The Pros and Cons of Alkaline Water
Are you on the fence about this whole alkaline water thing? Perhaps you just started drinking it and want to know more? Either way, you’re in for a treat. I’ve compiled more than a year of research into one easy-to-read article. Prepare yourself to learn all the pros and cons of alkaline water.
I think the greatest benefit you’ll get from this article is a clear choice. By the end, you’ll know for sure if alkaline water is right for you. You’ll also learn enough about alkaline water to identify the alkaline water brands to avoid and the ones that are legit.
Are you ready to get started? I always like to hear the bad news first. Hopefully, you’re the same because I’m going to start with the cons.
Let’s talk price first. One of the greatest cons of drinking bottled alkaline water is the high price tag. You can easily run up a massive drinking water bill each month if you buy each bottle separately.
Even cases are super expensive for some brands.
Aside from bottled water, a quality water ionizer is an expensive upfront investment. You have to be locked in and ready to throw down the money for an ionizer.
In the long run, you’ll save money, but that initial mountain is often too steep to climb or not fitting your budget at the moment.
My best advice is to find an affordable subscribe and save option for bottled water or do your research to find a quality ionizer that doesn’t cost more than your first car.
Alkaline water filter pitchers can cost more than traditional water filter pitchers. It’s also difficult to find a quality alkaline pitcher.
Like they say, “Health is wealth.”
2. The Time It Takes to Understand Alkaline Water
It takes a lot of time to understand alkaline water benefits and alkaline water in general. Trust me, I’ve been studying it for the past year, and there’s still more to learn.
Each time I peel back a layer of the onion, I find new information to absorb.
Since most people barely have spare time, it’s hard to find time to research alkaline water. In the end, most people don’t understand what they’re buying.
It’s easy for one person to tell you that alkaline water is a miracle healer and another person to tell you it’s completely bogus. Then, you’re left wondering, who’s right?
The greatest misconception I’ve seen is the thought that the higher the pH the more health benefits. This is 100% untrue.
There’s an ideal pH range for alkaline drinking water, and you should stay inside it since there’s no research proving that water with a higher pH than this range will give you more health benefits.
Also, a water ionizer is a complex machine. It’s easier to use one than to sit down and learn exactly what’s going on inside it.
Whenever there’s a new health product on the scene, opportunists come flying out of the woodwork. For this reason, opportunists are the most extreme negative in my list of pros and cons of alkaline water.
Unfortunately, these opportunists have given alkaline water a bad rap and the skeptics enough fuel to convince the masses that alkaline water is bad.
I’m sure you’re here right now because of all the conflicting information you’ve seen about alkaline water.
Let me let you in on a little something. The EPA recommends a pH range for drinking water of 6.5 – 8.5.
If alkaline water was bad for you, do you think the EPA’s scale would lean toward the alkaline side of the pH chart? Furthermore, pH is only an EPA guideline, which means it’s non-enforceable.
In other words, alkaline water without an extreme pH value is safe to drink.
Getting back to the point of this section, the opportunists stretch the truth and sensationalize the health benefits of alkaline water. You have to remember, it’s just water.
A lot of the health benefits you experience from drinking alkaline water come from better hydration.
Bottom line: Be careful when you’re shopping for alkaline water and you come across far-fetched health claims. There’s a ton of opportunists out there doing their best to profit off alkaline water’s introduction to the Western world.
Alkaline water is nothing new. Asians have been drinking it for decades. I first discovered it years ago inside a random 7-Eleven in Manila. It’s sold throughout Asia in every convenience store.
No one there is going crazy over it, and it’s cheap compared to what companies charge in the US.
4. Alkaline Water Is Another Name for Ionized Water
Did you know the alkaline pH of water is only part of the reason it’s healthy? That’s right, water that’s undergone electrolysis in a water ionizer is full of antioxidants and molecular hydrogen.
Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of this because all they hear are the words “alkaline water.”
This goes back to the time it takes to understand what alkaline water truly is and how it can benefit your health.
Here’s what happens. The skeptics argue that water with too high of a pH is bad for you and has no health benefits. They’re correct, but they fail to mention ionized water. You don’t need to drink ionized water with too high of a pH to reap the rewards.
I think that about wraps up the cons. I just sat here and tried to think of more. Let’s move on to the pros.
1. Amazingly Pure Water
What the skeptics don’t know is how powerful the filters are in quality water ionizers.
For example, AlkaViva uses a dual-filter system that removes nearly 172 known water contaminants to undetectable levels. These filters also leave beneficial minerals intact.
You won’t find many water filters on the market that filter water this thoroughly without stripping it of its minerals.
It’s important to remember that the purity of your water is most important. Once your drinking water is pure, then you can worry about the antioxidants and health benefits of drinking alkaline water.
2. Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux
This is one of the alkaline water benefits I firmly stand behind. I explain in my story how a nasty case of heartburn led me to alkaline water. After nothing else worked, alkaline water did.
Since then, alkaline water has been in my cup daily, and I have yet to experience another case of heartburn. That was well over a year ago.
I’ve read countless stories like mine while researching alkaline water and filters. I have an article dedicated to this benefit with scientific evidence to back up the effectiveness of alkaline water in reflux cases.
3. Good for Gout Sufferers
In one article I wrote, I explain how alkaline water helps gout sufferers by expediting the removal of uric acid from the body.
How does this happen? Urine with a more alkaline pH holds more uric acid. This study found that an alkaline diet does a good job of removing uric acid from the body.
4. Better Hydration
There are several studies involving athletes that hydrated quicker after exercise by drinking alkaline water instead of normal tap water.
One of the benefits I’ve seen the most during my research is people reporting less soreness after a hard workout. I can also attest to this benefit because I drink alkaline water before, during, and after all my workouts.
By doing this, I’ve nearly eliminated all post-workout soreness.
5. Lower Blood Pressure
Another science-backed alkaline water benefit is lower blood pressure. Why? Well, magnesium in alkaline ionized water is easier for our bodies to absorb, which works wonders for correcting or preventing a magnesium deficiency.
A magnesium deficiency can easily lead to hypertension.
It also goes back to better hydration since better hydration is one of the simplest ways to keep blood pressure in check.
6. Weight Loss
Weight loss is a common benefit that people who drink alkaline ionized water experience. One of the easiest ways to lose unwanted weight is to drink more water and less sugary beverages.
This is one of the only ways on Earth to lose weight on autopilot. Don’t expect to reach your weight loss goal without doing some of the grunt work, but expect to look and feel better.
In my case, alkaline water has also improved my digestion.
Tip: A great way to kick-start your metabolism is to drink alkaline ionized water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
I follow that tip every day and have completely eliminated a sour stomach feeling I used to get some mornings. I’m also in the best shape of my life.
7. More Energy
More energy is yet another common benefit I’ve experienced and read in numerous alkaline water testimonials. Fortunately, this pro of drinking alkaline water doesn’t take a genius to understand.
Better Hydration = More Energy
It’s that simple.
8. Better Tasting
Since I’ve only been talking about health benefits, let’s talk about taste.
Even dogs agree that alkaline water tastes better:
That’s one of my favorite videos. I had to share it with you.
The good news is people love the taste of alkaline ionized water too. In fact, most of the positive reviews I’ve read during my research and product reviews note the amazing taste of ionized water.
This also goes back to weight loss. A lot of people who didn’t drink enough water before often become converts because they love the taste of the water so much.
Just imagine all the health benefits you can experience by simply trading out your sodas for alkaline water.
I love writing about these benefits because they’re so easy to achieve and often happen naturally.
The thought of cutting back on your favorite soda or other high-carb beverages may make you feel uneasy at the moment, but don’t worry. Your taste buds may guide you to better health once you start drinking alkaline water.
9. There Are Several Types of Alkaline Water
Did you know that Fiji water is slightly alkaline? That’s right, most artesian water brands are at least slightly alkaline because they contain alkaline minerals.
There are naturally alkaline water brands with a pH as high as 9. Keep in mind, these waters are 100% unaltered. Mother Nature crafted these waters to be alkaline.
You don’t have to focus on drinking just one type of alkaline water. You may like artesian alkaline water or ionized water.
I like both, and I prefer ionized water. The water I drink every day has a pH between 8 and 9.5, and it treats me quite well.
Over the past year, I’ve gotten more work done and been more motivated than I’ve been in a long time.
Are you interested in learning more about the health benefits of alkaline water? Click here to read my list of 25 benefits.
The Pros and Cons of Alkaline Water Table
I’ll recap everything I just went over in the table below:
- Super powerful filters in quality water ionizers to remove water contaminants
- Heartburn and acid reflux relief
- Good for gout and arthritis sufferers
- Better hydration
- Lower blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- It tastes better
- There are several types of alkaline water to choose from
- Higher cost for bottled alkaline water
- The high upfront cost for a quality water ionizer
- The time it takes to understand ionized water
- Alkaline water opportunists who sell bunk products
- The words of the skeptics
- Misconceptions due to conflicting information
- Limited scientific research
Keep in mind, I didn’t list all the benefits because I want to keep everything as neutral as possible. This article isn’t intended to sell you anything or guarantee health benefits.
Remember, I’m not a doctor. Everything you read here is what I’ve experienced by drinking alkaline water and found through my research. Since alkaline water research in the Western world is still rather thin, there’s limited scientific evidence.
You should always consult a physician if your goal is to improve a health condition.
It’s just water.
I always tell myself that when I write an article here.
Yes, it’s super high-quality H2O, but in the end, it’s still just water the way nature intended it to be.
If you boil it all down, quality alkaline ionized water is just super-purified water with a healthy mineral profile that’s easier for our bodies to absorb.
Let that thought fill your head before you let an opportunist or skeptic lead you in the wrong direction.
If you’re interested in beginning your alkaline water journey or enhancing the one you’re already on, my list of alkaline water brands to avoid will help you tremendously.
That article teaches you which brands to stay away from and which ones are the good guys. By the end, you’ll have enough of an understanding of what to look for while shopping without wasting hours of your time reading over an opportunist’s mumbo jumbo.
My alkaline water machine buyer’s guide is also a helpful resource.
I do my best to keep things simple here. I hope you enjoyed my list of the pros and cons of alkaline water! Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments section below.
Until next time, cheers!