Pitting the Alkaline Water Bottle against Ionized Water
The world spends around $100 billion a year on bottled water. That is a pretty incredible statistic and shows just how much value we put into the bottled beverage, rightly or wrongly. And whilst bottled water will always be on the shopping list for many of us, those looking for health benefits from a particular kind of water need to question what they are gaining by buying it packaged in bottles.
The alkaline water bottle appears to fit conveniently into an alkaline diet lifestyle, but is bottled alkaline water the best type of alkaline water? Is it even safe to drink? To answer these questions, let’s compare it to another alkaline diet option: ionized water from a water ionizer machine.
Alkaline Water from an Alkaline Water Bottle and Ionizer
Whether you get it bottled or through your tap faucet via an ionizer unit, the attraction of alkaline water is its many apparent health benefits. As a means to de-tox your body, lower the risk from serious diseases, improve energy levels, or boost your immune system, alkaline water is indisputably a better choice for your health than soda, coca cola, beer, or wine. All of these popular beverages are extremely acidic on the pH scale and will have the opposite effects to alkaline water on your body.
The contents of an alkaline water bottle is tap water that has an alkaline pH added to it and which is then put through a purification process using distillation. Ionized water is tap water that is made alkaline by the process of electrolysis when passed through an ionizer unit installed next to a home sink. Alkalinity is not the only property of ionized water though. It also has a high antioxidant content and is micro-clustered in structure. And these ionized water properties are key to an alkaline water’s healing potential.
Comparing the Alkaline Water Bottle with Ionized Water
One would assume that both an alkaline water bottle and an ionizer unit deliver alkaline drinking water for consumption but in some instances, unbelievably, this is not true. Whilst an ionizer will always give you alkaline water to pH levels of your choosing, bottled alkaline water can be acidic because of the distillation process it is processed through before it is filled into plastic bottles. Distillation rips out the mineral content from water, leaving it lacking dissolved minerals. This gives bottled water the property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances, so when these types of waters come into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The problem is that virtually all bottled drinks use distillation as a filtering method. Ionized water is made clean through complex filters so doesn’t have this problem.
Alkaline water is not actively healing, it merely helps return the body and blood pH to the slightly alkaline level that is its optimal state. Antioxidants ARE actively healing though, and you don’t get these hydroxyl ions in bottled alkaline waters. Ionized water has the potential to lower oxidative stress on your cells because of their presence, helping to prevent cell aging and damage; the primary causes of disease.
Alkaline water can help de-tox the body by flushing acidic waste from our cells and tissues which are built up from bad acidic diets and poor lifestyle habits. An alkaline water bottle can contribute to this if it is actually giving you alkaline water (as we now know, some don’t) but the best type of alkaline water for cell hydration is ionized water. At a molecular level, the micro-clustered structure of ionized water allows it to more effectively pass through cell walls. This leads to greater hydration and a greater de-tox effect.
To your health,
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