Is Alkaline Water Really Better than Ordinary Water?

Many are wondering what the scoop is on alkaline water, whether it’s something to buy into or not, and what sort of benefits can be had from drinking it. There is a lot of contradictory information out there, so it can be quite confusing and it’s hard to know who to listen to. What you really need to look for is some scientific evidence behind all of the claims being made.

You might see devices used to test the pH of different waters and soft drinks, and there are pH testers you can buy that will test your urine for its pH level, but these are really moot because what we’re really looking for is whether the body’s pH level is alkaline, and the fact is that it always is somewhat alkaline, no tinkering required.

benefits of alkaline water

The Claims

The claims about alkaline water vary depending on who you’re asking. If you’re at a site that is trying to sell you alkaline water it can do everything from give you more energy to cure cancer. If you’re at a more medically-based site then they’ll say that there isn’t much that alkaline water does in the way of making the body more healthy.

It’s hard to take people at their word, even if they sound like they’re trying to be helpful by relaying their experience. In actuality they could just be shills for a company that sells alkaline water. Hydration in general is a good thing for the body, and many people are in a dehydrated state. Increasing their water intake would lead to many of the benefits cited by those that are marketing alkaline water.

lime water

The Real Scoop

From everything we’ve looked at there doesn’t seem to be enough empirical evidence that alkaline water is any better for you than filtered water. Here’s the big flaw in the logic of alkaline water and the bod:

Your body is hard at work right now doing hundreds of things you don’t even know it does. Things like keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing without your conscious involvement are pretty much standard knowledge. But there are so many other processes going on behind the scenes it’s dizzying to think about. One of these processes is keeping your pH at a specific level.

Without you having to think of it at all your blood’s pH level is kept where it needs to be. The kicker? No matter what you eat or drink your body will make the adjustments necessary to keep your blood where it needs to be, in what’s known as homeostasis.

The medical community is skeptical about alkaline water, and there is some concern with continually drinking it as your source of water. It may act to neutralize your stomach acids which are necessary to break down the food you eat and absorb the nutrients properly. Not enough scientific research has been conducted on either the positive benefits or potential drawbacks of alkaline water.

ph test

Acidic or Alkaline Urine

What you’re most doing is tampering with the acidity or alkalinity of your urine. You won’t be changing the pH of your blood, so many of the benefits claimed by those promoting alkaline water are off base. Tests that involve urine samples are often used, and shouldn’t be very convincing because this is how your body helps to regulate the acidity or alkalinity of the body, by raising or lowering how acidic your urine is.

lemon water

How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

You don’t have to get roped in by a company trying to sell you alkaline water, or an ionizer that makes your water alkaline. You can effectively alkalize your water at home using some pretty simple and common ingredients and methods. All that’s needed is a few organic lemons added to filtered water. This fruit has an alkalizing effect even though it contains citric acid. Any other products or ionizers are unnecessary if your goal is water than is more alkaline than ordinary water.

Balance your body by including more of these alkaline foods in your diet.

clear water

Better Strategies for Health

You can keep your body healthy and able to do its job by eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and getting proper rest, rather than trying to manipulate pH levels by drinking ionized water. You should also be sure to stay hydrated, but you don’t need to drink alkaline water to do that. Just be sure you’re getting enough fresh, clean water each day. This helps to keep your organs well lubricated, helps your digestive system by softening your stools so they can be carried out more easily, and keeps you more alert and focused.

alkaline water filter

Invest in Filtration

Here’s where you can have a greater impact on your body with the water you drink. Make sure it’s filtered properly, and invest your money in proper filtration rather than worrying if it’s ionized or not. Getting all of the harmful impurities out of the water you drink will make a bigger difference than changing its alkalinity. You’ll be preventing the toxic build up of heavy metals, as well as getting rid of things like chlorine and fluoride.

Is Alkaline Water Really Better than Ordinary Water?- learn everything you need to know about alkaline water, including its health benefits and how to make your own.

We’re always on the lookout for the best health advice we can bring you, and also to clear up some of the misconceptions out there on how to be as healthy as you can be. When it comes to the health industry there are plenty of products being marketed as ways to avoid getting sick and developing a disease. What we’ve noticed in the healthiest people on the planet is that they don’t rely on one miracle cure, but treat their health as priority one and take daily efforts to eat well, get exercise, and be as happy as they can be.

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Alkaline Water FAQ

Does alkaline water help acne?

Those with acne are hopeful that the claims that alkaline water helps with acne are true. But in what way would drinking alkaline water help with acne? We couldn’t find a good answer to this question, and from our research it looks like many of the claims made on the benefits of alkaline water are bunk, and can be disregarded. It’s a better idea to make srue that your vitamin levels are all in check by eating vitamin-rich foods.

Is alkaline water good for you?

If by good you mean the opposite of bad, then yes it appears to be good for you, inasmuch as you’ll be getting more water into the body, and it’s always good to be hydrated rather than dehydrated. If you’re looking for hard facts that show it’s better for you than plain filtered water, it just doesn’t exist at this point in time.

Does alkaline water make you sick?

We couldn’t find any users that says that they felt sick when drinking alkaline water. The two biggest responses we could find were those that said it worked, and those that said they couldn’t notice any difference from drinking it.

Will alkaline water help me lose weight?

Upping your water intake will help you lose weight, whether it’s alkaline or not. Proponents of alkaline water dub it a miracle worker and will also include weight loss as a byproduct of drinking it. For most though this weight loss will occur as a result of being more hydrated, helping the body to flush out toxins, and an improved rate of digestion.

Can pregnant women drink alkaline water?

No evidence suggests that it’s harmful to drink alkaline water, but common sense says that humans have been drinking regular water since the dawn of man and billions of births have happened without needing to, so why start now based on claims made by alkaline water sellers?

Does alkaline water contain fluoride?

Fluoride is an additive that many cities add to their water supply. In order to make proper alkaline water you should start with water that has been filtered and does not contain fluoride.

Is alkaline water good for kidneys?

Those with kidney problems like kidney stones are especially interested in the claims made for improvement of kidney function. Your kidneys are directly involved in monitoring the acid levels and sending more or less acid to your urine to keep your pH in a healthy zone. We couldn’t find reliable information that shows it’s particularly good for your kidneys, or helps break up kidney stones.

Can alkaline water give you headaches?

There is only anecdotal evidence consisting of stories from those that experienced headaches by drinking too much alkaline water. However, there is no particular reason as to why this would lead to headaches, so it could be a medication these people were taking at the time, or some other unknown cause. It’s never a good idea to base your decision off of individual feedback.

Does alkaline water kill cancer?

There is no evidence that would lead one to believe that alkaline water is a cancer killer. Proponents of alkaline water say that it helps the body’s pH levels become alkaline, and this in turn makes it hard or impossible for diseases like cancer to fester in the body. The problem lies in the fact that it is the body’s role to keep its blood a certain pH, regardless of the foods or beverages that we eat. Any big swing in the pH level of the blood would be severely hazardous to our health.

Will alkaline water help gout?

Gout is a condition that is brought up in relation to both alkaline foods and alkaline water. The idea is that because it is caused by too much uric acid in the system, that the alkalinity of the water will help neutralize that excess and prevent a gout attack.

Does alkaline water cause gas?

Excessive gas is one of the side effects that may occur when you first start drinking alkaline water, as reported by those that have tried it.

Is alkaline water a scam?

For something to be a scam it means that those that created it did so in an attempt to completely defraud the customer and provide a product that they know doesn’t work. Here it seems that those that believe in ionized water really feel that it is doing something for them, and are not merely lying about it in order to sell it. You should be skeptical on the claims presented to you, and do your due diligence before buying into a water ionizer or alkaline water delivery service.

Does alkaline water go bad?

Yes, it can go bad because it has had additives removed from it, like chlorine. You should drink alkaline water as soon as you can to avoid this scenario.

Can alkaline water cause diarrhea?

It’s been said that drinking too much alkaline water at first can lead to a case of diarrhea as the body is adapting to it.

Can alkaline water cause constipation?

We could not find anything that says it causes constipation, but there are claims made that it can actually help with constipation. These are just claims though, and no rationale for why it would do this, or proof that it actually does was provided.

Does alkaline water help with acid reflux?

The idea that drinking alkaline water would help with excessive amounts of acid in the stomach seems like a logical conclusion, but the major proponents of this concept are those that are selling ionizers or running websites touting the benefits of alkaline water, neither of which count as credible sources, so we’d have to say no, until proven otherwise.

Is alkaline water safe?

From what we could determine, alkaline water is safe enough to drink, even if it may not provide all of the benefits that it claims. In order to make proper alkaline water you’ll be using very clean, filtered water, so it should be safer than drinking tap water, all else being equal.

Can alkaline water be harmful?

While we had trouble finding any sort of proof that alkaline water is healthier than regular water, we also couldn’t find any proof that it is detrimental to your health either. Although some have brought up the possibility that drinking alkaline water might disrupt the acidity of the stomach which could disrupt digestion.

Is alkaline water acidic?

As long as it is really alkaline water then it should be on the alkaline side of the pH scale and not be acid-forming once consumed.

Can alkaline water cure herpes?

No scientific results have been offered confirming that alkaline water is a cure for herpes. Currently there is no known cure for herpes.

Can alkaline water cure eczema?

The only “evidence” we could find that alkaline water cures eczema was located on websites that are selling water ionizers or alkaline water.

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43 Comments

  1. Tracy says:

    Just wondering…exactly what “research” do you folks perform when making claims that alkaline water is not any better for us than regular filtered water? I’m not being cynical, I’m just really curious…thanks!

    • charles allan says:

      Alkalinity comes from Sodium , Potassium , Calcium and Magnesium but the main input comes from sodium (from salt) and potassium in vegetables and fruit and most foods due to the very high daily intake requirement of these two major minerals .
      BUT there is no salt in raw unprocessed foods thats why we add it to foods – to balance the sodium / potassium ratio which can be about 50/50.
      “Alkalised water will be minimal compared to the alkalising effects of sodium and potassium. Sodium has been vilified by bad science – nearly all preservation of foods was by salt and previous generations could take in very much higher quantities than we do – eg a single salted fish could have 5 – 10 grams of salt .

      So salt to your taste and dont hold back but make sure you get your balancing potassium
      and you will hydrate . Salted Veg soups – perfect for salt (sodium )and potassium.

      • Bembu says:

        Awesome comment, Charles! Thanks for contributing.

        • charles allan says:

          Another problem with a lack of salt is a messed up digestive system – the Chloride in salt is used to make acid for the stomach . The stomach is lined with mucous which has sodium bicarbonate (with salt supplying the sodium) to neutralise any acid which gets through.
          The sodium in salt is used by the pancreas to make more sodium bicarbonate in order to alkalise the second stage of digestion .
          Only sodium and potassium can provide the volume of alkalising minerals necessary – there is not enough daily requirement in calcium or magnesium.
          So if the above sufficient sodium intake does not happen then there will be stomach ulcers , and acid reflux – the pylorus valve will not open if the pancreas does not have the required sodium Bicarb and when it eventually has to there will be burning of the duodenum , sever pain and eventually crohn’s disease caused by unneutralised
          HCL.
          Potassium is common in most foods so it should not be much of a problem but sodium
          is not there unless it is added so if you eat unprocessed foods and dont add salt you are in danger of chronic ill health .
          I take about 10 grams of salt a day – it depends on climate , work outs , environment temperatures etc
          But this must be balanced with around 10 grams of potassium .
          Salting to taste is the best way – your taste buds will tell you how much salt you need.

        • Cristian says:

          This article is just about complete and utter bullshit. This article should not be listed as a valid source to get information from.

  2. Rex Kittle says:

    I drink Hexagonal water now, but for years I was drinking distilled water. I have good health and nothing has ever come up because of drinking either of these. I try to eat more Alkaline foods than acid forming foods. I juice most of the time and I make sure lemon are added to my juicing. I feel Hexagonal water is best for me, but it may not be for you. At this time my hexagonal water machine is in repair and do I miss it.

  3. phlush says:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19003049

    Just one of the many research done and reported on the benefits of drinking alkaline ionized water.

      • Dean says:

        Second link is weak evidence as well. It speaks to lower blood glucose levels in mice for 8 weeks…..relatively speaking this isn’t very strong data at all. What does it tell you? Not much. Barely even a “good” start.

    • Dean says:

      Essentially that link shows a possible antioxidant being established. Beneficial like any other antioxidant but hardly strong clinical evidence. I believe that is the issue….there isn’t much clinical data but there is are a lot of people pitching this stuff as doing a lot more than can be backed up. Seems like a good filter is still the best option.

  4. Mike says:

    I collect water from artesian springs for free and many sites I visit are ph 7.5 or higher. If you want free alkaline water find a spring to get your drinking water. It’s the best I’ve had hands down.

  5. Austen says:

    This says nothing about the negative ORP (which is basically antioxidants) you get from a water ionizer, which is a quality in water you would get if it was in nature, for example, exposed to air and running down a creek or stream across mineral rich rocks.

  6. Jack Stagman says:

    I am looking to buy an ionizer. Do you sell any?
    Virginia, USA

    • Vicky N. says:

      Jack,
      Our family just purchased kangen ionizer. If you still interesting, leave a response with contact info. We will contact you.

    • cherry says:

      Hi Jack

      maybe your interested to buy called “PI CUP” that produces alkaline and its very portable, you can put any type of water in just shaking the pi cup it turns to alkaline,just let me know for any details, you can email me chejoy underscore 1986 at yahoo dot com. best regards

    • Tyrone says:

      I Have A Kangen Water Machine if want to buy one

    • Ken Fox says:

      Jack,
      Dont do Kangen IF you feel the need to drink ionized water. Go to https://airwaterlife.com/ This is the same thing, better warranty, No high price to pay the pyramid effect middle man, as airwaterlife is direct from the factory, and AWL top machine offers a lifetime warranty and their replacement filters are nearly 70% cheaper to provide the same gallons. Kangen may be good but 4800+ good compared to 1395.00…. NO WAY

  7. Alkaline Water produced by Electrolysis has been scientifically proven to be beneficial for a host of medical conditions. http://chansonwaterionizer.com/research/

    It contains more alkaline minerals than the source water, or higher pH and bicarbonates, these factors all help with homeostasis or balancing the bodies pH. These are not its biggest benefits though! The actual power or benefit is that it produces molecular hydrogen which behaves like an antioxidant scavenging free radicals and reducing inflammation.

    When you own a high quality water ionizer you also get additional benefits which can be seen here; http://chansonwaterionizer.com/

    If you are interested in understanding how it affects stomach acid you can go here; http://www.designerwater.co.za/alkalinewaterstomachacid/

    Here is a study that shows how drinking alkaline bottled improves hydration and ph balance; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20836884/

    Alkaline Water cannot give you alkalosis as there is probably a 20% improvement in bicarbonate levels vs. the source water. That would be like saying tap water could give you Alkalosis! (It just doesn’t add up). In any event Alkaline Water is very mild (non chemical alkaline substance) and even a drop of lemon juice will drastically reduce the pH to below neutral making it acidic.

  8. Dale says:

    So. The body is always alkaline. MY research says you’re full of sh… I mean ACID. Maybe it’s GOOD acid and you’re hallucinating! But probably it’s just the acid-leftovers from the body’s burning of the shitey processed foods we have little or no choice but to buy and consume. C’mon you guys…If you’re researching at all, you must be listening to Monsanto “scientists” or the FDA (read Monsanto). Anyone reading this, do your own research. You just can’t rely on bullshite sites like this.

  9. Michelle says:

    What I find interesting is that this article says not enough research has been done to determine any benefits to drinking Alkaline water. However, the medical industry introduces thousands of new drugs every year that usually have a laundry list of side effects, and I’m positive that they don’t research these drugs for very long before they put them on the market because they need to make money. For instance, when Premrin was first introduced years ago, women could take it for only 6 months because of the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer because it is loaded with synthetic estrogen. It’s ridiculous what the medical industry will lead us to believe. Take a pill, and all of your symptoms will be gone. Well, that’s not the answer, people. I began drinking alkaline ionized water less than a week ago, and I am believe that it has helped me with several issues. Every morning I would wake up with a lower back ache and thought it was because of my mattress, which is not even 2 years old. When I woke up the next morning, my back ache was completely gone after having only 2 glasses of water. And it hasn’t returned, so it wasn’t a fluke. Come on, people, wake up. All of the ingredients in processed foods are CHEMICALS. We didn’t have all of these sicknesses years ago. It’s because we are putting crap in our body. The alkaline water flushes all of the crap out of our body, literally! Of course the medical industry doesn’t want you to drink alkaline water because it will put them out of business!

    • Valorie says:

      So very true!

    • Ken Fox says:

      Usually these drugs are used for a very long time in Europe, Asia, North America (Mexico) etc before our FDA will approve the patent, there are many drugs overseas now that are treating major disease and illness that our FDA will not approve here in the states

  10. bahram panahi says:

    Thank you. your article is very informative and useful.I have read other articles that are supportive of the A Water. Can you send me your newsletters,if you have any.for eczema,
    should one drink the water or wash the affected areas? and,what about cancer prevention?
    Thank you again.I have to read your article one more time, and more carefully.If lemon can
    do the trick,I think your article saves the readers hundreds of dollars to be spended on a
    purchase.

  11. Dee Eye says:

    I switch from Brita filter water to Alkaline water..It’s been 7 days now drinking this stuff. Tomorrow Iam visitin The Doctor for blood work because everyday that goes bye I feel weeker from head to toes and my whole body hurts. I can’t said all the wonderful comments others do since this water its deteriorating me slowly. Good luck to all trying drink quality water for better health..

    • cherry says:

      Hi Dee

      wish you luck in your test, but this only i can say drinking alkaline water will help your blood circulate properly.

      maybe your interested to buy called “PI CUP” that produces alkaline and its very portable and handy you can put any type of water in just shaking the pi cup it turns to alkaline,just let me know for any details, you can email me chejoy underscore 1986 at yahoo dot com. best regards

  12. john smith says:

    I’ll vouch for the “gives me diarreah”. The weight loss thing is iffy. i drank kombucha- highly acidic drink (i think) and lost a lot of weight over a few months. I drank Alkaline water- about 8 gallons over the last 2 weeks and have lost another 5 lbs. It seems to me like being very hydrated on very low calorie drinks is the primary cause of weightloss. Alkaline or acidic- doesn’t seem to matter. With Kombucha, I got really dizzy and confused after drinking too much for too long. With alkaline water, I’m only dealing with diarreah and a slight headache- but i’m not confused, i’m focusing better… so… that’s my story with alternative drinks so far.

    • Ken Fox says:

      Agree’d JS, Im beginning to lean towards filtration over Ionized water until more science has been done on the matter.

  13. Caleb says:

    Try FulHum for the new experiences of alkaline water!

    • Ken Fox says:

      The thing is IF you insist on drinking this type of water the sell on owning a machine is the pay back. If drinking the RDV of 64 oz. To hydrate based on bottled water or specialty water like HUM at 24.00/case(12 20 oz bottles), 3 daily 60 oz 6.00×365 = 2200.00 yearly. So you’d be saving alot of cash in the long run.

  14. Seb says:

    The article makes an interesting reading.
    One thing is clear, plenty of good water will lead to weight management and weight loss.
    This is for the simple reason it helps to flush and rehydrate d body.
    Thank you

  15. Carla says:

    I am on a medication for Fibromyalgia and have been for 9 months, which caused me to have a very extreme dry mouth and dry skin. I really think that I was severally dehydrated. Anyway I was to the point that I couldn’t even urinate. Since I have been drinking the Alkaline water My mouth actually has some saliva back, and I can urinate now with a strong flow. So I truly know that it helps me.

    • Susan Oliver says:

      I have had fibromialga for 26 years. On a scale of 1 to 10, my pain was an 8.Three years ago I found out about Curcumin. It is derived from Turmeric, much like cream is derived from milk.
      It is a MIRACLE CURE. I take 2 or 3 capsules am and pm. After several weeks my pain was down to a 2. Several times I have run out and waited 2 or 3 weeks to start taking it again. My pain goes right back up to an 8.
      Please pass this on to anyone you know that suffers from fibromialga.

  16. Cris says:

    Uh…people…alkaline water has many tried and true cures and benefits. The medical community does not want you to know this…think about that statement. Also, the reason it causes diahrea, weakness, or other symptoms, is because it is assisting your body in the detoxification process, so I say to the naysayers, DUH. Now, go and look up the Bawell (spelling?) alkalizing machine. It is only around $600, hooks up to your kitchen sink easily, and is WELL worth it. And the filters last seemingly forever! AMEN!!!

  17. LAYLA says:

    Been drinking alkaline for over 4 years, no more migraine headaches, no more lower back pain, increased energy, less eczema and no telling what other good benefits it is doing to my body. Test it on your plants and see how they come alive almost instantly, regular filtered water don’t come close. My mom bought the kangen system and I have to get one asap. Only down side for me is when I run out of alkaline, my only addiction, have to have it. 🙂 Best thing that ever happened to me. I love love love it! Drink it every day.

  18. Alison says:

    Adding an alkaliser to my filtered water definitely helps my acid reflux. It’s better than adding a regular anti-acid to my system- I’m treating the cause, not the symptom.

  19. Sherry says:

    Yes, your body does have to work hard to maintain alkalinity. So the real question for me is, doesnt that mean that you should give your body more aline foods/drinks to help it maintain? When it is fighting hard to keep your blood alkaline because you’re eating highly acidic foods, what parts of your body goes without alkilinity?

  20. Kate says:

    I found out I have gastritis a few months ago and I really wasn’t crazy about taking medication everyday so I started eating and drinking more alkaline things. Just started purchasing alkaline water not sure if it’s making a difference but seems like a better starting point than taking meds.

  21. Zach says:

    I’m 40 year old male, Very healthy eater, workout often and very active. Never had heartburn or any other stomach issues in my lifetime. Started drinking level 3 alkaline water about 6 months ago and about 1 gallon of it per day. Recently started having acid re-flux, so started to find articles on how alkaline water naturalizes stomach acid and has caused this symptoms in other people. I have since ditched the alkaline water and until my symptoms became better, mixing 1 tbs. of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar with water at least once a day. Acids in your stomach are very important and there is fine line between eating right and forcing alkaline products down your throat.

  22. Irene Eaton says:

    If you drink this alkaline water before meals will cause digestive problems. I am already alkaline body because I eat healthy. I am doing myself harm by drinking this water. My friend is the same way. He has all these stomach issues and he is getting tests and going to doctors. He has other issues too. I think it is from drinking this water. Should there be a way to get your money back and plus what ever money to bring the life back. 818-503-0360

  23. Nikki says:

    I can only speak for myself..no scientific study on my part. So a friend at church works in the local water utilitie. He performed a test on about 7 bottled water. He rated them all for alkalinity and acid. He did this to help his wife with weight loss. I told him i had become diabetic. He told me not to take the meds but instead start drinking any of the waters that rate a 7 or better which fortunately were regular waters at my grocer also costcos brand. I was so skeptical but a year later an im now diabetes free!!!!!!! It took a few months for it to drop but now i always have regular blood sugar tests. The water has also possibly caused a significant weight loss. Im down 2-4lb a month and have not changed my eating habits. One thing the water isn’t helping is my daughter’s pimples lol!

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