When you live with the pain of arthritis, you’ll try anything to feel better. So, your interest may be piqued by the marketing of a healthier water. Alkaline water is touted as providing health through hydration, but does it really help? Minerals in water determine its pH. (A pH above 7 is more alkaline; below 7 is more acid.) Some contend that water treated to have a pH of 8 to 10 reduces the body’s acid load, which allegedly improves bone and immune system health, among other benefits.
These claims, though, don’t square with the scientific evidence – or basic biology. Drinking alkaline water doesn’t affect blood pH, which the kidney, lungs and liver keep steady at a ...more