- Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water
Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water
Health Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water
I have the advantage of having 20 years of experience drinking alkaline ionized water. I've seen how it helped me raise my children without allergies and free of typical childhood illnesses. The first water ionizer I used was a far less effective water ionizer than the ones I sell today, but even so I had many alkaline ionized water benefits! I thought it was the best product I ever purchased for my family's health. I have the hindsight to know what a bargain that first water ionizer was, even though I paid $1,100 for it [back in the mid-90's].
Today you have an even better opportunity to purchase the best water ionizer ever for your family's health, because the water ionizers are not only better today but they are even sometimes less expensive.
This page gives you an overview of the many benefits of alkaline ionized water. But there is literally so much information. We have more detailed pages that you should definitely visit when you have finished reading this page.
Webmaster, Cathie LoGrasso, has a masters+ in education and was in the field of education [as teacher and principal] from 1982 to 2007 [almost 25 years]. She has blended her passion for education with her passion for water ionizers in this highly user-friendly and informative website.
Water is the most important nutrient to all life.
When you consider that your body is mostly water, it opens the door to you realizing how important water is to your health. Water is the best medium to bring the right nutrients to your cells.
I can't think of a better investment than to invest in the very basis of all health, water. The percentage of water in your body is somewhere between 60% and 75%. Children and very healthy adults are usually closer to 75%, and it is a quite well researched fact that dehydration [too low a percent of water in a body] is associated with dozens of illnesses. Read more: Water and Health.
For Best Water - Don't Buy Bottled Water.
Many people are unaware of how easy, safe and superior it is to filter their own drinking water. Buying bottled water is not only inferior to filtering your own water, but it's actually a lot less safe in the long run. The healthiest drinking water is the water you filter yourself, fresh and ready to drink. Read more: Analyzing and Comparing Bottled Water.
Also, beware of reverse osmosis water. Reverse osmosis is extreme filtration, which removes healthy minerals from the water. This much filtration can be dangerous, because the water is then so void of minerals that it will leach minerals from your body [bones, joints, muscles, tissues and organs] as it makes its way around your body.
Alkaline Water Ionizer Machines
A water ionizer creates natural, clean, fresh alkaline water which can then provide us with the pH buffers and hydration that we need. [A buffer is something which helps to neutralize something.] PH buffers can neutralize the acidic elements attacking and damaging your cells, and therefore can extend the life of your cells.
Even if you think you know all there is to know about alkaline water machines [water ionizers]... we know a whole lot about alkaline water and water ionizers. So, you may find something new here on this page. Read on!
What is a Water Ionizer and What are its Benefits?
This video offers a simple explanation of a water ionizer and the benefits of drinking alkaline ionized water.
Summary of Video:
What is a Water Ionizer and What is Water Ionization?
Very simply stated, a water ionizer is a machine that gets hooked to your water supply and splits the water clusters into two streams of water: alkaline water and acidic water. A water ionizer has two output hoses for this. Alkaline water usually comes out of the top flexi-hose [spout] and acidic water comes out the bottom hose...which is usually positioned behind the water ionizer to drain into the sink. The video does a great job of demonstrating all of this and how it happens.
Depending on both the flow-rate and settings of your water ionizer, the alkaline water output can usually range in pH from 8.5 to 10 [and sometimes even higher]. If your source water is already high alkaline [which is unusual, but does happen] your alkaline ionized water range of pH will be higher, accordingly. Some people ask if it is still advantageous to ionize the water if the tap water is already alkaline. Answer: Yes, it is, because alkaline ionized water is full of antioxidants. Tap water is not. Your body can adjust to these pH differences. As a matter of fact my water in St. Louis comes in at a 9.4 pH, and so I drink my alkaline ionized water at about 10.3 pH. You can read about all of the benefits I've personally experienced with drinking ionized water over the past 20+ years here: My Testimonial.
Here's a Recap of the Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water [What Alkaline Water Ionizers Do]
One of the health benefits of alkaline water is to give your body the right pH so that you have lots of buffers to allow your cells to rid themselves of their acidic wastes - this includes FAT! Without constant buffers, your cells must hold in these acidic wastes or rob some buffers from your joints or bones, one or the other, to protect you.
Another benefit of ionized water is to make the water wetter! When you drink alkaline water, the body is able to absorb it better than tap, bottled or other water. A water ionizer breaks the water down from larger clusters of water molecules to smaller ones. By doing this, the smaller clusters are more able to pass through cell membranes and enter the cells.
One of the most important advantages of drinking alkaline water from a water ionizer is the benefits of antioxidants. Alkaline ionized water contains huge amounts of antioxidants [These are water molecules that have negative ions - molecules that have an extra electron.] scattered throughout, making alkaline ionized water a very powerful antioxidant.
Among the benefits of ionized water is the filtering of chlorine and other toxins. Water ionizer filters have been known to remove up to 99.99% of fluoride, chloramine, heavy metals, toxins and even pharmaceuticals depending on the water ionizer you buy, but allows the good minerals (such as calcium) through. Refer to the water ionizer comparison chart [#36 Filter Comments] to compare this feature. Not all water ionizer companies offer the same quality of filtration. If you have any questions about filtering your particular water or anything at all on our water ionizer comparison page, feel free to give us a call. It's sometimes important to analyze your source water in order to get the best water filters to go with your alkaline water machine.
Water ionization also typically improves taste. Alkaline ionized water is great tasting! It is far superior to the water that comes out of your tap.
The biggest health benefit of alkaline water is its healing qualities. Alkaline ionized water actually enables the body to heal itself, keep itself healthy and be free of sickness and disease - what the body was designed to do. It makes every glass of water you drink specifically targeted toward assisting your optimal health.
Alkaline water machines, water ionizers, help you achieve the perfect body pH-balance in and around your cells.
Our bodies need to be alkaline to be healthy, however our typical American diets are way too acidic (meats, grains, dairy, soft drinks, tea/coffee...are all acidic). Acids have a way of getting trapped in our bodies. They settle into fat cells or joints mostly and they also solidify into uric acid crystals. They do this to protect us from the alternative: death.
|Medical Fact: The blood must maintain a balance of about 7.365 pH at all times. The alternative is death.||
Our cells must be constantly bathed in slightly alkaline pH water in order to be hydrated and cleansed (draw the acids out of the cells).
When acidic wastes get stuck in our cells, it inhibits cell functions.
The inability to rid ourselves of acidic wastes leads to most of America's common illnesses (colds, allergies, diabetes, obesity, acne, indigestion, headaches and cancer). To prevent this entrapment of acidic wastes our cells must be constantly bathed in slightly alkaline pH water.
Our drinking water should provide us with the pH buffers and the hydration that we need.
A buffer is something which helps to neutralize something. PH buffers can neutralize the acidic elements that are attacking and damaging your cells Therefore they can extend the life of your cells.
What is ORP?
ORP stands for "oxidation reduction potential", which is another way of saying anti-oxidant. You are probably familiar with the term anti-oxidant because vitamin C and E are anti-oxidants.
Oxidation: Oxidation is what's happening to the apple in this picture or to iron when it rusts. It happens inside our bodies all the time and contributes to diseases.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction. Oxygen [O2] circulates the body, stealing electrons & damaging the cells. A free radical is an unbalanced oxygen molecule with an unpaired electron. It needs another electron to be stable and steals it from your cells. Ionized water produces a Negative ORP - which is really good. With a Negative ORP you get lots of extra negatively charged electrons to combine with the free radicals formed by oxidation. This makes them stable again and non-threatening to your cell health. There are no better, more easily absorbable antioxidants that a person could consume than those found in alkaline ionized water.
Microclustered Water With Alkaline Water Ionizers
|Water is usually found in large clusters of 14 or so water molecules per cluster. Alkaline water ionizer machines break the water down from larger clusters of water molecules to smaller ones.|
By creating micro-clusters, a water ionizer creates water that is more easily able to pass through pores, tissues and cell membranes. Therefore alkaline ionized water will hydrate the body and cells better and faster.
Superior Filtration [the best water filters] With Alkaline Water Ionizers
Among the benefits of ionized water is the filtration benefit that most people (even water ionizer owners) don't think about. Most people use a water ionizer to drink alkaline water, which will assist them in removing toxins from their bodies. The excellent filtration available with many water ionizers will help to lessen the amount of toxins going into their bodies in the first place.
A slow-flow of water through a water ionizer [about 1.5 - 2 liters/min.] will help to get Chloramine out. You need to run your water through the activated carbon filter slowly. Don't run the water through the ionizer too quickly if you want the best filtration [i.e., to remove the Chloramine, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, or any of the many contaminants very effectively]. Alkaline water ionizers will usually force you to slow down your speed of pouring water just enough to utilize your water filtration to the maximum effectiveness.
For Health, Beauty and Weight Loss [Alkaline Ionized Water]
Dr. Robert Young [5:26 minutes], author of The pH Miracle explains the health benefits of alkaline water in assisting those who are overweight to lose their unwanted fat. Since fat is acidic - fatty acids - it needs alkaline buffers to be removed from the body.
Alkaline Ionized Water Testimonials
These are some great testimonials of the fantastic results of using Alkaline Ionized Water! [3:19 minutes] This video is one of many that show hundreds and thousands of people talking about the health benefits of alkaline water.
PH Miracle for Weight Loss
This lady was able to lose weight when she started to regularly drink alkaline water. Obesity is associated with too many acidic toxins in the body. The fat traps the toxins so they don't poison you. Raising your body's pH will help your fat cells release the acidic fats so they can be properly flushed out of your body.
Water Ionizers Help the Stomach and Colon:
Some people will claim that because the stomach needs to be acidic that alkaline ionized water will upset that balance. This is not at all true, and as a matter of fact alkaline ionized water improves digestion. Of course at meal-times, or 20 minutes before/after, one should just add a tiny squeeze of lemon to neutralize the pH of the alkaline ionized water. Other than that one should just sip on alkaline ionized water all throughout the day.
Among the benefits of ionized water are improved conditions in the GI tract including better elimination, digestion, energy, and overall health. One thing about weight or health problems that many people don't realize is the importance of the pH balance in the gastrointestinal tract and the body in general. Most people do not know that it's not stomach acids that digest your food. It's enzymes. Also, water has no calories and so it doesn't trigger digestion or reduce the stomach acids at all. It just goes straight through for the most part. So anyone saying that to drink alkaline ionized water is bad for the stomach doesn't know what they're talking about. Of course if you are in the process of eating meat or dairy I don't suggest it, because it could interfere then. Or, just squeeze a tiny bit of lemon juice into it to neutralize it, as stated earlier. But 20 minutes before and after eating to drink alkaline water is not a problem. You also should drink at a reasonable pH-level, such as 8.5 to 10.5, although I have talked to many cancer patients who report better, faster results when they drink higher pH-levels.
The stomach can handle all pH-levels and can easily create the acids it needs on demand when it needs it.
Click here to read a whole page devoted to alkaline ionized water and digestion.
The colon absolutely requires an alkaline pH. Colon cancer [which is an awful disease] would be prevented so much better than to "cure" after-the-fact. Dr. Shinya, inventor of the colonoscopy, has done a lot of work with that. He highly recommends alkaline ionized water as part of his program to help people heal their colons so they don't get cancer. READ MORE...
High body acidity is caused by the foods we eat and drink, exercise, tension & stress, to name a few. Ideally our diet should be 60-80% alkaline, but in reality it’s usually just the opposite -- about 60-80% acidic! Animal proteins, grains, dairy products, soft drinks...are all acidic and are potentially going to be stored in the body as acids. [It's not so much that the food itself is acid, although it often is, but it is that the resultant byproduct of digestion of that kind of food is acidic.] Too much acidity in the body is dangerous. Diseases are often by-products of an acidic body environment. So, when you "cure" them without changing your daily routine that got you there, you take the risk of getting whatever you had come back. So, huge benefits of drinking alkaline water lie in the area of giving you the BUFFERS you need to handle whatever comes along.
Water Ionizers: Introductory Videos
Part 1 - Ionized Water Helps the Cells Get Rid of Wastes: In this section they explain how the processes of cells give off wastes, which are acidic. To enable proper cell functions, the cells need to be cleaned of these wastes. Without a proper supply of alkaline (as in alkaline water) the blood will rob the joints and bones of minerals. This “robbing” is a lousy solution, but without a sufficient alkaline source, high acidic levels could cause death.
Part 2 - How a Water Ionizer is Really Inexpensive: This section explains how the water ionization process is also the least expensive way to get healthy water into your body. Water ionizers are a great bargain! Reducing our doctor bills alone has way more than covered our costs over the years! In our many years of experience, we have found that there just is not a better, healthier, more cost effective thing you could do than to buy a water ionizer.
The many reasons why you should avoid buying/drinking bottled water are discussed. So many people are purchasing bottled water these days. For the sake of your health, budget and the planet, you should consider switching to taking ionized alkaline bottled water wherever you go! Owning an alkaline water machine is quite cost effective for sure when you compare it to bottled water [which adds up to a far higher cost and not healthy at all].
Part 3 - Antioxidants: In this section Tom and Cathleen explain how the alkaline ionization process also creates an antioxidant effect on the water [ORP, or oxidation reduction potential]. They explain how the water ionization experts feel this is an even more important benefit than the alkalinity. This gives even more compelling reasons to avoid drinking bottled water and how much better ionized water is.
Water Ionizers - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are alkaline water machines [water ionizers] so expensive?
Answer: First, if you compare alkaline water machines to medical equipment, they're not expensive at all. But I'll explain how the expense of an alkaline water machine breaks down. 1) The water ionizer contains platinum coated plates. Platinum is quite expensive [over $1500/oz]. Cheap water ionizers that use alloys are not able to ionize as efficiently or safely. 2) Design, electronics, fine workmanship and warranties are also quite costly.
Q: Why do water ionizers [alkaline water machines] need platinum coating on the electrodes?
Answer: The reason that alkaline water machines must use platinum is: Platinum [along with titanium] is a very hard & dense metal and will not break down and leach into your alkaline ionized water - even over time. So the electrodes will virtually last forever and platinum catalyzes [speeds up] the electrolysis process allowing water to ionize instantly as the water passes through the alkaline water machine's electrolysis chamber. A water ionizer [alkaline water machine] wouldn't ionize water well at all without platinum.
Q: Which brand/model of alkaline water machine [water ionizer] makes the best water?
Answer: There are several water ionizers that I think are in the category of "best". As long as the water ionizer is manufactured properly, can achieve a wide enough range of pH, produces an abundance of antioxidants at each of the alkaline pH-levels, and has an adequate warranty I would call it one of the best ones. Then there are other features to consider... You’re invited to stop-by my "Water Ionizer Comparison Chart" page. I’ve placed objective alkaline water machine test results [and videos] on the page and I’ve analyzed the tests and ranked the ionizers according to what I think is Good, Better and Best, compared to all of the other alkaline water machines.
Q: Are there any cautions about drinking ionized alkaline water?
Answer: You should start slowly. Set the controls to the lowest alkaline level. Assuming the water agrees with you, increase the amount you drink and the level of ionization intensity. High levels of alkalinity -- up to 9.5-10.0 -- are best for drinking water; the highest levels, 11pH or higher, can be used for cooking. Use the "Purified Water" setting for taking any medications that your doctor advises not to be taken with alkaline water. Do not drink the acid water that comes out of the lower spout.
Q: What is pH and how do I test my body's pH?
Answer: PH stands for "potential hydrogen". It basically means how acid, alkaline or neutral something is. On a scale of 1 - 14, 1 - 6.9 would be ranges of acidity (with 1 being the most acid) and 7.1 - 14 would be ranges of alkalinity (with 14 being the most alkaline), and 7 would be neutral. In a healthy state, our saliva should be slightly alkaline (a little above 7.3). However, a large majority of North Americans and Europeans are in an acid condition, and this can be demonstrated. If you're curious as to whether you're acidic, ask for our free pH saliva test. In this simple test, special pH papers are used to measure the acidity /alkalinity of saliva under carefully controlled conditions. This can give you a relative, general picture.
Q: Which container is best and what's the best way to store ionized water?
Answer: The only really good bottle for storing ionized water is our vacuum stainless bottles.
See our link for more about the stainless bottles.
Q: Does it change the pH or ORP of ionized water to mix it with flavor-aids or alcohol?
Answer: Yes it does. I've tried Kool-Aid, Crystle Lite and other drink mixes, and without fail these kind of chemically-created drink mixes neutralize the benefits [of pH and ORP] of ionized water. They'll actually make it acidic.
Q: What are the differences between electric and non-electric water ionizers?
Answer: Electric water ionizers are necessarily more expensive because to be safe and effective they must have pure titanium plates covered with pure, medical-grade platinum. The platinum, alone, has a major influence on the cost. [Platinum costs over $1500./ounce.] Electric water ionizers are better and healthier, because they will ionize all of the healthy, alkaline minerals [such as calcium, magnesium, potassium] and non-electric water ionizers will only ionize magnesium. Ionizing the minerals makes them more readily available to absorb into your cells. All non-electric water ionizers are basically filters, not machines, and are cheaper to make. They filter the water and then add magnesium to the water in the presence of magnets [such as magnetized ceramics]. This method was originally researched and developed by Dr. Hayashi but now there are hundreds of devices that use this principle. We have tested many of these types of devices and found that some worked well [but were too expensive]; some worked poorly; and one that we found not only works the best, but also the price was most reasonable. That's the WellBlue pitcher. We will continue to research this, but regardless of outcome, the electric ionizers will always be better than the non-electric because the body needs calcium a lot more than magnesium, and non-electric water ionizers can only ionize the magnesium. Neither electric nor non-electric water ionizers are more "natural" than the other. It's just that the electric one ionizes all the minerals that are naturally in your water and the non-electric adds magnesium, which will spontaneously ionize in the presence of magnets.