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Alkaline Water: The 411
As alkaline water gains popularity, it has piqued the interest of many health-conscious consumers. From wellness advocates to outdoor enthusiasts, people are touting the benefits of high pH water. Let’s see what all the hype is about and look at what makes alkaline water so great.
What is Alkaline Water?
Alkaline water is defined by its pH level, which measures — on a scale from 0 to 14 — its acidity or alkalinity. If a number is low, say 1 or 2, it is very acidic. If the pH level is high, say 13 or 14, it is very alkaline. Basically, the higher the number, the less acidic the water is. Average drinking water has a neutral pH of about 7. Water with a pH of 8.0 or higher is considered alkaline.
Water becomes alkaline in one of two ways — naturally or through a man-made process. When water flows over mineral rocks in streams and springs, it picks up those elements. Starkey Spring Water comes from a deep geothermal spring, that, through the interaction of heat and basalt rock, naturally imparts a natural pH of 9.2 to the water. In contrast, lab-created alkaline water is made using an appliance called an ionizer to separate the acidic and alkaline components in a process called electrolysis.
The acid-ash hypothesis is a theory that eating certain foods (like protein and grains with low amounts of potassium) triggers an acidic response in the digestive process. It causes the body to produce excess acid that is not eliminated, resulting in what researchers call “acid ash.” Studies are being conducted to see if the extra acidity may cause health problems like osteoporosis, poor digestion and even cancer.
On the pH scale, alkaline is the opposite of acid. There is speculation that adding alkaline-promoting foods (like fresh produce) and drinks (such as alkaline water) to your diet may remedy acid-ash. Even though this theory is unproven, it’s accepted in certain health communities and has increased the curiosity surrounding alkaline water and foods.
Other studies claim that water naturally charged with higher pH levels can contribute to overall health, citing benefits such as anti-aging and immune support. Increased hydration, especially from water with naturally derived minerals, is thought to promote cardiovascular health, keep lips and skin moist, improve muscle and joint mobility and cleanse toxins.
We know a healthy, balanced diet includes drinking plenty of water. However, many of us have a hard time staying hydrated. We might choose beverages that taste good, because they are easier to drink. However, those options may not meet your body’s needs.
The natural properties in Starkey Spring Water — including its gentle 9.2 pH — create a distinctively refreshing flavor. And very simply, when it tastes good, you’ll drink more of it. And, that’s good for you.