Why You Should Worry About Alkaline Bottled Water
When you take crystal clear water, stick it in a bottle, label it with terms like ‘healthy’, ‘pure’ and ‘alkaline’, and then place it strategically on store shelves, you have something that immediately appears like it would be beneficial to health and vitality.
Especially when you have these bottled water products juxtaposed with stuff that we immediately associate with being unhealthy; like soda and coca cola. It is pretty effective marketing, and alkaline bottled water brands are riding the crest of this healthy marketing wave.
But what if I was to tell you that you are being deceived? That what you believe is very healthy to drink could, in actual fact, be harmful to your well being? You see, alkaline bottled water beverages are many things. But one thing the science proves they are not is ‘super healthy’. The opposite, if anything, would be closer to the truth.
What is Alkaline Bottled Water?
There are many brands of alkaline bottled water. Names like Essentia Water, Alka Power Alkaline Water, Affinity’s Alkalized Water, and Alka-Pure Natural Alkaline Wellness Water, are just some of the more well-known. What all these brands purportedly do is package up and sell ‘alkaline’ water, which some may also claim to be ‘pure’ water. Most also claim to sell products that contain specially nourishing minerals in the water, too.
What every single alkaline bottled water product has in common is distillation. This is the process by which the water inside the bottles is first filtered, to remove any contaminants that you would find in normal tap water. The distillation process is very straightforward: water is heated to boiling so that the water vapour rises to a condenser. In the condenser, cooling water lowers the temperature so the vapour can be condensed, collected and stored in plastic bottles. Simple enough, you may think. But distillation, when it comes to drinking water, is not a good thing.
Alkaline Bottled Water That is Not so Alkaline
Distillation is so effective as a purifier, it is no wonder that alkaline bottled water companies like to market their water as ‘pure’. It literally is pure of anything. There is almost nothing left in water after it has gone through distillation, including minerals. These get stripped out of the water alongside any contaminants, and it is the removing of these minerals that has the effect of making distilled water acidic, just like soda, coca cola and all the other unhealthy, acidic beverages on store shelves.
Because distilled alkaline bottled water is free of dissolved minerals, it has the property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances, so when these types of waters come into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide. And what does this do? It makes the water acidic. So the more distilled alkaline bottled water a person drinks, the higher your body acidity level rises. And whilst alkaline bottled water may have been from an alkaline, mineral-heavy water source originally, distillation is perfectly counter-productive to that as it strips out these properties.
But acidity is not the only problem.
Alkaline Bottled Water and Seeping Plastics
BPA and Phthalates are two petrochemical substances that are toxic to humans. And whilst these names will be unfamiliar to most people, what we need to know is that these two substances are found in plastics that are used to encase some foods. Plastics derived from these poisonous substances are also found in the plastic bottles used to encase bottled drinks. What is worrying is that there is evidence that seepage occurs when liquids, like alkaline water, is kept in close contact with plastics of these types.
And whilst the toxic threat to occasional buyers of bottled drinks is small, If you are sourcing most of your daily water intake from water stored in plastic bottles every week, the danger from poisoning your body is real.
So as we have discovered, it is not the alkaline water inside plastic bottles that is the problem and why calling these beverages ‘healthy’ is misleading. It is the processes and methods of production and storage that can be a danger to your health when drinking too much alkaline bottled water.
To your health,
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