Alkaline water scam: is alkaline water really good for you?
Unveiling the alkaline water scam: you may be wondering if all the recent hype about alkaline water is real and if the plethora of stated benefits of drinking alkaline water are really real. Is alkaline water really all that it’s cracked up to be? Here is the 411:
When referring to alkaline water, the first thing we must clarify is that there is a difference between bottled “alkaline water” and ionized alkaline water. Most bottled “alkaline water” that you find at Whole Foods and other health stores or supermarkets are usually processed with “minerals” so that they simply read as alkaline, and are not actually ionized via electrolysis which is what gives real alkaline water the many health properties that it’s known for.
So, in a way, it’s not the mere pH level of the water that matters when it comes to your health (because, as we know, an alkaline pH can be achieved by simply adding chemicals like lye and other byproducts to tap water so that it doesn’t corrode city pipes.. does it mean that tap water can technically read as alkaline? Yes. Does this mean that tap water is healthy? Not necessarily..). So, there are several very important steps to consider when assessing alkaline water’s benefits, and this comes down to the source and means by which your alkaline water is produced:
Ultimately, to understand how regular alkaline water and ionized alkaline water differ, it’s important to realize that there is a fundamental difference between pH and alkalinity. The most important concept is that water can have an alkaline pH level but vary in its alkalinity. So, what is alkalinity and why is it all the rave?
Alkalinity measures the ability of water to neutralize acids. Alkaline water can have high alkalinity while having only a moderately alkaline pH because, again, alkalinity and pH are not the same thing. If you are trying to balance body pH and reduce acidity in your body, you want water with high alkalinity to neutralize as much acidity as possible.
The difference is that alkaline water made by a water ionizer has antioxidant potential. Bottled alkaline water doesn’t.
The pH (Potential Hydrogen) of water refers to its ability to attract positively-charged Hydrogen ions (H ). The pH levels in your body are maintained within a narrow range by your body and so this is in part why the pH level of your water isn’t as important as its level of alkalinity when it comes to your health. When you’re drinking alkaline water for health, you’re drinking alkaline water for is it’s acid-neutralizing alkalinity and it’s antioxidant potential, which are produced only by high-quality alkaline water ionizers.
What is Ionization and why is it so important? Ionization is the process by which an atom or molecule either gains or loses electrons and thus turns into an ion or “charged particle.” When an atom transforms into an ion, its electrical charge can be either positive or negative, which depends on whether the atom gained or lost electrons. The minerals in ionized alkaline water – namely calcium, magnesium, and potassium – gain electrons from the ionization process and the surplus of electrons are what give the water a negative electrical charge. The negative electrical charge is what gives ionized alkaline water its antioxidant potential and, thus, its ability to act as a strong antioxidant.
The difference between alkaline ionized water and ionized water is that: water that has been chemically manipulated to read as alkaline with the addition of “minerals” (as the majority of bottled alkaline waters are) does not have the true alkalinity value, micro-clustered ionization properties and antioxidant potential that ionized alkaline water does.
ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) – the benefits of alkaline ionized water produced from an alkaline water ionizer
What’s the difference between regular bottled alkaline water and alkaline water produced by a water ionizer? An alkaline water ionizer gives a negative electrical charge into the water it makes. That negative electrical charge then gives the water antioxidant potential which can be measured just like the charge of a battery. The negative charge is called its ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) and, naturally, the more negative the charge value, the more antioxidant properties the water has.
In-vitro (in the lab) studies have shown that water with a high negative ORP value, when mixed with vitamin C, enhances the antioxidant effect of vitamin C. Naturally, then, you must be thinking that you can mix ionized alkaline water with vitamin C and enhance its properties. This is true and one of the many benefits of drinking ionized alkaline water which has a negative ORP! However, the only problem with the antioxidant potential of alkaline water is that it cannot be stored for long periods of time and is most potent when produced fresh by the water ionizer (hence why any bottled alkaline water, even if ionized, do not have the health benefits of water that has been freshly ionized by an alkaline water ionizer). To be more precise, the antioxidant value of alkaline water begins to decline after about 24 hours so it’s best to be consumed fresh from the source of your water ionizer as it is produced.
Why Bottled Alkaline Water has no Antioxidant Potential, but can have toxic antimony in it
Ultimately, bottled alkaline water has no antioxidant potential because the antioxidant potential does not survive prolonged periods of time. Due to this, the healthiest alkaline water is produced and consumed fresh from a water ionizer. The lack of ORP value is just one issue with bottled alkaline water, though.
Another problem with bottled alkaline water is its possible chemical contamination. BPA, phthalates, and antimony have all been detected in bottled water and are considered as potent hormone disruptors and potential carcinogens. Antimony is a heavy metal and a known carcinogen. Alkaline water actually draws antimony out of plastic, so the antimony contamination will be worse with bottled alkaline water than it is for plain bottled water. Another reason why you want to drink freshly produced alkaline ionized water from an alkaline water ionizer.
Another issue with bottled alkaline water is its financial cost and environmental impact. Investing in a high-quality alkaline water ionizer that is made with medical-grade parts (like this brand) will save you a lot of money down the line. With an alkaline water ionizer in your home, you can produce an unlimited amount of freshly ionized alkaline water at the push of a button and will never have to buy bottled water again! Imagine the time, energy, and money that goes into buying bottled water – and then imagine it eliminated! This is partly why so many people are installing alkaline water ionizers in their kitchens (which are very easy to install and simply fasten to your faucet) and no longer buying expensive bottled water. High-quality alkaline water ionizers (like those made by 40 year old company, Enagic) are built with medical-grade parts and are made to last a lifetime. This means with one single purchase of a water ionizer you will be able to produce an unlimited supply of pure, ionized, alkaline water in your very own home.
Triple the Antioxidant Potential of Vitamin C with Ionized Alkaline Water
A study called Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein tested the effect of mixing ionized alkaline water with Vitamin C. The result was that ionized alkaline water tripled the antioxidant strength of Vitamin C. It’s simple to reap the benefits of this boosted antioxidant benefit with a water ionizer. Simply mix the juice of a lemon, lime, orange or any citrus fruit with alkaline water produced from your water ionizer and drink immediately.
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Coassin, Mariagraza, Fulvio Ursini, and Alberto Bindoli. “Antioxidant effect of manganese.” Science Direct. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.” Science Direct. Science Direct. Web. 9 Jul 2013. <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0003986192902822>.
Research on the antioxidant effect of alkaline water combined with vitamin C:
Lee, MY, and YK Kim, et al. “Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein..” Springer Link. Humana Press, 1 Nov 2006. Web. 8 Jul 2013. <http://link.springer.com/article/10.1385/ABAB:135:2:133>.
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