Ask The Trainer:"What is Alkaline water and its benefits?"
Jan 29, 2019
Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT
Alkaline water is water that has been ionized, which means the pH level of water has been increased. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For instance, if the level is 1, it means the substance is very acidic and if it is 13, it is very alkaline. Alkaline water has pH level of about 8 or 9 and pH level of normal tap water is 7, which is neutral. It is believed that alkaline water helps people with excess acidity as it helps neutralize the acid in the body, thanks to its alkaline nature. Alkaline water benefits also include boosting immunity. Your immune system may help neutralize the acidity in your body, which is caused by poor diet, stress and environmental toxins.
Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS
Alkaline water has been a trending topic in the health community for a while now. You might have seen alkaline water bottles and water filters that promote its health benefits. Alkaline water contains alkaline compounds with a pH level of 8 or 9. Normal water has a pH level of about 7 so the idea is the alkaline water due to its higher pH level can help neutralize the acid in your body. While various research is still being conducted, health claims such as boosting the immune system, clearer skin and weight loss are attributed to alkaline water.
Spencer O'Neil, NASM- CPT
The purpose of alkaline water is to increase the pH of drinking water which has been linked with numerous benefits. The proposed health benefits include anti aging, immune system support, as well as colon cleansing properties. Alkaline water needs to be pH level of 8 or higher to receive the benefits. More studies need to be done to verify the health claims regarding its benefits to really understand the impact it has on the body.
This topic is still being tested and more research studies need to be conducted to determine all the benefits, typical assumptions of benefits include reducing acidity levels, neutralizing the blood PH and placing it in a healthy range between 7.35-7.45, reduce acid reflux, improve blood flow throughout the body, support the immune system. Alkaline means a higher PH around 8 and up, which is higher than a standard bottle of water, which may provide more balance for the body.