Is alkaline water better that regular water?
There is no arguing with the fact that water is good for the body. People are advised to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. But with the plethora of health fads going around, there had also been claims that some water might be better than the other — Alkaline water.
Alkaline water is viewed as a more superior water. It has a pH level of around 8 or 9, meaning it is less acidic and more basic than regular water. Its claimed health benefits is backed by several studies, however a closer look into these studies might prove that Alkaline water is not so special after all.
An article published by Women’s Health online, shows why. According to Amy Shapiro, R.D., founder of Real Nutrition NYC, one 2012 study explained that alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 may deactivate the acid pepsin, which could be useful in the treatment of acid reflux disease.
However, this was an in vitro study, meaning it was only done in a petri dish. So it’s not clear how those effects could play out in real life.
Another study also found that drinking a mineral-based alkaline water may improve hydration status in healthy adults more than drinking regular water—in the short-term. But this only looked at 38 people, which is not sufficient to be a sample size.
A 2016 study on 100 adults also showed that drinking alkaline water may help blood flow through the body more easily post-exercise to deliver oxygen to your muscles but all of these studies are small and have serious limitations—so take their findings with a grain of acid-fighting sodium.
Drinking alkaline water to correct any health issues like acid reflux is futile as this is something that is already been done naturally by our body, says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian nutritionist in NYC.
Although, generally, drinking alkaline water for a healthy person is totally fine. It has its benefit by being less acidic and it also has essential minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.
However for people who may have certain health issues like kidney disease, they are advised to stick with regular water. It m