In recent years, a number of celebrities have taken to the web to tout the benefits of water. But not just any water, says Green Water Technologies. Deep-pocketed A-listers such as Mark Wahlberg and Miranda Kerr swear that alkaline water – water with a lower acid level than tap water – is good for all that ails you, despite its exorbitant price.
Q: What is alkaline water?
Green Water Technologies: Alkaline water is water with a pH of seven or higher. It is less acidic than water straight from the tap. PH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with seven considered neutral. Some acidic beverages include orange juice, coffee, and vinegar.
Q: Where does alkaline water come from?
Green Water Technologies: Alkaline water can be obtained from a number of sources including faucet attachments and special filters. Some companies sell additives that raise the water’s pH level. Bottled alkaline water is the most convenient and most expensive. Despite science pretty much debunking the theory that alkaline water has any major health benefits, bottled alkaline water can cost twice as much as regular bottled water and hundreds of times more than water from the kitchen sink.
Green Water Technologies: There are no known substantial health benefits and alkaline water is not more hydrating than regular water. In fact, Luke Corey from the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Department says plain tap water is just as effective for overall health and performance. There are some studies that claim water with a pH of 8.8 may soothe acid reflux, however.
Q: Does alkaline water pose any health risks?
Green Water Technologies: Currently, there are no documented negative side effects associated with drinking alkaline water. It comes down to personal preference and budget. Tap water, especially when filtered using a whole home water treatment system, remains the best choice for both quality and cost.