If you have ever seen or heard anything about alkaline ionized water, you may have received information that seems to be true, but perhaps is false. So we are going to clarify here for you 3 myths about alkaline ionized water and conclude with a surprising truth.
Myth 1 - There is no point in drinking alkaline ionized water if the stomach is acidic
According to Dr. Julio Bergman, a doctor who specializes in alkaline diets, every time the stomach receives an alkaline food molecule, it produces an acidic molecule to maintain the acidic pH of the stomach (exactly as it should be, acidic), but at the same time time it produces an alkaline bicarbonate molecule in the blood that helps the body maintain the alkaline balance in the areas where it needs to be alkaline.
Myth 2 - Blood can become alkaline if I drink alkaline water
No. Your blood NEVER changes it’s pH, either acidifying or alkalizing. If this occurs, you will be at serious risk, because our blood has a slightly alkaline pH, around 7.45 and the body has its own means of maintaining this value. If you read or watch any advertisement for a product that will alkalize your blood, ignore it, after all it is just a phrase to try to sell products that are not beneficial to your health.
Myth 3 - There are no studies proving the effectiveness of alkaline ionized water.
There are several studies that prove the quality and benefits of alkaline ionized water. The confusion usually happens because of the truth that we will present you next, read the next paragraph and click on the link below that will redirect you to another article with several scientific studies proving that alkaline ionized water is indeed the best choice for your body.
THE TRUTH - There is no point in water JUST being alkaline... It Needs Negative PRAL as Well
Surprising, isn't it? But just being alkaline brings little or no real benefit to your health. Do you know why?
First, because a lot of things can make water alkaline and, even so, unfit for consumption. Let's take chlorine as an example, if you put chlorine in a glass of water you will see that it will be extremely alkaline, but you should not drink chlorinated water.
Another very important point is the production of alkaline water at home with recipes with bicarbonate, for example, which are also not so beneficial and can be dangerous, after all you need a large amount of water every day and the amount of bicarbonate to alkalize that volume of water would be extremely higher than your body can handle.
In addition to all this, there is the concept of PRAL, which is the alkalizing power of water and its ability to remain alkaline in all situations. Make a test, take a common alkaline water and an alkaline water with negative PRAL and put a little acid in them, like vinegar, and see that the common one becomes acidic at the same time while the water with negative PRAL remains alkaline.
“These results suggest that drinking ARW (alkaline-reduced-water) has an effect of alcohol detoxification by antioxidant mechanism and has potentiality for relief of ethanol-induced hangover symptoms.”
Alkaline-reduced water inhibits acute ethanol-induced hangovers in Sprague-Dawley rats.
(Source:) Park SK1, Qi XF, Song SB, Kim DH, Teng YC, Yoon YS, Kim KY, Li JH, Jin D, Lee KJ.
In this animal study, the authors found that alkaline water is a very important strategy in managing metabolic acidosis: “Alkaline ionized water can be considered as a major safe strategy in the management of metabolic acidosis”
Ionized alkaline water: new strategy for management of metabolic acidosis in experimental animals.
(Source:) Abol-Enein H1, Gheith OA, Barakat N, Nour E, Sharaf AE.; Ther Apher Dial. 2009 Jun;13(3):220-4.