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Debunking the Myth: Alkaline Water and Its Impact on Detoxification


Alkaline Water

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Misinformation and misleading advertising can easily fool consumers in today's fast-paced world, leading them to make uneducated health and wellness decisions. As an advocate for truth and openness, I write #MythBusters articles to educate others. I seek to provide people with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to navigate the complicated world of health and wellness by dispelling myths and revealing advertisement and promoter practices. Encourage readers to find reputable sources and challenge market claims to create a more informed and health-conscious society, which will improve decision-making and well-being.

 

I live in Mumbai, so haven’t really looked at the data for every city in India, but the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) recommends that the pH of water should be in the range of 6.5 – 8.5.  For those who understand pH, read further, the others may need to revisit their school science textbooks. The BIS standard essentially means that they recommend water that is slightly acidic, (pH of 7 is neutral). They do so because drinking water typically tends to be chlorinated and/or fluorinated, and the slight acidity prevents bacterial culture in water. Which is why the tap water in Mumbai is safe to drink.

 

In the previous article, we debunked the myth of Infused Water, this one is about Alkaline Water that is currently being over-hyped. It is hilarious, how we ingest food that we consciously know is neither nutritious nor healthy, how we are taught in school that the phenomenal human body is fully aware of how to detoxify itself, and yet we like a little bit of magic in our lives that only fills the wallets of unscrupulous marketeers.

 

Introduction

 

The world of health and wellness is filled with various trends and products that promise to improve our overall health and well-being. One such trend is alkaline water, which claims to detoxify the body and provide numerous health benefits. This article will explore the myth of alkaline water detoxification, discuss the normal pH of water for human consumption, and examine the concerns surrounding commercially sold alkaline water and alkaline water dispensers.

 

The Myth of Alkaline Water Detoxification

 

Alkaline water is water with a higher pH level than regular tap water, which typically has a pH of around 7. Alkaline water has a pH between 7.5 and 9.5, making it more basic or less acidic than regular water. Some people claim that alkaline water can help detoxify the body, improve hydration, and provide other health benefits.

 

However, there is limited scientific evidence to support these claims. While alkaline water may have some benefits, such as potentially neutralizing stomach acid and providing a source of hydration, there is no strong evidence to suggest that it can detoxify the body or improve overall health more than regular water.

 

The human body maintains its internal pH balance through various physiological processes, and consuming alkaline water does not significantly affect this balance. The idea that consuming alkaline water can alkalize the body's internal pH is not supported by scientific evidence.

 

The Normal pH of Water for Human Consumption

 

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH below 7 is considered acidic, while a pH above 7 is considered basic or alkaline. The normal pH of human blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH of around 7.4.

 

Drinking water with a pH of 7 is considered ideal for maintaining proper hydration and pH balance in the body. Both acidic and alkaline waters can be safe to consume, as long as they are not contaminated with harmful substances. However, it is essential to note that the body's internal pH balance is maintained through various physiological processes and is not significantly affected by the pH of the water consumed.

 

Can Water Really Be Acidic or Alkaline? What Causes It to Be So?

 

Water can be alkaline or acidic depending on its mineral content and pH level. Alkaline water typically contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which can give it a higher pH. Acidic water has a lower pH and may contain minerals like iron or sulfur. The tap water in Mumbai does.

 

The pH of water can be measured using a pH meter or pH strips, which can be found at most pharmacies or online. The minerals present in water can affect its pH level, and these minerals can be influenced by factors such as the source of the water, water treatment processes, and geological conditions.

 

Commercially Sold Alkaline Water and Alkaline Water Dispensers: A Hoax?

 

While making your own alkaline water at home can be a healthy and enjoyable way to experiment with different pH levels, commercially sold alkaline water often contains added flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. These additives can negate some of the benefits of drinking alkaline water, such as improved hydration and potential mineral intake.

 

Moreover, some commercially sold alkaline waters may contain artificial ingredients, which can raise concerns about their safety and long-term effects on health. It's essential to read labels carefully and choose alkaline water products with minimal additives and natural ingredients.

 

Alkaline water dispensers are devices that claim to transform regular tap water into alkaline water by adding minerals and adjusting the pH level. However, these devices are often overpriced and may not provide the same benefits as drinking naturally alkaline water or maintaining proper hydration with regular water.

 

Conclusion

 

The myth of alkaline water detoxification has gained traction in the health and wellness industry, leading many to believe that this beverage can cleanse the body of toxins. However, there is no strong scientific evidence to support this claim. While alkaline water may have some benefits, such as potentially neutralizing stomach acid and providing a source of hydration, it is not a substitute for regular water intake or consuming fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

 

It's important to focus on a balanced diet, proper hydration, and regular exercise to support overall health and well-being. By understanding the benefits and limitations of alkaline water, you can make informed choices about incorporating it into your daily routine.

 

Additional Reading:

 

National Library of Medicine, Is Alkaline Water Really Better for You? (Published 2018)

Healthline, Purported Benefits

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