The world’s latest wellbeing trend – alkaline water – has some pretty big advocates (take a bow Beyonce and Gwyneth!). Described as the ‘organic avocado of hydration’, it can be difficult separating fact from fiction when it comes to the benefits of high pH water. In this blog, we cut through the noise to investigate nature’s wonder water…
What is alkaline water anyway?
Remember the pH scale from high school chemistry? It measures whether a liquid is acidic or alkaline on a rainbow-coloured scale of 0 to 14. Tap water falls into the middle, at around 7, with anything above 8 considered alkaline. There are two types of alkaline water: naturally alkaline water (thank you Mother Nature!) and municipal water which is treated to increase its pH levels.
What does it actually do?
- Boosts energy: Drinking water of lower acidity is thought to increase oxygen levels in the blood, which has an energizing effect.
- Decreases muscle fatigue: A lower pH, along with the added minerals that buffer the acid level in alkaline water, is thought to help decrease muscle fatigue, which is especially beneficial for athletes.
- Soothes the gut: The lower acid level of alkaline water is said to help decrease acid in the bloodstream, which possibly soothes the gut and calms acid reflux.
- Hydrates: The high levels of minerals are said to be beneficial for hydration and replenishment for active individuals who lose fluids through perspiration.
- Improves skin: Reducing acid levels has an antioxidant effect on your system, which could eliminate impurities. In addition, staying hydrated always helps the skin look more refreshed and moisturized, easier to do when your water tastes great!
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What does the science say?
Dr Jamie Koufman, a physician who specializes in laryngology, published research that found the stomach enzyme pepsin dies at pH 8. Pepsin is responsible for inflammation in the ears, nose, and throat, but when alkaline water touches the tissues of the throat and esophagus, it helps wash out pepsin. “Alkaline water does help wash out stomach enzymes and [the] esophagus, [so] it can alleviate reflux symptoms, even undiagnosed ones,” she says.
Another clinical trial, published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, found that alkaline water hydrated participants better than normal bottled water after moderate aerobic exercise.
Natural vs Artificial
There’s an important difference between drinking artificial and natural alkaline water, according to Dr. Koufman. The chemical process that creates some alkaline waters could strip it of essential minerals necessary for good health – and in some cases might also have contaminants. Dr. Koufman recommends drinking only naturally occurring alkaline water over water which is enhanced during the bottling process.
Does it taste better?
One thing that everyone agrees on is that alkaline water can’t be beaten on taste. In fact, AquaVia was recently presented with a three golden star Superior Taste Award by 15 of the most prestigious culinary and sommelier associates in the world. This is the highest rating awarded by the acclaimed International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi), the world’s leading organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink products.
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