So you’ve heard the buzz, but you still want to know: what is alkaline water? Is it different from the various types of filtered water, purified water, distilled water, or natural spring water? And are there benefits for those who drink it?
Normal tap water is considered to be neutral on the pH scale with a pH level of 7, while some water, such as well water, depending on its source, can be slightly acidic, with a pH of 6 or lower. Alkaline water is water that is neither acidic nor neutral on the pH scale, but rather on the alkaline side of the scale, often with a pH level around 8.
Alkaline water, also known as ionized water, may offer some health benefits that normal tap water does not offer. Alkaline diets are thought to be beneficial for bone health. The biggest health benefit that it may be able to provide is that it could help neutralize chemical imbalances within the body, particularly if the body is overly acidic. When you drink alkaline water regularly, you’re helping your body to hydrate itself as well as flush out toxins and waste products. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may get a boost there as well.
How do you reap the benefits of alkaline water? Using it for drinking water and to cook with are the natural ways to benefit from it. You can purchase it as bottled water if you only plan on using it occasionally, but for maximum benefit, it is more economical and better for the environment to install a water treatment system to a tap water system such as a kitchen sink. This gives you easy, constant access to alkaline water to use for drinking and in cooking.