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How is Alkaline Water Made?
Let’s start with a quick science recap! Bear with me! Cast your mind back to GCSE Science, and you may recall that pH is the scale we use to measure how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The scale runs from 1 to 14. Substances measuring at pH 7 are neutral, less than pH 7 are acidic and over pH 7 are alkaline.
Phew! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to alkaline water. Alkaline water is quite simply water (you guessed it!) with a pH over 7, usually 8 or 9. That’s it! Nothing more complex than that.
Some water is naturally
alkaline, such as spring waters that pass naturally over porous rocks, collect minerals along the way and increase their alkaline levels. Other alkaline waters are enhanced to improve their alkaline levels, using processes such as electrolysis.
Different Types of Alkaline Water
When first getting to grips with this product, the sheer volume of information about alkaline water online can be overwhelming! Here, we break down a few of the main types of alkaline water.
Natural alkaline water is water that comes from natural sources, such as springs. As the water flows over porous rocks, it absorbs the minerals found in the rocks. Minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium are all vital to our health, carrying out functions like strengthening our bones, balancing our sugar levels and supporting nerve function.
Man-made alkaline water takes normal, neutral drinking water and treats it with a chemical process called electrolysis. This process uses an ionizer to raise the pH levels of the water. By passing electricity through the water, the ionizer separates out molecules in the water into acidic vs alkaline molecules. The acidic water is filtered away, leaving the alkaline water for our tums!
These are the basic types of alkaline water, but there are many other variations! Alkaline water may have added electrolytes, minerals and salt to further improve its nutritional benefits. Some alkaline waters are even available in a variety of flavours to help us increase our hydration levels.
Pros of Drinking Alkaline Water
Much remains uncertain about the benefits of drinking alkaline water. The theory is that the alkaline nature of the water may neutralise the acid in your body. Some people believe that drinking alkaline water may improve digestion, aid sleep, and rehydrate you better after intense exercise, among other claims. There is limited evidence available to support these claims, although alkaline water is considered safe to drink.
It’s good to remember that the additional mineral and electrolyte content common to most brands of alkaline water means that, at the very least, you’re getting some nutritional benefits. Most importantly, anything that encourages us to drink more water and keep our hydration levels up can only be a good thing!
Cons of Drinking Alkaline Water
As mentioned above, there is still not a lot of evidence to support the claims made about alkaline water, one way or another.
One thing that is for certain though – drinking bottled water potentially contributes to increased plastic waste. So choosing brands with recyclable bottles or certified carbon neutral brands will help to minimise the impact.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy alkaline water in the UK?
Many supermarkets and health food shops stock alkaline water in the UK. Alternatively, you can buy alkaline water online, including directly from us.
Here at PlantX UK, we currently stock Actiph Water, which is one of the UK’s first alkaline ionised waters and has a pH of 9 or higher. It’s sourced from Wenlock Spring in Shropshire, meaning its food miles are lower than imported alkaline waters.
Is alkaline water safe to drink?
Yes! Alkaline water, particularly natural alkaline water, is considered safe to drink as it contains natural minerals. However, as with everything in life, moderation is key. If in doubt, consult your doctor before making a change to your diet.
Does alkaline water have a weird taste?
Nope! Of course, different brands of alkaline water vary in taste so it might take some time for you to find your perfect brand.
Some alkaline waters are known to taste fresh and crisp, like Just Water, which is available from our US site. Other alkaline waters are smooth-tasting, such as Actiph Water, sourced from picturesque Shropshire. And if none of those takes your fancy, why not try flavoured alkaline water like the sweet-tasting Strawberry and Rose Flavoured Flow Water (also available from our US site)?
What’s better for me? Natural alkaline water or artificially-enhanced alkaline water?
Well, that’s a matter of personal choice!
Natural alkaline water is the work of Mother Nature. Spring water collects minerals as it passes over rocks, and naturally has a higher pH level than normal water. The additional minerals bring nutritional benefits, such as calcium for strengthening bones.
Artificially-enhanced alkaline water is just that. Water is ionised through the process of electrolysis to boost its alkaline levels. After that, some alkaline water may then be subject to a process called reverse osmosis to remove impurities. Other alkaline waters may have electrolytes, minerals or even Himalayan salt added to them, to further enhance their nutritional properties.
Should I drink alkaline water or coconut water?
We say drink whatever floats your boat! Alkaline water has the benefits of additional minerals compared to regular tap water. Coconut water is also greatly hydrating and naturally contains electrolytes and many of the same minerals as alkaline water.
At the end of the day, if either of these yummy beverages encourages you to drink more often and stay hydrated, then go for it!