With so many different types of diets that have been created lately, it is hard to know which ones actually work and which ones are just pure marketing. We are going to discover the truth about the alkaline water diet. I’m sure you have heard about that diet, it was created as the result of believing that our regular diet contributes to low-grade acidosis which is related to heart diseases and hormonal imbalances.
Does it work? Its benefits are backed up by science? Before you give it a try you need to read this article, we are going to tell you everything about it.
1. Alkaline water has a higher ph.
The alkaline water diet consists of drinking alkaline water instead of regular water. The main difference between both is the ph. Ph measures how acidic or alkaline is a substance. Regular water has a ph of 7 while alkaline water has a ph of 8 or 9. In addition to that, it contains alkaline minerals. Followers of this diet believe that drinking alkaline water helps to neutralize the acid in our bloodstream.
2. It is really easy and affordable to find.
You can find alkaline water in almost any grocery store or health food store. You can buy a water ionizer that is capable of creating alkaline water.
If you want to make your own alkaline water at home you can add baking soda to regular water.
3. It has a lot of controversies.
Although certain studies have been performed to check if this diet works, more evidence is still needed to confirm the benefits. In 2012 a study showed that it may have benefits for acidic reflux, by deactivating pepsin, an enzyme that causes It might also have benefits for other conditions like high blood pressure, and diabetes. The minerals that this water contains also have certain benefits, they have antioxidant properties, increase the levels of energy, they have an important role in fluid balance and nerve functioning although it is important to know that those benefits come from minerals and not the alkaline water itself.
4. It is contraindicated in cases of kidney disease.
Our bloodstream tends to be more alkaline than normal when the kidneys are not functioning properly. Since alkaline water as a high number of minerals, it may accumulate in our bloodstream. That has negative effects on health like changes in heart rhythm, nausea, vomiting, headache, and fatigue. Suggested benefits of alkaline water.
- Improvement in metabolism.
- It improves the digestive system.
- Might improve overall hydration in people who practice exercise.
- Reduces fatigue and increases exercise performance.
- Protects us from certain toxins.
- Reduces the signs of aging.
5. The alkaline water diet has certain side effects.
Too much alkaline water might affect the acidity ph of our stomach which helps us to kill harmful bacteria and prevent other pathogens from entering our blood.
- Upset stomach.
- Skin irritation.
- Alkalosis which is a condition that has negative symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting, hand tremor and muscle twitching.
6. There isn’t enough evidence that alkaline water changes our ph.
We have an internal system that works great in regulating ph and keeping it in levels that are safe for us. Alkaline water is hardly going to dramatically modify your ph because the stomach is so acidic that it obliterates whatever we eat or drink which means that it won’t get to alter the ph of your bloodstream. Our body works very well in not letting that any food or drink affects our ph.
Followers of the alkaline water diet claim that it is able to alter our body’s ph and provide a wide range of benefits, from reducing fatigue to protecting us from toxins. Although some studies have confirmed its benefits for certain conditions like acidic reflux, for the rest of the suggested benefits the lack of evidence is huge.
Health experts claim that it is just pure marketing from the companies that sell alkaline water while followers claim that the fact that it doesn’t have enough scientific evidence doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. Our final verdict? Alkaline is considered safe until you drink too much so as long as you don’t have kidney disease you can definitely give it a try.