Of course, these days there’s a lot of pressure to get the best of everything – and that includes water. Tell a water connoisseur that you’re drinking tap water and you’re likely to get a lecture about toxins or heavy metals or bacteria.
One thing that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is alkaline water. Instagram and YouTube influencers display their water bottles prominently, but of course, they’re getting paid to do that.
So, what’s the deal with alkaline water? Does it live up to the hype – or should you save your money? Here’s what you need to know.
What is Alkaline Water?
The word “alkaline” refers to more than one thing. On its most simple level, it refers to the ranking of a substance on the pH scale, which uses a scale of 1 to 14. A substance with a “1” rank would be extremely acid; one with a “14” rank would be extremely basic. The terms alkaline and basic are often used interchangeably, but they do not have exactly the same meaning.