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Long Term Effects Of Alkaline Water

Are there concerns about drinking ionized water for a long time?

Most definitely - NO. At age 69 I'm healthier today than I was 25 years ago.

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The Long Term Effects of Drinking Alkaline Ionized Water

After drinking ionized alkaline water for over 25 years I can say the long-term effects are truly wonderful. Alkaline ionized water has helped me become healthy and stay that way for all these years! Prior to drinking alkaline ionized water I wasn't able to get my body pH-balanced at all and had problems with allergies, weight-gain, and inflammation in the throat, neck, and ears regularly. So, having the right tools now, I achieve balance every day. That's what I've done for over 25 years, and is why I've stayed healthy all of these years. No more allergies, inflammation, colds, flu, and no new illnesses either. Experience has taught me that it is very healthy and easy to balance your pH when you have a water ionizer.

Here are a Few Tips for Balancing Your Body PH

The only concerns with drinking ionized water in all this time that I've ever noticed are these: 

  • I will occasionally (rarely) get over-alkalized . This is accompanied by a constricted urine flow. To handle this I drink about half alkaline ionized water and half neutral hydrogen water every day. Another way to handle this is to add a squeeze of lemon to my water periodically.
  • Some people advocate avoiding drinking alkaline ionized water during meals, because meat prefers acidity for triggering the correct digestive enzymes. I don't usually drink anything with a meal, but when I do I simply add a squeeze of lemon to the water and that takes care of it. Alkaline ionized water is created with fairly weak bonds and the tiny squeeze of lemon reverses the alkalinity instantly. 

I have learned to watch my body whenever I am introducing a dietary change. For instance when I just started drinking ionized water I was so enthusiastic about alkalizing that I think I tipped the balance in the alkaline direction too far. Don't worry if you do that. It's easy to reverse, using the tips, above.

How "Ionized" is Ionized Water?

Ionized water is lightly ionized. This light ionization gives plenty of powerful results though. When I say lightly ionized I mean that if you add a little drop of lemon juice or vinegar into a cup of ionized water the pH will reverse (back towards neutral or even below). One may think, "What's the Point then?", and I would too if I didn't experience first hand that the pH benefits and the antioxidant benefits are real. In the section, above, I tell you how I accidentally over-alkalized my body by being too over-enthusiastic about drinking the highest levels of alkaline ionized water. If drinking too much or too high of a pH of alkaline ionized water can create this overly-alkalized effect, then it's clear that it does have the ability to balance the pH when consumed in the right levels and amount.

Whenever I drink ionized water I can feel a sensation of wellness pretty quickly (in minutes). This quality of ionized water is hard to prove, but it is claimed my myself and many others. Drinking ionized water changed my health and the health of all my family members.

There are many similar stories. See the Testimonials page. Even Michael Moon (the owner of the Korean factory who started making Jupiter Water Ionizers back in the 80's). He was very unhealthy (dying) and experienced such renewed life and wellness after being introduced to a crude version of a water ionizer that He decided to devote a large portion of his wealth to advancing the technology of making user-friendly residential water ionizers.

So, even though ionized water is only lightly ionized, and you can pretty easily reverse it, it is nevertheless powerful and effective at helping to balance pH and fight free radicals in the body. It is so powerful it has changed the lives of many people.

Science and Research on Balanced PH and the Long Term Effects of Alkaline Ionized Water

Many hospitals in both Japan and Korea use water ionizers for not only its alkalizing and its antioxidizing properties, but also for its acidic water in healing skin sores. The undeniable benefits of alkaline ionized water have been experienced over a very long time in both Korea and Japan, and with ever-growing popularity and scientific validation, water ionizers are becoming more well-known and used in the US.

Innumerable tests have been done on mice, rats, chickens, etc., and in almost every instance there were good results noted and no negative results have ever been able to be replicated. Here is a brief video about that.

I have personally known people who beat their cancer and claim it was due to drinking alkaline ionized water. And the alkaline water health of my family and extended family are so remarkable as well! Ionized water has helped us with allergies, colds, acne, weight management, and even for myself, spider veins. Over the years I have had hundreds of customers who either have written to me or spoken with me on the phone and told me their stories of how water ionizers have help them and their families so much.

Water ionizers have a bonafide and rightful, life-long place in any family’s healthy home.

As a long-time educator [I was a teacher/principal for over 24 years], I am very interested in educating people and combine that with my great interest in water ionizers, gives you the reason that after retiring in '07, I created Alkaline Water Plus. I am healthier today, at age 69, than when I started drinking ionized water at age 42! A water ionizer was and is the single, best, health product I have ever purchased and I know you will love it. 

Why Ionized Water is So Vital:

  • Source of Disease: Much research points to the true source of disease to be very basic reasons. Hydration, nutrition, pH-balance, free-radical damage are known to be at the source of many diseases. 
  • Foods are Poisoning Us: For years or decades we have been accumulating toxins from food and other sources which will cause disease if not flushed out.
  • PH-Balancing: Many diseases are caused by too high of an acid load in the body.
  • Free Radical Damage: Oxidation has been found at the source of many diseases, which is another way of saying free-radical-damage.
  • Dehydration: Dehydration is a serious concern and source of many diseases. 
  • Ionized Water vs Other Kinds of Water: Alkaline ionized water is better than any other kind of water in alleviating the sources of disease. Here are the reasons why: 
    • Alkaline ionized water has been found to help restore pH-balance to the body.
    • Because the water ionizer has good filtration it doesn't add toxins to the body.
    • Ionized water has natural antioxidants in it to help fight free-radicals.

Are there negative reports about ionized water?

There have been no substantiated incidents of negative long-term effects of people drinking ionized water. There are going to be people who, no matter what it is that you are advocating, will advocate against it. In every case, when I’ve come across a report I have always given it my full attention.

One chemist was warning people that ionized water could upset the balance in your colon. He was speaking all theory, and obviously never tried it. It seemed like a silly warning, especially in light of all the colonoscopy work that Dr. Shinya has done to show the great things ionized water does for all of his thousands of patients’ colons [Dr. Shinya is the inventor of the colonoscopy]. But even though the claim seemed silly, I still checked it out on myself and my husband with comprehensive stool analyses [which showed a perfect supply of good bacteria, zero bad bacteria, zero parasites, and good results in every other way.] We get regular blood tests too, to ensure that alkaline ionized water is helping us continue to be healthy en every way.

Here's a very short video about all the things Dr. Shinya has found out since using ionized water with his patients and doing before/after colonoscopies. [Warning: The video is considered a bit graphic in that it is showing you the insides of people's colons.]

Another health-reporter was worrying people about long-term use. [He said short-term use for detoxing was good but not long term. He was, again, all theory-theory-theory, and obviously never touched ionized water himself. With all his theory, he didn’t specify his reasons very well. He hinted at the stomach/colon, and possibly “leaky-gut”, but was elusive. I think he just wanted to sell his newly imported water filters, which he mentioned in the interview.] So, I had a urinalysis [along with a test for leaky-gut] and the comprehensive report showed that all levels for everything tested were perfect. In addition my heart rate and blood pressure were so good the fairly young nurse made a comment about how envious she was.

It’s interesting that none of the “authorities” that I’ve run across who have advocated against water ionization have ever actually tried it. Not only do we feel healthier than ever, but my husband and I get blood, stool, urine and other such tests all the time, and possibly because of drinking ionized water for so many years, these tests are showing us to be 100% healthy time after time after time!

Many health authorities or scientists have also fully checked out water ionizers, and have concurred with what I know from experience, that the health benefits for ionized water are actually quite amazing. Ray Kurzweil [inventor/scientist...modern day genius] is an example of such a scientist.  He heard the buzz about ionized water, but instead of dismissing it as hype, he thoroughly checked it out. What he found was that alkaline water drinking, alkaline water health and water ionizers made in Japan and Korea are bona fide tools for health and healing. He is outspoken about them, without any personal gain whatsoever, and he encourages people to drink lots of ionized water daily ...simply because he's found the water to be so good.

How do vitamins fit in with water ionizers?

Another benefit: Since I’ve been drinking ionized water, my intake of vitamins and minerals have lowered. I take a normal amount of vitamins today, but took a greater than normal amount 25 years ago…because I wasn’t as healthy then as I am today. 

Medical Uses for Water Ionizers:

There is one particular water ionizer that claims to be the only one suitable for medical uses [such as if a person has cancer or some other condition they are worried about]. This is bogus and absolutely, completely, 100% untrue. The actual fact of the matter is that it is a sales pitch and it is in my opinion bordering on fraud.

Water Ionizers are Considered to be Medical Devices by Many

In Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, water ionizers are considered as medical devices. In the U.S., water ionizers are not considered medical devices by the FDA, and it could be risky for a company to market them as such. I look at them as tools that can and should be used to promote long-term health and longevity.

For long-term use, when is it best to consume ionized water?

It is best to consume ionized water between meals. You can drink it with meals, but if your meal contains meat you may want to add a small squeeze of lemon to it to neutralize it.  

Some people suggest to not drink ionized water while taking medications. It isn't that it's harmful to the medication, but since ionized water absorbs better and circulates faster around the body, the theory is that it may interfere with the predicted absorption rate for that medication. A good rule of thumb is to wait for 20 min. after taking medications to drink alkaline ionized water. Vitamins are another story though. I usually make sure to drink ionized water with my vitamins to 1) add a negative charge to any minerals in the vitamins, and 2) to help make the vitamins more absorbable and bio-available.

How do You Know You’re Getting the Best Quality of Water Ionizer?

One way to compare the quality of water ionizers is to compare the water ionizer’s antioxidant levels per Unit of PH. The antioxidants in ionized water (hydrogen antioxidants) are very important, health-wise. Not all ionizers will give as good levels of antioxidants as others. That’s why I’ve done extensive testing of both the pH and antioxidant levels of all of the leading water ionizers. I have also tested ionizers in a variety of different locations, so I could get an idea of how source water affects the quantity of hydrogen antioxidants produced at the various pH levels.

Determining Your Need for Lower PH Settings (8 or 8.5) or Higher?

People whose diets are mostly alkaline already, i.e., 80% vegetables, are probably more naturally alkaline and may need to set their ionizers to give them pH levels of about 8 or 8.5. Also, depending on the pH level of your incoming water, some water comes in at already a 8 – 9 pH. In this case, the ionizing of water is still very beneficial, because of the hydrogen antioxidants in the water (which account for about 50% of the health benefits from water ionization). I would also suggest using a hydrogen machine for these people (in order to get more hydrogen antioxidants).

People whose diets are fairly typical of US, with either several trips to a fast food restaurant per week or more than 40% of food intake [visually] from meat and grains, will probably have more acidic bodies and need higher pH-settings for their ionized water. In these cases a water ionizer, set to 9.5 or 10 pH, will give ample hydrogen antioxidants (about equal to a hydrogen machine).

Back in the days when I ate fast food a lot and my diet wasn't particularly the healthy one it is today, I found that I needed more alkaline water in my diet to stay balanced. These days I split my water half & half (half alkaline and half neutral hydrogen water). Each person needs to learn how to observe his body and use good sense and reason to guide this process.

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