You don’t have to be that much into diet and nutrition to have heard about what can be considered a new trend: drinking alkaline water.
People who promote this…beverage claim that this is the best type of water you can drink, as it keeps you healthy and more hydrated, alongside many other benefits. But the question is: are they right? Is alkaline water the best thing you can drink?
Let’s take a few moments and see what this type of water exactly is and what impact it has on your body.
Keeping it short, we’re talking about regular water, but with added alkaline compounds – like salts or metals – which increase the number of dissolved solids. Water already contains a number of dissolved solids (inorganic salts like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, for example), but the higher the total of dissolved solids (or alkaline compounds) it contains, the more alkaline the water tends to be.
On average, tap water has a pH around 7, while water containing more alkaline compounds has a value between 8 and 9.
Basically, this entire idea that alkaline water is curative and contributes to maintaining an optimal health is based on another idea, that acidic properties in the body and blood are the cause of ill health and disease. Therefore, the more alkaline your body is the better your health.
But is it actually possible to adjust your body’s alkalinity?
Fact: there’s no such thing as “the body’s pH”, according to Stephen Lower, Ph.D. professor emeritus of chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
“A wide range of pH values, from highly acidic to moderately alkaline, can be found in different parts of the body, and even in different regions of a single cell,” he says.
Nevertheless, Adam Ramin, M.D., urologist and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles, puts things straightforward: “There is absolutely no need to tamper with this well-functioning system in our bodies by drinking water that is alkaline.”
According to Dr. Ramin, it’s our kidneys that are responsible for maintaining a proper level of acidity in the bloodstream, so this is why we shouldn’t try to help them with alkaline water, as long as they are healthy.
Ok, so what happens if I actually drink this type of water?
Simply put, when you drink it, the water mixes with the gastric juice, which has a high acidity. And this neutralizes all the alkalinity in the water. By the time the water is absorbed into the bloodstream, it will become normal pH water. Even if the extra alkaline would make it into the bloodstream, it will be filtered by the kidneys and excreted in the urine.
That’s right, you just can’t influence your blood’s pH, since the body is already doing it on its own. Basically, alkaline water has no proven benefit for your health. If you drink it just because it makes you feel good or you like how it tastes, it can make you drink even more and stay hydrated. Otherwise, it has the same effects as any other type of water you choose, but probably cheaper.
Drinking as much water as possible is part of a healthy lifestyle. So is being constantly active, by either going for a jog as often as you can or visiting a gym. If the latter sounds as the best idea, make sure you pay Fitness 360 a visit!
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