Alkaline water has recently been described as the alkaline water of hydration, and celebrity luminaries such as Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr have been extolling the virtues of this water, so let`s take a look at some of the facts regarding it. Check out these details from a recent article by Maria Lally in The Telegraph:
The Bottled Water Business Is Booming
“Alkaline water is water that has been treated to a slightly higher pH level than 6.5 to 7.5, which is the average pH of tap or regular bottled water. A slight difference, perhaps, but a significant one in terms of revenue. The bottled water business is booming, and no more so than when it comes to alkaline water: the market has grown from $47million in 2014 to $427million in 2017.
And on the claims that alkaline water is useful for preventing such illnesses as certain cancers and osteoporosis the article goes on to say: “Not really,” says nutritionist Ian Marber, “but the idea is made up of a heady mix of celebrity and pseudoscience. And the bigger the celebrity, the brighter the light they shine on products like alkaline water. The more weight their words carry. And there’s been an insatiable thirst over the last few years for new ways to boost health.
“In reality, the pH of the human body cannot be changed by food or drink. Your body does a fantastic job of managing its pH level, and it’s the job of the lungs, liver, and kidneys to maintain a normal pH in our bodies. It’s all tightly maintained by a system infinitely cleverer than whoever first floated the idea of acid/alkaline diets.”
All The Foods Deemed Alkaline Are Good For Us Anyway
That’s not to say alkaline foods are a bad idea, says Marber: “The confusing thing is all the foods deemed ‘alkaline’ are good for us anyway. Foods like meat, dairy, grains, sugar and alcohol are supposedly acidic. Whereas foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes are supposedly alkaline. So eating ‘alkaline’ foods, and we’re not sure who exactly deemed them as such, is perfectly good because they’re healthy foods anyway. But the acid/alkaline theory is rubbish. There simply isn’t the science to back it up.”
So the positivity behind alkaline water is firmly debunked here, but of course water as a whole has a positive rehydrating effect on your body.
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