There is not enough scientific evidences yet to support that alkaline water is beneficial to our body. However, there are various studies that had been conducted to test proof the claims.
On one research that was done on rats, alkaline water has an impact on weight loss as compared to a controlled rat which only expose to normal tap water.
Another studies suggested that alkaline diet with fruits and vegetables has some impact in reducing chronic disease when ageing.
Despite the limited research and studies, many advocates strongly believe in that alkaline water has a strong positive impact to humans. These includes:
Neutralize Body Acid
With the help of bicarbonate in the water, it helps to neutralize the acidic in our stomach and help to relieve heartburn. The food that was consumed daily, primarily fried food, are deemed to be acidic and are main contributors to heartburn.
Smoothen Nutrient Absorption
Alkaline water will help the probiotic bacteria to react and fight against the harmful bacteria. Once the probiotic bacteria succeeded, it will smoothen the absorption of nutrients in small intestines.
Improve Water Taste
The taste of alkaline water is more refreshing with a slight sweetness as compared to tap water. It will enhance the flavour of tea and coffee by using alkaline water.
Oxidation happens when a free radical will ‘steal’ an electron from our cells. Alkaline water is an antioxidant which donates an electron to harmful free radical. The prevention of free radical from stealing electron will reduces the risk of cancer.
An article shows that experiment result shows that alkaline water will significantly improve hydration status. Water retention was 16% higher if consume alkaline water after a 3 hour recovery period. Besides, it improves resting and exercise-acid based balance.
The antioxidant and alkalinity characteristic of the water will help to boost the immune system. The antioxidant will donate an electron to the free radicals in our body to reduce the risk of cancer as well as neutralize the acidic that comes from our daily food.
As mentioned in this article, experiment has been conducted on rats on the studies of alkaline water on weight loss. In a period of 6 weeks, the rat that consume alkaline water is seen to be significantly smaller in size as compared to the rat which was fed with tap water.
Alkaline water tend to be more absorption as compared to the normal tap water. It will increase metabolism by re-hydrating with alkaline water after workout.