What are the side effects of alkaline water?

Drinking alkaline water has no clinically-documented side effects. But there are over 40 scientific studies on the benefits of alkaline water.  Some new drinkers do report a few mild side effects, none of them serious.  This article discusses possible side effects that have been reported on the internet. None of these reported side effects have been confirmed by research or in clinical trials.

Flu-like Symptoms from Alkaline Water

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Alkaline water side effects are mild and disappear within a week or two

Some new drinkers report mild, flu-like symptoms for up to a week. Theories, such as detoxification abound as to why alkaline water has this side effect, but none of these theories have been tested in clinical research. People who have reported these symptoms say they typically pass in about a week.

Alkaline Water Cravings

Some people report having a craving for alkaline water at first.  Some theories suggest chronic dehydration may be a factor, but this theory hasn’t been clinically tested. Most people who have experienced alkaline water cravings say they pass in a couple of weeks.

Frequent Bathroom Trips

When first starting to drink alkalized water, some people report having to go to the bathroom more frequently. These people report that they experience more frequent urination and defecation. This side effect of alkaline water is said to  pass in a couple of weeks as well.

Alkaline Water Benefits

As mentioned in this article, there are lots of theories about why first time drinkers may experience the side effects discussed here.  These theories, such as cleansing or detoxification have never been clinically tested in the US. There are over 40 scientific studies on the benefits of alkaline water.

 

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The FDA has NOT evaluated alkaline water for health purposes

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.