Article Last Updated: November 2023
Is CORE Water A SCAM?
Yes and no.
No it is NOT a SCAM
This is in the sense that the product actually contains everything it says it does.
YES IT IS A SCAM
Only in the sense that some of the claims are too far reaching and slightly over the top.
For instance, the human body does NOT need alkaline water to maintain its neutral pH state. The body will always strive to reach 7.4 pH all by itself and drinking CORE will have very little impact on this (if any at all).
Similarly, electrolytes have negligible benefits for the vast majority of people.
Simply drinking clean filtered water will provide you with pretty much all the minerals and hydration that you need.
This Review is From a REAL Personal Experience of Drinking CORE
I have personally purchased and drank CORE hydration several times over the years starting in 2019. This informs my overall perspective of whether or not this product is worth it after I have provided all the objective facts that you need to know.
What is the Biggest Selling Point of CORE Hydration?
The marketing promotes it as being an “ultra-purified” type of water that has a “pure crisp taste”. Mixed with just the right amount of minerals and electrolytes set to the pH of 7.4.
They chose to make the pH 7.4 because this is the neutral pH alkaline level for your body. It is also the set point that the human body always tries to achieve when it becomes unbalanced.
The body being too acidic or too alkaline can be very bad for you and it’s always best to have a body that is pH neutral. CORE water claims that it will help you achieve this ph neutrality while also being very hydrating.
What is CORE Hydration Water?
CORE hydration is “ultra-purified” water that is full of minerals, electrolytes and has a pH of 7.4. This pH level tries to mimic the optimum pH level of the human body. The idea is that being 7.4 means it will better work in harmony with your body.
CORE Hydration Water Ingredients
- Reverse osmosis water.
- Calcium chloride.
- Potassium bicarbonate (from mineral and electrolyte sources).
- Magnesium chloride.
It is important to note that magnesium, potassium and calcium are minerals typically present in alkaline water. In fact they are essential minerals that will typically appear in most water sources. These minerals also happen to be alkaline.
Although some other alkaline water brands do not include “chloride” minerals, chloride is not harmful to health.
Electrolyte based minerals are particularly a good feature of CORE. Especially for people who are very physically active and sweat a lot.
Core Water Benefits
It is free from fluoride.
By far one of the best things about CORE hydration is its purity. Its 7-stage filtration is incredibly thorough and goes further than almost all other alkaline water brands.
The 7 stages of filtration include things like UV (ultraviolet), reverse osmosis and ozonation.
Comes with bottles that are BPA-free. This is just as well because you can use the cap as a cup to drink the water from.
The bottles actually look good and look like a premium product.
Comes with a good blend of electrolytes and minerals that include calcium, potassium and magnesium.
CORE’s water quality report shows that the TDS (total dissolved solids) is 82. But note that 82 is within the acceptable range as regular tap water is well over 400.
There are lots of different variations of bottle designs and they also feature a wide-mouth sports cap.
CORE Water vs Fiji
Is CORE Better The Regular Water?
The short answer is no.
Drinking regular water will provide you with all the hydration and most of the nutrients that you need. If you want water that is particularly mineral-rich then you can choose natural spring water like Fiji (which is also much cheaper).
Natural spring water is full of minerals like potassium and magnesium, which can also function as electrolytes. CORE does not have these nutrients naturally and therefore needs to synthetically add it back in to the treated water.
However, be prepared to see more and more “better than water” products on the market. US drinks manufacturers are bending over backwards to present differentiated products to keep revenues up.
CORE is just another product that comes in the vein of similar products like the ever successful “Smartwater”. Smartwater is the so called “better than nature” water that is full of added electrolytes. Meanwhile other brands like Essentia has some of the highest alkaline ph levels and claim to have “perfected hydration”.
CORE Water Review: Is It WORTH It?
Yes but only in the sense that it’s a good quality product that will hydrate you.
Another thing to note is that although CORE describe having a perfect pH of 7.4, this is with an asterisk.
When you read the small print, the label confirms that this number is actually an approximation.
High acid foods include things like sugar, grains, sodas, processed foods, certain dairy products etc.
And yes a diet high in alkaline food products (e.g. tofu, fruits, soybeans, vegetables, some seeds, nuts, legumes etc) are much better for you.
But drinking alkaline water does *NOT* have as big an impact on your health as focusing on a alkaline rich healthy diet.
The bottom line is that drinking CORE hydration or any other type of alkaline water will NEVER repair a bad diet or lifestyle.