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Many people around me are talking about alkaline water, they say that it’s all part of alkalinising your body and that alkaline water is way better than normal tap water. The questions I have are does alkaline water work, and can you drink alkaline water everyday?
So I tried it for two weeks to see if I felt any different.
Table of Contents
- Alkaline Water Basics
- Why Do People Drink Alkaline Water?
- Acidity Levels of Tap Water
- How is Alkaline Water Made?
- How I Got My Alkaline Water via Water Pitcher
- The Results – Does Alkaline Water Work?
- Did Alkaline Water Give Me More Energy?
- Did Alkaline Water Help My Digestion?
- Did I Feel Any Difference? – My Feeling Overall
- Will I Continue Drinking Alkaline Water?
- Can You Drink Alkaline Water Everyday?
Alkaline Water Basics
If you have never heard about alkaline water, I’ll give you a brief explanation.
As we all know, water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O)
- The PH Level of water tells you how acidic it is.
- The PH level of anything ranges from 0 to 14.
- 0 is the most acidic, 7 is neutral, and 14 is the most alkaline.
- A glass of orange juice is about 3.5 – which is acidic.
- A glass of milk is close to neutral around 6.7-6.9 which is closer to neutral.
- And A black coffee is around 5, so acidic.
So the goal with alkalinising your diet is to aim for liquids and foods that are less acidic and more in the alkaline range.
Why Do People Drink Alkaline Water?
The theory is, that drinking alkaline water (or alkaline foods for that matter) reduces acid in the bloodstream and can give benefits such as
- Improving your metabolism.
- Increasing your energy.
- Slowing down ageing.
- Improve your digestion.
- Reducing bone loss.
- Some say it can also starve cancer cells.
I’m going to be drinking alkaline water for two weeks, so I probably won’t be able to see all of the reported benefits such as the reduction of bone loss and the slowing down of ageing in that time, but the other reported benefits such as increased energy and improved digestion, are the ones I am going to be most focused on.
I currently drink about 2 to 3 litres of water a day, which is OK but I’m going to aim for 4 litres which is just under a gallon a day and should be enough for me to notice a difference.
Acidity Levels of Tap Water
To give you an idea of the acidity levels of tap water, if you’re in America, the EPA (that’s the Environmental Protection Agency who looks at things like this) guidelines say that tap water should be between 6.5 and 8.5, but tests in the US have shown that it generally tends to come in around 4.2-5.3, so it’s more acidic than it should be.
In the UK where I’m from, the number is between 6.5 and 9.5. I’m gonna test this normal glass of tap water to get an idea of what comes out of my tap
So already we know that water should ideally be in the neutral range, but most of the time, the water coming out of our taps is slightly more acidic.
How is Alkaline Water Made?
Naturally occurring alkaline water is water that passes over rocks, such as water from springs, and the water in these places picks up the minerals from the earth and the rocks. But the water we see labelled as alkaline in the shops is most likely made from a chemical process called electrolysis.
How I Got My Alkaline Water via Water Pitcher
I bought an Ionizing Water Pitcher, you can buy full-size ionizers to make your water alkalinised, but because they were so expensive, I opted for a water pitcher.
This is the one I bought, it wasn’t too expensive, and the great thing about the water pitcher over the bigger more expensive ionizing machine is that this one is way easier to transport, so if I’m spending a day in the office or going away for a few days, I can take this with me, as long as I have the filters which don’t take up much space at all.
The way this works is it takes water, and filters it just like other filters do to reduce toxins and impurities, but according to the box, it adds alkaline mineral hydrates to the water.
So for two weeks, this is where all of my water will be coming from.
The Results – Does Alkaline Water Work?
Now, I hit 4 litres of water a day which is just under a gallon. Maybe one or two of the days I hit only 3 litres, but 95% of the days, I was hitting the numbers. I am not a coffee drinker, and I don’t use caffeine in pre-workout supplements or anything like that, so the effects weren’t spoilt by any outside influences.
Did Alkaline Water Give Me More Energy?
I would say, I did feel more energy, I normally hit the gym 3 times a week with my current schedule, but during the past two weeks, I have been training and going more than usual and spending more time there as well.
I do understand, that other factors could have played a part in me wanting to go train more, one factor worth mentioning is that the weather did change here in London from gloomy grey to springtime sunshine and in sunnier times I’m usually more willing to go outside and do stuff.
In terms of whether I felt more energy, over these two weeks I have felt a little less tired in the evening time, my diet has mainly remained the same throughout, but I did notice not being as tired around the same time in the evening as I normally would.
Even with me doing more training in the gym I would have thought I would be more tired in the evenings, but I’ve been noticeably less tired and more willing to stay up and do more work.
My concentration has been better too, and when I did eventually sleep, my sleep quality has been noticeably better I would say.
Did Alkaline Water Help My Digestion?
When it comes to digestion, no major differences to note. What I would say, is the taste of high alkaline water for me is quite noticeably different to normal tap water. It doesn’t have a funny smell or anything, but it does taste a little more bitter than the water I usually drink. But yeah, no noticeable differences in my digestion.
But like I said, I tried keeping things as routine as possible so they wouldn’t skew my results in any way so that I could truly see if alkaline water had a real effect.
Did I Feel Any Difference? – My Feeling Overall
You can watch the full video of me trying alkaline water for two weeks on the YouTube channel here.
Overall, I would say that I did feel a difference, even if it wasn’t a life-altering difference, there was something there. It could be down to the difference in mineral content, I wish I could have tested the water more closely and seen exactly what the mineral make up of the alkaline water was, to give me a fuller picture. But all I can say is that there was a noticeable difference.
Before I started these two weeks of alkaline water I will be honest, I was sceptical, mainly because everything I read told me that the alkaline diet doesn’t hold much by way of scientific proof. So I went into this not expecting to notice anything at all. But as I said, I did notice something. I can’t speak for the metabolism, bone health or the starving of cancer cells though.
Will I Continue Drinking Alkaline Water?
These two weeks have made me a little more interested in the alkaline diet, after the first week of this experiment, I bought this book about Dr Sebi’s work and this book talks a LOT about alkaline foods, something which he was big on. So soon I’m going to be cooking some of the recipes from that book to see what that’s like.
Overall I would say this experiment has opened my eyes to something quite interesting.
I’m interested to know, do you drink alkaline water? And if so, what has your experience been like?
Can You Drink Alkaline Water Everyday?
So can you drink alkaline water everyday? The simple answer is yes you can. Some of us (depending on what your water pH is like) are drinking alkaline water of a ph level of 9 and above out of a tap without even knowing.
The first step I recommend is to get hold of some pH strips and test your water to see what comes out of your tap. Try it for yourself and see if you feel any different.