Alkaline water: a scam?


Is Alkaline Water a Scam? Is alkaline water a scam? There are thousands of websites
and pyramid schemes hawking $6,000 machines to alkalinize our tap
water into “miracle healing water.” And not just any miracle healing water,
but, “magical miracle healing water.” With, no surprise,
miraculous properties, “one of the [supposed] greatest
health advances in human history,” the “secret to optimal
health and longevity!” Though if you actually scroll down,
you’ll see the disclaimer that they’re “not allowed to claim [their] water
will actually do any of these things… Does our water actually
help to restore the body to a youthful condition? We can’t say.” The skeptics are skeptical. Alkaline water is described
as an incredible fraud, foisted on the public by desperate,
deluded, glue-sniffing wannabes, asserting that “there’s no
credible evidence in the… scientific literature [that there
are any particular benefits].” It turns out that
they’re both wrong. A new study found that, compared to
a control group drinking regular water, young adults drinking about a
quart of alkalinized water a day dropped their bad cholesterol
10% within two months— that’s pretty impressive. And older women may achieve a
drop of nearly 15%—that’s huge! It even helped their blood sugars. If you and your doctor
want to give it a try, you can make alkaline water
this way [cha-ching] or, this way. By adding three-quarters
of a teaspoon of baking soda to a liter (or quart) of water,
you can save yourself $5,999.99. Now, baking soda
is sodium bicarbonate, so this would add about a gram
of sodium to our daily diet. But sodium bicarb doesn’t seem to have
the same effect as sodium chloride, or table salt. In this study, those drinking
the baking soda water had no change in blood pressure,
and the other study actually found that they enjoyed a significant improvement
in their blood pressure. But your physician will
want to keep an eye on it. So, alkaline water machines
are indeed a scam, but alkaline water
itself may not be.