Alkaline Water Benefits: The Truth About How Water With Alkaline pH Neutralizes Acid in Your Body & Supports Bone Health

Why should you drink alkaline water? The answer is complex, but we’ll explain the key components here (and offer a very simple way to get it in your hands—without buying expensive pre-packaged bottles or gadgets). 

First things first: What we mean when we say “alkaline water”

The Key Difference Between “Alkaline” and “Alkalinity” and Why This Matters to Your Health

This concept is widely misunderstood, yet when it comes to drinking water it’s one of the most imperative.

To be in great health, our bodies need to be a touch alkaline, with a pH between about 7.3 and 7.45. (Note the pH scale ranges from 1 to 14—7 is neutral, anything lower is acidic and anything higher is alkaline.)

The problem is, with the Standard American Diet (SAD), our bodies become acidic with foods like dairy, sugar, coffee and meat. This unbalanced acidity causes major health issues like inflammation, digestive problems and disease. Even if you’re not on the SAD and eating mostly raw, plant-based foods (good for you!), you can’t just drink any water for maximum health. Here’s why:

To help neutralize the acidity, you need to consume water with high alkalinity—not necessarily water with just a high pH (alkaline). The difference lies here: The pH is simply the measurement of how alkaline a substance is. On the other hand, alkalinity is the water’s ability to withstand changes in pH levels, preventing it from becoming more acidic. This is called the “buffering capacity.” It is this buffering capacity that we need to measure when we consider drinking water because it is what tackles acidity.

It is definitely possible for water to have a high (alkaline) pH and no alkalinity. Even when the water’s pH is high, it is impossible for the water to neutralize any acid without high alkalinity. Take certain foods, for example. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar both are acidic on the pH scale, but they possess high alkalinity and therefore can effect change in an acidic environment.

The Benefits of Alkaline Water

The most significant benefit of alkaline water is that it helps neutralize the acidity in your body. Not only that, but alkaline water is also known to lower the disease-causing free radical damage in your body and add minerals to it. To demonstrate the power of alkaline water, this study concluded that unlike other types of water, alkaline water possesses an “acid-buffering capacity,” making it a great choice for those who suffer from acid reflux disease.

Before we get into how you can easily incorporate alkaline water into your day-to-day consumption, let’s talk about water, why you need it and how it works in your body—and how that all fits in with alkaline water.

Water is not only vital for mere existence, but it is also essential for optimum health. An insufficient amount of water causes weakness, problematic skin, a weakened immune system—virtually every health issue under the sun requires water as part of the “healing squad.” This is why humans can live for up to 40 days without solid food, but just up to four days without water.

Our body’s are primarily made up of water (around 60% for an adult and 74% for a baby). Since we lose water every day from natural mechanisms such as breathing or perspiration, we need to replenish our bodies’ supply of water so every living cell can thrive.

What role does water play in our bodies?

The University of Rochester Medical Center elucidates: “[Water] helps carry nutrients to all the cells in your body. It helps carry waste products from the cells. It is a part of essential reactions within the body. It helps regulate body temperature by absorbing heat generated by your metabolism and eliminating excess heat through sweating. It helps with digestion of food. It helps lubricate your joints.”

The thing is: Not all water is created equal. To properly counteract acidity in your body, you need water with high alkalinity.

So what type of water possesses high alkalinity?

Below is a table demonstrating the alkalinity in various types of water:

Table 1: Alkalinity of Purified Bottled Water

Water Sample Total Dissolved Solids Alkalinity†
Aquafina 3.9 0.1
Dasani 30.6 0.1
Distilled, brand 1 2.1 0.07
Distilled, brand 2 1.2 0.06
Earth H2O Plus 58.3 0.233
HydroBoost 270 0.29
Smart Water 34.9 0.18

† Alkalinity is measured as the amount of acid (moles of HCl) required to lower the pH of 1 liter of water to pH 4.3.

As seen in Table 1, many purified bottled waters have very little alkalinity.  They do little better than distilled water. Based on this concept of alkalinity, The Hallelujah Diet recommends adding HydroBoost to distilled water.

Why?

To get truly pure drinking water, the original water source needs to be completely void of chlorine or chloramine, fluoride, arsenic, lead, industrial organic pollutants, pharmaceutical residues, viruses and bacteria, and rock minerals.

There isn’t a single method that gets rid of all of these substances, but to date, the best water to drink is distilled water.

But there’s a potential issue with distilled water…

Our Research Director Dr. Michael Donaldson explains: “There are some potential adverse effects of drinking distilled water. It does pull a small amount of minerals from the body. For most people, this may not be a problem. For a person with marginal mineral intake, this could lead to long-term negative health effects. For people interested in long-term optimal health, losing a small amount of minerals from the body might be a concern as well.”

On top of that, distilled water, as well as most other purified water, typically have an acidic pH.

So how can you address the issues of distilled water?

Dr. Donaldson says: “The best solution is to add a concentrated solution that remineralizes, alkalizes the water and reduces the surface tension.”

A Kangen water machine takes tap water and purifies it, alkalizes it, makes it more hydrating and ups its antioxidant value. However, not everyone has a Kangen machine or easy access to it, and it can cost up to thousands of dollars.

As an alternative, The Hallelujah Diet created HydroBoost, which instantly transforms your water by alkalizing it, providing essential minerals in amounts and forms that benefit the body and improves the hydrating ability of your water.

All you need to do is add it to distilled or reverse osmosis water.

How can HydroBoost improve your water?

  • HydroBoost significantly improves the mineral content. Distilled water has approximately 0.90 ppm; HydroBoost has approximately 250 ppm.
  • HydroBoost raises the pH of distilled and reverse osmosis water to an alkaline level of 8.0 or higher. This is not too alkaline for long-term health, as it comes from very bioavailable calcium and magnesium ionic salts.
  • HydroBoost also reduces the surface tension of the water, improving the water’s ability to hydrate thirsty body tissues.
  • HydroBoost supplies alkalinity to counteract the acidity of the body.

Another good solution is to squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a glass of water.  This will remineralize the water and add some alkaline minerals to it as well, along with a great taste.

Getting Water From Your Diet

We’d be remiss if we didn’t advise you to eat raw vegetables—they contains loads of water! According to the Institute of Medicine, 20% of your water intake comes from food sources. Below are the vegetables with the highest water content:

  • 96%*: cucumber, lettuce
  • 95%*: zucchini, celery, radish
  • 94%*: tomato
  • 93%*: green cabbage
  • 92%*: cauliflower, red cabbage, eggplant and spinach
  • 91%*: broccoli (by weight)
  • 87%*: carrots

*percentage of water content

In Summary

You can replace a carrot with broccoli to suit your personal tastes, but there is no substitute for water. You need water to live vibrantly, but make sure the water you drink flows in synergy with your body by choosing water with high alkalinity. Eat lots of raw vegetables and choose to enhance your distilled water with HydroBoost for a surge of hydration, health-enhancing minerals and acid-quenching alkalinity.

Find out why Distilled Water is the best.

Comments

  1. Is it true that George Malkmus does not drink water but carrot juice instead?

    • Christy Okon November 18, 2014

      No that is no true. While the raw foods and vegetable juices are the predominant water sources for those following the Hallelujah Diet, Rev. Malkmus does consume water on a regular daily basis. We need about ½ ounce of liquids per pound of body weight daily to replenish what we lose daily. Much of this requirement comes from our raw foods.

  2. Annie Rose November 18, 2014

    I have essential tremors. Has there been success in reversal with the hallelujah diet

    • Christy Okon November 18, 2014

      I would encourage you to do a search under the testimonies on our web site. I recall one oral testimony years ago from a pastor who said his tremors ceased after being on the diet for a period of time.

  3. Which brands of distilled water can we purchase that are not packaged in plastic containers with BPA?

    • Christy Okon November 19, 2014

      BPA plastics may be as harmful. Look for water in bottles with the following designations under the little triangle on the bottom: HDPE, PET, or PETE. These are the safer options.

  4. Kevin Stulp November 19, 2014

    I work outside in California high desert temperatures a couple days a week – if I want to “treat” the half gallon of reverse osmosis water I drink during the day, how many lemons would you recommend to achieve proper alkalinity levels?

  5. Kevin Stulp November 19, 2014

    What is your opinion of presqueezed lemon juice – we have a lemon tree but it is not productive enough yet.

    • Christy Okon November 20, 2014

      If you can locate a frozen, pure lemon juice, should be fine. Would not use that made from concentrate. You can buy a large bag, squeeze them and freeze the juice in an ice try so you have small cubes on hand as needed.

  6. Leong Soy Cheng November 22, 2014

    Would you recommend owning a Kangen water system if I could afford it?
    Apart from providing alkaline water, it can also generate “useful” acidic water, as you are aware too.
    thanks. Malaysia.

    • Christy Okon November 24, 2014

      Kangan and ionized water is promoted for providing highly alkaline water. These units filter water, they do not purify it. They do not remove fluoride and many biological contaminants. One needs to be aware of the source water contaminants and deal with them appropriately before the water enters the ionizer.

      We believe distillation is the best way to purify water and if one wants to alkalize it to a moderate level, adding Hydro Boost will raise the pH to approximately 8.0, reduce the surface tension and increase the antioxidant potential.

  7. Linda Lambert January 8, 2015

    What about spring water? For example Deer Park and Acadia. Could I add Hydro Boost to that?

  8. Meta Pope May 21, 2015

    Christy,
    I am confused. HA sells Waterwise Wate Distillers yet your store has a Kangan that people can come and fill their containers with that water for free. Why do you have a Kangan yet you stated that these units filter water, they do not purify it? They do not remove fluoride and many biological contaminants. Will the Waterwise purify the water and remove fluoride and many biological contaminants?

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