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    I buy Kirkland Spring Bottled water from Costco....It doesnt say there is added minerals and I googled it..I cannot find anything...Does anyone know if this water is bad for IC???

    Also...I know most on here recommend Evian...However....I would like to stick with kirkland if I can...Where can I buy strips to test my water and what exactly do I test the kirkland for?

  • #2
    I bought my test strips at walmart in the pool supplies dept. You can just buy the bottle of them, they are 3 way test strips, one tests the chlorine but they work just fine. They will show you how acidic your water is or is not and total alkalinity. I tested my home water, filtered water and my bottled water. I drink Crystal Geyser and you can get it by the gallon at the Dollar Tree and Big Lots. It measures perfect for us. I live in NC and it is bottled in the Blue Ridge mountains so I would think you might be able to find it as well. Or if when you check yours to see if it tests ok that would be great.

    Evian is expensive and now that I drink water all the time I can taste the sodium they add to it also. Fiji is another good one but expensive also, I only buy it when I am away from home and without my water.

    Hope this helps!
    Sandra
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    • #3
      Sandra..thanks...quick questions tho...I used to have a pool..so I now know the PH strips you are talking about...but do you mean when I dip it in the bottled water the levels should match what the chart says on the bottle??? I thought those strips turn like dark pink if you have too much ph??? and too light if the water doesnt have enough? but isnt that based on pool water?

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      • #4
        Mine are the three way and they will work for any water. These have a chart on the back that tells you by color but also by number what the level of ph and alkalinity is, they work for drinking water also. Mine has the colors orange for PH and purple for alkalinity. Correct ph and alkalinity are the same no matter what liquid you test.

        Sandra
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        • #5
          Thanks...you've been a great help

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          • #6
            i just tested the water and the ph total alkalinity and the PH came out as LOW and the total alkalinity came out as very low??? is that good? i mean isnt that the PH for pool water not drinking water?

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            • #7
              A ph of 7.0 is considered neutral. So, if you are in that range you should be ok. You said it was low, I would assume that is better than high. If you don't find that you have any problems with the water it is ok for you. Did you test your tap water too? I tested several things just to see the difference.
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              • #8
                I tested a bunch of them including crystal geiser and costco kirkland water and my R/O water and tap water etc etc. They all came up as acidic, I have yet to find one that is even neutral. I bought my strips at my local health food store and they are for water and/or saliva and urine. I decided I take enough calcium that any lowering of ph from water shouldn't make a difference. Also, our bodies are constantly working to always have a neutral ph of 7 no matter what we eat and drink but having the minerals in your body of course helps.
                Cindi


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                • #9
                  somewhere I read that Evian is suppose to be the best? Im thinking mine is acidic then..b/c the ph says 6.8..says (low). The alkalinity is 0 very low (it says)

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                  • #10
                    Crystal geyser is bottled in different places around the country so that could account for yours showing acidic. I have tested mine several times and it is always neutral. I know that I can't drink dasani at all! I find that as long as I stick with something labeled spring water I am ok. I don't drink any that have been purified but I know that others on the board filter their own.

                    I would say it is just like with food, test it and see. If you feel yours is causing you trouble, try something different and see if you notice any changes.

                    Most importantly is that we drink enough water to keep hydrated and urine diluted. Cindi is right, no matter what we put in, our body works to keep our body neutral.

                    Cindi,
                    I know you said you were trying to keep you urine neutral, have you been able to do that? Do you notice any changes to your symptoms? You and I have drastically differing symptoms so I am wondering if it is worth the work, on my part.

                    Sandra
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                    • #11
                      I don't know

                      Originally posted by sailawaygrl View Post
                      Crystal geyser is bottled in different places around the country so that could account for yours showing acidic.

                      Thats what I figured too, probably depends on where its bottled

                      Cindi,
                      I know you said you were trying to keep you urine neutral, have you been able to do that? Do you notice any changes to your symptoms? You and I have drastically differing symptoms so I am wondering if it is worth the work, on my part.
                      Sandra
                      Hi Sandra,
                      Honestly, I don't know. I am taking calcium at every meal to keep it more neutral which most of the time now it is. And yes my symptoms are much better but I have a feeling its the elmiron and not the ph but I can't say that 100%. I noticed when I had to go off the nori because of hives and at the same time off the elmiron my symptoms rapidly worstened and then after I went back on it they got much better again. I figure taking my 400-600 calcium at every meal which helps buffer the acidity (much like prelief but more) can't hurt right? so I am going to keep doing it. I test my urine only 1x or 2x a day and now it is mostly neutral. Once in awhile it is acidic and then I just take an extra calcium to raise it.
                      Not much of an answer...
                      Cindi


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                      Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

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                      AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
                      Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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                      • #12
                        I have tested Kirkland water and it is very acidic.I got the test strips at my pharmacy but they had to order them. Unfortunately the only water not so acidic is Evian and Fidji, but very expensive. If you have a grocery store with a dedicated organic section, there you might find some Volvic, which is a little less expensive yet still not to acidic.

                        It really depends whether you are food sensitve or not. since I only drink water,I go for those 3 brands.

                        But Kirkland definitely is not a good choice - i would have loved it because it is so inexpensive...
                        Sorry for any mistakes in my English - I am not a native speaker

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                        • #13
                          I drink Kirkland with no problem. I do check the label to be sure it doesn't have additives every time I purchase it --- I don't know why companies keep making things "new and improved" but I feel better if I read labels even on things I buy all the time.

                          Donna
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                          • #14
                            I meant to add that even though I tested them all and all were acidic, none of them cause me problems. Like Donna I drink alot of the Kirkland water when I'm out and my R/O water when I'm in.
                            Cindi


                            Gelnique for frequency/urgency - works great
                            Macrobid after sex
                            Prilosec, continuous birth control pills
                            synthroid .088mg, mucinex-d, restasis

                            Supplements: Desert Harvest Aloe vera, Cysta-q, prelief, magnesium and calcium, Vit D, flaxseed oil

                            Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

                            IC Diet Link: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
                            AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
                            AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
                            Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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                            • #15
                              water

                              I drink AquaFina when I travel. I also fill my travel water bottle with water and ice from a restaurant or bar and have no probs. it is only when I drink water with things added(Nestle for instance that I get an immediate negative reaction).

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