Alkaline water is water that has a pH level of around 8 or 9, and it has become all the rage due to its many purported benefits of supercharging your immune system, boosting your metabolism, decreasing acidity in your organism, and contributing to better nutrient absorption in your body. With all these benefits lined up, it is no wonder that alkaline water has become so popular. The shelves of supermarkets are packed with different kinds of bottled alkaline water, but there are less expensive ways to make your own alkaline water.

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Find out how to cut down on expensive bottled alkaline water and how to make alkaline water at home.

Test for pH

Before you set out to ionize your own water, purchase a pH kit to test the pH of your water. If the result is a pH level below 7, your water is acidic. After you alkalinize your water by using any of the methods described below, test your water again, and if it’s around 8 or 9, then it is alkaline.

When life gives you lemons…make alkaline water!

Indeed, lemons are believed to have an alkalinising effect on the body once lemons have been metabolised. One recipe to make alkaline water with lemons recommends cutting up a lemon into eights, cover the water and let is sit for 8 to 10 hours.

Adding pH drops

pH drops can be purchased online or in health food stores, and they contain a high concentration of alkaline minerals. To create alkaline water with pH drops, simply follow the instructions on the label of the pH drops of your choice.

Baking soda

Adding baking soda to water can also make your water alkaline. Due to its high sodium level, baking soda is not recommended for those on a strict no-sodium diet.

Install a water filter that produces alkaline water

Although the methods described above can help you produce alkaline water, these methods will not get rid of chlorine, fluoride or other contaminants found in your tap water. If you already own a water filter, you can add an alkaline filter cartridge like the PurePro Alkaline Water Filter Cartridge to your existing under-sink or reverse osmosis filter system. If you don’t own a water filter system yet, you can purchase a reverse osmosis filter which comes with an alkaline filter. The Pure-Pro Quick Change 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter and the Puricom Proline Plus 6-Stage Pumped Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter are models that already contain an alkaline filter.