I like to think that I have a discerning pallet when it comes to beverages. I can wax poetic about the citrus notes in a west coast IPA, or the earthy undertones in a glass of red wine. When I was sent a case of Eternal Naturally Alkaline Spring Water to test and review, I was at a loss. How do I review water?
It’s … uh … wet.
It has a pretty bottle.
Surprisingly, though, I have a lot of good things to say about Eternal Naturally Alkaline Spring Water. I enjoyed all twelve one liter bottles that I had the pleasure of trying.
The timing could not have been any better for receiving the case of water. I was in the final week of preparing for a 50 kilometer race (about 31 miles). My strategy was to make sure I was hydrated going into this race since I had such a hard time at the Marine Corps Marathon. I contribute my struggles to dehydration. It was not fun and I was not in the mood for a repeat of that misery.
Part of a successful training plan is hydration. The days leading up to the race are just as important as race day. For the four days leading up to this race, I drank one liter bottle (33.8 oz.) of Eternal Water at work before lunch, and one after lunch until I went home. My usual routine is to drink a 24 oz. water bottle in the morning, then refill it at lunch time and drink the rest in the afternoon. That is with plain old tap water from the filter in my refrigerator door. I drink water in the evenings as well and probably come close to a gallon a day of total water consumption on average. I was consuming the same amount, except introducing alkaline water into the mix.
Like I mentioned before, the packaging of the water is really nice. The size of the bottle was too large for the cup holders in my truck, but since one side of the bottle is flat, I could set it in the center console or on the seat and it didn’t roll all over the place. It is an easy drinking water. Sometimes plastic bottles can impart that plastic taste on the water. This water tasted 100% pure. It had a soft mouth feel as well. The first time that I tried the water was the evening that it arrived on my doorstep. I actually had trouble going to sleep that night. I thought that was rather strange until I started doing some research.
From the Eternal Water Website:
Eternal Water is Naturally Alkaline, which means our water’s pH is in a basic state ranging from 7.8 – 8.2. The reason our water is Naturally Alkaline is because our rare and unique underground spring sources are Naturally Alkaline. The mineral properties of our water is not artificially manipulated since we add nothing and remove nothing from our water. This ensures Eternal Water remains in its Pure and Pristine state bringing you only the best Naturally Alkaline water there is. The location and geological properties of our underground springs are naturally imprinted into our water giving it a unique composition.
What role does alkalinity have in water and how you feel? Some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water is generally a neutral pH of 7.
Spring water with naturally occurring minerals seems to be the healthiest type of alkaline water source. “A good source of alkaline water is spring water — usually a pH of 8 to 8.5 — that naturally becomes alkaline by acquiring minerals as it passes over rocks,” according to Lawrence Wilson, M.D., who specializes in nutritional balancing at the Center For Development in Arizona.
- From livestrong.com. Click here for a chart showing different bottled waters for comparison.
Some believe alkaline water can give a boost of energy and mental clarity. Is that what it did for me? Maybe. Could the alkalinity help to reduce the inflammation in muscles by counteracting some of the lactic acid buildup?
Back to my 50k race: I ran this race pre-hydrated primarily on Eternal Water. I did not have any cramping at all and no symptoms of dehydration. I filled my water bottle that I carried along for the run with a mix of Eternal Water and Intraformance, then switched to Gatorade during the five hours and twenty-three minutes that I was running. How much of the successful hydration I can attribute to Eternal is unclear, but I do believe it helped. I plan on having it on hand before all my major races in case it is the piece of the puzzle that keeps me going longer and faster.
Would I purchase Eternal Water?
It can be found on Amazon.com and costs $15 for a 12 pack of 1 liter bottles like I had.