Have you seen the new water that is labeled “pH Balanced” or “Alkaline Water”? Some people believe it’s healthier? While others say it’s just marketing hype? What’s the truth? Should you be spending the extra money for you and your family?
To answer those questions, I think it first helps to explain what is meant by these terms – alkaline water or pH balanced water.
The pH Scale
Chemicals aren’t just the bottles under the kitchen sink or in the garage. All living matter including humans, animals, and foods consist of chemicals.
And we can describe any of these living matters by their properties. For example, we might describe a person by their hair color and height. Food and water also have describable properties.
One way to describe food is using the pH scale (picture below) which ranges from 0-14. Some foods are acidic (low pH) and others are more basic or alkaline (high pH). As you can see, water is generally considered more neutral because it’s pH is in the middle. Mixing acids and alkaline foods can cancel out or neutralize their extreme effects.
Human blood is kept at a pH of around 7.4 (usually at a slightly basic range of 7.35-7.45). We would die if it fluctuated more than that. Fortunately, the body has mechanisms to keep it constant – including breathing and functioning kidneys.
Alkaline Water or pH Balanced Water
Therefore, just because we eat/drink acids or alkaline foods doesn’t make our blood pH change. In fact, the first place that the food or water will go after you eat it, is into your stomach. And, check out the pH of gastric (stomach) acid in the picture above. It’s very acidic – with a pH of around 1-2. While it sounds healthy to match your water to your blood’s pH, it’s not going to make any difference in your blood’s pH. So, save your money and just buy a water – or use your own tap water.