Yesterday, I spent $4 on a gallon of alkaline water. Before investing in a portable ionizer, I wanted to test the results of alkaline water. In order to really appreciate the value of alkaline water, I think that we really need to understand what’s going on in our own bodies first and whether the alkaline water created with machines is any good for us.
Stats from the back of the Bottle
As I wanted to gather some information about alkaline water, I closely read the description on the water bottle that I’d bought. Here is what the label had to say:
Water treated with electrolysis increases it’s oxidation reduction potential. Ionization gives water a safe and abundant source of free electrons to donate to active oxygen and block the oxidation of normal tissue. The oxidation reduction potential of water is dramatically greater than that of antioxidants in food and vitamin supplements. The molecular weight of reduced water is low, making it fast acting able to reach all tissue in a short time. Purified mineral water from Alkaline Water Inc, will cleanse your system of free radicals and supply you with the minerals needed for a healthy body.
The gist of it is that oxidation to our tissue causes disease. Antioxidants fight disease in the body, and alkaline water is the best source of antioxidants. The gallon container I purchased is plastic – so I don’t believe the results are perfect. But, I do recommend testing alkaline water for yourself before spending big bucks on a home system or a portable filter like the Kangen.
What is Alkaline Water?
Alkaline water has a pH level greater than 7 and is also called ionized water. The term pH refers to the potential for hydrogen as it determines a certain quantity, referred to as hydrogen ions in the water.
In recent years, a machine called the water ionizer has been marketed aggressively by their manufacturers to produce alkaline water. These ionizers work by passing an electric current through tap water creating a chemical reaction called electrolysis to turn it alkaline.
Benefits of Alkaline Water
Among the ‘claimed’ benefits of switching to alkaline water are that it helps to neutralize the (over) acidic condition of a person’s body, and being an anti-oxidant, it may improve resistance to oncoming diseases.
However, there is widespread challenge to these benefits across the scientific community. Dr. Lawrence Wilson, MD who specializes in nutritional balancing science says:
One reason for the popularity of these machines is that some people do indeed feel better for a while drinking alkaline water. Quick benefits may include fewer aches and pains, and perhaps a little more energy. However, the problems with the alkaline water machines more than make up for any benefits they confer.
Natural Alkaline Water
I had explored a little about natural alkaline water in an earlier article of mine on the topic of consumer consciousness about healthier water. Since the jury is still out on artificially made alkaline water, I guess the only source that we can trust fully for such water is Mother Nature.
The true natural alkaline water is drawn from deep underground springs in earth. This water passes through layers of volcanic rock and sandstone. This filtration process helps it to naturally absorb essential minerals like Calcium and Magnesium, thus making it alkaline. Although it may be hard to find such springs to draw this water for a common person like you and I, there are some companies who market such water.
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer, researcher and health coach whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences recovering her son from autism.