How to make alkaline water might be something to look into if you are planning to drink it for any length of time. Of course, you can also buy premade alkaline water from a fancy health food store or even on Amazon. The latter presents you with plenty of different water brands out there, such as Essensia water. However, if you are buying a lot of alkaline water, it can start to get expensive. That’s why we recommend that you learn how to make your own! And it doesn’t have to be complicated! It’s as easy as following these simple steps:
DIY Basic Recipe
1) Fill an 8-ounce glass with filtered water.
First of all, you want to make sure that your water is clean and filtered. You can buy bottled water from the store, but because this might get expensive over time, a good long-term solution is to invest in a filter that will take all of the particulates out of your water.
2) Add 1/8 of a tablespoon of baking soda to the water.
For best results, all things need to be done in moderation. More is not necessarily better. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t use more than 1/8 tablespoon of baking soda. If you add too much (or if you drink too much baking soda water in general), it could throw off the electrolyte balance of your body. Baking soda contains a lot of sodium, as the name implies. Salts in excess can negatively affect the way your body works, just like any other chemical.
However, just as one cup of salt water won’t hurt you (unless you have certain medical conditions like high blood pressure). For the most part, a glass of alkaline water made with baking soda should be fine.
3) Stir until the baking soda is dissolved.
Make sure the baking soda is dissolved as much as possible so that it doesn’t sink to the bottom or stick to the sides of the glass. You don’t want to be left without the full benefits of the alkalinity.
Finally, test your newly made alkaline water to make sure you’ve achieved the desired alkalinity level. This should typically be a ph of 8 to 9.5. Follow the steps given and voila: that is how to make alkaline water the easy and inexpensive way!
How Often To Drink It
You can drink a glass of baking soda water like this once a day and you should get the benefits of an alkaline body pH without any ill effects. It can also be very useful for people with instances of a sour stomach or too much acidity in the gut. This is because the alkalinity serves to stabilize the acidity in the digestive tract. In fact, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is one of the ingredients in Alka-Seltzer—hence the name.
Other Ways to Make Alkaline Water
If you have high blood pressure problems, then the extra salt from baking soda may not be good for you. But you are not completely left out. There are other DIY ways to get the same great benefits of alkaline water. As an alternative, you can make alkalinity drinks out of “alkaline” foods. You can find out more about which foods are alkaline by checking out our alkaline/acid food list here.
Using Lemon Water
Although lemon water may seem acidic at first due to the tartness, it is actually a great way to make your overall body pH more alkaline. Lemons make the body more alkaline once you drink their juice. Although the lemon water itself won’t be alkaline, after you drink it, it will actually have an alkalizing effect on your body. To learn more about how alkalinity works, check out this article. In the meantime, here is a quick and refreshing recipe for alkalinity using lemon instead of baking soda:
Recipe Using Lemon:
A lemon, Half a cucumber (optional), 1/4 cup fresh ginger root peeled (optional), 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves (optional), Jar or pitcher
After washing the ingredients, cut them up and put them in a jar or pitcher of filtered water overnight. In the morning, strain the water into a glass. Drink throughout the day.
A third way to make alkaline water is by buying a water ionizer. It works by separating the water into its acidic and alkaline components. These can be expensive, though.
Both baking soda and lemons are readily available and are probably already in your kitchen. So one of these simple DIY methods is probably your best bet if you’re a beginner and just want to give alkaline water a try. Just remember not to mix the lemon water and baking soda together, or you may end up with an interesting chemical reaction!
Check the Alkalinity of your Alkaline water
After you make your own alkaline water(with baking soda), test the pH to ensure you got it to the right alkalinity level. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 to 9.5. One of the simplest ways to test your water is to use some inexpensive pH test strips. Just dip the strip in a sample of your water and match it to the pH chart provided with the strips. This way, you can make sure that your water is indeed alkaline.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make alkaline water. Try these DIY recipes and see how your body feels after drinking your home-made alkaline water for a few days. As you probably know, it has some great benefits such as super hydrating your body and detoxifying it. It is also a great antioxidant. As with all good things, make sure you don’t overdo it. Drink alkaline water in moderation to ensure that you don’t upset your electrolyte balance. A glass or two a day should be enough. If you are unsure of how much to drink, you can always start with just a sprinkle of baking soda in your morning glass of water.
Elena Daisley is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist (MT, ASCP certified) with over 10 years of experience in the medical field. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Laboratory Science from the University of Central Florida. Elena enjoys helping others on their journey to healthier living.