What is the difference between natural alkaline water and alkaline water?

With alkaline water gaining more and more popularity we thought it was about time to talk a little bit more about the difference between natural alkaline water and alkaline water.


Natural alkaline water

Natural alkaline water is as the name suggests naturally alkaline. When the water filters through rocks it is enriched with minerals. Depending on the minerals and the amount of minerals that enriched the water, the pH value of the water is raised naturally and permanently. It is these minerals that create the health benefits of natural alkaline water.


Alkaline Water

Water that isn’t naturally alkaline can come from any source such as a spring, a well, a bore or even from the tap. There are different processes used to raise the pH:


Electrolysis

Procedure:

  • Water runs through an electric current and is thereby split into its components hydrogen and oxygen

  • Anode (+) attracts oxygen (-)

  • Cathode (-) attracts hydrogen (+)

  • Water near the cathode has a higher level of hydrogen which means a higher pH (pH = power of hydrogen)

  • Water near the cathode is extracted

Disadvantages:

  • Power is required

  • Water is being wasted in the process; even more so in combination with reverse osmosis

  • Alkalinity is not stable*

  • When water comes from a tap and is not filtered before electrolysis, it still contains undesirable components such as chlorine, fluorides, etc.

* Alkalinity of water after electrolysis is not stable. As the alkalinity is not caused by minerals in the water, it will soon revert back to a pH that is in harmony with its actual mineral content.


Baking soda

Procedure:

  • Adding baking soda to water

Disadvantages:

  • Water with baking powder does not taste good

  • Water used most likely from the tap and therefore still containing undesirable components such as chlorine, fluorides, etc.

Lemon

Procedure:

  • Adding slices of lemon to your water

Disadvantages:

  • When consumed regularly, the acid in the lemon can erode your enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay over time.

  • Water used most likely from the tap and therefore still containing undesirable components such as chlorine, fluorides, etc.

Alkaline drops

Procedure:

  • Adding alkaline drops

Disadvantages:

  • Source of minerals can be unclear

  • Water used most likely from the tap and therefore still containing undesirable components such as chlorine, fluorides, etc.

As you can see, all of the above methods to raise a water's pH value have their disadvantages. To get the full benefits of alkaline water, your best choice is drink natural alkaline water that has all the beneficial minerals without any of the disadvantages. So next time you buy alkaline water make sure it's natural alkaline water.

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