With so many types of water out there these days, it’s easy to be a bit confused around alkaline water and how it stacks up to plain, regular water and the other common water types.
At zazen, we’re used to being asked about alkaline water vs tap water a lot. Here, we explain why the filtering process (that removes bad bacteria and other nasties), ultra-hydrating properties and smaller molecules in alkaline water make it superior to filtered water, acidic water, lemon water, mineral water and spring water.
Alkaline Water vs Filtered Water
Whether you prefer regular tap water or bottled water, chances are it has been heavily filtered and disinfected with chlorine to kill anything “living”. This is done to remove dangerous toxins and contaminants.
However, the filtration process also gets rid of water’s natural crystal structure, stripping it of its beneficial minerals. That’s why many people refer to filtered water as ‘dead water’.
It also explains why, for example, you can’t use tap water to create Kombucha and cultivate live cultures. When the filtered tap water comes into contact with these “living” foods (bacterial, like in your gut) and drinks, it actually kills the beneficial bacteria that makes these fermented foods and drinks so good for us.
We know that nutritious raw and whole foods contain living enzymes, good bacteria, nutrients and minerals, which improves our gut health and therefore helps support our overall health and longevity.
The same philosophy applies to drinking water. Poor water quality = a contribution to poor gut health = poor assimilation of nutrients and hormonal imbalances = opportunity for illness and chronic disease to take root.
Plus, it begs the question: why drink ‘dead water’ when you can choose to drink water that is alive with minerals, oxygen and energy? In other words, alkaline water.
The zazen Alkaline Water System ensures you drink quality alkaline water with an ideal pH balance. Its 10 stage state-of-the-art filtration process gets rid of the same bad chemicals and toxins as filtered water, while keeping key alkaline minerals for your body to thrive and prosper.
Alkaline vs Acidic Water
Acidic water. Even the name sounds ominous. And there are good reasons why no one is out there selling acidic water products.
Acidic water is literally the inverse of alkaline water, with a pH lower than 7. As a refresher, the acidic/alkaline scale is 0-14. Regular tap water is usually right in the middle at 7pH. Our bodies are normally around 7.4pH. Anything above 7 on the scale is considered alkaline, anything under 7 is acidic.
In nature, water becomes acidic when it combines with carbon dioxide during the process of precipitation. Water from the ocean, lakes, and streams evaporate. This strips water of its hardness, bacteria, and minerals, leaving it soft and acidic. When it rains, carbon dioxide (CO2) dissolves into the rainfall. This forms a weak carbonic acid and gives water a mild acidity. The average pH of rainwater is around 5.6.
Normally, this water would seep through layers of rock and sediment as it winds its way down river, and the pH will adjust depending upon the environmental conditions it encounters. If the rain is falling on calcium-rich limestone, it will absorb high mineral content and likely become hard, more alkaline water.
However, if acidic water is not naturally filtered to reach a pH level close to 7, it can pose serious health risks. For example, acidic water is likely to make the acid in your mouth work even harder and corrode your teeth and gums faster. Find out more about pH levels and dental hygiene here.
Not only is acidic water extremely corrosive, it can damage your plumbing system and incur high repair costs. This unfortunate cycle often leads these eroding pipes to contaminate your water further with zinc, copper, lead and other metals.
Exposure to acidic water with high levels of zinc and copper can lead to gastrointestinal upset, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as gallstones, kidney stones, neurological damage, and even kidney and liver failure.
Lead is another metal that may be found in acidic water. As you may well know, exposure can cause cognitive impairment, memory problems, stunted development, and seizures. In adults, exposure to lead can cause high blood pressure, kidney and nervous system diseases, miscarriages and more.
Alkaline Water vs Lemon Water
Lemon water is slightly similar to alkaline water in that it alkalises in the body. It also contains vitamin C, a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C may also help reduce skin wrinkling, dry skin from aging, and damage from the sun.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the sour lemon taste is also believed to jumpstart the digestive system, allowing you to digest food more easily and helping to prevent the build up of toxins.
However, lemon water has a few downsides compared to alkaline water, including its bitter taste, tooth enamel damage and potential stomach upsets.
Lemon water contains citric acid, which can erode tooth enamel. To prevent this, many nutritionists and health experts suggest drinking lemon water through a straw and/or rinsing your mouth with plain water after you drink it. This sounds like a lot of unnecessary hassle to us.
Then there’s the fact that citric acid causes heartburn in some people. While some experience relief from heartburn as the lemon juice becomes alkaline, thereby reducing acidity in digestion, others complain that it actually increases acid production in your stomach.
But perhaps the most important issue with lemon water is its taste. In order to get any benefits from it, you’d need a lot of lemon. For example, the juice of one lemon provides about 20mgs of vitamin C. The recommended daily amount for adults is 65-90mgs. So unless you’re squeezing buckets of lemons into your water, you probably won’t gain any of the benefits mentioned above.
Alkaline Water vs Mineral Water
Mineral water is usually water that comes from a mineral source, often underground reservoirs or mineral springs that contain various minerals like magnesium, calcium and sodium. It is widely considered more pure, due to not being put through harsh chemical disinfection treatments.
Minerals often found in mineral water include:
Magnesium is essential in regulating blood pressure, blood glucose levels, nerve function and the digestive system. Like magnesium, calcium and potassium promote blood circulation. Calcium also builds and maintains strong bones, and regulates the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat.
These are just a few of the health benefits associated with mineral water. To enjoy mineral water, you can spend plenty of money on expensive bottled mineral water. Or you can use our system, which contains a balanced range of alkaline minerals for optimal absorption by the body.
After all, zazen alkaline water is mineral water. Our system mimics Mother Nature’s water cycle, which involves filtering through natural sand, soil and mineral deposits, removing harmful toxins and picking up minerals like magnesium and calcium. This results in pristine mineral water that’s in the ideal state to hydrate your body.
Alkaline Water vs Spring Water
And finally, alkaline water vs spring water. Spring water, sometimes referred to as artesian water, is broadly defined as water that comes from an underground aquifer, a large underground deposit of water. It may or may not have been treated and purified.
These springs are usually found in areas with thick bedrock, like limestone, which filter out many of the impurities and explains why spring water often looks so pure and clear.
Spring water has numerous benefits, from high mineral content to exceptional purity. But by bottling it up, spring water runs the risk of contaminants such as coliform, arsenic and phthalates. Moreover, there is a lot of bottled water that labels itself as spring water, but the source is often a mystery, as stated in this bottled water report.
The truth is that most people don’t live next to a natural spring, which means the increased cost of buying bottled spring water. Again, as with mineral water, the zazen Alkaline Water System will replicate the natural spring water process, making your water more pure and rich in nutrients and minerals. And at a far more affordable price.
When it comes to water, zazen’s alkaline water is an affordable, 10 stage state-of-the-art method that provides you with a balanced range of alkaline minerals for maximum hydration and nourishment.
Quench your thirst for alkaline water with a zazen benchtop water filter. Or find more information about alkaline water, and more about our holistic health and wellbeing philosophy, over on our blog. Hydrate your body and mind at zazen.