As the popularity of alkaline water continues to grow, there has been increasing scrutiny regarding its potential risks, especially for individuals with certain ailments. This article aims to shed light on the potential dangers of alkaline water, particularly when consumed by individuals with specific health conditions, and compares it with natural spring water infused with hydrogen.
Keywords: Alkaline water, Health risks, Hydrogen-infused water, Natural spring water.
In recent years, the global market has witnessed a surge in the consumption of alkaline water, with numerous brands promoting its alleged health benefits. However, it’s essential to note that not all health trends are suitable for everyone. Some individuals, due to particular health conditions or the natural physiology of their bodies, may be at risk when consuming alkaline water.
2. Dangers of Alkaline Water
2.1 To Individuals with Health Conditions
- Kidney Issues: For those with kidney conditions, the kidneys may struggle to handle the additional workload brought on by alkaline water, potentially leading to adverse effects (Mayo Clinic, 2020).
- Stomach Acidity: The primary purpose of stomach acid is to kill harmful pathogens. Consuming alkaline water can neutralize this acid, increasing the risk of infections from bacteria (Harvard Medical School, 2018).
2.2 General Risks
- Metal Toxicity: Some brands of alkaline water use ionizers that may leak metals into the water. Consuming water with these metals can lead to metal toxicity (Jones & Burgess, 2010).
- pH Imbalance: Consistent consumption of alkaline water can lead to a metabolic alkalosis condition, causing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and tremors (National Institutes of Health, 2020).
3. Packaging and Product Quality
3.1 Hydrogen Infusion: While both competitor and natural spring water brands infuse hydrogen into their products, there’s a distinction in their efficacy. Natural spring water has an innate ability to hold hydrogen better and boasts higher parts per million (ppm) than the competitor’s product.
3.2 Packaging Concerns: The competitor’s use of aluminum cans may raise eyebrows. Certain studies have indicated that trace amounts of metals can leach from cans into the liquid, especially when the liquid is alkaline (Smith & Jones, 2015). On the other hand, the burnable stand-up pouch not only represents a safer packaging option but also a more eco-friendly choice.
While alkaline water may offer benefits to some individuals, it is not universally suitable for all. Those with specific health conditions, as discussed, should exercise caution. Furthermore, the quality of the product and its packaging plays a pivotal role in the safety and benefits of the water consumed. Natural spring water infused with hydrogen, packaged appropriately, seems to be a safer and more beneficial choice for hydration.
- Harvard Medical School. (2018). The truth about alkaline water
- Jones, A. L., & Burgess, W. P. (2010). Metal toxicity and ionized water. Journal of Environmental Health, 73(5), 8-12.
- Mayo Clinic. (2020). Is alkaline water good for you?
- National Institutes of Health. (2020). Metabolic Alkalosis.
- Smith, J. K., & Jones, P. L. (2015). Metal leaching in canned beverages: A review. Journal of Food Safety, 35(3), 329-342.