How to Make Alkaline Water at Home (So, You Won’t Have to Buy It)

Water! One of our most basic essential needs. Considering that humans are 65% water, sometimes I'm surprised I’m not a puddle on the ground! 

It’s difficult to imagine improving such a crucial and familiar life-force, but there are people who think you can, and this water enhancing trend is making a splash.

Could water be improved?

Some people swear by alkaline water as part of an even healthier lifestyle, claiming it has a range of health benefits. While it has its naysayers, this health trend is growing in popularity and I’m going to show you five simple yet-easy and effective ways to make it at home.

Both naturally occurring and man-made alkaline water are sold in shops, but it’s not cheap!

If you’ve decided you want to incorporate alkaline water into your routine, why not learn to make it yourself at home and save some pennies.

What is alkaline water?

Firstly, let's talk about the science behind it.

Alkaline water is water that has a pH balance of above 7, which means that it is less acidic than regular water. 

On the scientific pH scale, things with a pH level of under 7 are acidic, and those with a pH level of over 7 are alkaline. Normal water has a pH of around 7, making it neutral.

Alkaline water supporters believe that increasing the pH of the water you drink can have a significant impact on your health, as it reduces acidity in your blood. 

Having a lot of acid in your body isn’t great, as it can weaken your systems, and very high levels of acid can lead to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and impaired immune function. 

Alkaline water is said to combat this, as well as tasting better!

What are the benefits of alkaline water?

There are wide ranging claims about the health benefits of drinking alkaline water. From easing digestion as it softens your stool, to neutralizing harmful free radicals in your blood which helps to prevent cancer.

According to a study by Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, after drinking high pH water, participants had a lower blood viscosity, which means that blood flowed more easily through their bodies.

In a different study by the Chinese Knowledge Network it was found that suggests that it will lower high blood pressure, as well as having positive effects for those suffering with diabetes and high cholesterol. 

The list goes on as it’s also been shown to slow bone loss, help with acid reflux, detox the body, aid weight loss by boosting your metabolism, as well as slowing the ageing process! 

It does seem like a bit of a miracle cure, so it’s no wonder you’re curious to try it.

What are the possible side effects and risks of alkaline water?

While alkaline water is considered safe, everyone is different and it can have adverse effects if it’s not right for you. 

An excess of alkalinity in your body could reduce the natural acidity of your stomach, which kills bacteria and prevents unwanted pathogens from entering your bloodstream. 

Some have also reported skin irritations and other gastrointestinal issues. At worst, altering your body’s natural pH could cause alkalosis, which has symptoms like nausea, vomiting and hand tremors. 

It’s good to make sure you are aware of any potential risks so you can weigh up the pros and cons of alkaline water and decide whether you want to give it a go. If you decide it’s for you, next up is how to make it at home if you’re starting out or have a limited budget..

Five Methods for Making Alkaline Water

There are many ways to alkalize water, including investing in expensive home systems and machines, but these are the top five affordable methods for alkalizing water at home or on the go.

1. Baking Soda

Let’s start with one of the easiest and most popular methods. If you like baking you probably already have this in your kitchen! Baking soda has a pH level of 9, so super alkaline. 

The downside to this method is that baking soda has a high sodium content, so the taste isn’t great, and you might want to avoid this method if you are following a low sodium diet.

Method: To make alkaline water, mix 1/8th of a tablespoon of baking soda into 8 ounces of purified water. Make sure to stir it properly, until the powder has completely dissolved.

2. Lemon Juice

An equally easy and much more delicious option is lemon juice. 

I know, I know, lemon is acidic! Surprisingly lemon juice has been found to increase the pH of urine, due to by-products created when it’s metabolized, and is completely safe to drink. 

Method: Add 1/8th of a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to 8 ounces of water, and mix well.

3. pH Drops

pH drops are relatively new, and they are made specifically for this purpose. 

Formulated with very concentrated electrolytes and minerals, they are a super handy way to alkalize your water on the go. 

The drops are sold in a small bottle, perfect to carry around. They’re flavorless, and you only need a couple of drops per glass for an alkaline drink, so your little bottle will go a long way.

Method: Just add a couple of pH drops to your glass or bottle, and you’re done!

4. An Ionizing Water Pitcher

Ionizing water pitchers are another affordable and easy way to alkalize water, at about $40. Like Brita filters, you pour water into the jug and the filter will remove toxins and chlorine, but ionizing pitchers will also add some alkalizing minerals to increase the pH level of the water. 

An upside to this method is that the water will taste great, and you can have a jug ready to drink at all times.

Method: Just fill your pitcher with water and it will filter into the jug below, which takes a few minutes.

5. Alkaline Water Filter Pouches

These pouches are small enough to carry around in your bag and will do the trick to alkalize your water on the go. 

These little mesh pouches add minerals such as zinc, magnesium, selenium and iron and will remove minerals like arsenic, mercury, copper and lead, as well as reducing fluoride and chlorine. 

They last a pretty long time with each pouch alkalizing 16 gallons of water, and a three pack is $40. This method will also leave your water tasting better than before.

Method: Dunk your pouch into your glass or bottle and leave to steep for a few minutes while the minerals infuse.

Final Thoughts…

If you feel like adding alkaline water to your diet, it’s safe to say that there are plenty of quick and simple ways to do it, with ingredients you might already have in your home. And hey, with so many potential benefits I can see why you would! 

Whether you’re looking for the simplicity of the baking soda method or want to invest in something like an ionizing pitcher for your fridge, the methods listed in this article will help you on your way to alkaline water life. 

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