LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Water is one of the essentials of life, and yet, it tends to be trendy.
In the 70’s, it was fashionable to drink Perrier. In the 90’s, everyone had bottles of Evian.
And now, some health conscious consumers are turning to alkaline water. They say it can get rid of toxins, boost metabolism and even fight diseases. But are those claims true?
Rayne Reitnauer runs a doggie daycare and does what she can to stay healthy, including drinking alkaline water.
“I’m using it more to help balance against the more acidic drinks and foods I’m eating and drinking,” she explains.
That’s just one advantage proponents claim you get by drinking alkaline water, which has minerals added to it, increasing its pH levels compared to that of typical tap water.
“Most waters tend to fall in the neutral pH category, anywhere from 6 to 7. An alkaline water is water that has a pH of 7 or higher,” says Alissa Rumsey, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson.
She explains further that proponents believe a higher pH level in the water you drink is better for your body, claiming it can do things like fight cancer or other diseases and also improve your metabolism. Rumsey and many others disagree.
“While there’s anecdotal evidence, there’s really no scientific evidence that alkaline water is going to do everything that it says it does. I do think that for certain people in certain circumstances, it might be okay, and it’s certainly not going to hurt most people, but you know, until we really have more research, I think you should just save your money and just stick to tap water,” she says.
Rumsey adds that most of us are typically in the right range without the alkaline addition.
“Our bodies do a really good job of keeping our blood pH in a very tight range, no matter what you’re eating or drinking,” she says.
So, how did this specialized water become the drink of choice? Rumsey says celebrities made the alkaline water trendy, but bottled water companies are making it more prevalent.
“I think that people are always kind of looking for something that’s going to rid your bodies of toxins or help to do all these kind of magical things and the proponents of alkaline water really sell it and they really say it’s going to boost your metabolism, it’s going to help you lose weight, it’s going to help cure all these diseases,” she continues.
Rayne says she likes the taste better than water from the tap and she has all the proof she needs that it works for her.
“I’m not a scientist so I can’t say for sure what it’s doing but I know that I feel better,” she says.
Experts say anything that gets you drinking more water is a good thing.
The only people who need to watch out for it are those who have kidney disease or kidney issues, because it’s the kidneys that remove the minerals from the body.