Alkaline Water Test
I've really upped my water game in the last few years, aiming for 90+ oz. a day. Throw in some lemon and I'm ready to flush out all those toxins and improve my skin. Recently I learned that some bottled water isn't as alkaline as advertised though, which inspired me to do my own testing.
Let's back up for a second for those who aren't familiar with this. All substances have a pH level, which measures how acidic or alkaline it is on a scale of 0-14 (0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline). A pH level of 7 is neutral and our blood is typically at 7.35.
Alkaline foods usually include fruits and greens. Most of what we consume is acidic, which includes breads, meats, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and coffee. Acidic diets have been linked to chronic diseases and illnesses, so neutral or alkaline substances are optimal. There's still controversy over the benefits of alkaline water, so I recommend everyone do their own research and form their own opinion on this topic.
I've seen testing done on some popular brands, but I was interested to see how Crystal Geyser (my drink of choice) stood against a few of Trader Joe's brands. For the test, I added 2 drops of pH Perfect drops to each water sample (approximately 2 ounces).
The results are pictured above (from left to right): 1) Crystal Geyser 2) Trader Joe's Natural Mountain Spring Water 3) Trader Joe's Alkaline Water + Electrolytes 4) Trader Joe's New Zealand and Artesian Water.
As you can see in the color scale above, the darker blue is the most alkaline or ideal. So the Trader Joe's Alkaline Water + Electrolytes was the most alkaline of the this test group - surprise, surprise. However, they all prove to be neutral or alkaline if you are on the search for quality water.
What are your thoughts on alkaline water and diets? Have you found anything interesting when researching this topic?