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Water Ionizers: Who Is Telling The Truth?

Updated on February 1, 2012

Although current research into the benefits of drinking alkaline water has a long way to go there is evidence that switching to alkaline water might be the key to preventing the onset of many diseases. However, the opinions of many doctors, nutritionists and scientists differ on how beneficial alkaline water actually is, or whether it has any benefits at all. On one hand you have the advocate’s extoling the virtues of this modern elixir, on the other the debunkers put it down to marketing hype used by water ionizer salesmen with no substantive evidence to back up their claims.

The truth is there are crackpots on both sides of the fence, both anti and pro alkaline water, spreading disinformation and Pseudoscience. So who do you believe?

Brussels Bureaucrats

If you listen to Brussels bureaucrats water doesn’t even hydrate. They just spent three years researching this and a great deal of tax payers money to prove it. The nonsensical claim has met with ridicule, but none the less, it is now illegal in European countries to claim that water hydrates.

Multi Level Marketing

The last person I would listen to is someone involved in selling water ionizers through a Multi Level Marketing scheme. Not because the water ionizers they sell don’t work but because you are being ripped off. Prices become inflated in order to pay the Multi Levels of commissions that this form of pyramid selling requires.

Water Ionizer Retailers and Manufacturers

Nor would I take too much notice of the marketing literature and messages broadcast by companies selling water ionizers. Marketing is a necessary part of commerce, it feeds on the needs and wants of potential customers and by its very nature is slanted and one sided.

The Scientific Community

Until the current research is complete the scientific community can’t really help either. Eminent scientist Ray Kurzweil and nutritionist Dr. Robert Young champion drinking alkaline water and switching to an alkaline diet. Yet others of equal repute, such as Dr Mercola, are less than enthusiastic about the health claims associated with alkaline water.

The Consumer

The people that you should be talking to are those that own a water ionizer and drink alkaline water regularly on a daily basis. The bureaucrats, marketers, debunkers and scientists and their agendas can’t be avoided - just try researching water ionizers or the benefits of alkaline water online and you will quickly see what I mean. Their mixed messages only serve to confuse.

So I would like to hear comments from people who own a water ionizer and regularly drink alkaline water. However, just so we keep out the marketers and the debunkers please, if possible, upload a picture that clearly shows you and your water ionizer with your comment.

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    • IzzyM profile image

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      I saw on the news you are getting it bad again - still it has been a mild winter so far, storms aside. I think the water here is disgusting and will never again be nothing but appreciative of the beautifully soft Scottish water :)

    • Peter Hoggan profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Hoggan 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Yep, I think you are located close to where I used to stay in Spain. It used to be a regular occurrence to drive up the mountain pass towards Ronda and fill containers with fresh spring water.

      I wish I was back there now, the weather here is typically Scottish, strong winds and rain travelling sideways. Never mind, summer will soon be here and at least we will get rid of the wind.

      Long term it will be interesting to see what kind of responses this hub attracts.

    • IzzyM profile image

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is an interesting hub to me on 2 points. One is that I accidentally fell on a site promoting alkaline water a few weeks ago, and am having trouble telling the difference between alkaline water and ionized water, if there is one. The tap water here is alkaline, just like the land around us, as it is full of mountain mineral run-offs. Looking around me, I would not say that many people here are healthy judging by the look of them. My own health has deteriorated, if anything, since moving here 9 years ago, but that could my age!

      The other thing is that the internet has possibly become too commercial because finding the truth about anything online is very difficult, and most of the scientific type sites require paid membership to read. I would be interested in following this hub to see if what kind of feedback you get.

    • Peter Hoggan profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Hoggan 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Yep might do that, however, it's not just the people in Brussels that suffer from the occasional brain fart. Looks like pizza is now classed as vegetable in the US.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md/pizza-...

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Yeah, just read that. You can write another Hub about how silly Brussels is with their rulings.

    • Peter Hoggan profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Hoggan 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Yep Glenn it's incredibly silly, but there is a long line of incredibly silly rulings coming out of Brussels. For example:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8904604/EU-...

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You brought up an interesting point in your first section on Brussels Bureaucrats... I think the main problem is that water bottlers are looking for ways to advertise and promote water. But the EU directive (I Googled that) to ban saying that water hydrates is just silly. We all know that water helps hydrate and we know how important it is to our health.

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