Your body needs enough water to function properly. Some say it’s eight 8-ounce glasses of water but it may vary depending on your lifestyle or your specific body requirements and needs. And while no one disputes the fact that our drinking water should be safe and clean, opinions collide as to whether we should drink regular (filtered) tap water or alkaline water. Some alternative health experts recommend alkaline water over regular water. Alkaline water is claimed to slow the aging process, boost energy, help people with fertility issues, regulate your body’s pH level and even prevent chronic diseases like cancer.

The Leading Argument

The proponents of alkaline water believe it works by making our bodies less acidic. The pH of alkaline water is higher than regular water – generally between 7 and 9.5. Since our diets tend to contribute to chronic low-grade acidosis – a condition associated with health issues including hormonal problems, loss of bone and metabolic problems – alkaline water is claimed to help keep the balance.

Human blood has a pH of approximately 7.4 — slightly alkaline. It’s vital for our bodies to maintain our pH within a tight range. The Budwig Center, an alternative cancer treatment clinic based in Spain, believe that our bodies need to be strictly maintained at 7.4 pH in order to achieve and maintain optimal health and to fight cancer.

The Word of Science

Unfortunately, so far there are no peer-reviewed studies proving that consuming alkaline water can reduce a person’s cancer risk or help them in the fight against cancer. As far as other health conditions are concerned, studies have demonstrated that drinking alkaline water may lower cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure levels in some people, it may also be effective in the treatment of acid reflux. Keep in mind that there is no hard evidence to draw final conclusions yet.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Drinking Alkaline Water?

  • Alkaline water is not recommended for people with kidney problems or people taking any medication that affects kidney functions. Minerals from alkaline water could start to accumulate in their bodies.
  • Drinking too much alkaline water can also lead to a condition called metabolic alkalosis accompanied with symptoms like confusion, nausea, vomiting, hand tremors, muscle twitching, and tingling in the face, hands or feet.

What Type of Alkaline Water Do I Choose?

Lawrence Wilson, M.D., who specializes in nutritional balancing at the Center For Development in Arizona, believes bottled spring water is a good source of alkaline water. It naturally becomes alkaline by acquiring minerals as it passes over rocks.

To find out more about alkaline water and which bottled water brands fall into this category, check out this article.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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