ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Alkaline Water Machines - Are They Worth it?

Updated on January 30, 2015

The Big Picture - A Little Common Sense

Water Ionizer History

Water Ionizers perform a function known as electrolysis, which was invented by Russian scientists and received lots of attention from Japanese researchers during the 1930s to 60's. They found through clinical studies that there were benefits for health and proceeded in the 80's to get counter-top water ionizers approved as medical devices by the Japanese Ministry of Health.

Every year thousands of water ionizers are sold via about 15 different companies. These water ionizer machines typically sell for $2000 - $4000. That's a substantial investment which could compare to buying a new fridge and stove. Why would people pay so much for these machines when tap water is free?




What's in your water?!

What's in tap water?
What's in tap water?

If you think that the above picture is a bit far fetched, check this out: Lead Poisoning affects 1 in 38 children in the United States! Link to Lead Poisoning article

A water ionizer is not going to remove all of the contaminants from your water but they do come with filters that remove chlorine, sediments and some heavy metals. Many people who get a water ionizer for the health benefits also get a pre-filter system which gives you extra abilities to remove contaminants. There are many types of specialized water filters available depending on the exact needs. You can get convenient under-counter water filters for: chlorine, chloramides, nitrates, heavy metals, hard water, soft water, etc.

How Water Ionizers work
How Water Ionizers work | Source

How Water Ionizers Work

Electrolysis is a process that separate the Alkaline and Acidic sections of water. The alkaline section changes your tap water from a pH level of about 7 to somewhere between 8 and 9.5. By drinking a higher pH water it allows your body to increase in alkalinity (reduces stress on "alkaline buffers").

One of the parts of water that can support or prevent good health, is called Oxygen Reduction Potential. You can either have negative ORP or positive ORP. Positive ORP is found in tap water, bottled waters, distilled and reverse osmosis waters and is oxidizing. Any quality water ionizer produces Negative ORP which is anti-oxidizing and reduces free radicals.

... Someone told me that Alkaline Water is Bad for Your Stomach? - Here is a quote from Arizona physician Horst Filtzer (a former chief of surgery at Cambridge Hospital), "alkaline water passes into the intestines without much difficulty since stomach acid isn't produced in response to water. It doesn't do much good to drink alkaline water with food—such as a steak—that does trigger an acid response". (That's why its recommended that you don't drink much water while you're eating).

There is a limited amount of Medical research on water ionizers in the western world because here we are focussed on attacking the problem instead of preventing it in the first place. Water Ionizers are much more common in Asia.

One medical study found that the alkaline ionized water improves the body's ability to destroy cancer cells by "enhancing induction of mitochondrial damage and cell death of human leukemia HL-60 cells Reference: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19202298

Most people report that the ionizer water tastes much differently then tap or bottled water. Another interesting fact is that you can make tea using cold ionized water and it works very well, however if you put the tea bag in your tap water - nothing happens! Some companies say that this is because the water is micro-clustered but there is some debate around this in the scientific community.

As our bodies are 70% water, it's important that we drink the highest quality water if we want to feel our best.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)