Taking Charge of Your Health

(Incident Report Theme Music “In Da Lab”) (gargling) (gasping) – What’s up, Z pack? I just alkalized the hell out of my body with Icelandic glacial water. Only five dollars at Whole Foods and I can feel it already transforming everything in my body. I can fell the toxins
starting to chelate out and flush out of my body. I can feel all the
bicarbonate taking a break and my organs getting a holiday and so I liked it so much
because I read about it on Goop and so I bought all the
waters that are alkaline because of something like pH and stuff. Tom Hinueber. – Actually, I bought them,
and you owe me $37.50, ’cause those waters are expensive as fuck. – I told you get me some tap water and Tom disappears for 20
minutes, comes back with this, and I’m like Tom, I don’t know,
why are you buying me this? And he says, ZDogg,
because I want you to live. I want you to live a long time because you’re my cash cow. And I said, Tom Hinueber, I don’t pay you, and then he had to do math and he realized this was a disastrous investment. Actually, Tom pointed out
to me, and I already knew, that many, many, many, many,
many people in the public somehow believe that alkaline water is somehow better for you
than regular tap water. – The argument goes something like this. Do you know that cancer can only grow in an acidic environment? So if your body is alkaline
and is at the perfect pH, you can basically live forever. Unless you get shot. – (laughing) Ponce de Leon was looking for the fountain of youth. All he had to do was take some baking soda and put it in some Florida tap water, and he went boom, fountain of youth, according to the proponents
of alkaline water. What’s the deal? First of all, let’s
define some terms, Tom. Do you even know what, you
guys know what alkaline means? – No.
– It means you basic. – Have no idea. – (laughing) Logan, you so basic. – I know. – [Zubin] Your pH is
way higher than seven. – I know. – Let’s talk about that real quick because I think a lot of people like to drop scientific words without really knowing what they mean. Alkaline —
– Like this one. Antioxidant, because it says here alkaline water is a power antioxidant. Suck it, Z. – Yeah, okay, let’s
backtrack for a second. What is alkaline, what is acidic, what does all this mean? It all comes back down
to the concept of pH. Little p, big h. What’s the pH? Most people don’t understand this I think in the lay community. It is the negative log of the active hydrogen ion concentration,
okay professor. That’s what pH is. Shorthand, it’s how
much active hydrogen ion is floating around in your liquid, and hydrogen ions can react with things, so a very strong acid means a very low pH which means a very high
hydrogen ion concentration, which means it can eat through your table because of the reactivity
of the active hydrogen ion. Has a little positive
charge, it’s a little proton. It can do stuff. That’s the simplest explanation. In water, for example, pure water, which is distilled water, is
very close to a pH of seven. We define kinda seven
based on water neutral. Anything below seven is considered acidic and anything above seven,
which means less hydrogen ions because of the negative part of the negative law of the
hydrogen ion concentration is alkaline, or more basic,
like your basic chick who just goes to Starbucks and wears Uggs. The question is, what does this have to do with anything with the body? Well, it turns out the
human body operates, especially blood, organ
systems, brain, et cetera, operate within a very narrow pH window. Generally somewhere in the 7.4 range. A little bit more alkaline
than pure distilled water, and the reason that it
has to be in that range is that many of our metabolic processes, they work based on proteins and enzymes, and those enzymes become
unraveled or denatured or less functional when
the pH is out of that range because those hydrogen ions interfere with the function of the proteins. That’s the simplest explanation. That being said, the body over millions and billions of years has
evolved elaborate mechanisms to keep the blood pH
within a very narrow range. Generally 7.35 to 7.45,
and things that are out of that parameter, depending on your lab, are considered abnormal. You can check the blood
acidity with a lab test, either from Venus blood or arterial blood, often, we’ll check from an
artery like the radial artery, and that’s called a blood gas. You’ll get a pH, you’ll get a
CO2 concentration, et cetera. Now the question is, how
does the body maintain its acid/base balance, and
what does that have to do with this snake oil? Everything. The body has many mechanisms
to keep pH imbalance. The biggest are the kidneys and the lungs. It turns out the kidneys can
actually excrete extra acid and hold on to bicarbonate
which is a molecule that acts as a base, as a
more alkaline component. If your pH starts to
drop you get more acidic, your kidneys will handle business by holding on to bicarbonate. You can measure this in the blood in a functional kidney. If you start to get too
acidic in the blood, the lungs can compensate by
causing you to hyperventilate and blow off, excrete more
of that carbon dioxide. It turns out carbon dioxide
when dissolved in the blood forms something called carbonic
acid, which is an acid. By getting rid of some of it, you shift the acid/base
balance towards the basic. Now, the body has, again,
evolved over millions of years to pull this off in a
beautifully, elegant way. It fails in certain disease processes. For example, emphysema, chronic
obstructive lung disease, you don’t get to blow off enough CO2, you retain it and your body
starts to get more acidic. So, what ends up happening? The kidneys step in and they’re like, I’m gonna hold on to
more bicarbonate, son, to keep the pH normal. Now, acutely, if you
decompensate, you can’t breathe or you have an asthma
attack or COPD exacerbation, your pH can actually drop,
your blood can get very acidic, and your kidneys don’t
have time to keep up and you can get very sick. The same happens with diabetes. You can get a metabolic
production of acid, that’s called diabetic
ketoacidosis from these keto acids. So, there’s lots of ways
this can go out of balance, but in the normal person,
we have ways to treat those. In the normal person,
it’s kept pretty tight. Second, the stomach has
a huge amount of acid that keeps its pH close to two, which is a lot of hydrogen ion. Here’s the proposal. Why do people say that drinking
slightly alkaline water, that means a pH higher than seven, ’cause neutral water is seven. Why, Tom, do people think this helps? – Because people are dumb, Z. Because when I just heard you go on that whole scientific explanation, the only thing I go out of it was that when diabetics
go on the ketogenic diet, they get acidic, and then
they need alkaline water. – That’s true. – You know, the end of
Western civilization, I pegged at certain political events, I’m thinking it’s just that
conversation we just had. (laughing) That’s what I think. – Hey, did you know that
alkaline can cure psoriasis? Or cirrhosis? How do you say this word? – [Zubin] Ps?
– Yeah. – [Zubin] That’d be psoriasis. – Psorasis. – It’s like pterodactyl, the S is silent. – I love it because it says alkaline water can help cure psoriasis. And then it says psoriasis
is a skin disease that has no cure. (laughing) – This is the thing. Many people who sells
this stuff will proport that drinking a more alkaline water is good for the body for these following kind of vague reasons. One is that toxins, which
is always a trigger word for anyone doing science
because it’s usually made up, toxins produced by the body
tend to be acidic in nature, so the body is always trying
to de-acidify via the kidneys and potentially via the lungs
slowing down your respiration, and via the buffer systems of the blood, and so by drinking alkaline water, you’re giving your body’s
detoxification systems a boost by taking some of the stress off this highly evolved and
naturally designed system over millions of years
by drinking this stuff. What they fail to tell
you is that stomach acid at a pH of two pretty much
destroys any alkalinity that is in this water. Now some have actually backed up and said yeah, yeah, exactly, but by doing that, man, the
stomach needs to secrete like less acid, and that
takes some of the stress off the stomach and allows
more bicarbonate into the blood which puts a break on the
bicarbonate buffer system. Okay, all that is made up. When you look at actual
data around this stuff, does it actually do any
of the things they say? Help you live longer,
reduce oxidative stress, reduce load on the
kidneys and damaged organs and basically anything that Gwyneth Paltrow says that it does, which is all made up stuff. You look at the data, there
are tiny little case studies usually in alternative medicine journals that have looked at them. They’re poorly designed, they’re small, and they’re correlation and not causation. There’s no real good evidence
that this stuff does anything. – That’s not true, Z. That’s not true, Z, ’cause says and I quote, alkaline water benefits can help fight cancer. – It’s true. – [Tommy T Bones] So, you know. – [Logan] I read it on the internet. – [Tommy T Bones] Yeah. – The internet is usually
my final source of truth for everything and now
since April Fools is over I can trust the internet
again to be 100% accurate. This is the thing. It doesn’t help cure cancer,
it doesn’t cure cancer, it doesn’t do any of that. It’s very expensive water. Let’s go back. The machine that you’re talking
about that they’re selling costs minimum $900. It alkalinizes water through ionization. You can do the same thing
by putting a sprinkle of baking soda in your water, by adding minerals to your water. How does water get alkalinic anyways when distilled water has
got a pH of about seven, Dasani is somewhere
between five and seven, it’s slightly acidic,
mineral water, with like calcium and silica, potassium
tends to drive the pH up and it’s a little more basic. Heavily mineralized waters
actually are naturally a little more alkaline. The question is, even if you did a study that showed that alkaline
water helped people, you would have to ask was
it the alkaline nature of the water that helped, which makes no sense scientifically, or was it something in the
mineral content of the water that’s, you know, maybe
repleting some trace deficiency people have, something else? Because there’s some argument
over reverse osmosis water, which has a very small
amount of dissolved solutes, it’s closer to a pH of seven,
whether that’s really healthy versus drinking mineral water,
and the jury, nobody knows. The thing is, this idea
that you can raise the pH. Look at this, look at this. Look at some of this stuff. Okay, this one here, okay 365, so this is a Whole Foods brand. By the way, how many people agree that Whole Foods has
gone completely to crap since Amazon bought them? – I agree, it sucks. – It totally sucks. Like, what happened, Amazon’s awesome. Whole Foods used to be
kind of fun to go to and go oh my God, this
is how rich people live. Now it’s just a complete, it’s just grim. – Basically, it turned into
expensive Trader Joe’s, and I’m not a fan. – No, ’cause I like trader Trader Joe’s, which is affordable for me. Anyway, so look at this stuff, 365, ionized to a pH of 9.5. – [Tommy T Bones] Plus, Z. Don’t forget about that plus. – You know, the plus is what takes it from stupid to ultra stupid. That’s what I like. Let’s look at the back of this thing. They give us a pH scale. Zero, which is, let’s just
not even talk about zero because we can go right to
two, which is lemon juice, three is vinegar, five is black coffee, seven is pure water, and 9.5 is 365 everyday value alkaline water. And then on the back it
says, this is my favorite, why can’t I use pH strips to
accurately test alkaline water? Because we don’t want you finding out that it’s entirely a placebo. I mean, what do they say? PH strips, which are commonly used to test the pH of some liquids, cannot accurately test purified waters including purified alkaline water. In order to accurately test the pH level of any purified water, a
calibrated pH meter must be used. In other words, don’t you bother your pretty little head about it. Let’s just say this is 9.5,
which is placebo enough for you to believe that it’s gonna cure or prevent cancer. No evidence to show that that’s the case. – Facts, facts, Z. Everybody who has drank
regular water has died. What say you, science man? – I say that it’s very hard
to refute that honest truth, Tom Hinueber, and that’s
what separates me from Goop. They speak the truth, like that, and I have to talk about the negative log of the hydrogen ion compensation. And people, this who we, focus Logan. (laughing) This is why science never seem
to win over pseudo-science because it’s very easy to use words like I alkalinized my toxins away and everyone who drinks
regular water ultimately dies. – Pick up the Core bottle. It has a perfect pH on it. That’s the one all the way on the right. – No, I’m sorry, this says core. This says core. – [Tommy T Bones] That says cure. – Oh sorry. Is it this one? – [Tommy T Bones] With
a Q, it’s a Q, or — – This one. – [Tommy T Bones] At Core, yeah. – Okay, Core. – [Tommy T Bones] What’s a perfect pH according to their marketing, Z? – Okay, so this is the best part. The marketing, you’re paying
$5 plus a bottle for this free tap water with a
little mineral added, or ionized by their
machine that costs $900. The pH that naturally occurs in your body happens to be perfect, so it
should come as no surprise that we mirrored our water after it. Core hydration is ultra
purified, clean, crisp taste and has just the right amount
of electrolytes and minerals to match your body’s natural pH of 7.4, or simply put, the perfect pH. So, no matter what you do to get thirsty, hydrate with Core and feel the benefits of perfect pH water, #truetothecore. Okay, let’s talk about this. Your perfect 7.4 pH water is gonna fall into a
stomach with a pH of two. It is then going to obtain a pH that is something north of three or four before it’s absorbed. The fact that it’s 7.4
means Jack crap to the blood that you’re proporting to match. First of all, humans evolved drinking whatever crappy water was available, so the body pH buffer systems are designed to tolerate whatever water we were drinking in the savanna Having to perfectly tailor make a 7.4 pH makes absolutely no, and this is using the natural toxin people’s
own language against them. Well, what’s more natural
than fricking water out of a tap? Sure, it’s been chloridated and has some flouride in it, that’s it. And it depends on your water. Or taking a Brita filter
and running it through that. That’s pretty natural. If you’re gonna start
doing stuff like this, first of all, you have to
cart it around in plastic, which is a massive fossil fuel load, and second of all, it costs five bucks. So, it’s fine if snake oil was free. This snake oil is costing
money and making someone rich. – Did you know, though,
Z, that alkaline water prevents the development of diabetes? Dr. Theodore Barry released a study about alkaline water where he says there’s an important relationship between sugar intake and alkaline water. In his book, Alkalize Or Die
(laughing), Dr. Barry stated, and I quote, the pancreas
is highly dependent on a correct alkaline diet. In return, it produces
alkaline digestive enzymes and sodium bicarbonate, blah blah blah. The pancreas also regulates
blood sugar balance which creates energy in the body, thus to have proper blood sugar balance, maintain a primarily
alkaline forming diet. Now, check it out, Z. I am borderline developmentally delayed. I don’t know what any of
these science words mean. You know what I do know? There’s no cure for cancer, 100%. Why, ’cause rich people die of cancer, and rich people would totally want to live forever if they could. – You pretty much nailed it. When Bill Gates dies of cancer, you guys are gonna be like, man, if he wasn’t one of the
illuminati, I don’t know who was. They should have cured this. First of all, whatever you just said about the alkaline diet guy, so the main guy who was a
proponent of the alkaline diet just got arrested for practicing
medicine without a license. These guys are highly quackademic. The pancreas thing that you just said is actually one of the
explanations these guys give. By alkanizing the stomach,
you need less acid produced and less bicarbonate to
neutralize it by the pancreas and when the pancreas neutralizes it in the time and the duodenum,
it has to work less hard which means you don’t break your pancreas which means you don’t get
diabetes and you don’t get cancer. There’s no, just because you make up a chain of events like that, and you have no evidence
that it actually happens, you can then go market it to people who are looking for a quick answer and are basically the only thing you’re gonna be thirsty for is cash money when they’re broke. – [Tommy T Bones] By
the way, Dr., Dr. Barry is a ND, DC, PhD. – Like I said, he’s not,
ND stands for not a doctor. (laughing) And he was practicing
without a proper license. I forget what the actual details are. I don’t wanna slander the guy. – Sarah Chalk says aqua hydrate doesn’t make me incredibly nauseous the way that tap or
regular bottled water does. Why, I don’t know, but I like not being super nauseous all the time. I think that can actually
be easily explained by the fact that you’re
trippin’, girl, that’s retarded. (laughing) – No. – Sorry, that’s borderline
development delayed. – [Zubin] Developmentally delayed. – That’s what I’m
supposed to say, aren’t I? – We don’t use the R word on this show. – [Tommy T Bones] That’s right, we don’t. – Except accidentally. – We would never do that. Logan’s retarded. (laughing) – Damnit. We had such a good show going, so perfect, and then you know, when we go live, ah. Here’s the thing, actually. If it makes you feel
good, and some people put baking soda in their
water to treat acid reflux and things like that. Look, if it makes you feel good, great. If you’re willing to spend
more for water, great. It’s probably not going to cause harm although there’s some debate as to whether it can cause de-calcification
and other things like that. Is it better than drinking
a soda that has a pH of two? Probably, because it’s not a soda. It doesn’t has phospHoric
acid that’s gonna interfere with nutrient absorption,
calcium, et cetera. So, yeah, that’s great, but
is tap water just as good? Probably. In fact, I would say definitely. And is it free? Uh, yeah, I mean, relatively
free compared to this. The other thing is let’s just do a quick little bit of science, guys. If alkaline water means that,
this pancreas explanation bit, the pancreas has to work less to neutralize the stuff
so that you can absorb it. Then that would mean that
proton pump inhibitors, which are drugs that block
acid secretion in the stomach, would be like one of these on crack and that people who took
proton pump inhibitors would never get cancer,
would never get diabetes, and would live forever
based on the marketing of these drinks. Uh, no. What we find with proton pump inhibitors is what we find with any drug. They have side effects and benefits and the side effects include
osteoporosis potentially, infections like C. diff
because killing stomach acid, the stomach acid is there to
actually de-nature bacteria, destroy viruses, and
keep us relatively safe from ingested pathogens
and other things like that, and so as a result, we see
with proton pump inhibitors, we don’t see any of the benefits that they’re calling for alkaline water. It makes no even logical sense
that this stuff would help. Using even just a little
bit of brain power on this, you can come from first principles and say I’m just gonna stick with the
kind of water that I like. And look, if you like the
taste of this stuff, great. Distilled water tastes terrible. It’s not really potable,
it’s not something you drink. Reverse osmosis water has
a little more solute in it. Some people like it, some people don’t, and then just tap water, with or without one of those carbon filters, great. Raw water, you’re gonna die. This stuff, you’re gonna die of poverty. So, either way. – I like to drink my water out of a box ’cause it shows that I’m just a little bit better than everyone else. (laughing) – This is, show them this. This is 100% naturally
alkaline spring water with a pH of 8.1 at the source, so it comes out with a pH of 8.1. Tom, how much did you pay for this? – That particular water
was $4.75, I believe. – Not that you’re counting. – [Tommy T Bones] Yeah. – And it comes in a box
that you then have to open. Now, let’s see what
this water tastes like, because if it tastes
amazing, it might be worth it just as a drink. (swishing water) – Mmm (smacking lips). It actually tastes like shitty water. I actually don’t even
like the taste of this. Now, that’s just me. I like my water acidic like my coffee and Hasidic like my Jewish friends. I have no idea what that means. This is probably a waste of money. – Wait, Z, do you put your
lemons in the lemon water? – Yeah, do you know that,
Z, that when you put lemons in an alkaline water, and then
you put them in your body, lemon’s acidic, but it actually turns, it’s like the acid and
the acid in your stomach like they melt together and
two wrongs make a right, and like —
– Double. – Yeah, it becomes alkaline, bro. Do you know that? – Did someone actually say that to you? – This is all over the internet. Lots of idiots believe this. – Okay, so this is the thing, guys. Tom is sort of my Muggle sensor. I send him as a probe into the universe and he reports back on
the idiocy of the world. It turns out that this
actually is, people believe that actually somehow lemon
juice becomes alkaline when it’s absorbed in the body and … – You know why, because they can’t square their two crazy beliefs,
that lemons are good for you and alkalinity is good for you. So, they’re having a, they’re colliding. And they’re like, well, magic, and this one now goes
over here in this camp. That’s what they’re doing. – And that’s exactly right. That’s why in one breath they’ll tell you that lemons cure cancer
and are a replacement for chemotherapy, and in the second they’ll tell you we’re way too acidic and we need to alkalinize our diet. So, listen, here’s the bottom line. Drink water. As opposed to other beverages, it’s pretty good for you, generally. Don’t spend a lot of money
on quack water, okay? On this basically glorified
toilet water with a high pH. Think scientifically, get
scientifically literate and critically look at
literature whenever you can and if you can’t, come to us, and we’ll try to do it
with you and for you. Because we’re probably
going to be better at it than Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s
trying to sell you something. I ain’t trying to sell you
anything ’cause I got nothing. I got nothing. I got nothing to sell. – Listen, guys. If you ever think that you’re too stupid to make it in America, or
that your idea won’t work, don’t get down on yourself. There’s a thousand
different brands of water in the grocery store. You can do this. I believe in you. – I believe in Michael Chooley’s comment, dihydrogen monoxide is dangerous. Thousands of overdoses on it every year. It’s found in tumors. It’s used as a cleaning
agent in industries. It’s more acidic than Drano. (snickering) Michael, that’s brilliant. I’m gonna break that down for a second. So, dihydrogen monoxide
is, in fact, water. Thousands have overdosed on
it every year, they drown. It’s found in tumors. Tumors are 75% water just like humans. It’s used as a cleaning
agent in industries, and it’s more acidic than Drano because Drano is a pure base and has a pH of like 12 or something. This is brilliant, it’s
true on every point, it sounds scientifically
accurate because it is and people will be like, oh my God, I need to avoid dihydrogen monoxide. I don’t know Tom, I think
we’re out, what do you think? – You know, one more theory about water (laughing) is that you know how the moon pulls on the tides and like our
bodies are made of water, Z, so like when the moon
is pulling on the tides, it’s also pulling on our body water and that causes some stuff, I don’t know. I haven’t looked into it. But, it’s probably real. – Does that explain morning erections? – No, but it explains moonitis. I have nothing. Let’s end the show (laughing). – We are abject failures at everything. Tom Hinueber, I hate you so
much, so let’s take it out. (“In Da Club” by 50 Cent) I got moonitis of my prostate once. – Seriously, you owe me for those waters, ’cause that shit was — – [Zubin] I’m not paying for this. – Super expensive. (“In Da Club” by 50 Cent) – [Zubin] Listen, Jeff
Bezos is rich enough.

100 thoughts on “What’s The Deal With Alkaline Water? | Incident Report 149

  1. 😂😂😂😂😂😂 i love this. Now I can passive aggressively tell my friends that they are idiots, “i only drink alkaline water to remove toxins” –__

  2. First of all great video and channel in general but what makes me crazy over and over is this thing about "Real Doctor". Doctor is a academic degree, the profession called Physician. Whether you have MD, DO, PhD, DNP, PharmD, DPT, DPM, DDS/DDM give you equal rights to call yourself Doctor. Yes they are not Physician or Medical Doctor( only MD or DO can title themselves to this) but they are real " Doctors". No matter of occupation go so far require effort and sacrifice and when we so easy spin who are real and who are not it might be quite offensive.

  3. I can't stand it when people think that alkaline water is good for you. Yes, I'm guilty of drinking it but I use it to help me with my acid reflux and even then I would only take a few sips of it only when I need it. Still, I would never recommend anyone to drink it daily.

  4. Water in plastic bottles instead of glass bottles? Hm… Energy usage vs. micro plastic fibers. Possibly supporting bad companies through buying that water (which would also be true for certain(/most?) soft drinks). Reusability.
    Glass bottles for me, but tap water preferred (which is okay in Berlin, Germany). Even the hardness of this water is more of a boon than a disadvantage. Or tea (albeit too much of coffee, still).

    Thanks anyways for the video.

  5. This who alkiline water fad reminds me of the dihydrogen monoxide that's being added to our drinking water conspiracy. Great video BTW.

  6. Why would you assume oral administration? Look at the perfectly designed opening. It's made for screwing into your anus. Just do a handstand whenever you feel thirsty

  7. Don't forget all the people that buy these water bottles just to try and look the part. Then you walk by them in the hallway or catch them in the break room and there they are, at the water fountain, filling that bottle right back up with tap water!

  8. I once had a CVS pharmacist try to shill me life-water over smart-water for added 'health benefits'. I then responded by stating, well good thing I have lungs and kidneys to maintain my acid-base balance. I was only buying the smart-water for the sport cap when I was about head on out on a road trip.

  9. I have a friend who totally believes the lemon thing and drinks it every morning with filtered water that she then filters again through some coconut husk filter thing because apparently commercial filters don’t remover all the impurities.

  10. Down here in south america we get those precious minerals into our water straight from the tap, what with the rusty old pipelines they use to supply the population with constantly flaking off a little bit of metal into the system.

  11. So what is the concentration of the HCl produced by the digestive system and does it get into your bloodstream and if it does how does your body prevent it from eating through tissue since, unlike the stomach, there is no mucosa lining on arteries/veins?

  12. I am actually curious about Ashwagandha supposed to be good for the immune system and testosterone production and is the Indian Gensing I have read that it has past double blind trials but internet

  13. As a First Responder here in Sin City Las Vegas I thank you Dr. Z. Now I know all the hospitals are trying to poison us with the EMS rooms filled with "Smart Water"! I guess being paid $2. above minimum wage wasn't enough torture on us.
    U iz de Bomb! Keep up the good fight.

  14. ZDogg, Would the pH even go to 3-4 for "bullshit" water when it hits the stomach? Maybe for a second, but would the stomach increase acid production to return it to a pH of 2 quickly?

  15. Wait, alkaline water prevents diabetes? Someone was wrong AF, because I drink the shit out of Core and I was just diagnosed with diabetes on the first. Not just a terrible April Fool's prank. My A1c was terrifying.

    I drink Core because I like the taste, and it's 2 for $3 up here in Oregon.

  16. I'm in the middle of watching this, and I wanted to say that I do believe that the general public without certain medical conditions most likely would not notice a difference within their body between drinking alkaline water or other kinds of water. I have interstitial cystitis, and I can say that WITHOUT A DOUBT I notice an extreme difference between different kinds of water since it causes my bladder intense pain and spasms when I drink tap water especially. I don't have much money, so I try to drink pure spring water when I am unable to afford Essentia. With the pain of water that is not compatible with my bladder, also comes a lot of pelvic pain and back pain. I have tried drinking several kinds of alkaline water, and I have a preference for Essentia. So many people with IC does as well. One of the many personally tested out self remedies for an interstitial cystis flare is sodium bicarbonate in water. Essentia has this in it, and can soothe the bladder when in a flare. I have noticed less spasms when I am able to drink it on a more consistent basis. The awful burning sensation subsides sometimes substantially, along with a slight decrease in frequency. People like me with IC have to learn to be very in tune with our bodies, and what food/drink/activities help us or make us hurt worse. There is obviously a spectrum with IC. Not everyone is affected as severely as I am, are even more restricted than I am with greater pain, or there are also people who don't experience much pain with it and might possibly not have any dietary reactions that causes a flare. While marketing for these kinds of water may not be 100% factual, it still helps a great deal of people with my condition. If it helps myself and thousands of the people in the IC communities that I belong to, I am sure there are other conditions that it is helpful for. People with my condition and others are so desperate to find a quality of life that we once had, that we will try anything that has helped others. It is getting harder and harder to receive proper medical care, and I can attest to that. Every time a Doctor said that they were going to help me, I wound up in worse shape than when I went to them in the first place. One even put me on medication that was causing the worst nerve pain I could ever imagine, and did not dictate my side effects in addition to giving me a higher dose of that medication for my IC pain. After that medication went out of my system, that unimaginable pain went away, but I was then left with my nerves trying to heal themselves and spent hours each day in misery as all of the nerves were itchy with me being unable to scratch it for relief. So I felt used, abused, and then spit out by that healthcare provider along with so many others that did the same thing. There are many, like me, that are unable to receive any legitimate help in the medical field. So because of that, we research and research. We rely on one another. We share our experiences in hopes that it might possibly help someone else.
    I am lucky to have a neurologist that actually listens to me and is working on checking off boxes to rule out many conditions that are undiagnosed as of yet, but I am still deteriorating and I am only 31. My point is that with or without a Doctor that is compassionate and willing to help, we still don't always get the diagnosis or help that we really need. For people like myself, we have to do things like drink proper water and the right amount. So even though the gimmick behind alkaline water may not have 100% proof behind it, I just wanted people to know that if you are sick with certain health ailments, that does NOT mean that you can't benefit from trying it. I know that this is a long comment, and for that I apologize. I just wanted to explain my perspective based on my personal experiences.

    By the way, I just discovered you recently and I've been really enjoying the content that I've seen so far. I think too many people are misinformed about so much in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, so they really need to hear the truth without any bias which you also do with a great sense of humor. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  17. Small point: RO water is pretty damn pure, chemically. The stuff is added back, even by water treatment utilities that employ RO, because neutral, pure water isn't ACKSHUALLLLY that palatable to observant people (smaller point: the water that comes out of treatment processes can be corrosive, so minerals aren't just added back for taste).

    The water I would use for a chemical instrument, which we might call Type I (RO+nanofiltration+sterilization: just hyper-pure to reduce background interference), tastes funny IMO and is actually weirdly slippery and completely flat (no dissolved gases).

    … just don't get me started on water. 😂 Water treatment is mostly a solved problem. Everything else is a SCAM!

  18. Z, if drinking Alkaline water is meaningless, as you say, then is drinking a lot of acidic coffee equally meaningless?

  19. Maybe the fact that you're drinking more water vs your $20 cup of coffee, which has a pound of sugar, makes you feel better.

  20. Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease – Science Magazine

  21. Alkaline water is better for water fasting because you're body using less calcium.

    Alkaline and spring water are better for your teeth.

    Alkaline is better for your kidneys. Along with a better diet. Every little helps if you have kidney problems.

  22. Thank you for making this podcast so I can stop ranting aggressively about alkaline water to my fiance every single time we go to the grocery store.

  23. Wow dumb and dumber. You guys are so delusional its not even funny. Haven't you heard about natural alkaline water? Do a youtube search for 'alkalized water' . Oh and stop drinking fluoride, its damaging your pineal gland at a fast rate

  24. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson once said that the force of a pillow on your head when your lying in bed would be greater than the force from the moon. Because the moon is very far away and we are very small. LOL

  25. Funny and a breath of fresh air full of reflections on the bad consecuentes of a severe lack of basic science education in current society.

  26. Something just pops up into my head. No relation to his video but I'm just interested, is sexology a real science? How do you become a sexologist? Other then having sex a lot lol.

  27. Wow I think Z dogs been brainwashed his view on fluoride was crap they add that to the water for no reason at all it's either too dumb us down are it's too expensive to get rid of so let's just add it to our drinking water recycling at its best and Z dogs okay with that

  28. so, this had intrigued me, and now im curious because of the terminology of a lot of the stuff mentioned. being that i have kidney failure and am on dialysis, im wondering if drinking a water with a higher pH is helpful. I ask because they kept mentioning bicarbonate which my dr has prescribed to me. ive been told to take tums with my meals or binders but i dont really like them. my favorite water though is the icelandic water. would drinking that (or more of it) reduce the need for binders (maybe not eliminate, but reduce the amount that i need) or maybe other benefits such as with the nutrients that my body then has excess amounts of because they arent filtered. i guess im asking if, outside of normal conditions there are actually health benefits to drinking alkaline water?

  29. Zdogg….You need to do a talk on what dehydration does to the systems of the body…Thanks..much love from Naperville Illinois…#ZDoggMD

  30. Drinking more water is never a bad thing for healthy folks. Want it more alkaline add green tea. For inexpensive alkaline water use the FreshPure water machine at Wholefoods. 99 cents per gallon.

  31. Would love to find a joint lawsuit going on (they must be settling out of court). Three grandchildren whose baby teeth have been destroyed from alkaline water. Another family member who has alkalosis with shaking hands and compromised tissue after drinking this for over ten years while I suffer irratability and nausea from lesser alakosis. This is a horrible nightmare!

    “Worsened nutrition deficiencies
    Like your body enzymes, the function of gut depends on body pH as well. Gut performs a wide array of functions ranging from digestion to nutrient absorption. Take vitamin B12 for example. It binds to a protein from a saliva and passes to the stomach. In the stomach, due to stomach’s acidic pH, B12 leaves that protein and binds with another agent called the intrinsic factor. This process is extremely critical from the absorption of B12 because the intestine only recognizes intrinsic factor and absorbs only that B12 that is bound to intrinsic factor. That’s why, people using stomach acid decreasing medicines and having undergone gastric bypass, which decreases the level of stomach pH, can’t properly absorb vitamin B12.

    Now, imagine you drinking alkaline water daily. It will definitely make the stomach pH more alkaline and will not let it perform its necessary steps in B12 absorption. And that’s only one nutrient. Relying heavily on alkaline water can significantly alter the absorption of a bunch of other nutrients like iron, calcium, folate and so on.

    In fact, results of animal studies have proved that use of alkaline water can cause significant growth retardation due to poor nutrient absorption from the gut (2).

    Digestion malfunctions
    The common phrase the sellers would tell you is that the alkaline water helps in digestion to keep you healthy at all times. However, it is not true, as it actually hinders the normal digestion process. This is due to steep changes in pH levels. People who are over 60 years should not drink alkaline water as the digestion side effects are severe.

    The digestion malfunctions are likely to lead to conditions such as hypochlorhydria. This is a sickness caused by calcium malabsorption, which gets worse with the continuous use of the alkaline water.

    In fact, there is a well characterized syndrome due to the excessive alkalization of stomach. It is called milk alkali syndrome. In this syndrome, when the stomach acid is decreased a bit too much, the absorption of calcium gets compromised to dangerous levels. Decreased calcium levels can be dangerous because a normal calcium level is needed for proper brain, gut and muscle function (3).”

    “The pH of your stomach varies, from 1-2 up to 4-5. When you eat, the stomach releases enzymes called proteases as well as hydrochloric acid to aid in digestion. By itself, the acid doesn’t really do much for digestion, but the proteases that cleave proteins work best in an acidic environment or low pH, so after a high-protein meal, your stomach pH may drop to as low as 1 or 2. However, buffers quickly raise the pH back to 3 or 4. After the meal has been digested, your stomach pH returns to a resting level of about 4 or 5.”

    “If the bottled water has a pH lower than 5.5, then it has the ability to dissolve enamel, which is the hard protective outer layer of your teeth and the hardest substance in the human body,” Robles says. That pH level varies between brands because of the different processes each company uses to make the water clean enough to drink. The added chemicals and filtration systems used ultimately affect how the water tastes and its final pH level.
    When it comes down to it, any water with a pH level of less than 7.0 is considered acidic, or harmful to the body. However, some of the most popular brands have a pH level of less than 5.5 — meaning it can dissolve tooth enamel, aka the hardest substance in the body.”

    Exposure To Alkaline Substances Can Result In Damaged Teeth

  32. Hey z dog love the video! I learned in nursing school that alkaline diets are used to reduce some people's risk of renal calculi. Given the great acidity of your stomach how would such a diet help? Thanks!

  33. Healthcare workers should run the show, along with manufacturing workers, agricultural worker.s All workers.

  34. Zdogg… isnt the relationship to what we put in our body and how our body systems operate. Your scientific arguament arent studying people who are actually eating clean and drinking this water rather people who dont pay a lick of attention at all.

    How bout you test the theories you are arguing with on yorselves. You dont know what truth is until you test it on yourself anyways correct?

  35. Surprisingly, I learned alkaline water is good for you especially protecting your body against cancers. Many brands are expensive but Alkaline 88 is a really good brand which is cheaper plus they add himalayan salt. I get mine each month from amazon when I don't see it at the whole foods.

  36. I think some people don't want to admit that the artificial water alkalizing machines which they have purchased for thousands of dollars are not helping them, so then they keep insisting that they are feeling better.
    Or all other practices which can not show a measurable benefit, are fleecing people.
    I see people all the time who say their expensive orthopedic insoles are causing them more pain, why is this?
    When asked, they answer no to all of these: "Did the practitioner palpate your foot?, Did they get you to stand of a gait sensor?, Did they take x-rays?, Ultrasound?, MRI?
    These are all diagnostic tools to help figure out the issue, if it isn't clearly visible.
    My policy for people who come to me, is if they can't feel at least a physical muscular/tendon/fascia release or any other benefit from what I do within the next 12hours, then it is probably that my treatment is not what they need, and I try to recommend a practitioner who might be able to help them or suggest doing some research.
    I also try to give them homework, exercises & stretches.
    My original study was foot reflexology, but now I find that I pretty much do calf and calf massages-dealing with plantar fascia/Achilles tendinitis-etc, also dealing with the side-affects of dehydration, over-use/tissue fatigue, scarring, emotional-mental-physical stress, improper foot wear, failure to keeping the body limber-stretching, diabetes, edema, etc.
    I have clients that come to me with all kinds of health issues and I end up trying to encourage them to live healthy, seek relevant medical attention, and to constantly research on new insights on how the body works, and what the best ways to heal it/deal with issue.
    I am trying to figure out how best to encourage people to implement proven treatments.
    I don't understand how people can be soo smart with all the research we now have at our fingers tips, but somehow there is a reluctance not to apply this knowledge.
    The work continues.
    Thank-you for being frank.

  37. It's about the /feels/. When I'm /severely overexerting/, like carrying a household of boxes up three flights of stairs, Alkaline88 leaves me a little futher from puking.

  38. So, bottom line: The alkaline water craze is another fad further perpetrated by Gwyneth Paltrow

  39. I might have upset some kangen "water distributors" and I found this video. You're so wonderful. I loved this video.

  40. I just like the taste of some of those alkaline water. I know it's not scientifically correct. But since the tap water in my country is not drinkable and taste terrible after boiling, so I consume bottled water.
    And now there's microplastic everywhere, I'm like just…whatever. We're all going to die anyway 😅

  41. Ok, I agree… This is a stupid product that stupid people are paying for. But if you take this to the extreme. And you have someone eating a teaspoon of baking soda a day then that individual is going to end up with a changing blood pH and arrhythmias. I don't care enough to really thoroughly prove this but. Consuming baking soda water it's not going to change the blood page at all cuz the body is going to compensate the respiration or metabolism.

  42. Don’t be hitting people with facts now! 😆 I’ve always wondered how in the world people can buy in to alkaline water being beneficial, and then I realized he or she is ignorant of ‘basic’ (pun intended) acid/base chemistry and physiologic processes that keep pH hemeostasis.

  43. I mix baking soda into my water and take magiesium because mineral deficiencies occur in my family and home made alkaline water helpes. But it is homemade I know whats in it unlike the b.s. store water

  44. And don’t forget that the main bicarbonate secretion isn’t from the pancreas, but from the first portion of the duodenum (Brunner’s glands) Also Diabetes works through the endocrine function of the pancreas whereas the marketing for these waters is discussing curing diabetes by reducing the exocrine function, which again – makes no sense as the endocrine and exocrine functions of the pancreas are not connected! These waters are ridiculous and a waste of $$$! I am an MD as well as have a Doctorate of Oriental Medicine and I agree whole heartedly with Zdogg on this and every other discussion he has on essential oils, vaccines, etc. #sciencerules

  45. I add like ⅛ teaspoon of baking soda to my coffee for a smoother taste. Got the idea from Chef John from Food Wishes

  46. Thank you!!!!! I was sooo buying into this and trying to figure out how I was going afford either these expensive bottled waters or a $5000. machine to make my own, when I watched your video and almost all the science flew right over my head until you got to the part about stomach acid destroying all of the alleged benefits of these snake oil waters lol!

  47. Idea of life and dead water! In my personal experience drinking 2 liters of alkaline water caused kidney stones move. Don’t play with it anymore

  48. I've also heard that you can make your body more alkaline by drinking apple cider vinegar. Acetic acid somehow makes the body less acidic. I'm done.

  49. There is a nub of truth to what these folks are claiming, although it's over interpreted and applied in crazy ways. What you eat does directly influence body acid/base balance but the pH of the food has nothing to do with it. You have to use Stewart Principles or Strong Ion acid base vs the classic Henderson-Hasselbach to "grok" what's going on.

  50. Are you going to tell us what secrets the Illuminati are keeping from us about the magical benefits of drinking distilled water some day?

    And I would also like to know about the health benefits of urine drinking.. ya, those are things..

  51. Almost all drinking water has added minerals and salt for flavor, and as anyone who gives normal saline knows, saltwater is actually quite acidic because it dissolves more carbon dioxide from the air. So a lot of these alkaline waters, ironically, are more likely to be acidic. Not that it even matters since your stomach has a pH of 2.

  52. You’re an obvious moron. You probably don’t even know the difference between levophed and norepinephrine. Go order some docusate for yourself and stfu, you legalized mass murderer.

  53. Dead drs dont lie. Just add a pinch of baking soda to glass bottled spring water for a penny, which is what my drs prescribe me to neutralize calcium phosphate crystals in my urine as side effect of medication. Or pay twice as much to drink your 2 liter plastic estrogenic genderbending bottle of flouridated toiletwater with phosphoric acid n aborted baby flavor n ammonia urine plus high glucose corn syrup that makes your arms n legs fall off to swallow your addictive pharmaceutical chemical compounds with 20 pages of drug insert warnings of iatrogenic death, in the annual lottery genocide of 2.5M Murikins by MDs. As my fat aunt the million dollar a year neurologist said, back in the 80s when $1M was worth something, "I never cured nobody no sir, i jus take their money until their insurance runs out or they die hahahahaha! (Evil laff) Now both her kids are drs. Seems legit

  54. Alkaline water is a little bit too hyped, but its actually great for 1 thing, which is detox! clinical trials that shown that subjects who drink 2 liters a day in doses of 500 ml every 6 hour have an excelent detox function, i believe the medical term for this new and revolutionary detox is call Micturition

  55. This was great, can you discuss the Ketosis diet and is it good for a healthy human body vs a fresh whole food raw or steamed cook plant diet?

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