The Facts about Alkaline Water and Your Health

Alkaline Water

Alkaline water is a popular health trend, but it is somewhat controversial. Proponents say it can provide numerous benefits, including slowing the aging process, improving bone health and osteoporosis, weight loss, boosting the immune system, and preventing or curing diseases like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure among many other claims. However, there are only a few very small studies that suggest alkaline water could be helpful for some particular conditions. Yet despite the lack of proven scientific facts, many people do believe in its health benefits. 

Alkaline water refers to its pH level. Water can be low or high in pH. In chemistry, pH is a figure expressing acidity or alkalinity on a scale of zero to fourteen, of which 7 is neutral, a lower number indicates more acidity, and higher values more alkalinity. If water has either too much acid or too much alkali, it can have adverse effects as both can be corrosive. 

Tap water generally has a neutral pH of seven. Alkaline water has a pH that is higher, typically eight or nine. The pH rating of water can be changed by adding ingredients to it to make it more acidic or more alkaline. Soft drinks and sparkling waters are more acidic since carbonation introduces carbon dioxide, which lowers the pH and increases acidity. 

Since there is no scientifically demonstrated evidence to support the health claims of alkaline water, there is also no physician recommended amount. Conversely, there is also no evidence to suggest a limitation on how much alkaline water can be consumed daily.

Nonetheless, if you are interested in making alkaline water a part of your wellness routine, it is simple to make your own, just start with a low intake and increase it gradually to reduce any negative side effects. Although moderately alkaline water is considered safe, it could cause side effects. 

Although there are alkaline ionizers that can be purchased which can raise pH, alkaline water can be made with ease at home. It is typically advised to use a reverse osmosis water filter system to adequately purify water, removing contaminants, chemicals and pollutants, and improving its taste and smell before connecting an alkaline ionizer or before making your own alkaline water.

In order to make your water more alkaline, there a number of simple methods. You can simply buy and add alkalizing pH drops and follow the provided instructions. Another way is to add baking soda, which may be less desirable due to its higher sodium content. Perhaps the simplest and most natural method is simply to add a cut lemon to a container of water and let it infuse overnight. 

Regardless of whether you choose to drink water that is more alkaline or not, drinking clean, pure, fresh water is known to provide numerous health benefits and does not contain anything which could harm your body.

Only Brita PRO customizes its reverse osmosis filter to remove all impurities from your family’s water. And only Brita PRO tests your water with an independent, EPA-certified lab before and after installation. We’re known the world over as the leading developer and provider of innovative filtration solutions.

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