Alkaline water is water that is above 7 in its pH. Drinking alkaline water is one of the fastest and most effective ways of restoring your body’s acid-alkaline balance and creating alkaline water can be achieved in a number of ways. Here are the various ways of how to make alkaline water, in order of producing the highest quality water to lowest:
These machines affix to your standard tap/plumbing and produce alkaline high pH water instantly by firstly filtering and then ionixing the incoming water by running it over positive and negative electrodes.
Ionizers typically filter out inorganic and organic chemicals, lead and many heavy metals, pesticides, trihalomethanes and volatile organic chemicals (e.g. chloroform and radon gas), detergents, asbestos, some viruses, pollens.
Filters are relatively inexpensive and need to be replaced every six to twelve months, dependent on volume usage.
Water ionisers, however, do NOT filter out the minerals which are soluble in water (this is a benefit). This means that unlike distillers or reverse osmosis devices, they will leave in all of the minerals your body requires for proper functioning. You are left with nothing but clean, mineralised water, which is ready for the ionization process.
During ionisation, the soluble minerals are attracted to either the positive electrode or the negative one, depending on their own electrical energy. When this happens, the water separates into alkaline and acid streams.
The alkaline water is used for drinking, while the acid water can be used externally for cleaning skin, healing, feeding plants and disinfecting. The great benefit here is that harmful minerals (and mineral compounds such as fluoride) polarise and flow out with the acidic water while the positive minerals flow out with the alkaline, leaving you with healthy, ionised drinking water.
Water ionizers can be either counter top or under sink units and are to be viewed as an investment, since they’re not cheap (in the region of £1000 or $1500 upwards).
Considering that we need large quantities of water every day of our life and drinking high quality water has the potential to affect every other area of your life positively – from sleep to concentration to weight regulation to teeth and bone health, I’d say this is a very worthy investment in the big picture of things.
Distilling water is advocated by many scientists and health experts as being the best overall option for consumption; by its nature it contains no impurities or minerals and pH is very close to neutral.
However, you do not get the benefits of any alkaline minerals so it is recommended that distilled water is used in conjunction with pH drops in order to alkalise it.
Bottled distilled water carries the same dangers are normal bottled water – the potential for leeching of plastics from the container into the water, contaminating it. A home distillation system overcomes this problem and is not greatly expensive and requires little maintenance. However, water is not produced ‘on tap’ – it takes a few hours to produce.
Distilled water is heated to turn it to steam and then condensed back into liquid water and there is a potential concern with this that is worth mentioning:
Research conducted by the Swiss Dr. Paul Kouchakoff in the 1930s indicated that eating only cooked food provoked an increase white blood cell activity, as if it the were fighting an infection. The ‘flash point’ of water is considered to be around 170 F. David Wolfe pointed out in an interview that consuming water heated above 170 F can promote an increase in white blood cell activity, even if the water is consumed after cooling.