Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water to Health
Why is alkaline ionized water beneficial to health? Ionized water has three very important differences from tap or bottled water: 1) PH: It provides pH-buffers (alkaline buffers help to eliminate toxins from the body, 2) Antioxidants: It contains natural, healing, antioxidants (including powerful molecular hydrogen) to fight free-radicals and even reverse its damage, and 3) Filtration: Most water ionizers provide good filtration for the water.
Why Alkaline Ionized Water? And, Why is PH Important?
We all know the pH of a fish tank needs to be monitored, and fish will die if they're put in a tank that doesn't have the right pH balance. Think of our cells as like those fish. They will die if not constantly bathed in the right pH water. Most people are not aware just how important pH-balance is to our internal body-health. Alkaline pH helps the body to get rid of toxins. Without alkaline buffers the toxins get trapped in fat cells, joints and elsewhere in the body.
Alkaline ionized water help gives the right buffers to cleanse the toxins out, making the body so much healthier. Losing fat and increased ability to manage weight is an extra bonus related to a balanced pH.
Water is the most important molecule to all life! Water brings nutrients to your cells. Next to air, there is no more important thing for your health than WATER! It lubricates your tissues, makes them bouncy and resilient, and puts all cells in better shape to perform their functions. It also helps to transport wastes out of your body. The percentage of water in the body is somewhere between 60% and 75%, and this percentage is known to directly influence one's wellness.
Obviously people don't die with the wrong pH drinking-water, at least not right away. But, the way we see our cells' reaction to the wrong water is through sickness, allergies, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, failing organs, and so on. An alkaline water ionizer machine or filter can help to turn all of that around by giving you a constant supply of pH-buffers all day long. A water ionizer gives you better, healthier, more hydrating water than anything else.
Brief Summary-Videos About the Benefits of Ionized Water
Here are two short videos of the benefits of ionized water that I have personally experienced over the past 25 years.
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. The best remedy to colds, allergies, acne, acid-reflux, etc. is to drink ionized water from a well-designed water ionizer.
Cleansing: Cells must be constantly bathed in slightly alkaline pH water in order to be hydrated and cleansed (draw the acids out of the cells). One of the benefits of ionizing water is achieving this and other forms of balance in the body.
Fat: Without enough alkaline buffers, toxins get trapped in our fat cells and keep us from losing weight. PH balance is a big key to having success with your weight management routine.
Joint Pain: Another thing that toxins (which are almost always acidic) do is settle into joints or solidify into uric acid crystals. The body has evolved this as a protective mechanism. It protects us from the alternative, which is death.
Cells & Interstitial Fluid: The pH of the cells and interstitial fluid ranges from 5.0 (sick, diseased, probably with cancer) to 7.3 (healthy). The bodily fluids should be maintained at a little over 7 pH in order to maintain a healthy environment for cells, organs, tissues, etc. to thrive.*
PH of Cell Fluids Should be 7.365 (just like the blood), but in fact it ranges from 5.0 (diseased) to 7.365 (normal and healthy)
PH of Blood: The blood pH never varies, but the interstitial fluids do. Our bodies use the interstitial fluids to buffer the blood. Sometimes, to replenish this, our body takes alkaline minerals from bones and joints. This may seem harsh, but the alternative is death.
Antioxidant Benefits of Ionized Water
A water ionizer's ability to transform water into antioxidant water (molecular hydrogen rich) is part of the reason some people call this "miracle water".
Hydrogen antioxidants (commonly known as molecular hydrogen) makes alkaline ionized water different from any other type of alkaline water. Alkaline water without the hydrogen antioxidants, would be oxidizing, and wouldn't be as healthy to drink. But alkaline water made with a water ionizer is full of molecular hydrogen. So ionized water is the ultimate of healthy alkaline water.
One of the most important benefits of ionized water is the antioxidant benefit of molecular hydrogen in the water. Hundreds of studies have proven these benefits over and over. Ionized water is powerful with its free-hydrogen antioxidants to help protect against heart disease and 170 other diseases known so far. Hydrogen effectively neutralizes free-radicals and prevents or even repairs cellular damage. When hydrogen, H2, is bonded to itself (as a molecule) it can safely and easily donate its electron. It's safe, because after donating the electron it evaporates. In this way hydrogen (when in its molecular form) has been found to be the most powerful and safe antioxidant there is for fighting free-radicals.
Free-hydrogen antioxidants are so tiny they can easily penetrate cell membranes and do their work where no other antioxidant can reach. Free-hydrogen is the smallest, most natural, and most lipid-soluble of the antioxidants. Hydrogen antioxidants also penetrate the blood-brain barrier. One can actually sense this happening. Quite often after drinking ionized water I will experience a wave of mental clarity, almost immediately. It is a very healthy sensation, and one of the many wonderful things I love about ionized water.
The Importance of Hydrogen-Enriched Ionized Water to all of Health
So many doctors, researchers and lay-people, alike, have witnessed the benefits of hydrogen-enriched ionized water. I URGE you to read more about the importance of molecular hydrogen to all of health.
Our bodies need balance in many ways. There's pH-balance and antioxidant-balance at the top of that list. Molecular hydrogen antioxidants provide a balance between free-radicals and antioxidants in the body. They do not destroy all radicals, only the toxic ones
Comparing free-hydrogen antioxidants with vitamin C and E: Molecular hydrogen antioxidants are (1) much more powerful antioxidants than vitamins C and E, (2) have no negative side-effects, (3) free-hydrogen antioxidants can actually help to regenerate other antioxidants, like C and E, removing their potential negative side-effects, (4) molecular hydrogen is lipid-soluble and so it can pass into any cell or organ easily in the body, and vitamin C and E are not, (5) No toxicity: With hydrogen antioxidants, when they get "used up" they simply evaporate and cause no harm themselves.
Antioxidants and ORP
Antioxidants are not exactly the same as ORP. ORP stands for "oxidation reduction potential". ORP is the ability of ionized water to reduce oxidation within the body.
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. Active Oxygen [O2+] or other free-radicals circulate the body, stealing electrons & damaging the cells. A free radical is an unbalanced 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, because it contains lots of electrons to donate in order to neutralize free-radicals and repair cell damage.
Another benefit of negative ORP is that the minerals in ionized water are also made to be bio-available when the water is ionized.
Research & Development of Water Ionizers
When Japanese researchers (referenced in the above video) found out about & studied healing waters around the world, and then invented equipment (water ionizers) to make water which had the same properties as these healing waters, they didn't stop there. They took their inventions (water ionizers) into research labs for animal testing and then into clinics and hospitals for application to thousands of patients. Ionized water was found to be harmless, while at the same time very beneficial to health in its various applications.
It was no accident that it was the Japanese who originally researched and developed water ionizers. As a nation they had moved away from profit-based medicine for actually a few decades after WW-II, making it possible for, and encouraging, more holistic approaches to healing the body to be studied. At the time the Japanese country's devastation by the war and such a high percentage of both sickness and poverty were the inspiration for this shift.
Why do we need disasters? So many people wait till they have a disaster or get cancer (or other really serious disease) before they take the time and energy to make a change! Take any illness [even a little allergy or being a little over-weight] as a sign [that change is needed]. Don't wait for a disaster!
As a matter of fact I had my own near disaster. In the year before buying my first water ionizer I think I spent more in doctor bills [trying to cure things the doctor ended up telling me were allergy-related] than I did on my first alkaline water machine.
Our Bodies Can Heal Themselves
Obviously diseases don't just pop up spontaneously. In many cases they develop over a long period of time, with only a few little symptoms here and there. Any symptoms are signs that preventative change is needed.
Actively doing the things to keep one's cells healthy is just common sense prevention, and I highly recommend it. It's what I've been doing. Drinking alkaline ionized water has changed my life and the lives of many hundreds or even thousands of others who I either know well or at least have had some contact with. Drinking ionized alkaline water benefits anyone. I've seen how it helped me raise my children, without allergies and free of typical childhood illnesses. The list of alkaline ionized water remedies that I can personally relate to is extensive. I've seen conditions such as spider veins, headaches, ear aches, throat soreness, congestion, acid re-flux, gout, constipation, acne, colds, allergies, and almost "you name it", go away and stay away because of drinking ionized water. See my testimonial.
The body has an ability to fight off disease from within, on its own, without the aid of drugs. This is a fairly well-known phenomena, especially among those who advocate natural-healing.
The Benefits of Alkaline Ionized Water in Preventing Colorectal Cancer and other Cancers
Cancer starts with the acidification of cells. People tend to eat meals that are too acidic; it's really hard these days not to. This makes our bodies overly acidic, which could lead to sickness and disease. Our blood will always be about 7.365 pH, but the interstitial (between-cells) fluids' pH can vary, and so can the pH of cells, tissues, intestines, colon and other organs. Too much acidity in the diet can lead to diseases caused by this low pH condition. Read more about the benefits of ionized water for cancer and disease.
Inside our bodies, our cells, tissues and organs need varying levels of alkalinity. Even the stomach likes alkalinity between meal times. A huge benefit of alkaline ionized water is that it helps to balance out the pH in the body's fluids when you drink it throughout the day. Watch this very important 2-minute video and/or read the whole article about colorectal cancer prevention. Warning: The video contains graphic views of the insides of diseased and healthy colons, and may be objectionable to some.
Another Benefit of Ionized Water: Microclustered Water
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. This video gives more information about this.
Exactly What is a Water Ionizer?
A water ionizer is an alkaline machine and an antioxidant machine. It 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 is full of natural, free-hydrogen (also known as molecular hydrogen, or the older term is diatomic hydrogen). Acidic water comes out the bottom hose...which is usually positioned behind the water ionizer to drain into the sink. This acidic water can be collected and used for cleaning purposes and as beauty water.
A water ionizer is actually quite a good water filtration device. There are a few water ionizers that offer only fair filtration, but depending on the brand and model you buy, the water ionizer's filtration ranges from good to outstanding. And even beyond that, water ionizers have some of the best filtration in the world (read about UltraWater filtration). Our Water Ionizer Comparison page helps to clarify this.
The following video is packed with information about ionized water and very clear explanations about the benefits of ionized water; including many diseases and conditions that can be helped by alkaline ionized water. It has great illustrations and testimonials.
The Best Way to Drink Ionized Water
The best way to drink ionized water is when it's freshly poured, and then sip on it continuously throughout the day. You need to take measures to not lose the hydrogen (to evaporation) if you can possibly do it.
Hydrogen Antioxidants get dissolved into the alkaline antioxidant water and will stably stay dissolved for several hours (especially when you store it properly). But they do evaporate, so watch out for that.
Once you drink this antioxidant-rich water it circulates around to your cells fairly quickly. Even though out in the air the hydrogen evaporates quickly, somehow in the body the benefits of both alkalinity and hydrogen have been shown to last for days in the body.
Cost of a Water Ionizer
You might think owning and using a water ionizer is a luxury you can't afford, but the truth is that a water ionizer is a natural tool for staying healthy and preventing diseases. A water ionizer is the most cost-effective tool for keeping my family healthy I have ever owned. I actually feel that a water ionizer is worth it's weight in gold, however in actual fact the cost simply breaks down to just pennies per day, when you do the math.
Disease prevention isn't something one can prove very easily, however when I compare my body's state of health now with where it was headed 25 years ago, I can see and know that I have saved huge amounts on medical bills for myself and my family.
What Can You Expect From a Water Ionizer?
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 and tap water is not. Your body can adjust to these pH differences. The fact that a water ionizer only lightly alkalizes the water is important. This water has little chance of adverse effects. But if you already like the pH of your source water and prefer to keep it where it is, your best choice would be to get a Hydrogen Water Machine. This way you are receiving the molecular hydrogen antioxidant benefits, discussed above, without the higher pH.
Superior Filtration [the best water filters] With Alkaline Water Ionizers
In addition to the other benefits of ionized water, a water ionizer will usually give you excellent water filtration. A good water ionizer will help you to remove: Chlorine, Chloramine, heavy-metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and many other contaminants from your water. In addition, 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. A slow flow through a good water filter gives you the best filtration. The filtration alone makes ionized water cleaner than tap or bottled water. Further "filtration happens with a water ionizer, beyond any other type of filter system. The process of ionizing the water also splits the water into 2 streams, and acidic toxins (such as chlorine and fluoride) are removed out of the discharge hose.
Note: The best water filtration that has ever been developed was developed for water ionizers, UltraWater filtration.
More About Weight-Loss as a Benefit of Alkaline Ionized Water
Dr. Robert Young [5:26 minutes], author of The pH Miracle explains the health benefits of ionized 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. Read more about alkaline water benefits for weight-loss.
More About the Stomach and Colon Benefits of Drinking Ionized Water:
Alkaline ionized water benefits the colon, and stomach too!
Some people get confused about the stomach and think it always wants to be acidic. That is far from the truth. The stomach does need to be acidic for meals and if you add a squeeze of lemon (or a teeny-tiny drop of apple cider vinegar) to your alkaline ionized water at meal-times it will neutralize and so not upset that balance. I don't usually drink with my meals, so that's my solution for meals. By the way, both lemon and apple cider vinegar are considered alkaline-forming, even though they initially are acidic. It does not take away the alkaline benefits at all to do this.
In-between mealtimes, the stomach likes to be alkaline. The water we drink in-between meals (as long as it's slightly alkaline) has the capability of absorbing into the rest of our body right through the walls of the stomach and intestines. This happens extremely quickly, so in minutes you can start experiencing the benefits of ionized water.
Zero Calories Means Zero Digestion Worries and Fast Absorption
Another thing about water, which makes it very unique, is that it has zero calories. The body absorbs it extremely quickly, compared to anything else.
Along with absorbing the ionized water, the body very quickly absorbs its very powerful hydrogen antioxidants. This is going to only take just a few minutes to enter and circulate around the entire body. If you sip on ionized water all day long, you are constantly providing it with hydration, pH buffers and powerful, healing, free-hydrogen antioxidants.
Ionized water does not harm digestion at all. As a matter of fact alkaline ionized water improves digestion. Throughout the entire length of your intestines, where important phases of digestion occur, it is healthier to have slightly alkaline water. Good bacteria in the gut prefer slightly alkaline water. So, during the between-meals times, and about 20 minutes after, 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. Water has no calories, and so it doesn't trigger digestion or reduce the stomach acids at all. It just absorbs into your body or goes straight through to the intestines in a couple of minutes.
The stomach can adapt to all pH-levels of alkaline ionized water. It is weakly alkaline (meaning it can neutralize with only a drop of HCL) and does not pose a threat to digestion at all.
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 one of the top-10 killer diseases] could be prevented so easier than it is to "cure" it 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. Dr. Shinya has worked with colons of thousands and thousands of patients, over the years and if anyone knows how to get and keep the colon healthy it is him. READ MORE
Alkaline Water Health and an Alkaline Diet
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. Huge benefits of drinking alkaline water lie in the area of giving you the BUFFERS you need to handle whatever comes along, and PREVENT disease before it overcomes your body systems.
Is Alkaline Water Good for Everyone?
Actually there are occasionally people who have enough alkaline buffers and don't particularly need alkaline water. However even in this case the antioxidant benefits are good. That person should simply get a hydrogen water machine instead.
Many times varous family members have differing alkaline needs, so it's very convenient that water ionizers have several pH-levels to choose from. Choosing the lowest level on a water ionizer, though, will not give one "medical levels" of molecular hydrogen, so again, I suggest to purchase a hydrogen machine in addition or instead. Also, children under 2 years old are already alkaline enough, and usually should only be given filtered water from that setting on the water ionizer. But, anyone, from infants to old age, active or sedentary, healthy or ill, can benefit from unlimited amounts molecular hydrogen antioxidants, and for them a hydrogen machine is a great choice.
What are the Three Main Types of Water Ionizer Devices, and How are They Different?
From my experience the alkaline water benefits with electric water ionizers are superior to non-electric water ionizers, but all three devices have their advantages. We sell all kinds and I use all kinds (for variety).
Electric water ionizers and hydrogen machines 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 is expensive.] 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.
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 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 and some worked poorly. The filter that we found works the best, we sell on our site. The Alkaline Plus PH pitcher works great and gets rave reviews, but it will never ionize as well as an electric water ionizer. Even though non-electric ionizers don't ionize as well as electric water ionizers, they still have value. I personally use this pitcher when I'm traveling, but hundreds of customers use the pitcher exclusively and are very happy with it.
Neither electric nor non-electric water ionizers are more "natural" than the other. When searching the net you may encounter some sales hype about this. 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 the magnetized ceramics.
Hydrogen water machines are the newest. They are quite unique in that they don't change the pH; their focus is on adding molecular hydrogen to the water, and there are quite a few ways to do that. You can read more about that on the Hydrogen Water Machines page.
Alkaline Ionized Water Testimonials
Sometimes I get customers who tell me they want me to use their whole name in their testimonial, because they (like me) want to shout from the roof-tops how much switching to alkaline ionized water has helped them. I have several examples on my testimonials page, but here are a few, so you get the point. Alkaline ionized water is a BIG DEAL.
- The Jupiter alkaline water machine has made me “feel better, have more energy, and it’s allowed to to coach my daughters softball team. My lupus is now under control and I have my life back.” Chris Barsam
- “My kidneys were spilling so much protein that I was in the hospital and dying. I am now spilling less protein than the average person and I lead a normal life. I was on dialysis and now am off of it. The Dr. says my kidneys are healed.” Tom Reidt
- “I have had chronic fatigue syndrome since 1991. Alkaline water has given me the energy to go back to work full time.” Wendy Bosch
- You can find many more testimonials on this page: Water Ionizer Testimonials
This video has more great testimonials right from the mouths of people talking about the health benefits of alkaline water.
Water Ionizers - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are alkaline machines [water ionizers] so expensive?
Answer: First, if you compare alkaline water machines to medical equipment or treatment, 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. Cheap water ionizers that use alloys are not able to ionize as efficiently or safely, and of course I don't sell them. 2) Development, design, electronics, fine workmanship and warranties are also costly.
Q: Why do electric 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. Another very important reason is that 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 as a catalyst. There is an additional health benefit that has just recently being discovered about platinum, and that is platinum nano-particles are being found to have healing effects on the body, in and of themselves. The discovery of the healing benefits of platinum nano-particles has nothing to do with the "reason" platinum is used to coat the plates of water ionizers, but it certainly is good to know about this additional healing benefit of a water ionizer.
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 storing ionized water - which 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 chemically-created drink mixes remove a good deal of the benefits [of pH and ORP] of ionized water. They'll actually make it acidic in many cases. However, adding alcohol to ionized water doesn't change the pH or ORP for some reason. Here's my testing of flavor-aids & alcohol's effect on the pH and ORP of ionized water.