Is Alkaline Water Advisable For The Vocalist?


It is common knowledge at this point that a heavy dose of daily water will seriously upgrade your life, but do the brand and PH levels matter on top of it? Is this something worth exploring or is it all just hype? 

When it comes to water itself, we all know that this is incredibly important for all humans and animals alike. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158 “Up to 60% of the human adult body is water, while the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water”. Each and every one of us need it, but it may be safe to say that there are some who need it even more than others and those would be the ones who are overworking their body to the max and/or are surrounded by harsh conditions. This is when a bit of extra special care needs to come into your daily health regime. 

When it comes to just how much water you should be consuming for a vocalist in particular, this may alternate depending on whether you find yourself performing back to back shows, are in a particularly dry environment or you’re in a late night studio session with less than stellar air circulation. Water is absolutely crucial for the longevity of your voice, keeping the vocal folds supple, avoiding the tissue to become dehydrated and potentially torn and worn. For everyone, it’s said that it is best for one to drink one half to one full ounce of water per pound of body weight. When it comes to the singer, this number should be altered if your schedule is consumed by stressful environments for your vocal cords, be it that 3AM studio session or crooning those standards at your local coffee shop for a few hours too many. Get to know your body and how it reacts to how you treat it. Don’t forget to not go overboard either, as there can bring about a whole other slew of issues. 

Let’s get back to it. Now that we’ve gone over that water is an absolute must for so many reasons, you may be wondering the same thing we are, what is alkaline water anyway and why do some claim that it’s a better, wiser choice? In the shortest terms, alkaline refers to a water’s PH level. The PH level defines where a substance lies on a scale of being more or less acidic or alkaline, with the scale ranging from 0 to 14, with 14 being the most alkaline. Many studies have shown that tap water that is considered to be normal and acceptable typically clocks in with a PH level of 7, while alkaline waters on the market usually hit the mark of 9 or more. 

So how can this benefit a vocalist in particular? A few years back, Beyonce’s tour rider made news, as alkaline water was found to be an absolute must. It was said that she stuck to drinking it out of a titanium straw and it had to be served at exactly 21 degrees celsius. It’s been said that she sticks to this for its energy, mineral nutrition and acidity neutralizing properties. 

Now, for both the singer and beyond, some of the lovely yet seemingly unproven hyped up ideas surrounding alkaline water could be quite the benefit. It’s been said to have anti-aging properties, detoxification elements, all the while containing the ability to provide healthy skin and boost your immune system.

Some have found that drinking alkaline water does indeed lower the levels of acidity in one’s body, for example when it comes to acid reflux, many have made claims that the effects of this has been dulled by upping the alkaline water intake. Much like anything when it comes to health, it’s best to do your research and do what your doctor advises and your body appears to react best to. We’re here for the positive potential and we’re certainly keeping our ears open for more discoveries and studies on all things alkaline, so stay tuned with us!