She looks effortlessly healthy. Glowing skin and trim body.
The ad says she drinks alkaline water.
“Alkaline water?” you ask. “What the heck is that?”
Acidic water (low pH <6.5) is generally corrosive, leaching metals from plumbing fixtures and piping. To counteract this, public water systems usually add minerals to neutralize the acidity of water (specially to reduce lead pipes from oozing lead into drinking water).
That’s why some people have to change their metal piping or have problems with water tasting metallic or sour and it can even stain laundry and sinks or drains with a blue-green tint.
Atmospheric pollution produces acid rain which harms plants, starves aquatic life and cripples infrastructure.
Alkaline water (high pH >8.5) is usually high in minerals and although hard, it does not pose a health risk. As a matter of fact, minerals in water are essential for healthy bones and teeth.
You might want to soften water to take care of your appliances, but that is another subject. For more info go here.
You can easily measure your waters’ pH using a litmus paper (you can get it in pet supply stores, they use it to check the pH of aquariums). If it comes out red or yellow, it’s indicating acidity. If it comes out green or blue, it means water is alkaline.
Why would you want that?
Alkaline water is best for your health. For example, pure water is neutral (pH of 7) and blood is alkaline (pH of 7.4). On the contrary, urine, is acidic (pH of 5) – no wonder your body excretes it off!
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This alkalinity comes from mineral-rich water containing calcium, magnesium and other minerals that are good for our bodies.
Some fancy tap water filters are usually concerned with making the water more or less alkaline. They are water ionizers intended to change the oxidation reduction potential (ORP) of the water for different uses.
These are some of the claims that a few tap water filters make to their clients. To an extent they may be true, true with respect to the pH of the water these filters produce.
This is achieved by means of electrolysis, an artificial mechanism to create alkaline water. The ionizer performs low voltage electrodyalisis on tap water to reduce water by charging it with positive ions, achieving an alkaline pH.
Water ionizers, usually sold as a tap water filter, makes the water’s pH alkaline by separating the water molecule in a chamber with titanium electrodes.
As the water molecules are separated, the ionizer produces two streams of water: alkaline water in one end and acidic water on another. Some of these tap water filters or ionizers need additional chemicals to help the machine reach the right pH needed.
These chemicals enhancers (calcium glycerophosphate) might not be great for your health.
The key element in water ionizers are the electrodes.
These may come as flat plates, mesh or grids. Each have different grades of durability and efficiency. The coating on these electrodes is also an important factor, more layers of the coating make for more durable plates. The size of them also makes them more or less efficient and the overall power of the machine (watts) impacts its performance.
Even though alkaline water is touted as a health miracle and even as a powerful antioxidant, true alkaline water is naturally mineral-rich.
So, if you’re drinking water with natural minerals you are doing what’s best for your health.
Some of the cons of these water ionizers as tap water filters are:
Using filtered and purified water is also key for many other situations and uses. Read more here for healthy living.
If you’re worried about your children’s health, check out our article about fluoride in water and how to fix this growing problem at home.
Apart from distillation, there are other great ways to filter water, making it taste great. Just head over to our page about carbon water filters.
And if you’re the proud owner of a Brita pitcher, like so many people, please do yourself a favor and read here to learn the truth about their exaggerated claims.
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