What is the Healthiest Water to Drink?
I have tested alkaline antioxidant water against various brands of water: bottled water brands, soda, distilled, reverse osmosis, and tap waters, and you can scroll down to see a huge chart with the results. Over the years I have found that the healthiest water to drink is alkaline antioxidant water, and I encourage you to read this entire page to see why.
Why is alkaline water good?To keep our blood the right pH, 7.365, we should drink water at a pH of about 9 to 10. Drinking alkaline water helps the body detoxify. Toxins are acids, and to maintain pH balance while you are detoxifying, one needs an abundance of alkaline buffers.
Alkaline Water is Important to Cleanse the Cells of Toxins. In order to rid the body of acidic wastes, it is important that you have sufficient buffers, and that's a big reason why alkaline water is good. Our blood requires and actually enforces pH balance and when water is too acidic, your body is unable to flush out the acidic wastes from your cells and tissues. Organs deteriorate and disease sets in over time when you don't flush out the acidic wastes.
Reverse Osmosis and Distilled WaterReverse osmosis and distilled water are void of minerals. Water is known as the universal solvent. As it travels through rivers, rock, etc. on its way to your tap it picks up minerals. Most of the regions in the US have some pretty healthy minerals [like calcium, magnesium, and potassium] that are picked up by the water as it travels to your tap. Unhealthy elements are picked up too, such as lead, copper, and arsenic, but these are pretty easily removed from your water with the right filtration. By the time your water has reached your tap, you are right to think that many of the elements in it might be unhealthy. So what do you do? Reverse osmosis or distillation is not always the wrong thing to do, but you should know that when you remove all of the minerals from the water you will need to put healthy minerals back into the water to make it stabilized. What happens with reverse osmosis water or distilled water [which has not been remineralized] in the body is that it will travel through and pick up minerals right out of your joints and bones! Water has the property of wanting to do this. It does not want to stay void of all minerals.
It is usually better, cheaper and easier to avoid reverse osmosis or distilled water filtration, but sometimes it is necessary. If you have a whole house water softener, for instance, then that water is full of sodium [which reverse osmosis is one of the only methods to remove sodium from water].
Many People Buy Bottled Water for Healthier Water
A walk down the water aisle in the grocery store will tell you how popular bottled water has become. However, pretty much all brands of bottled water are not the healthiest water. They've been sitting around in plastic bottles for who knows how long, and while they're certainly better than soda, they are still not good for you. Some brands of bottled water are acidic too, and that's not healthy for your body. Some of the more expensive brands of water, such as Essentia, are alkaline, but are also oxidizing. It is impossible to maintain the right alkaline pH-levels for healthiest drinking in bottled water without that water being oxidizing. If you put the kind of water that would readily support life into a bottle for long-term storage, then life [bacteria] would probably grow, and that of course wouldn't be desirable. Drinking bottled water is similar to eating canned, cooked vegetables. You are losing a lot of the life-giving benefits of water when you drink stored, bottled water.
Of the billions of bottles of water sold in the US, only about 1/5 is recycled. That means that not only is the production of bottles costing us millions of barrels of oil each year, but almost all of the bottles are filling our landfills and polluting our earth. The industrial chemicals that are in the material of the bottles haven’t been measured, other than BPA, which is only one of the many potentially disease-causing agents in the bottles. Water, the universal solvent, has the ability to leach all kinds of chemicals into itself. The variables of time and temperature are not reported by bottling companies. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, recently found all kinds of contaminants, such as human wastes, bacteria and pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. So, short of doing our own testing of each bottle, we have no assurance of purity and healthiness of the water. It's best to learn how to filter your tap water.
Filtering Your Own Water is Not that Hard
Many people turn to bottled water because they are concerned about the quality of their tap water. I think they may also not realize that they can get far healthier water if they take a few simple steps to learn how to filter their own water for the best quality. Visit this page to learn how to filter your water yourself. Water Filtration Basics
Alkaline Antioxidant Water is the Healthiest Water to Drink
Not only is alkaline water good, but also the fact that ionized water is antioxidant water is fantastic! The healthiest water to drink for a variety of reasons is alkaline antioxidant water. It will provide you with pH buffers to help keep your body pH-balanced [slightly alkaline]. It's also packed with natural antioxidants [negatively-charged electrons], which are free to naturally fight free radicals. Free radical damage in the body is like rust, and cell walls can get so degraded that cells will mutate if you don't do something about free radicals. Drinking alkaline antioxidant water all day long will help you prevent and even reverse free radical damage. When finished reading this page, take the time to learn more about the important subject of alkaline ionized water and why it's the healthiest water to drink... Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Ionized Water
What is Water Ionization?Most water is oxidizing by the time it reaches your tap [or bottle], and oxidized water contains positively-charged free radical molecules [active oxygen, or O2+]. Alkaline ionized water contains a good amount of alkaline minerals, and is negatively-charged [antioxidant water]. The minerals, like calcium and magnesium, which are the most abundant minerals in alkaline water, are coincidentally the healthiest to consume. By ionizing this water it gives these healthy minerals a negative charge, which helps the body recognize them as more absorbable than if the water came with its usual mix of minerals and positive charge. Our bodies are naturally electrical, and that means having a negative charge. Negatively charged anitoxidant water is the healthiest water to drink.
The fact of being able to sip on ionized water [water which has an abundance of antioxidants] is a great health benefit! This is far more helpful than taking an antioxidant pill, for instance, because a pill is unreliable in how or where any antioxidants will arrive. My experience with this is that I literally saw my spider veins dissappear when I started drinking high-antioxidant water.
Brands of Bottled Water vs. WellBlue Alkaline Ionizing Pitcher
The WellBlue Ionizing Pitcher is a portable water ionizer machine. It doesn't need electricity, and is easy and convenient to use. I am testing it against various brands of bottled water to make a point that for a lot less money and virtually no work, you can get fresh, filtered, alkaline ionized water which is a lot safer and healthier than even the most expensive bottled waters.
The technology of ionizing water in a portable way, with no electricity, was discovered a little over 10 years ago by Dr. Hayashi. This method is based on a discovery that magnesium in water in the presence of magnetized ceramics will excite the water to ionize spontaneously, without the use of electricity. This form of water ionization is a lighter ionization than what you would get with an electric water ionizer.
Testing Brands of Bottled Water, Municipal Tap Water, and Ionized Water
None of the bottled water tested is acceptable drinking water in my opinion. The amount of leaching of potentially disease-causing chemicals into the water from the plastic and the high oxidation levels of the bottled water tell me that this is unhealthy to drink. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, is dead-set against bottled water as well. With all of the testing they've done it would be advisable for you to actually visit their great website. They even found pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. One big difference between your tap water and bottled water is that at least the EPA requires your municipality to report on the major, known, disease-causing agents in your tap water yearly. However bottled water companies have almost no regulations and do not have to divulge what their test results are.
How Does Ionized Water Beat Out Bottled Water in Every Single Way?
The Story of Bottled Water:
We are being duped into thinking that our recycled bottles are all being responsibly taken care of. Watch the two videos, below, to get the real story of bottled water.
Summary: Facts about Bottled Water Brands