By Eldon C. Muehling
Eldon has over 35 years of experience in the water purification industry and is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on water chemistry
One of the biggest reasons that some potential customers now give for not purchasing a water distiller, has to do with the pH of water. These objections have become more prevalent as the number of companies that market alkaline water and other forms of ‘Magic Water’ have appeared. On the standard pH scale, a pH of 7.00 is considered to be completely neutral, alkaline water typically has a pH between 8.00 and 9.00.
Alkaline water is marketed under many different names, including Alkazone, Alkapuro, Alka Way, Structured water, Kangen water and several others. They are all listed on this website, http://www.chem1.comwritten by a retired chemistry professor. Check it out. This is not a list where legitimate water products will be found!
Advocates of alkaline water claim all sorts of benefits. I strongly believe that this is almost entirely due to the placebo effect or the fact that they are simply drinking more water. There is no scientific evidence behind any of these unconfirmed improvements to their health, regardless of what enthusiastic owners of these products initially claim. Unfortunately, the bad effects to an alkaline water consumer are rarely publicized. On your computer, do a search the dangers of alkaline water and find out from an unbiased source. Your eyes will be opened.
Clever marketing has convinced many gullible consumers into thinking that it is the way to go as far as consumable water is concerned. It is very curious to me that these products not only claim to be better than drinking pure distilled water but are better than the other ‘magic water’ out there! It is my opinion that alkaline and structured water by any name is not sound physiology mainly for the following reasons.
1) The alkaline water that is produced still has impurities in it. Some of the impurities could have harmful immediate or look term health effects. This means that theoretically, every man-made alkaline water could end up being different, depending on the tap water that one starts out with. (There is no consistency across the board whatsoever.)
2) Alkaline water achieves the opposite effect that advocates assume it is achieving! The pH varies thorough-out the body. It is even different inside and outside of our cells. How can one think that altering the pH in the stomach affects the pH of all the other regions correctly? The kidneys adjust the pH in various parts of the body through our circulatory system to keep pH at the proper level for that area. Adding alkaline substances to the stomach will cause healthy kidneys to react by kicking in H+ ions (Hydrogen ions) to acidify the contents of the stomach…not alkalize the contents. This is just the opposite of what advocates of alkaline believe that they are achieving!!! This creates an environment more favorable for stomach and colorectal cancer cells! Conversely, when a substance is added to the contents of the stomach that is on the acid side, the kidneys kick NH4+ ions, (Ammonium Ions) to alkalize the contents.
3) Gastric juice is a digestive fluid, formed in the stomach. It has a pH of 1.5 to 3.5 and is composed of mainly hydrochloric acid (HCl) (around 0.5%, or 5000 parts per million). The pH of the stomach must be quite acidic to digest proteins, especially meats. When alkaline water with a pH of 8.00 to 9.00 is consumed, the pH in the stomach is temporarily raised. If meat and other proteins are in the stomach, poor digestion will most likely, often resulting in GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube
from the mouth to the stomach). This action will often irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other more severe and chronic symptoms.
Furthermore, the pH of alkaline water is at an ideal pH for bacteria to thrive. In my view, It is better to drink water that has a neutral pH or slightly on the acidic side. Let your body take it proper course as far as pH is concerned. Those with kidney problems should be especially sure that they are drinking pure, distilled water….not alkaline water! Distilled water will typically have a pH of 5.5-7.0, depending on how long it has been stored in an open container. The pH of distilled water is essentially meaningless, since there is virtually nothing in distilled water to buffer. Small amounts of Carbon dioxide will dissolve in distilled water, if it is stored in an open container. The very weak carbonic acid which is thus formed is totally harmless. It in fact lengthens the shelf life against air-borne bacteria and makes the distilled water taste better as well.
If one really believed that alkaline water was the way to go (which I definitely don’t), they would not have to spend several thousand dollars to get it. A small pinch of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in a gallon of distilled water would do the trick. At least one would know what they were drinking! Pure water makes pure sense! Go Pure.
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