Are Alkaline 88 water benefits the real deal? That’s the question I’ll answer for you today.
Good afternoon, I’m your host, Hercules. I’ve been mighty busy lately adding tons of valuable alkaline water content to Alkaline Water Machine Source.
In under a year, I’ve turned this site into a certified alkaline water authority. During my many hours of research, I’ve come across alkaline water products that are legit, and of course, not so legit.
In today’s article, I’ll explain everything you need to know about Alkaline 88 Water before you buy it.
Are there better bottled alkaline water options?
Why is pH 8.8 so special?
Are there better ways to drink more alkaline water?
Those are just a few of the questions I’ll answer for you.
First, let’s answer the most important question.
Are Alkaline 88 water benefits real?
I’ve performed my due diligence on Alkaline 88 water and found that their water is essentially reverse osmosis water with added Himalayan pink salt.
The best way to describe Alkaline 88 water benefits is to compare them to the benefits of drinking reverse osmosis water that’s been remineralized with Himalayan pink salt:
- Quicker recovery after exercise
- Enhanced hydration
- General health benefits
- Better taste
- Energy Boost
Most of the health benefits you can expect come from the long list of trace minerals found in Himalayan pink salt.
Since the first step in the filtration process is purifying the water by reverse osmosis, I don’t see how the water could undergo electrolysis.
Water ionizers use electrolysis to make alkaline ionized water.
In order for electrolysis to occur, there needs to be a minimum number of minerals in the source water.
Since reverse osmosis strips water of all its minerals, Alkaline 88 water can’t undergo electrolysis unless they’re leaving out a step that I’m missing.
How is Alkaline 88 water made?
According to the makers of Alkaline 88, the water goes through a 3-step process:
- The water is purified using reverse osmosis before passing through an Electrochemically Activated Water (ECA) system to raise the water’s pH to 8.8
- Then, the ECA system infuses the purified water with the 84 trace minerals found in Himalayan pink salt
- Finally, the water is purified again using UV (ultraviolet) technology before ultimately being packaged in an FDA-compliant clean room
The part of the process I question – and have not seen in any of the alkaline water products I’ve reviewed – is the “Electrochemically Activated Water” process.
In one study, electrochemically activated (ECA) water was tested as an anti-microbial agent to use as an irrigant during root canals. The point of the study was to conclude if it was as effective as sodium hypochlorite since sodium hypochlorite is a lot more toxic.
I don’t see why people would want to drink water that’s an antimicrobial?
Anyway, the rest of the process appears legit to me, and there are a lot of positive reviews at Amazon.
How to Make Alkaline 88 Water at Home
If you already have a reverse osmosis water system, you can make Alkaline 88 water right at home.
Here’s what you need:
Here are the steps to make it:
- Fill the stainless steel jug with reverse osmosis purified water
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt per gallon of water
- Allow the Himalayan pink salt to dissolve completely (close and shake the bottle to speed up the process)
- After the salt dissolves, measure the pH of the water
- Once you know your pH, add alkaline water drops slowly until you reach pH 8.8
- Voila! You’ve just made Himalayan salt-infused alkaline water
- Finally, store the sealed stainless steel bottle in the refrigerator to maintain the pH and freshness
Better Bottled Water Options
I previously reviewed quite a few bottled alkaline water brands, and personally, I like several other brands more than Alkaline 88.
Below are three brands from my top 10 choices you might want to check out:
Essentia Alkaline Ionized Water
Essentia is one of the only bottled alkaline water brands I’ve found that sells bottled ionized water. It ticks all the right boxes for me.
My only warning is the pH (9.5) is a bit high if you’re new to alkaline water. If you buy Essentia and are new to alkaline water, start slowly to avoid any potential negative detox reactions.
A lot of professional basketball players swear by Essentia. The 76ers stock the team plane and practice facility with Essentia. T.J. McConnell said, “It’s the best.” Before he started drinking it: “I was the type of person who thought water is water is water,” McConnell stated.
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water
Waiakea Volcanic Water is one of my top picks for alkaline water that’s 100% natural. It does have a slightly lower pH (8.2) than Alkaline 88, but the slight difference in pH isn’t a big deal in my book. I actually prefer slightly alkaline water as long as it’s pure.
Waiakea Water achieves its naturally alkaline pH by filtering through thousands of feet of porous volcanic rock. How cool is that? You definitely can’t make this water in your kitchen.
Triumph Alkaline Water
My third pick is Triumph Alkaline Water. This stuff gets me excited. It’s also sourced in the USA from an untouched spring aquifer in the mountains along the Appalachian Trail. If I’m going to buy bottled water, I want it to be something special I can’t make on my own.
This water is naturally alkaline, and Triumph adds natural minerals to bring the pH up to 8.5.
For additional options, check out my list of the top 10 best alkaline bottled water brands.
The reason this can happen is alkaline water hydrates the human body more efficiently, which can lead to your body releasing toxins faster than it can get rid of them.
An Interesting Study
One interesting study I found involved alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 and people suffering from acid reflux.
The study concluded that pH 8.8 alkaline water deactivated human pepsin better than conventional pH water.
In one of the reviews for Alkaline 88 water, a woman reported that it “ended” her acid reflux for good. Now she’s saving money by drinking Alkaline 88 water instead of taking meds.
Read my story. I too reversed a nasty case of heartburn with alkaline ionized water. Nothing else worked before I started drinking alkaline water.
My Alkaline 88 Water Review
Outside of the questionable water filtration process, I do think Alkaline 88 is a good product, certainly better than conventional bottled water brands.
Here’s what I like:
- It includes alkaline minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, and several others
- The bottle is BPA-free
- I like Himalayan pink salt as a natural health product
- The UV light purification is a nice touch
- It’s fluoride-free
- It’s guaranteed to maintain its pH of 8.8 for two years if stored properly
- The company appears to be legit
And last but not least, NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s wife loves it:
Are there special Alkaline 88 water benefits that you can’t find in other alkaline water products? I don’t think so.
Is Alkaline 88 better than conventional bottled water? Yes.
Is it truly water with an alkaline pH? Yes.
Are real people experiencing Alkaline 88 water benefits? Yes.
Should you try making it yourself? That one’s up to you.
The study I cited above with pH 8.8 water had a positive effect on reflux disease makes me think this water is worth a try for acid reflux sufferers.
I know how miserable acid reflux can be. It made me scared to eat certain foods for months, and now I’m back to eating whatever I want without worry.
I start every day with two full glasses of alkaline ionized water.
Cheers and best of luck on your alkaline water journey! Until next time.