something of an obsession in Japan and Americans would do well to follow their lead on this matter!

    Back to the research study…

    The research was conducted on nematodes (C. elegans), a type of simple worm and one of the most abundant creatures on Earth.

    Nematodes are tiny enough that most wild nematodes live in the moist interstitial spaces between dirt or sand gains.

    In other words, they live in the water clinging to the grains of moist dirt or sand.

    Now, here’s a very important fact that scientists know and you need to remember:The lifespan of a nematode very much depends on the type of water it is exposed to!

    This is true both when they live in the wild and when they are grown (“cultured” is the term scientists use) under laboratory conditions.

    In the lab, nematodes are cultured in petri dishes containing water where the conditions can be very precisely controlled.

    In the 2010 Kyushu University experiment, some nematodes were cultured in filtered (purified) tap water with a pH regulated to exactly 7.0.

    Other nematodes were cultured in the same filtered (purified) tap water that is then alkalized under precise conditions using an ionizer.

    Both groups of nematodes were given the same amount of oxygen in their water baths.

    Researchers then carefully examined the two different groups of nematodes each day under a macroscope (magnifies 10-30 times) for several weeks to determine how many nematodes were still alive in each group each day.

    They were doing this to determine which group of nematodes, those raised in 7.0 pH filtered tap water versus nematodes raised in ionized alkaline water, lived the longest.

    The results of the experiment were highly significant and amazing to those of us looking to reverse aging!

    Those nematodes cultured in the ionized alkaline water lived on average 43 percent longer than the nematodes raised in the purified 7.0 pH filtered tap water! That’s a very significant difference!

    Additionally, by staining the dead nematodes with a fluorescent dye and then examining them under the transmission electron microscope (TEM), the researchers determined that the nematodes cultured in alkaline water contained far fewer “reactive oxygen species” (ROS bodies), i.e. they were less susceptible to oxidation!

    In other words, ionized alkaline water, a powerful antioxidant, incorporated into one group of the nematodes’ bodies, and made them less susceptible to oxidation. Therefore, they lived longer!

    Okay, people are not nematodes but sometimes scientists use a simpler animal model to test a theory because it is easier to eliminate all other variables. This is exactly the case with this elegantly designed experiment.

    The only variable that could have contributed to the nematodes having fewer reactive oxygen species and living 43 percent longer is the alkaline water that was incorporated into their bodies!

    While we might try the same sort of experiment with humans, it would be very difficult to keep all the humans in the experiment under exactly the same conditions, i.e. same temperature, humidity, air quality, bathing regimen, food regimen, exercise regimen, etc, etc….

    Plus, a human would be likely to purposefully or accidentally “cheat!” For example, they might grab a cup of coffee at work made with the acidic tap water in the break room!

    Bottom line, the water in your body comes from the water you drink and the water in the food you eat.. It’s from no other place!

    Therefore, if you drink alkaline water and you cook with alkaline water, your body will incorporate alkaline water into your cells and tissues.

    This will be the water inside your brain cells, inside your pancreas cells, inside your lung cells, inside your skin cells, and so on.

    If you drink alkaline water and cook with alkaline water consistently, you will age significantly slower and you will increase your lifespan!

    Practical Tip #3:

    Most Americans drink cold carbonated drinks like soda, which is very acidic (along with other acidic drinks) when they’re out and about.

    If they stop off at a convenience store to quench their thirst, it’s likely that carbonated, caffeinated and sugary drinks will be readily available.

    When confronted with these choices, they also become consumed with the flavor choices that the bottles of spring water, often the only alkaline choice in the store, do not have.

    One way to combat this problem, at least partially, is to plan ahead!

    Get yourself a small ice chest and stock it with ice cold ionized alkaline water from home.

    You can also chill some fruit like lemon, orange, or watermelon and squeeze into your cold water or pre-mix this in before your outing.

    You can also make these up in batches, throw them in the freezer, and then grab one as you head out the door.

    They will thaw in the car just in time to “hit the spot” once you get hot and thirsty!

    This will reduce the temptation of buying highly acidic drinks from the convenience store. Once you make this a habit, it will soon become as second nature as taking a raincoat on a rainy day.

    Alkaline Water For a Hangover and Liver Detoxification

    Hangovers can cause a great deal of pain, as well as dysfunction at work and school, so naturally people are always looking for a way to get over a hangover faster.

    Furthermore, it is well known that alcohol consumption is very hard on the liver.

    Social media circles and college campuses are abuzz with an effective remedy for a hangover — drink highly alkaline water!

    But does this actually work or is it just a hoax gone viral?

    The results of an intriguing experiment on this subject looked at the effects of alkaline water (electrolyzed-reduced water) on rats intoxicated with high doses of ethanol (basically the same toxin as you find in beer and hard drinks!).

    The results of this study were published in the journal, “Biomedical Research,” in 2009. The results of this study are very compelling and basically prove that alkaline water for a hangover is not a hoax!

    The results also proved that alkaline water works very efficiently at liver detoxification, and therefore, body wide detoxification!

    In the experiment, there were two groups of rats. Both groups were given the same amount of ethanol, enough to get them really drunk but not kill them.

    However, one group (the control group) was also given distilled water in addition to the ethanol while the other group (the experimental group) was given alkaline water (electrolyzed-reduced water) in addition to the ethanol.

    The blood alcohol levels were determined after one, three, and five hours.

    Here are the amazing results: After only one hour, the alcohol blood level in the drunk rats given alkaline water was less than half (about forty-five percent) what was found in the drunk rats given distilled water.

    The differential was even greater after three hours!

    What’s even more intriguing about this study is the mechanism on how alkaline water is actually able to help you get over a hangover faster and it has everything to do with the effect of alkaline water on the liver!

    A person does not get over a hangover until their liver has successfully broken down the alcohol into benign chemicals, i.e. detoxified your body from the alcohol with which you’ve poisoned it!

    There are several liver enzymes that are involved in this process, primarily ADH (alcohol dehydrogenase) and ALDH (aldehyde dehydrogenase).

    These enzymes were present at much higher levels in the drunk rats given alkaline water than the drunk rats given distilled water!

    Moreover, chemical markers associated with liver cell damage were much lower in the drunk rats given alkaline water.

    These markers included ALT (alanine aminotransferase), AST (aspartate aminotransferase), ALP (alkaline phosphatase), and GGT (gamma glutamyl transpeptidase).

    It can also be inferred from this study, as well as from other studies, that alkaline water has a highly protective effect on the liver, on a daily basis if you drink it regularly.

    In other words, alkaline water can keep your liver functioning at the optimal level and can even improve its function beyond what is typically considered optimal. Keeping your liver functioning at optimal level helps to flush a variety of toxins out of your body.

    Practical Tip #4:

    Alcohol is very dehydrating. This is why most people have a headache after they drink too much.

    It is caused, quite literally, by your brain not having enough water inside its cells!

    Thus, if you know you are going to be drinking (such as before heading out to a bachelor or bachelorette party), always make sure you drink plenty of water before you drink alcohol so you start out well hydrated.

    Also, be sure to drink plenty of water before you go to bed that night after you drink.

    Specifically, drink ALKALINE water so you can speed up the process of liver detoxification and not cause as much destruction to your body.

    This way too, you’ll get over your hangover faster and it will likely not be as bad a hangover.

    Please note, we are not advocating for getting drunk (it is very bad for you), but are offering advice on what to do if you plan to do so on the rare occasion.

    In Conclusion..

    The list of alkaline water benefits goes on an on! There are alkaline water benefits for something as simple as a hangover to something as complex as a disease like Alzheimers.

    And because there are so many opportunities to drink and eat throughout the day, we hope this long list of alkaline water benefits will encourage you to start drinking it on a consistent, daily basis!

    Is Alkaline Water Good For You?

    Is Alkaline Water Good For You?

    There is certainly a lot of marketing hype about the benefits of alkaline water…. but is it true? Is alkaline water good for you? Is there any scientific evidence to support these claims? Does it even make sense that it would be? These are the important questions we will explore in this article.

    The Basic Science Of Alkaline Water

    Before you can understand if alkaline water is good for you or not, you first need to understand the basic science of alkaline water. What is alkaline water? What makes it alkaline? Is there more than one way to make alkaline water?

    From a purely technical standpoint, alkaline water is water that tests ABOVE 7.0 on the pH scale from 0-14.

    Any solution with a pH below 7.0 is considered acidic. Any solution with a pH above 7.0 is considered alkaline. If a solution has a pH of 7.0 exactly, it is said to be neutral.

    alkaline water test

    Using Electrolysis for Ionization

    From a health standpoint, the term “alkaline water” has come to mean much more than merely water with a pH above 7.0. In this context, let’s consider ordinary tap water for a moment, which almost every health expert would agree is not the healthiest water you can drink.

    Tap water can vary tremendously in pH, depending on the municipality it comes from, the original source of the water, how it is treated, and how often it is treated.

    In fact, you could take pH readings of tap water from your home faucet at different times of the day or on different days of the month and get wildly different readings, with some, if not most, of the readings in the alkaline range. This is because the pH of the tap water will vary depending on when it was last treated and if the treatment of the water has varied.

    In nature, with the exception of rain before it hits the ground, water is usually alkaline because it contains natural “alkalizing” agents from the substrate, i.e. the rock and sediments over which it flows or stands.

    These agents include dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and silica plus other natural compounds, especially bicarbonate. These natural alkalizing agents continually “buffer” natural water and keep it on the alkaline side of the pH scale.

    If natural water tests acidic, this is usually an indicator that the water has been contaminated with man-made substances.

    Alkalizing agents exist in ion form when dissolved in water. This means they carry an electrical charge. So, for example, the water doesn’t just contain potassium, it carries potassium ions with a positive charge of plus one (+1).

    If the natural alkalizing agents are removed from water through distillation or reverse osmosis, the water will become acidic. Sometimes, this type of processed water is further treated to add minerals and other alkalizing agents back in.

    However, if you drink demineralized acidic water, it can be very harmful to your body as it can draw minerals out of your bones. It can also draw minerals out of certain tissues, such as your cardiovascular system, which depend on mineral ions to function properly.

    Using Electrolysis for Ionization

    Another way to make water register alkaline on the pH scale is to ionize it through electrolysis. This type of alkaline water is sometimes called ionized water or alkaline ionized water. It is also sometimes referred to as reduced water or electrolyzed reduced water, especially in scientific publications where the results of research are found.

    It is important to note that ionized water may or may not contain healthy minerals. If water has been put through a reverse osmosis system, the minerals are removed in this process and thus the water becomes acidic.

    In some cases, minerals will be added back in to bring it back to an alkaline state. In other cases, the resulting acidic water may be ionized through electrolysis to bring it back into an alkaline state. Some water systems do both.

    What Does the Scientific Research Tell Us?

    Before we discuss some of the research that has been done on alkaline water, we need to mention a couple caveats that you need to keep in mind as you ask the question, “Is alkaline water good for you?”

    First, you need to always consider the funding source of the research study you are reading about. Much of the research that has been done in this area is funded by companies that sell equipment to “alkalize” tap water or they sell alkaline water. Obviously, this research could have an inherent bias. However, having said this, you can trust this research more when the research they fund is conducted by independent third parties such as academics that have a professional reputation at stake.

    Second, you need to always be aware of exactly what kind of alkaline water researchers used in the study. Did they use alkaline water that is ionized but contains no minerals? Did they use alkaline water that contains a natural composition of minerals, minerals added back into treated water, or a combination of both?

    Always be aware that there are different forms of what the health community now commonly refers to as “alkaline water.”

    What Do The Studies on Alkaline Water Say?

    A four week 2011 study conducted by Professor Dan Heil and a team of graduate students at Montana State University showed that a specific brand of alkaline water kept people better hydrated than ordinary bottled water containing no minerals.

    Further, this study showed that both urine and blood samples were more alkaline in participants that drank the alkaline water. This was a double blind study, meaning neither the experimental group (those that drank the alkaline water) nor the control group (those that drank the bottled water) knew what type of water they were drinking.

    The alkaline water in this study contained a natural balance of minerals from glacial runoff as well as some minerals added to the water during processing.

    Maintaining a fully hydrated body and a body in a slightly alkaline state has been shown to improve one’s overall health.

    Alkaline Water Containing Bicarbonate

    Some research has shown that drinking alkaline water containing bicarbonate can help people who are prone to bone loss better than simply adding calcium to the diet or by adding calcium to ionized water. A 2009 study published in the journal, “Bone,” showed that drinking alkaline water containing bicarbonate helps a person’s bones absorb calcium, and thus, lowers bone loss (lowers resorption).

    Studies published in 2004 in the Journal of Health Science by a team of Japanese scientists showed that non-mineralized alkaline ionized water (electrolyzed reduced water) was a powerful antioxidant on human serum cells in vitro (blood cells grown in a petri dish). Antioxidants remove free radicals from the body and are thought to be beneficial in preventing diseases such as cancer.

    In a search of PubMed and other medical databases, a number of in vivo studies (studies on whole living organisms) from rats to humans have indicated that that alkaline water can have a positive effect on those suffering from a variety of digestive issues. Most of these studies use alkaline water that contains minerals.

    A 2006 study published in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology looked at the protective benefits of alkaline water on human lymphocytes (white blood cells) grown in culture. The alkaline water used was ionized water (electrolyzed reduced water). The protective effect included a resistance to oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and proteins in the lymphocytes.

    In Summary

    So… is alkaline water good for you? The available research seems to indicate that it does have positive benefits, especially if it contains minerals. However, you should always be sure to consider the source of funding for this type of research and factor that into how much you trust the results being reported.

    Keep in mind too that the cleanest spring water on Earth is much more alkaline than ordinary tap water and full of minerals and bicarbonate. The next best source of alkaline water would be processed water that simulates as closely as possible pristine spring water.