Alkaline Water is now easily available. You may have seen it in almost all supermarkets and health food stores now (plastic bottles).
The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. A pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. So, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline.
Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9. However, pH alone isn’t enough to impart the alkalinity to water.
Alkaline water normally has a higher pH level than regular drinking water from the tap. Because our western diets can be highly acidic, alkaline water is believed to neutralize the acid in your body.
For alkaline water to be Alkaline it must also contain alkaline minerals. These Alkaline minerals create a negative oxidation-reduction potential commonly known as ORP. ORP is the ability of water to act as a pro- or antioxidant. The more negative the ORP value, the more antioxidizing effect it has.
The question is, should you drink alkaline water? We’d recommend it and we all do, but try an alkalizing water filter as an option as it will save you a lot of money and a mountain of plastic bottles!