I think by now we all know about the advice of health professionals about the amount of water we should be taking in everyday. While it does seem to change periodically, it’s usually in the 48 oz. neighborhood. Suffice it to say, it’s more than what most of us actually do drink, so there’s always room for improvement. I definitely do need to drink more; but what about a water that is completely different from what you’ve had before? What about a water that not only has a different composition than the major bottled options, but actually looks different too?  I wanted to check out Blk Water to see if it is more hype than health.

So first things first; why the heck is this stuff black, anyway? Because no joke, this Blk Water is in fact black water. It starts with alkaline water – water with a very low acid content – and then fulvic acid is added to it. So your next question is, “Fulvic what?!” I know, I hadn’t heard of that one either.  Apparently it is literally a component of soil; as in, the soil in which food grows. It is highly oxygenated and contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that make our bodies run at optimum levels and detoxify our tummies and (ahem), everything that comes after. Talk about a super food!

The primary benefit of fulvic acid in the system is as a probiotic, being a great support for a healthy digestive system. It has also been listed as beneficial to skin and brain health (and my brain needs all the help it can get!), although there have been no conclusive studies on any of these claims. As far as side effects, there don’t seem to be any major ones, and they only occur after ingesting too much of it, which includes headaches and nausea. It’s worth noting that this is definitely the first water I’ve ever come across that has a suggested use. It is actually recommended that you only drink the water up to thirty minutes before or no sooner than two hours after eating. So you probably shouldn’t grab one out of the fridge to wash down that salad you’re eating. In fact, it is suggested that you drink the water first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything else. You can find out more information on the Blk Water site.

If you’ve made it this far you’re probably wanting to know how it worked for me – if it did anything at all. While I admit the whole “schedule” for consuming it gave me pause, I am an acid reflux sufferer, and one of the benefits of fulvic acid consumption is the reduction of those symptoms. So needless to say I was game. I would imagine that like most people, I was a bit thrown off by the color, but I prepared myself for whatever happened. And guess what? It tastes like water, folks. Just water. That’s it. In all honesty I was ready for it to actually taste like dirt, so it was a relief to just taste that clean, normal water flavor. As far as health benefits are concerned…time will tell. I will say that in the short amount of time from when I began drinking it and now, I have seen a reduction in my acid reflux, so that in itself is enough to make me recommend it. 

Now this is the part where i tell you that I am not a physician or a registered dietitian, and that if you’re really curious about what this stuff can do for you, maybe ask a professional. I’m just letting you know my personal experience with it and a bit of information that I dug up on it. But I will also say that not only should you not let the color of this water throw you off, you should give it a shot. Just look at it as a new, interesting way to up your water intake. Let me know in the comments if you have any experience with Blk Water and what (if any) results you had.