Alkaline water – Is it really good for you?
Alkaline water properties
The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14, with 0 being completely acidic and 14 being completely alkaline. 7 is considered neutral.
Substances with a pH less than 7 are acidic because they contain a higher concentration of hydrogen ions (H+) while substances with a pH higher than 7 are alkaline because they contain a higher concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) than hydrogen ions.
Alkaline water has a pH level higher than regular drinking water. Because of its alkalinity, it has the ability to neutralize sour solutions. It is rich in alkalizing compounds, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, and bicarbonate. Its alkalinity and antioxidant-rich properties are the result of this high mineral content, where the minerals exist as negatively-charged ions in the water.
Effects of alkaline water
The benefits of alkaline water are not yet fully proven, but many studies (such as this) have echoed similar findings on correlations between alkaline water and the alleviation of widespread diseases such as diabetes.
Restore acid-base balance
Usually, the gut is able to neutralize the acidity to a certain extent. However, an increase in acidity of the stomach acid brought about by a stress, acidic diets (containing meat, coffee, wheat, and sugar), poor nutrition, and other symptoms of modern living tends to disturb and upset the sensitive gut flora.
Upon consumption, alkaline water first raises the pH level of your stomach acid, restoring balance and ensuring that it’s in good health.
The high pH level of alkaline water also helps the body to better absorb minerals like Magnesium, making it an ideal addition to your daily diet.
Prevent free radical damage
Antioxidants keep us healthy by eliminating toxic components like free radicals in the body, derived either from normal essential metabolic processes or from external sources such as exposure to X-rays, ozone, cigarette smoking, and air pollutants.
Although we can get an intake of antioxidants from a varied and balanced diet that includes a fine mix of fruits, vegetables, seeds, legumes, grains, and others, it’s always helpful to get a boost of antioxidants from alkaline water.
Fast recovery post workout
Active people might benefit from alkaline water for reasons that go beyond improved hydration. Intense exercise spurs our muscles to product more hydrogen ions than our body can efficiently remove, increasing feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. Drinking alkaline water helps with enhancing the body’s buffering capacity and tempers the acidity, thus improving our performance.
Minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium) in alkaline water decrease cardiorespiratory stress and blood lactate responses, while improving power output in athletes. This is why endurance athletes sometimes supplement with alkaline water.
Reduces advanced glycation endproducts
Glycation is a reaction that takes place when simple sugar molecules, such as fructose or glucose, become attached to proteins or lipid fats without the moderation of an enzyme. This results in the formation of rogue molecules known as advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). AGEs are associated with health risks such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
In studies done so far, alkaline water seems to result in lowered glycation levels and reduced liver damage in rats with poor blood sugar control. Similar trials have yet to be conducted on humans but this evidence is worth weighing in the balance.
Although hard data highlighting the merits of alkaline water appears to be lacking today, it does not come across as the high-priced hoax that many believe it to be. Before we completely dismiss alkaline water as a fad, you might want to consider adding it to your diet in light of the proposed benefits mentioned above.
Scientists recommend that we start with drinking two glasses of alkaline water per day. After a week, the amount can be raised to four.
Currently, you can find alkaline water in your local stores and supermarkets, with some specific brands offering alkaline bottled water from pH 7.7 (Fiji water) to pH 9.5 or higher (Essentia).
Another option is to purchase an alkaline water ionizer machine that supposedly creates alkaline water via a process called ionization. Manufacturers claim that these machines allow water to interact with electrodes to split hydrogen ions from oxygen, influencing the pH of the water. These machines usually have a starting price of $1,500.
Home remedies are also available – where you can add baking soda or lemon water to water to raise its pH level.
However, the above solutions are unsustainable, expensive, and ineffective.
At Mitte, we set out with the mission to improve lives with better water. With our proprietary technology, Mitte first purifies tap water by removing all contaminants, then enhancing that purified water with essential minerals to create not just pure, but also healthy water* for drinking.
Users can create their own mineralized water based on our different mineral cartridges with varying ingredients and compositions. With the mitte® Alkaline cartridge at a cost of $0.15 per litre, you can readily dispense and drink alkaline water at home without any hassle, for better health and performance.