To Alkaline or Not to Alkaline Water?
What's all the hype about Alkaline Water?
Over the last few years the subject has been constantly promoted and expensive devices are promoted to make Alkaline water. The benefits promoted are incredible! The Benefits claimed range from slowing the aging process to preventing disease, improve stamina, and prevent cancer. Let me quickly say that I am not a Doctor and I am not advocating more than information on the subject. I am opinionated and offer my opinion and some data.
What is Alkaline water?
Alkaline water is water with a pH level above 7, which means it’s less acidic and more on the alkaline side of the scale.
The pH scale, which goes from 0 to 14, measures how acidic or alkaline something is. A pH of 7, like that of pure water, is neutral.
Water becomes alkaline when it has more hydroxyl ions (these are oxygen and hydrogen together) and fewer hydrogen ions. Regular water has a balance of these ions, making it neutral.
Everyday substances can have different pH levels. For instance, bleach is very alkaline (around 12.6), while lemon juice is acidic (around 2.4).
The idea behind alkaline water is that it might hydrate better than regular water. Some also think it can help with various health aspects due to its lower acidity.
However, it’s important to note that our bodies naturally maintain a balance of acidity and alkalinity, especially through functions of the kidneys and digestive system.
In many discussions, it’s said that viruses and cancer cells can’t survive in alkaline conditions. This makes the idea of using alkaline water to prevent illness appealing. Although opinions vary, I believe in the benefits of alkaline water. Friends have also seen health improvements from an alkaline diet and drinking alkaline water, supporting its potential.
My issue with Alkaline machines!
My interest in alkaline water began when a trusted friend, who also owns a Purity Bay system, shared the benefits he experienced with his new alkaline water maker. He mentioned he had to disconnect the reverse osmosis (RO) system because it produced water considered unhealthy and incompatible with making alkaline water. This surprised me, as I always aim to offer products that are beneficial to users.
The study was rewarding!
The study revealed that Reverse Osmosis (RO) water is similar to rainwater, having low levels of dissolved particles. While rainwater’s natural pH is around 5.6, it can turn acidic (pH around 4.0) if it mixes with smog. RO water typically has a neutral pH of about 7. However, both rainwater and RO water are unsuitable for alkaline water machines because pure water doesn’t conduct electricity. These machines need water with some particles to function. A concern arises since some of these particles can be harmful. For example, chlorine reacting with dissolved substances in water can create harmful compounds like Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. The need for particles in water for these machines to work leads to a preference against RO water, which is actually a pure and safe form of water.
More on Alkalinity
Maintaining an alkaline balance is vital for good health, with common issues like allergies and acid reflux often stemming from acidic conditions. Our bodies naturally thrive in an alkaline environment, and aging can amplify the negative effects of prolonged acidity, affecting bone health and the immune system. A diet abundant in fruits and vegetables is key to restoring this balance. Additionally, traditional remedies such as baking soda and vinegar, despite its mild acidity, are effective in promoting an alkaline state in the body.
For more in depth information regarding Alkaline water watch the videos below!
A great Alternative to high priced Alkaline Water Machines!
For those who would like to try or change to alkaline water and do not want to go through the high price of getting a machine and or don’t want Alkaline water with contaminants. And don’t or don’t like the taste of Vinegar!
We have filter cartridges that can be placed after your RO water system. You get clean pure water from the RO that then passes through a cartridge with some natural elements that will Alkaline your water to about 9.5 pH.
The cartridges are not cheap but compared to High priced machines… they are the best alternative! Good ones run about $80.00 and need to be changed from 4 to 6 months. Still cheaper than a $4000.00 Water Ionizer that needs contaminants to work! The alternatives as listed above are great ways to get the Alkaline effect.
Call if you would like to try one!
The good Water Guy