Do You Know Your H2O?: Taste Testing Alkaline Waters.

What’s in your water?

You may have heard various health claims about alkaline water. But what exactly is alkaline water, and why all the hype?

Alkaline refers to a water’s pH level, a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline.

Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body.

Does it work?

Alkaline water is a little controversial. Some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body because it has a higher pH level than regular drinking water.

However, several health professionals say there isn’t enough research to support the many health claims made by users and sellers. Differences in research findings may be related to the types of alkaline water studies.

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular tap water is best for most people. They state that there is no major scientific evidence that fully verifies the claims made by supporters of alkaline water.

However, there are a few studies that suggest alkaline water might be helpful for certain conditions.

For example, a 2012 study found that drinking naturally carbonated artesian-well alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 may help deactivate pepsin, the main enzyme that causes acid reflux.

Another study suggested drinking alkaline ionized water may have benefits for people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. However, more research is needed beyond these small studies.

Our Taste Test

We gathered a small group of people and had them blindly taste test our chosen waters. We wanted to see if they could guess which water was clearer and higher in pH based on taste alone. We compared various bottled brands like Penta, smartwater, Crystal Geyser, Fiji, JUST Water, and essentia.

Penta Ultra-Purified: Penta Ultra-Purified water ranked high on the groups’ list as one of the testers top two favorites. Tasters commonly described the water as crisp and smooth. Many said the water also had a slight mineral taste to it that nicely balanced out the crispness.

Fiji Artisan Water: Not a fan favorite but not getting a downvote from anyone, Fiji water was largely described as lacking any particular taste and bland. Two tasters even said that it left their mouth feeling dry, chalky, or powdery after drinking it.

Crystal Geyser: Crystal Geyser marginally beat out Penta water for the group’s top choice. All of the testers agreed that Crystal Geyser was freshest tasting and had the most weight to it, making it the most filling water out of the selection.

smartwater: Almost all of the testers described smartwater as tasting like tap water. The tasters who frequently drink tap water described it as smooth and light, while taste testers who frequently drink bottled water said it had a slight mineral taste to it.

JUST Water: Ranking the lowest on the list, JUST Water was often described as feeling dirty, murky, chalky, and grainy by several testers. After all the waters were revealed, many attributed the poor taste to the brands carton-like, paper container.

essentia: Unlike the rest of the waters, where most testers agreed on the taste, essentia was split down the middle. Those who liked it described the water as smooth or clean tasting. Those who didn’t thought it had an acidic bite to it and even described it as salty in taste.

Pets of the Month

Say hello to this month’s featured furry friends!

Munch: This is Munch, and he is absolutely the best dog there ever was! I recently went though a very hard time that caused me to move from Idaho to Omaha. I really had nothing with me, except Munch. He went through a huge move with me, and hasn’t complained (that much) about it! Every time I walk with him outside all of the neighbors come running up to see him. Everyone seems to totally adore him, and he adores everyone too. He has made lots of new friends and is so happy to live at Alpine Village in La Vista, NE. Munch made this move so much easier on me, and I could never thank him enough. He is my family, and I am so lucky to have him.

Ginger: Meet Ginger, a 14-year-old tortoiseshell. I have had her since I was a little girl, and she has always been the greatest companion. She spends most of her time in boxes, laundry baskets, or hunting down pieces of paper/receipts. What she loves best about living at Claremont in Minnetonka, MN, is that she can safely go out on the balcony without me being afraid of her running off! She loves that she gets to see all kinds of birds and squirrels from our balcony window, something she did not always get at our last residence. You might even see her around the community as we occasionally bring her for walks with her harness!

Ideas to Spend Quality Time with Mom This Mother’s Day

 

Mothers; generous, devoted, supportive, annoying, chiding, nagging, but always caring. Like everyone else, mothers are made up of myriad emotions and personalities. But unlike everyone else, mothers have a limitless trove of love. In addition to gifting indulgences so they can pamper themselves, here are some ideas you can draw from to spend quality time with mom.

Take-out and Movie Night: Moms know your taste in fashion, food, and everything in between. They take great joy in making sure you have your favorite meals. Why not take a page out of her book and order in or, if you trust yourself, cook her a meal she will love? Pair it with a movie best watched with mom. If she is more inclined towards contemporary films, pick from this list here, or go vintage with this list of gems. Sit back, laugh, cry, and later argue over nuances of films and food.

Go on a Road Trip with Mom: Plan a trip where mom is the most important person. Pick her favorite songs to play in the car. If you are short on time, try this fun Mother’s Day playlist. Pick a destination that you know she will enjoy. If she likes shopping, head to a place known for its unique stores. If she is a wine connoisseur, drive to the wine country. Fill the journey with stories of mom’s growing up years, or secrets you may have never shared. The idea is to let mom know how much you value her for being her.

Make a Mom-Board: Who was mom before she was a mom? Dig through albums, speak to her childhood friends, ask dad, reach out to the extended family. Find out what mom was like, what she dreamed of becoming, how she impacted others around her. Create a wall with pictures of mom from her days of carefree fun, chart her journey, show her what she looks like as a social worker, a lawyer, an executive, a doctor, a teacher, a scientist, or anyone that she dreamed of becoming. Show mom that you believe in her the way she has always believed in you.

Pick a Class Mom Would Love & Attend it Together: In their constant pursuit to encourage and support us, moms often let their own hobbies fall to the side. This Mother’s Day sign up for a class she will love. From photography to painting to book clubs to craft, there are myriad options to choose from. Create something together and display it at home forever.

Volunteer for a Community Project Together: Moms are givers and families that give together, thrive together. Pick a cause mom is passionate about and donate your time together. Not only will mom love hanging out with you, but also draw satisfaction from contributing to the community.

Play a Board Game Together: Remember all the times mom entertained you by playing kiddie games, encouraging your make-believe and absurd tales, reading you story books? It’s time to relive those memories. Pick a board game to play at home, take to the park, or even bring to a coffee shop. Indulge in friendly competition and watch out, because mom is going to beat you at the game!