Cart Account

A Complete Guide to Alkaline Water

Like you, staying healthy is a top priority, and we spend time researching all the current fads. Alkaline water is the latest on the scene. The claimed benefits of drinking this water sound appealing. But how can you know what is fact or fiction?

As experts in the water industry, we stay apprised of these trends. We will provide the information you need to make the healthiest hydration choices.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about alkaline water. Plus, we will provide a simple alternative that you can make at home!

What is alkaline water?

You may remember from chemistry class that elements can be acidic or alkaline. The level of each is determined by the pH scale which ranges from 0-14. Things that are acidic have a low pH and alkaline a high pH. As such, alkaline water has a high pH level when compared to other types of water. Here is a helpful comparison:

  • Tap water pH: about 4-5
  • Distilled/ Pure water pH: about 5-6
  • Spring water pH: about 7-8
  • Alkaline water pH: about 8-9

Proponents claim that drinking it can reduce the level of acid in the body. High acidity levels are an indicator of poor health. But, according to, “it’s nearly impossible to grossly alter the pH level of your blood by eating or drinking certain foods or liquids.”

Granted, a benefit may come from not adding acid to the body. However, there may be better ways to do this as the pH levels between most types of water are nominal for the average person.

distillata delivery driver pulling a 5-gallon bottle off a rack in a van

What are the benefits of drinking alkaline water?

Every article about the topic lists a myriad of health benefits including:

  • Increased metabolism
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved bone health
  • Slowed appearance of aging
  • Reduction of free radicals

At first glance, it sounds impressive. But, we found it difficult to decipher what made it different from drinking regular water. One could list most of these same health benefits when referring to standard drinking water. There are also extreme claims like alkaline water can cure cancer. This is such a serious claim and so far outside our scope of expertise that we choose to leave it to the medical doctors. It is dangerous to do otherwise.

distillata driver placing a 5-gallon bottle next to a welcome mat on a front porch

Does alkaline water have side effects?

All of our research concluded that alkaline water is safe to drink. There are a few side effects that you should note.

  • Alkaline water may alter the acid in your stomach. The acid is essential for proper digestion. Therefore, medical professionals recommended that you avoid drinking alkaline water with meals.
  • Since we don’t fully understand how alkaline water will affect your body, it is best to start with a low intake and increase gradually.

Cleveland Clinic put it well in this quote from their article, Alkaline Water, Don’t Believe all the Hype: “Hydration is crucial for health, of course. However, because credible research backing the benefits of alkaline water is lacking, we recommend sticking with plain water”

man in blue shirt loading a distillata 5-gallon water bottle on a stainless steel water cooler

How to make alkaline water at home naturally

If you worry about the level of acid in your drinking water, we recommend natural remedies. You can make your drinking water more alkaline by adding baking soda. First, make sure that you start with distilled water to reduce the number of additives. Then, add about ⅛ tsp of baking soda to 8 ounces of water and stir.

In conclusion, although alkaline water is safe to drink, you should not rely on it for its proposed health benefits. And as Beth Czerwony MS, RD, LD, a Cleveland Clinic registered dietitian puts it, “Water is great, just drink it. Don’t fancify it.”

You may also like:

Thank you to all of our sources:

© 2024 Distillata, Inc.
Sitemap | Privacy Policy

    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop
      Apply Coupon
      Available Coupons
      5kvdduy2 Get $33.50 off for testing orders
      free Get $10.00 off
      homeforall Get $100.00 off Home for All Ball $100 donation
      Unavailable Coupons
      8fxnk4ub Get $100.00 off
      buy2get2 Get $0.00 off Get two Mountain Valley products free when you purchase two at regular price.
      cleanwater Get 20% off 20% off water filter replacement packs
      drinkmore Get $10.00 off Spend $50 save $10
      drinkup1117 Get 20% off 20% off water dispensers
      drinkwater Get 25% off 25% off starter bundles
      earthday5 Get 20% off 20% off all 5 gals for Earth Day
      fillup Get 20% off 20% off 3 and 5 gallon
      fillup Get 10% off 10% off water bottle fill stations
      givewater Get 20% off 20% off starter bundles
      hydrate Get 20% off 20% off sitewide
      laurensvision Get $50.00 off
      mocktails24 Get 10% off
      needcoffee Get 20% off 20% off all coffee products
      trials4hope Get $50.00 off $50.00 gift card
      waterquality Get 10% off 10% of water filter unit