Alkaline Water

 

First of all, there is a lot of hype (and I’ll tell you why I think it’s hype in a minute) about alkaline water. As you may or may not know, alkaline water refers to water that has a higher PH (greater than 7 is considered alkaline, less than 7 is considered acidic, and 7.0 is called neutral). Certain things in the water can make it either more alkaline or more acidic.  It’s basic chemistry and believe me, that’s the easy part, because everyone can agree about that.  Now for reference purposes, DrinkMore Water is very slightly acidic (like a pH of around 6.8).

When it comes to marketers of devices that generate alkaline water – there have been many claims made which are simply not supportable by traditional research methods. I have a pretty strong technical background (Mechanical Engineering degree & many biomedical engineering courses from Duke) as does my brother (Masters in Chemical engineering from MIT) and we have talked about alkaline water for years. There was a Japanese machine on the market about 10 years ago that was selling for about $3000 – and miracle cure claims were being made about drinking alkaline water. I still see occasional advertisements for specialty water devices with different ionic qualities and contents, different minerals, etc. etc.  And I continue to get inquiries about what I think about alkaline water.

Our philosophy (both as a company and personally) is to provide ultra-pure drinking water to our customers. There are and likely always will be a variety of chemical contaminants in our tap water. Are there enough contaminants to kill you – probably not. But, medical research has shown that drinking chlorinated water (which, on the one hand is good because it enables tap water to be free from bacteriological contamination) causes bladder, colo-rectal and breast cancers in slightly more than 1% of the population. Not a problem if you’re in the 99%. Stinks if you’re in the 1%.

I’m a big believer in getting rid of as many contaminants as possible from the water. The human body is such an incredibly complicated system that we just don’t understand exactly how everything works and interacts. One day we hear alcohol is bad, the next day red wine is good. Carbs are good, carbs are bad, etc. I am certain that not every contaminant in water is bad for you – calcium and magnesium are good! But, I am also certain that there are lots of contaminants that are bad for you – chlorine, nitrates, organic compounds, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, various metals and the like. Some may be way more toxic than we know now. Bottom line, let’s take as much of it out as possible. Water should be H2O. Period.

So, does alkaline water work? I truly don’t know. I do know this however.

The PH level of stomach acid is between 1 and 3 (it’s very nasty, very acidic stuff). Part of why we have that acid is to aid in the digestion of food. If you drink alkaline water (say a PH of 9), you’re going to neutralize some of that acid – just like a TUMS. Is any of the alkaline water still going to be alkaline when it leaves your stomach – I simply can’t see how that can happen. You couldn’t possibly drink enough water to neutralize the acidity of your stomach acid. So all of the “benefits” of alkaline water – at least from my perspective – seem to disappear once it goes into your stomach. From a chemistry standpoint, might as well take a TUMS, you’ll probably neutralize more acid than drinking a gallon of alkaline water – if your goal really is to neutralize your stomach acid.

Ultimately, it’s your decision as to what you believe. I truly believe that our water is one of the best, if not the best, water available on the market today. I’ve done as much research and work as I can do to design the best water purification system possible. It is truly state of the art.

Hope this helps a little (just for fun, Google “PH of stomach acid”).

One other point worth mentioning is that the pH of human blood is tightly “regulated” to be between 7.35 and 7.45. That’s slightly alkaline. Your body’s systems (from the kidney to the endocrine system) are designed to keep the blood’s pH in that tight range. So, I think there are lots of people who think that drinking alkaline water will make the blood more alkaline and that more alkaline blood is good. But again, the human systems have the job of maintaining the blood in very tight pH range using a variety of buffering actions.

Be careful when you’re being pitched the virtues of alkaline water and buying an expensive machine to make it.