Drinking alkaline water: good or bad for your health?

This type of water is supposed to be less acidic than tap water, and therefore should be better. Let's check if this is true.

When it comes to health, water is fundamental for our organism; in fact, no other substance is so fundamental. Drinking water is in itself a very beneficial gesture for our health. But how many times have we heard about alkaline water?

Alkaline water

Alkaline water is rich in alkalizing compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium and bicarbonate. Some people claim that a more alkaline diet - including drinking alkaline water - can help reduce the body's acidity, and therefore lead to better health and fitness.

However, when asked whether it is worth buying this type of water to obtain its benefits or just a questionable trend, the answer is clearly: it all depends.

"Alkaline" has become a buzzword in health circles. But the idea that everyone needs to "alkalize" is a bit excessive.

Alkaline water

The concept with alkaline water is as follows: tap water contains different dissolved elements that influence its pH level. Pure water has a pH level close to 7. Alkaline water has a pH level above 7, so the idea is that to create a more alkaline balance in your body, we should drink water with a higher pH.

But this is not entirely healthy either, because every body has a unique pH, and our bodies naturally do a fantastic job of keeping the pH of the blood within each respective threshold.

In addition, we must keep in mind that total body alkalinity is not always a good thing. For example, if we have kidney disease or are taking a medication that alters kidney function, some of the minerals in the alkaline water may start to build up in our body. In this case, the high alkalinity may lead to negative side effects.

Alkaline water

In contrast, among the possible benefits of alkaline water is the fact that it could improve our intestinal health by providing additional disinfectant properties, which help in the protection of dangerous microorganisms.

On the other hand, if there is a group that can benefit from drinking alkaline water, it is the group of athletes. This is because intense exercise stimulates the muscles to produce more hydrogen ions, which can be eliminated efficiently. Therefore, it increases acidity and fatigue. Drinking alkaline water can improve the body's buffering capacity and temper the acidity, which improves our performance.

Alejandro Peña

Journalist, broadcaster and creative editor+ info

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