The past few years I’ve been drinking spring water that I physically bottle at a natural spring. About twice a month, I fill up about 10 gallons or so and then this is the water that I consume. It works out well, tastes great (much better than my filtered tap water), and it’s free.
Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, when I went to fill up on water, the spring had been made inaccessible. The hose had been cut, pipes removed, and now the water was just flowing out of the earth and into the harbor. There was no way to capture it anymore.
I did some research into what had happened and why the spring was shut down, and there are several potential reasons floating around. There’s been a protest rally and a big town hall meeting about it, neither of which I went to, but I’ll be interested to follow the story and see what happens.
In the meanwhile, while doing my research, I came across someone mentioning that the water from the spring was quite acidic. If you’ve read any books or articles about the acid/alkaline balance of the human body, you know that diseases and ill health happen when your body is too acidic. An alkaline body is conducive to good health. So I found some ph testing strips that I had and I tested the last bottle of water that I had. Sure enough, it had a pH of about 5.5. Anything lower than 7 is considered acidic. 7 is neutral. Anything above 7 is alkaline.
Since I wouldn’t be bottling any spring water in the near future, I decided to look into what the pH of various brands of bottled water was to see if they varied and if any were more alkaline than others. Sure enough, there is a wide range with some being as acidic as the spring water I had been drinking, and others being much more alkaline. Of course, all of the more alkaline waters also tend to be more expensive, which sucks. But I’ve decided that I’m going to try to drink water with a higher pH level to see if I notice a difference with the way I feel, how my body functions, etc.
Here is a really good list of pH levels in bottled water that I came across on wellsphere.com
How healthy is the bottled water you buy and how do you know which ones are best for your health?
I am a big proponent of filtered water and alkaline water, in particular. It can be very confusing, however, to choose between the dozens and dozens of types of bottled water out there. I got this email from Jim, over at Good Health Supplements, and he breaks it down easily by ph level.
The body functions best with a slightly alkaline ph level and cannot stay healthy in an overly-acid environment. Where does your favorite bottle water rank on the ph level scale below?
Content below, copyright Good Health Supplements:
For those of you who are die-hard bottle water drinkers, I offer the following list of popular brands of bottled waters and their pH range. Keep in mind that a pH of 8 and above is the only range that is beneficial to your good health:
Water with a pH of 4.
Penta Water, Distilled Water, Purified Water, Aquafina (made by Pepsi), Dasani (made by Coke), Glaceau Fruit Water, Le Blue Water, Metro Mint Water, Pellegrino (made by Nestle), Perrier (made by Nestle), Smart Water, and Vitamin Water.
Water with a pH of 4.5.
Reverse Osmosis Water and Ice Age Glacial Water.
Water with a pH of 5.
Appalachian Springs Water and Poland Springs Water (made by Nestle)
Water with a pH of 5.5.
Crystal Springs Water, Dannon Spring Water, Pure American Water.
All of the above bottled waters have an acidic ph, which does not support health waters
Water with a pH of 7.
Arrowhead Water, Crystal Geyser Water, Deep Park Water (made by Nestle), Eldorado Springs Water, Supermarket Spring Water.
Water with a pH of 7.5.
Biota water, Fiji Water, Whole Foods 365 Water, Zephyrhills Water (made by Nestle)
Water with a pH of 7.9.
Eden Springs Water.
Water with a pH of 8.
Deep Rock Water, Evamore Water.
Water with a pH of 10
Filtered Ionized Alkaline Water you make with your own Water Ionizer.