What Exactly Are Alkaline Water ionizers?
Very simply, an alkaline water machine transforms regular tap water to the optimal Ph level for our bodies. Ph actually stands for potential of hydrogen. Higher Ph liquid has fewer free hydrogen ions.
The PH values range from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Anything lower than 7 is acidic, anything higher is alkaline. To give you a frame of reference, milk has a Ph of 7.0 whereas most sodas or juices have Ph of about 3.
What Features Are Important When Selecting an Alkaline Water Ionizer?
Features that focus on functionality
Adjustable PH Levels. The control panel should be easy to read and adjust so you can switch between acidic water for cleaning, slightly alkaline water for drinking and higher alkaline levels for cooking.
Number & Type of Plates. When comparing water ionizers, this is very important. A large number of plates will be a more powerful machine and typically work faster, however more is not always better. Water needs a certain amount of time to be filtered, so there is a balance between adequate filtering, flow rate and the quality of the alkalized water.
ORP Range. The ORP is the oxygen reduction potential or potential of antioxidants. When measuring ORP, water with a negative ORP has better healing properties. For example, soda has an ORP range of +500 to +600 while antioxidant-rich water has a range of -150 to -450.
Features that focus on convenience
Easy to Read Controls. A back lit panel that shows you what cycle it is on, so you do not draw water while it is rinsing.
Placement. Whether the alkaline water ionizer sits on top of your counter or is installed under the sink cabinet can be a deciding factor for many.
Filter Life and Cost. The replacement cost of the water filter is an important consideration when purchasing a water ionizer. You will also want to factor in the life of each filter.
How do Alkaline Water Ionizers Work?
Alkaline water ionizer machines typically attach to your faucet which is very convenient. These machines will filter and alter the Ph balance of your tap water. The filter is typically an activated carbon filter which will remove impurities and pollutants from the water.
The Ph balance is changed by running the water through a process called electrolysis. This process splits the hydrogen ions and minerals in the water. The machine will produce the transformed water in 2 water streams – alkaline water for drinking and oxidized water which can be used for cleaning.
Watch this simple video to get an understanding on how electrolysis works.
What Are The Benefits of Alkaline Water?
Increasing the Ph of our drinking water has been said to have many health benefits.
Here are just a few of the ways it can help.
Better Hydration: The smaller water clusters are absorbed more easily into your body hydrating it much faster than ordinary water
Power Source of Antioxidants: Drinking alkaline or ionized water can help to neutralize free radicals in your body that can cause diseases to flourish.
Relieve Acid Reflux: Some doctors prescribe drinking water with a higher alkaline level to treat reflux disease.