Drinking water is vital for our health and wellbeing, but the quality of the water is crucial. In recent years, there have been health claims that the pH of the water is one of the most important factors. So, here we’ll explore pH in a little more detail and what is the best pH for your drinking water.
The pH Basics
pH is a way to describe the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The pH scale goes from 0 or strongly acidic to 14 or strongly alkaline. In the middle of the scale is neutral or 7. Pure water has a pH of 7, but tap water pH can vary depending on its mineral content. If you have hard water, the pH is likely to be above 8.5, while soft water is lower than 6.5.
Is Alkaline Water Actually Good For You?
Alkaline water has a higher pH than neutral. Typically, the pH is 8 or 9, which is similar to the alkalinity of baking soda. This pH can be naturally occurring or manufactured through electrolysis.
There are many ascribed health benefits of alkaline water, but these claims are rarely backed up by scientific evidence. Proponents claim alkaline water offers better hydration and can aid gastrointestinal issues or even minimize the risk of certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, scientific research fails to support these claims.
In fact, many of the health claims center on a belief that if you drink alkaline water, you will alter the pH of your blood. This is a fallacy, as the human body is very good at regulating pH via the kidneys and lungs. Blood pH is typically very stable at approximately 7.4, whether you’re eating acidic foods or drinking alkaline water.
Rather than focusing on pH, it may be more helpful to consider your drinking water purity. Good quality water contains no heavy metals or disinfectant byproducts, which are often present in tap water.
Whether your tap water comes from a city water supply or is sourced from a private well, it may contain contaminants. Water is a natural solvent and it can pick up minerals, metals and other traces from the rocks and soil as it travels to the aquifer. This means that if you live in an area with agricultural activity, your water may contain higher levels of nitrates, or it may contain contaminants from local industrial processes.
Although your local water treatment plant may eliminate many harmful contaminants, there are some contaminants that may be deemed safe, but that can alter the taste, appearance or smell of your water. A prime example of this is chlorine used to disinfect water supplies and protect consumers from bacteria and waterborne diseases. Unfortunately, even minute traces of chlorine can create a swimming pool like odor that makes the water unpalatable.
So, rather than worrying about your water pH, consider the other characteristics of your water.
If you have concerns about your water quality and would like to explore your water treatment options, speak to your local water treatment specialist. An experienced technician can assess your water quality and guide you through the appropriate treatment solutions.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.