My first blog post on this site is ironically not about food but rather water!
There is a lot of controversy online over alkaline water and how healthy it may or may not be when compared to cheap bottled water or tap water. Living with Ulcerative Colitis I am very picky and careful about what I put into my body. Even when it comes to water! Recently I have been doing a lot of reading about water and the different types.
I am going to share with you what I have learned and tell you why I started drinking alkaline water.
What is Alkaline Water?
Alkaline water, also commonly known as ionized water, is water that has a pH level greater than seven. This water is generally produced with the aid of a faucet-based water ionizer, or “alkalizer” and features a number of health benefits. (Src: Fitday)
Is Alkaline Water Better For You?
This is a very controversial subject. I suggest you read some other reviews on alkaline water vs plain water.
- The Dangers of Tap Water (Tap vs Ionized Water) – Live Energized
- Is Alkaline Water Better For You Than Plain Water? – Mayo Clinic
- What Are the Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water? – Livestrong
While there is not much scientific evidence for it, I still say if I am this concentrated on the water I am drinking well then I must be drinking more than I was before :) So really win win.
pH Levels of Water
pH is a measure of how acidic/basic water is. The range goes from 0 – 14, with 7 being neutral. pHs of less than 7 indicate acidity, whereas a pH of greater than 7 indicates a base. Tap water generally falls between pH 6.8-7.2 which is not that great. Remember, the pH scale is logarithmic meaning pH 8 is 10x more alkaline than pH 7 and pH 9 is 100x more alkaline. Most soda has a very low pH of around 3-4 and is very acidic.
I have Ulcerative Colitis and so I can’t handle highly acidic foods and have to stay away from them. Things like tomatoes are a big no no. So after doing some research on the water I was drinking (aquafina at the time) I realized it had a very low pH level of around 5.5. Lower then even tap water!
See this chart below on a comparison of some popular brands of water.
I then decided to read up on some reviews. Alkalife Ten, Evamor, and Essentia all have some pretty bad reviews about not being the actual pH as stated upon arrival. Same with Smart Water. There are hundreds of reviews about Smart Water’s actual pH level being way lower than 7.6. I haven’t tested it myself but it was enough for me to move on.
I finally decided to try the following two: Icelandic Glacial Water and Fiji water. After all, I drink a lot of water now and wanted to make sure I was giving my body the best. Both have good reputations and both seem to care about the environment and creating a healthy product.
On a remote Pacific island, 1,600 miles from the nearest continent, equatorial trade winds purify the clouds that begin FIJI® Water’s journey through one of the world’s last virgin ecosystems. As tropical rain falls on a pristine rain forest, it filters through layers of volcanic rock, slowly gathering the natural minerals and electrolytes that give FIJI Water its soft, smooth taste. The water collects in a natural artesian aquifer, deep below the Earth’s surface, shielded from external elements by confining layers of rock. Natural pressure forces the water towards the surface, where it’s bottled at the source, free from human contact until you unscrew the cap. Untouched by man. The Nature of Water®.
FIJI Water was founded in 1996 out of the desire to share the earth’s finest water with the world. Today, it is available in leading hotels, fine restaurants, retail locations, as well as by direct delivery. As a leading export of the Fiji Islands, FIJI Water is now the number one imported bottled water in the United States and is enjoyed in over 60 countries across the globe. (Src: Fijiwater)
pH Level: 7.7 (updated)
Naturally occuring flouride: 0.26 mg
You can read more about it at fijiwater.com.
You can buy it on Amazon for $1.01 per bottle with subscribe and save 15% off.
Icelandic Glacial Water
In order to help preserve the beautiful majestic landscape of Iceland, Icelandic Glacial™ is sourced from the naturally replenishing underground Ölfus Spring.
The legendary Ölfus Spring was forged during a massive volcanic eruption over 5,000 years ago. Shielded by an impenetrable layer of lava rock and surrounded by a 128,000 acre exclusion zone, the Spring is constantly replenished by a gradual filtration of rainfall and snowmelt over uninhabited and untouched lava fields.
The first time Icelandic Glacial comes into contact with the open air is when the bottle seal is broken. Nothing is ever added or taken away. (Src: Icelandic Glacial)
pH Level: 8.4
Naturally occuring flouride: 0.1 mg (the lower the flouride level the better)
You can read more about it at icelandicglacial.com.
You can buy it on Amazon for $1.07 per bottle with subscribe and save 15% off.
My Choice of Water
So I sat down with both a cold Fiji Water, Icelandic Glacial Water, a cheap generic brand name bottled water, and a glass of tap water. You can purchase Fiji water and Icelandic Glacial at your local Fry’s, Safeway, etc. if you want to try them out. Of course if you drink them a lot you will want to purchase them on Amazon, otherwise they are quite spendy.
I took a sip of all four. You can definitely tell a difference. Both the Fiji water and the Icelandic Glacial go down so smooth. They taste amazing! Who knew water could taste so good. My personal favorite though was Icelandic Glacial. It literally tastes like your drinking a cloud or snow. It is hard to explain but it tastes awesome!
If you are looking at alkaline water then I definitely recommend giving the two above a try.
Icelandic Glacial Water
My personal favorite was Icelandic Glacial water. It tastes like your drinking a cloud or snow! Goes down smooth and leaves you felling energized.