There are many options for drinking water these days. It can be difficult to decide which one is the best option for you. With so many choices available, it may seem impossible to pick just one type of drinking water over any other. There are a number of factors that must be considered when choosing an appropriate type of water, such as quality, health benefits, cost and taste. One option I would like to discuss in this blog post is the difference between alkaline mineral waters vs filtered water and what each has to offer.
Filtered water has become a daily part of life in many households. There’s a large variety of filters you can buy ranging from pitchers to reverse osmosis to whole house filters. Not all are equal and some are quite expensive.
The set up costs of filtered water can add up depending on the filtration system although will work out cheaper in the long run. The quality of filtered water varies from filter to filter so you'll need to do thorough research into each system.
The majority of people filter tap water from a public source, most of it coming from a dam and sometimes from a desalination plant. The water travels through miles and miles of metal pipes to get to your tap. If you’re familiar with Masaru Emoto’s work you can imagine the impact this has on the structure of your water. During this process the natural crystalline structure is damaged. You can see an example of a water crystal from tap water below compared to a natural water crystal. Water that has been processed or polluted loses its natural crystal structure and is essentially “dead water”. You won’t eat dead food so why would you drink dead water? Reverse osmosis filters for instance are effective at removing fluoride and other chemicals but also strip away health-promoting minerals and trace elements your body needs leaving the water for dead.
London tap water crystal
Natural mineral water crystal
Fluoride (a known neurotoxin) is added to your water supply to “prevent dental decay”. Don’t get me started on this! The problem is, a lot of water filters do not filter all contaminates out of the water including fluoride. Filters are also the perfect breeding ground for microorganisms so if they’re not changed regularly, your water could be worse than the tap water you're trying to avoid.
Most importantly, the pH of filtered can vary from acidic to weak alkaline. In order to effectively flush out toxins, you need to be drinking a water with a higher pH and alkaline minerals. A good pH level is around 8.0 as it is not too alkaline and not acidic. If the pH is too high (as in the case with ionized water) you could be creating more free radicals than you need and damage cells in the long run.
If you start off with a poor quality water supply, you’re going to end up with poor quality water. No matter what which filtration system you choose, the end goal is the same: to drink clean, healthy water free of chemicals just as Mother Nature intended. There is a better solution. Go direct to the source!
Alkaline water can come in two forms: natural and unnatural. While it is rare, alkaline water can be found naturally occurring in nature. These waters tend to be rich in minerals beneficial for health. Most alkaline water however, are man-made through machines or processed in some way to boost its pH value. Many alkaline water brands will try and be perceived as natural when in fact they have undergone an artificial process to produce the final product. The alkaline water we'll be focused on here is the natural kind that's rich in minerals.
Alkaline water has a pH of about eight. Technically, any water with a pH over seven is alkaline but as it's too close to neutral, it's generally not considered alkaline.
Most natural alkaline water supplies are limited. This is because Mother Nature doesn’t create alkaline water over night. It’s a slow process of depositing alkaline minerals from rocks that the water flows through over many years. Different rocks are made up of different minerals and the type the water filters through has a large effect on its pH. These waters contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, silica, bicarbonates to provide high levels of alkalinity which can help regulate the body's pH level by creating an environment that balances acidity.
In the case of alkalife, it starts off deep below the Earth’s surface in underground limestone caverns in the Blue Mountains. The water is filtered through limestone and quartz rock formations over time and calcium and bicarbonate is infused naturally to give its high pH.
Alkaline water offers hydration benefits due to its rich mineral content while also being able to neutralise free radicals in cells. The antioxidants found within this type of water are believed to have anti-aging abilities as well as immune boosting properties for those who drink it regularly over time. These types of waters can vary dramatically from one source to another meaning alkalinity levels and mineral content will vary between brands.
Taste is also an important factor as you're more likely to stick to a habit if you enjoy it. Waters that have the best taste have a total dissolved solids (TDS) count of between 250 to 500 milligrams per litre. You may have noticed many bottled spring waters have a bitter aftertaste. That's because spring waters by definition contain a TDS of less than 250 milligrams per litre. alkalife has a TDS of 304 milligrams per litre which puts it in the sweet spot of the best taste in waters. The judges at the International Taste Institute agree as alkalife was awarded three stars out of three for superior taste.
Whether you opt for an under the sink filtration system or a carbon filter, the aim is to drink clean, chemical-free water as close to nature as possible. Why not simply go direct to the source? ãlkalife is "alive" with energy and rich in minerals your body cries for. Your health is a long term investment and you deserve the best water to fuel your body. Click here to view the different options available. Your body will thank you for it!
About the Author
Tom (AKA The Waterboy) is passionate about natural health and helping others improve their wellbeing by following a natural alkaline diet. He is the director of alkalife working with his brother John on a mission to educate the world on how to take control of their health naturally. He is also passionate about reducing his carbon footprint which flows onto a lot of business decisions too. His pet peeves are inconsiderate people, people that cut into your lane without indicating and ironing.