The health craze around alkaline water has been going on for a while now. Proponents of alkaline water believe that switching to it will result in a marked improvement of your health and fitness. But what is alkaline water? Compared to tap water, alkaline water is less acidic, which means that it is abundant in alkalinizing compounds such as potassium, silica, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. On the pH scale, alkaline water measures above 7.0, while water that has a pH below 7.0 is considered acidic. Tap water usually measures below this threshold, and it is considered acidic.

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Which are the alleged benefits of alkaline water and why should you consider giving it a try?

Advocates for alkaline water claim that water with a higher pH level can improve the health of your gut by having disinfectant properties, thus, offering protection against dangerous microorganisms. Similarly, proponents of alkaline water believe that minerals contained by alkaline water can help your body better retain fluid in the cardiovascular system. Thus, your fluid reserves will improve and you will be better hydrated. Minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium can decrease cardio-respiratory stress and blood lactate responses. This can be important for athletes and people who lead an active life or need a better power output and endurance. As a consequence, physically active people may draw a lot of benefits from drinking alkaline water.

Other claims associated with alkaline water (and which account for its great popularity) such as its power to neutralise acidity in the bloodstream, or the claim that it acts as an antioxidant or boosts your immune system, are not generally accepted by the scientific community. However, our modern diets, which include a lot of processed food and animal protein do contribute to an increase in acidity in our bodies. Given that our diet is the one responsible for putting an acid load on our body, it is perhaps more advisable that, apart from switching to alkaline water, we should also switch to a more plant-based diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Alkaline water can emerge from natural water sources, and there are several water springs that contain natural alkaline water. Unfortunately, most of these are only available in stores as bottled water. Buying expensive bottled alkaline water is not the most economical solution, especially on the long run. However, you can make water alkaline at home by installing an alkaline water filter like the Pure-Pro Quick Change 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter or simply by purchasing an alkaline water filter cartridge for your existing water filter. These filters contain 100% natural and organic minerals that will turn acidic tap water into ionised alkali water so you can enjoy alkaline water straight from your tap!