The alkalinity level of the water you drink really matters. Neutral acidity is 7 pH and any number below this is more acidic while numbers about that are alkaline. Research, such as that published by The Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine, has shown that drinking more alkaline water is very healthy. People who drink alkaline bottled water are more hydrated than those who stick to what comes out of the water faucet in their homes.
It has been shown that the ideal alkaline level is 8.2 pH. Beyond people being more hydrated this level of alkalinity also helps to reduce the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux. Drinking alkaline bottled water is important for people who suffer from these conditions because it can change the tissue in their esophagus which, if left untreated, can become Barrett’s Esophagus where this tissue become precancerous.
One bottled water brand is at this ideal level of alkalinity. This is Waiakea Water, a brand that gets its water in Hawaii. Their source is water that falls on Mount Mauna Loa which has rain or snow fall on it 300 days out of the year on average. This water ends up going down through thousands of feet of volcanic rock where it becomes naturally alkaline along with picking up some great minerals such as magnesium and calcium among others.
Waiakea, a company founded by its CEO Ryan Emmons, is also environmentally responsible. They only use 100% RPET bottles which use just 15% of the energy to manufacture compared to regular water bottles. His company also uses just 10% of the water to manufacture their water as compared to conventional brands. Oftentimes bottled water companies use up to four times the amount of water to produce a bottle of water than what actually goes inside a bottle.
Waiakea Water is also a good brand to choose in order to do some social good. For each liter of bottled water this company sells they donate 650 liters of clean water. They donate money to Pump Aid which installs wells in areas of Africa where above-ground sources of water are scarce.