Why an Alkaline Water Pitcher is Not a Cheap Alternative to an Ionizer
It is often said in the world of consumerism that you get what you pay for. We know (or we all should know) that when something is cheap, it is often because it is made with cheaper components or because it is built to a lesser quality. And that is ok for some buyers who prefer to save dollars for short term gain.
But when it comes to your health, you really shouldn’t want to cheap out. Those on a tight budget who are seeking healthy drinking water may be attracted to the cheap price of an alkaline water pitcher. But don’t be deceived – these portable appliances are no alternative to a water ionizer machine.
That an alkaline water pitcher is no match for an ionizer should come as no surprise, but there are areas where pitcher brands market their products as having similar abilities to more complex devices. So to save you money, it is necessary to understand the key differences.
1.An Alkaline Pitcher Doesn’t Have an Electrolysis Chamber
A pitcher produces alkaline water whereas a water ionizer machine produces alkaline ionized water. This is a key difference and what this means is the reason why the former is a lot cheaper to buy. Production costs are kept down in your average alkaline pitcher by the absence of any electrical or mechanical parts. They produce an alkaline water drinking product simply by passing water over or through alkaline minerals or activated ceramics. This is said to raise the pH of the tap water you put into one but it is a world away from the complex and powerful process used inside an ionizer.
Quality ionizers, like the Aquatonic 500, are equipped with electrolysis chambers that are used to turn ordinary tap water into super-hydrating, antioxidant-rich, alkaline ionized water. Water fills into these special chambers and interacts with platinum and titanium plates inside connected to positive and negative electrodes, and this has the effect of delivering special antioxidant ions to the water. This process is called electrolysis and it mimics the natural process of the sun energizing spring water to imbue it with powerful healing properties. A pitcher simply doesn’t have the components or tech inside to produce anything similar.
2.Comparing Water Filters on Alkaline Pitchers
A key selling point of any healthy water appliance is its filter system and this is another area where there is a marked difference between alkaline jugs or pitchers and ionizer machines. Even the most expensive pitchers only feature simple filtering technology, comparatively speaking. The Dream Tree Pitcher, for example, uses a combination of semi-permeable fabric and stones as its filtering system, but on an ionizer machine you find far more complex 16 filtration systems that include ion resin exchange, activated carbon, and ceramic.
Good filtration is certainly extremely important, too, when it comes to your health and a water’s quality, as standard tap water can be swimming with an array of toxic contaminants, such trace pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and excess chlorine.
An ionizer’s filtration system will cut out 99.99% of these contaminants from reaching your tap faucet. Expect a alkaline pitcher‘s filtration percentage to be far lower.
3. Alkaline Pitchers Don’t Produce Oxidized Water
The positive and negative electrodes in a water ionizer unit’s electrolysis chamber are responsible for producing healthy alkaline drinking water as well as another product termed ‘oxidized’ water. This is actually an acidic by-product of the electrolysis process, and is water that has an abundance of negatively charged ions (called anions). So what use could acidic water possibly have? It is a perfect disinfectant and cleaning fluid as its oxidized nature kills bacteria without a trace of any chemical needed. The alkaline pitcher does not split water into that with positive and negative ions, so this useful by-product is absent.
4. Alkaline Water Levels
Even though we should know by now that it is not a water’s alkalinity on its own that makes it healthy to drink but instead mainly the presence of antioxidants, having the option to choose the pH level of water produced from an ionizer is an advantage over an alkaline pitcher. The portable devices actually don’t produce a set pH level water each time, so those looking to precisely balance their pH body balance – vital to general well-being – will have to play a guessing game when it comes to their water.
Ionizers let you choose the alkalinity level of the water produced, so it’s possible to set a high pH or something matching the alkalinity of the average human body, which is a slightly alkaline 7.2-7.4 pH.
To your health,
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