The Pros and Cons of Alkaline Water

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Alkaline water is the new trend in H2o because of all its purported health benefits. Of course I’m trying to stay healthy as usual. I recently signed up for a delivery service called Beyond o2. I’m super excited about it and also about adding more water into my daily routine. But I wonder what are the real substantiated benefits? What are the pros and cons?  I read an article recently in Shape magazine that was posing the same questions I have regarding the real benefits vs. the fake “claims” when it comes to Alkaline water. According to the piece:

Alyse Levine, R.D., founder of the Eating Reset Plan, said, ‘All liquids have a measure of acidity, which is determined on the pH scale. Anything under seven (think black coffee, orange juice, and vinegar) is acidic, seven is neutral and above seven (like baking soda) is alkaline territory.’ But are there any perks to drinking it? According to a study in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 can help sooth acid reflux because the higher pH level kills pepsin. [She said] it helps neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism; it contains antioxidant properties (anti-aging and anti-disease); cleanses the colon; rejuvenates the skin; and lubricates muscles and joints.

But just importantly, to be clear, in the very next paragraph, Levine points to the fact that these are all still very unsubstantiated claims, and that the “…clinical studies have not yet been able to confidently support these claims, as study results are lacking and overall inconclusive.” Now according to most of the data out there, alkaline water is generally safe but as with anything else, too much a good thing can be anything but healthy. According to Livestrong if the alkaline is too high there can be serious side effects including:

Alkaline water with a pH higher than 11 may irritate your eyes, skin and mucous membranes. It can also cause gastrointestinal problems, reports the World Health Organization. …Or drinking water with a high pH may lead to a condition called metabolic alkalosis, which may cause confusion, nausea, vomiting, hand tremors, muscle twitching, and tingling in the face, hands or feet.

All good data in my  opinion and at the end of day, it’s just water. But it’s good to weigh the negatives vs. the benefits. If it can’t hurt essentially, and it may help, then alkaline is the way. I will keep you posted in the coming weeks.

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