How to Increase the Alkalinity of Your Water

4 steps to healthier H2O

Water, for the most part, has a neutral pH of about 7.0, which means it is neither basic (alkaline) nor acidic. Anything above 7.0 is considered alkaline. The alkalinity of water is a measure of its ability to neutralize acids. Although the scientific evidence is sparse, some people believe that water alkalinity, or lack thereof, can have a profound effect on your health. Regardless of pH, the Mayo Clinic staff recommends that any water you drink first be as free from toxins as possible.

Step 1: Purify your water

Distillers are very effective methods of eliminating the toxins from your water. Noted medical advisor Dr. Andrew Weil states this process virtually removes all bacteria, viruses and contaminants, purifying your water. Distillers purify by first boiling the water, then collecting the steam and finally condensing the water into droplets at the surface of the storage container. These droplets have been cleansed of heavier elements and are collected into the storage container. Some distiller units can be conveniently hooked to your refrigerator’s water and ice unit.

Step 2: Test the pH of your water

Once your water is purified, test the pH level. You can test the pH level of your water by using pH test strips purchased at a local health food store or online. Knowing the starting pH of your purified water will give you a better idea of how much of an adjustment is necessary to achieve your desired pH.

Step 3: Choose one of these additives to make your water more alkaline:

  • Baking soda: Researcher and author Dr. Robert O. Young has stressed the importance of pH balance for over two decades, and has considered ways to increase the alkaline levels in the diet by adding an alkaline ingredient to your purified water. Dr. Young recommends simply adding ½ a teaspoon of baking soda to a gallon of purified water and shaking it vigorously to ensure it mixes in completely. Because baking soda is highly alkaline, adding only a small amount to your purified water will result in a gallon of alkaline water.

  • Fresh lemons: If you prefer not to use baking soda, a fresh lemon added to your drinking water will also, eventually, make your purified drinking water more alkaline. Though it seems counter-intuitive to think that adding an acidic lemon to your purified drinking water could ultimately produce an alkaline result, it's important to remember that fresh lemons are also anionic. Once you drink the acidic lemon water, it will become alkaline as your body reacts with the lemons' anions during the digestive process. Use fresh lemons that haven't been exposed to air for more than 30 minutes -- not lemon juice purchased at the store or lemons that have been cut up and sitting out in the open at a restaurant all day.

  • Drops: One other option to increase the alkalinity of your purified water is to add drops created specifically for that purpose. There are several over-the-counter drops on the market that can be purchased at health food stores or online. Follow the directions on the bottle to determine the correct amount to achieve your desired effect.

Step 4: Test the pH of your water again

After you've added baking soda or drops to your purified water, test the pH of your water again using a test strip to be sure the water's pH level is where you want it. Remember, fresh lemon water will test acidic before you drink it but will become alkaline during digestion.


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Anonymous's picture

Great post and discussion. I have been looking for something like this for a long time. Thank you!!!!
where can I by a small distiller for my kitchen for two people? Also, I boiled my water for 2 minutes rolling water in a glass teapot let it cool down 8 hours room temperature. I tested it with ph strip before adding baking powder and the ph strip reading was 7.5, without adding anything? Why?
Am I doing something wrong?


Anonymous's picture

What scientific proof is there that an acidic fruit with a low pH like lemons increases alkalinity in blood? What does an anionic mean? I've been researching this, and the science publications I have been coming across say that this whole drinking lemon juice to increase blood alkalinity is not proven. Can you provide proof? I think we underestimate what the body can do for itself with just plain water. Thanks so much.

Anonymous's picture

The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5, and the pH range for groundwater systems is between 6 to 8.5.

Anonymous's picture

Hi Cathy

The PH strips will not show the exact PH of the water. The colors on the comparison chart are approximate. :-)
To get the exact reading you'll need to buy one of those electronic measuring things.
Besides, boiling water does not purify it. It only kills some bacteria.

A water distiller, reverse osmosis likely, is pricey and requires maintenance.

I see you mention "baking powder". BAKING POWDER contains extras such as aluminium.
You need to use BAKING SODA. As far as I know, regardless of brand-name, BAKING SODA is pure and contains no additives.
A little box of 500 grams ARM & HAMMER is available just about in any food store for about a dollar.

This is only what I do.
I use the distilled water which is widely available in just about and self-respecting supermarket, and it costs around a dollar for a one gallon container.
You might see the two types of distilled water: STEAM DISTILLED, and REVERSE OSMOSIS DISTILLED.
While some might argue about the best type, in my area I find only the STEAM DISTILLED water.

I hope that helped.


Anonymous's picture

Has anyone actually tried a high alkaline water for an extended period of time and found real health benefits?

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