Feb 15

What Happens to Water When it is Ionized?

When water in a water ionizer is ionized, it is split into two separate streams of water. One of those streams is alkaline, the other one is acidic. Why two streams of water? Because of the physics behind the ionization process. A water ionizer doesn’t add anything to water when it ionizes it, instead, the ionization process changes the composition of the mineral compounds in the water.

What water is like before it is ionized

The ionization process affects the dissolved mineral salts in water, not on the actual water molecules themselves.  Tap water contains dissolved mineral salts, mostly calcium carbonates and magnesium carbonates. Those two mineral salts are responsible for the white deposits left on plumbing and appliances in homes with hard water. In general, water that contains greater than 60 milligrams per liter of those salts is considered to be moderately hard water Most homes in the US are served by water supplies that are moderately hard, or harder. Hard water is safe to drink, in fact, it is better for your health than soft water. According to the World Health Organization, you need to get between 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from your drinking water. So hard water is good for your health, but if it’s very hard, your water can taste chalky.

What happens to water when it’s ionized

The ionization process splits the mineral salts in tap water in half: The calcium and magnesium are split from the carbonate that they were combined with. Next, the calcium and magnesium ions are drawn through a special ion-permeable membrane into a separate chamber. Likewise, the carbonate ions are also drawn through the ion permeable membrane into their own separate chamber.

Alkaline water: After being separated from the carbonate ions, the calcium and magnesium ions pull hydroxyl ions from the water around them to form new mineral salts: Calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. These newly formed hydroxide salts are highly alkaline, they are what gives alkaline water its high alkaline pH. The hydroxyl ions give the alkaline water its age-defying antioxidant potential.

Acidic water: When the carbonate ions enter their chamber, they also react with water molecules. The reaction produces a solution of carbonic acid. It’s a very weak solution, that is useful as a beauty rinse, for watering plants, and for sanitizing produce.

Is bottled alkaline water the same as ionized alkaline water?

No. In fact, many bottled alkaline waters aren’t even alkaline! Tests done on some popular brands such as Trader Joe’s bottled alkaline water actually showed that those brands could actually be acidic. The problem is that alkaline water doesn’t keep if you put it into a bottle, you have to drink it within 24 hours of making it to get the water’s full potency. Even if it has an alkaline pH, bottled alkaline water doesn’t have any antioxidant potential, and that antioxidant potential is responsible for many of the health benefits that you drink alkaline water for.

The only way to get the full benefit of drinking alkaline water is to make it yourself, with a water ionizer. Consider this: You need to drink 2 – 3 liters of water per day for good health. If you tried to purchase enough bottled alkaline water to drink 2 – 3 liters per day, it would end up costing well over $100 a month! You can finance a water ionizer for less than that, and make your own ionized alkaline water for just pennies per gallon.

Sep 07

Magnesium in Alkaline Water best for Bone Health

Doctors often tell their patients to increase their calcium intake to maintain strong bones, often suggesting milk or other calcium rich foods.


But a recent study from Norway suggests they may be missing something: Magnesium. The study showed that in Norway, bone fracture risk is lower in people who drink magnesium-rich water with an alkaline pH. Interestingly, the study showed no association between calcium levels in water and bone fracture risk possibly because Norwegians get adequate calcium from their diets.

Magnesium and bone health

The fact that magnesium is good for bone health has been firmly established in studies for over 50 years. What wasn’t known until this recent study was that water pH and magnesium in drinking water could have such a significant effect. The study showed that risk of hip fractures in men and women declined as the magnesium content in their water increased. The improvement in bone health was even more pronounced for people who drank alkaline water that was rich in magnesium. Overall, men saw a nearly 20% reduction in bone fracture risk, and women saw an average of 18% reduction in bone fracture risk.

You are the pH you drink: The study showed that water pH matters because if affects what your body absorbs. People who drank water with an alkaline pH showed higher levels of calcium and magnesium, while people who drank acidic water had higher levels of harmful minerals like mercury. Earlier research done in Sweden even suggested that drinking alkaline water could protect you from mercury’s harmful effects.

Why alkaline water is best for bone health

Multiple studies have shown that drinking alkaline water lowers markers of bone loss, and that it encourages the growth of healthy new bone. The benefits of alkaline water are most pronounced for middle-aged to elderly people: Oftentimes an older person has difficulty absorbing minerals from the food they eat. The minerals in alkaline water are easiest to absorb because the water has an alkaline pH and  they are in the right form, mineral hydroxides, for maximum absorption.

The problem with most tap water that makes it hard to absorb

Much of the tap water in America is hard water, it’s rich in calcium and magnesium, and has an alkaline pH. So why is it that osteoporosis is a health epidemic in America? Because the minerals in hard water are hard to absorb if they come from dolomite, and about 90% of North American tap water gets it’s minerals from dolomite. Thankfully, there is a way to fix tap water that gets it’s minerals from dolomite, so it’s easy to absorb. Treat it with a water ionizer.

Water ionizers make hard water healthy by making it easy to absorb

A water ionizer changes the hard-to-absorb mineral bicarbonates in tap water into easy-to-absorb mineral hydroxides – fixing the problem of hard to absorb minerals from dolomite. A water ionizer also infuses your water with antioxidant potential. There are over 40 studies that show many different health benefits from drinking alkaline water. People have been drinking alkaline water from water ionizers for over 50 years for better health in Japan and it shows: Japan has one of the lowest rates of bone fractures in the world.

Be good to your bones. Take charge of your health with alkaline water today.

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Oct 16

Alkaline Water Machines – Fact or Fiction?

Alkaline mineral water machines are a hotly debated subject. Health advocates point to the large number of people who claim to have made big, positive changes in their health by drinking alkaline mineral water as proof that these machines are beneficial. Skeptics claim the machines can’t work for reasons such as “pure water can’t be ionized”. Skeptics are wrong in this case, because the effect that these machines have on water is well documented. Alkaline water machines use a process called electrodialysis to split water into two halves: Alkaline and acidic mineral streams. Simple chemistry can be used to prove that these alkaline and acidic waters are different than the source water the machine used to make them.

Alkaline Water Machines – Fiction

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Why do alkaline water skeptics doubt water ionizers? The machine’s bad rap among skeptics is partially earned. Overzealous salespeople have made many over-the-top claims in a effort to boost their sales. Some salespeople may mean well, but they don’t understand the chemistry behind water ionization, and as a result they misrepresent the process used by alkaline water machines. 

Alkaline Water Machines – FACTS

What do alkaline water machines actually do to water? Tap water is not pure water, it contains dissolved mineral salts – mostly calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonates – that give water it’s hardness. In fact, pure water is never found in nature.

Alkaline water machines split the mineral carbonates in tap water in half, the minerals and the carbonates end up in separate compartments. The calcium and magnesium end up in the alkaline water, they give the water it’s alkaline pH and healthy properties. The carbonate (dissolved CO2) ends up in the acidic water. So a water ionizer machine actually makes two kinds of water: Alkaline mineral water (for drinking) and an acidic solution of water and carbonic acid.

Alkaline water from an alkaline water machine has these properties that make it different from ordinary tap water:

  • Mineral hydrates – The calcium and magnesium in alkaline water are known as mineral hydrates.

  • Hydration – Alkaline water hydrates better than plain water because the mineral hydrates in it are osmotics – substances that make water easier to absorb

  • Taste – Alkaline water from a water ionizer tastes sweeter and more refreshing than regular water

  • High alkalinity – Alkalinity measures how much acid the water can neutralize. Alkaline water can neutralize more acid than regular water

After a water ionizer separates the minerals from the carbonates in tap water, the minerals react with water to achieve chemical equilibrium – a state where the atomic charges of the minerals are balanced out by negatively charged molecules taken from water molecules. The negatively charged molecule that the minerals get from water molecules are called hydroxyl ions. These hydroxyl ions give alkaline water its antioxidant potential.

Alkaline water hydrates better than plain water because of the mineral hydrates in it. These mineral hydrates – mostly calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide – are recognized by the FDA for their contribution to human nutrition. They also reduce the surface tension of water, which makes it easier to absorb.

Alkaline water tastes better than plain water. If you have hard water – which tastes bitter and chalky –  a water ionizer will fix the taste of your water. In fact, LIFE Ionizers guarantees that we will make your tap water the best tasting water you ever drank!

Alkaline water benefits have been studied

One of the least well understood facts about alkaline water is that it has been studied for it’s effects on health. Several studies have looked at alkaline water’s connection to bone health, detoxification, blood pressure and weight management among other benefits. Nearly all of these studies were preliminary in nature. This means, that while positive results were found, more study is needed to confirm those results.

The lack of follow up studies in the past have been a major barrier to wider public acceptance of alkaline water machines. Studies are expensive, and conclusive studies take decades to complete. In fact, the cost of one clinical trial – to test only one benefit of alkaline water – would cost 10s of billions of dollars. Keep in mind, the annual revenues for the entire alkaline water machine industry is less than a billion dollars! Because clinical trials are so expensive, and the alkaline water machine industry is so small, there is simply no way to confirm any of the promising, preliminary research on the benefits of alkaline water.

Alkaline water: It’s your health, get the facts

If you’re reading this article, you are probably curious about alkaline water. You may have heard a glowing testimonial from a friend, or read about someone losing weight, but are naturally wondering: Would it work for me? There’s an easy way to find out.

LIFE Ionizers gives a 60 day return on all water ionizers (when you pay retail price), minus a restocking fee. This means you can try alkaline water for 60 days to see if it works for you, basically like renting the machine to try it out.

What could happen in 60 days? One recent study examined 4 obese, middle aged people that drank alkaline water for 60 days: They lost an average of 12 pounds. Study subjects also excreted 10 different heavy metals, and saw reduced markers of bone loss. A lot can happen in 60 days. In fact, if you are struggling with health issues, h2oforhealth will even sell you a machine at a discount!

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Wynn, E, MA Krieg, JM Aeschlimann, and P Burckhardt. “Alkaline mineral water lowers bone resorption even in calcium sufficiency: alkaline mineral water and bone metabolism.” Bone. Elsevier, 27 Oct 2008. Web. 1 Jul 2013. <http://www.thebonejournal.com/article/S8756-3282(08)00781-3/abstract>.

Rylander, Ragnar, and Maurice Arnaud. “Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure among subjects with low urinary magnesium and calcium levels.” BMC Public Health. BMC Public Health, 30 Nov 2004. Web. 1 Jul 2013. <http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/4/56>.

Abraham, Guy, and Jorge Flebas. “The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report.” Highbeam Research. Original Internist, 01 Sep 2011. Web. 2 Jul 2013. <http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-269433201.html>.


Sep 26

Get Antioxidants from Alkaline Ionized Water


Alkaline water produced by a water ionizer can be a great source of antioxidants and other minerals. Hard water, which is found in many areas will contain large amounts of calcium and magnesium, and will likely have many other minerals in it as well, some of those minerals, such as zinc and manganese, are antioxidants.

While the filters in an ionizer work to reduce the levels of many substances found in tap water, they allow useful amounts of minerals to pass through. A water ionizer is the best way to get antioxidant minerals from water because they concentrate beneficial minerals in drinking water while rejecting harmful ones.

Water ionizers use a process called electrodialysis to divide water into two different streams, one alkaline, and one acid. The process concentrates essential dietary minerals on the alkaline side, while harmful elements are concentrated on the acid side. Then, the electrodialytic process causes the concentrated alkaline minerals to become ionized by freeing up hydroxyl ions from the water, which then instantly combine with any minerals present to form ionic minerals in their antioxidant form, which are highly bioavailable.


Vegetables have long been recognized as a source of vitamins and minerals, but research is revealing that vegetables may make it difficult for the body to absorb some essential dietary minerals. Scientists have found that antioxidants in plants, known as polyphenols, can interfere with the absorption of iron and zinc. Some plant acids, such as phytic acid will bind to iron and zinc making them unavailable to absorb in the intestines.

Some health experts have speculated that the binding effect of polyphenols may be the cause of mineral deficiencies in some people’s diets. For vegetarians and vegans, alkaline water can provide useful amounts of bioavailable iron and zinc in their diet because it contains no polyphenols.


chart of trace mineral deficiences

Immune functions fail first if you don’t get enough antioxidant minerals

Some of the minerals found in drinking water supplies virtually everywhere have proven antioxidant effects in the body. Known antioxidant minerals commonly found in water include: copper, manganese, selenium, and zinc.

If they are present in your source water, alkaline water produced by an ionizer will have trace amounts of the above antioxidant minerals in it. The good news is – you only need trace amounts of these minerals in your diet! Drinking water is the ideal way to deliver minerals, because the body can only absorb small amounts of minerals at a time. This is one of the major drawbacks of mineral supplements, they deliver a lot of minerals, but only a small amount is actually absorbed. Minerals from supplements that can’t be absorbed are excreted in the feces.


It is incredibly easy to supplement your mineral intake with alkaline water. Simply drink alkaline water throughout your day each glass of water you drink will give you some minerals. Health experts recommend you drink eight 500 ml glasses of water each day to maintain proper hydration. By drinking alkaline water, you not only stay hydrated, but you add essential minerals to your diet. Drinking alkaline water may just be one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to maintain and improve your health.


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Rostan, et. al. Evidence supporting zinc as an important antioxidant for skin.International Journal of Dermatology (indexed for MEDLINE)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12358835

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Penn State (2010, August 23). Polyphenol antioxidants inhibit iron absorption.ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 15, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/08/100823152309.htm

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Mani, K. Electrodialysis water splitting technology. Journal of Membrane Science Volume 58, Issue 2, 15 May 1991, Pages 117-138.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376738800824503


Sep 26

Alkaline Ionized Water Medical Studies

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Research on Alkaline Water is preliminary, but promising.

This article is a summary of some of the most promising research that has been performed on the health benefits of alkaline water, and drinking water in general. This information is intended to serve as a basis for further study. You should consult with your doctor before starting to drink alkaline water.

  • Alkaline water for mineral nutrition

Calcium and Magnesium: Essential dietary minerals calcium and magnesium are 30% easier for your body to absorb from water than they are from food. Because of this, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends getting 10 – 20% of your daily needs of calcium and magnesium by drinking water. Alkaline water gets its alkalinity primarily from the calcium and magnesium hydroxides in it.

World Health Organization: Nutrients in drinking water http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientsindw/en/index.html

  • Alkaline water as an antioxidant

MUST be combined with a proton donor! – Alkaline water must be combined with a proton donor such as Vitamin C to unleash its antioxidant potential. In-vitro studies conducted in Japan show that alkaline water by itself does not show an antioxidant effect, but when combined with vitamin C, it produces an antioxidant effect that is significantly greater than vitamin C alone.

The mechanism of the enhanced antioxidant effects against superoxide anion radicals of reduced water produced by electrolysis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14871602

  • Alkaline water for bone health

Link to bone health: Research conducted mostly in Sweden and the United States indicates that there is a link between drinking alkaline water and bone health. Studies show two surprising findings:

You get more beneficial calcium in your diet by drinking water – even if you get enough calcium in your diet!
People who normally have a hard time absorbing minerals from food absorb minerals from water easily.

[1] Chen H, Kimura M, Zhu Z, Itokawa Y, Evaluation on ionized calcium as a nutrient. The 11th Symposium on Trace Nutrients Research, Japan Trace Nutrients Research Society, p131-138, 1994.

[2] Wynn E, Krieg, M.A, Aeschlimann, J.M, Burckhardt, P, Alkaline mineral water lowers bone resorption even in calcium sufficiency. Bone; January 2009 44 (1): 120-124 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18926940

  • Alkaline water and blood pressure

Better nutrition: Mineral deficiencies in the body are considered to be a factor in high blood pressure and heart problems. Large studies have shown that helpful amounts of minerals can be gotten simply by drinking water.

Alkaline water (as revealed in the study discussed above) is the best way to get calcium. Alkaline water also contains magnesium, which is also associated with better heart health. The minerals in alkaline water are recognized for their contribution to human nutrition

Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure among subjects with low urinary magnesium and calcium levels BMC Public Health. 2004; 4: 56. Published online 2004 November 30. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-4-56

  • Alkaline water and hydration

pH is the key: Research has shown that the primary way that water passes into and out of cells is through tiny channels in the cell wall called aquaporins. Aquaporins are amazing because they can move a billion water molecules per second into and out of cells! The aquaporin channels are so tiny, that the billion water molecules have to pass through in single file!

The influence of natural mineral water on aquaporin water permeability and human natural killer cell activity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21549098

  • Alkaline water and digestion

Gradual Relief: Alkaline water for digestive health has been studied mostly in Japan and Korea. Clinical trials of alkaline water in Japan for digestive upset revealed that 88% of people with chronic digestive upset found partial or full relief of their symptoms.

Limitation: researchers noted that relief from symptoms happened gradually, and the best results were in cases of minor digestive upset. This means there is no guarantee of immediate relief! For fast relief of upset stomach, take medicine!

[Kitahora, et al: The Summary of “Electrolytic Water in Medical Treatment” Symposium of the 25th General Assembly of the Medical Congress of Japan (1999)]
[Tashiro, et al: “Digestion and Absorption” issued by the Japan Digestion and Absorption Academics Society Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 52-56 (2000)]
[Tashiro: P473-477, 5th Revision of the 32nd Edition of “Digestive Organs” published by Kagaku Hyoron Sha (2001)]
[Kitahora: Journal (T) of the 26th General Assembly of the Medical Congress of Japan (p. 33) (2003)]
[Itokawa: FOOD Style 21, Vol. 7, No. 8, pp. 81–83 (2003)]

  • Alkaline water research is ongoing

The studies referenced in this article represent the strongest proof yet of the benefits of alkaline water. However, most of this research is preliminary; it needs to be backed up with further research.

However, the health benefits of the mineral hydroxides in alkaline water are well documented. There is plenty of research that demonstrates that alkaline water does contribute to body nutrition. It is also well-documented that alkaline water from a water ionizer tastes better than plain water.

Better tasting water may be the most significant health benefit of owning a water ionizer. You end up drinking more water simply because it tastes better.

Has the FDA evaluated the health benefits of alkaline water?
Not yet. But the minerals in alkaline water are recognized by the FDA for their contribution to human nutrition. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


Aug 07

Alkaline Water Detoxification proven by Study

A 2011 study on the effects of drinking alkaline water reveals that drinking alkaline water can provide detoxification of heavy metals from your body. The study evaluated 4 people who consumed alkaline water for 2 months. Researchers monitored test subjects urine before and during the time they drank alkaline water. All four test subjects showed an increase in the levels of heavy metals detected in their urine for the first couple of days when they started drinking alkaline water. The study made alkaline water using a water ionizer and tap water from Hendersonville, NC. According to their annual water quality report, Hendersonville’s tap water shows only a small amount of copper in it (0.09 mg/L). So the heavy metals excreted by the test subjects definitely didn’t come from Hendersonville’s water!

alkkaline water detoxification infographic

10 toxins that were excreted by study participants

Heavy Metals Detoxification by Alkaline Water

The infographic above shows the 10 metals that were detected in study subjects urine.

 The results from the study after two months was conclusive.  All test subjects excreted heavy metals. The test subjects in this study continued their normal eating habits and lifestyle, so they would have been subjected to ongoing exposure from heavy metals by their food and lifestyle during the study. Alkaline water was simply allowing their bodies to discharge higher levels of those toxins. Previous studies reviewed on this blog have documented that alkaline water shows a protective effect from mercury.

Can Alkaline Water help you detoxify?

Everybody’s body is different, so only your doctor can tell for sure. First, you would need to have your doctor test your urine to see if any toxic metals are present. If there are heavy metals in your urine, you would need to do a follow up test to see if your excretion levels have changed.

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Why LIFE Water Ionizers are best for detoxification

The best alkaline water for detoxification is the purest alkaline water. LIFE Ionizers ensures your alkaline water is as pure as it can be with a custom-configured pre-filtration system and dual internal filters. LIFE Ionizers evaluates your local water quality report for toxins including heavy metals. Whatever we find in your water, LIFE Ionizers has a pre-filter for it. That custom pre-filter is included free with your new LIFE Ionizer LIFE’s patent-pending Vitamin C Ceramic Block filtration technology is the only filter technology that is equally effective against chlorine and chloramines.

Why the Kangen Water machine isn’t suitable for detoxification

The kangen machine only comes with one internal filter. If you want a pre-filter system with your kangen machine, it costs extra. Enagic, the maker of the kangen water machine does not custom configure your pre-filter. The single filter in the Enagic machine may only remove 80% of the chlorine in your water at it’s maximum flow rate. Enagic’s granular activated carbon/ calcium sulfite (GAC) filter is configured for chloramine reduction, but no rating is given in Enagic’s filter specifications. Because the kangen water machine can’t remove heavy metals from your water, it could actually sabotage your detoxification program!

Warning: The Kangen Water System does NOT filter heavy metals or salt found in your water! (Source: Enagic website, water filtering specifications for the Leveluk SD-501)

Things to keep in mind about the study this article is based on

This study was conducted on 4 middle-aged people (average age 52.5 years) who were clinically obese (average weight = 255 Lbs, and Body Mass Index average 39.75). All four study participants lost weight, an average of 12 pounds during this study. Some of the toxin release shown in this study may have been from toxins trapped in the study participant’s fat tissue. Those toxins would have been discharged as fatty tissues were reduced.

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The effect of daily consumption of 2 liters of electrolyzed water for 2 months on body composition and several physiological parameters in four obese subjects: a preliminary report. Guy E. Abrabam, Jorge D. Flebas. Original Internist.  Sept 2011 v18 i3 p96(9).

Dec 01

Why is the Kangen Water Machine so Expensive?

Anybody who has shopped for a water ionizer is familiar with the high price of the kangen water machine®. The kangen® system costs about twice as much as competing water ionizers, and anyone considering buying the kangen® system has the right to know why.

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What you get for your money in a kangen water machine®
The Kangen system comes with 7 plates and 230 watts of power. Compared to other brands of water ionizer, that makes the kangen® system a mid-grade ionizer. Competing high end ionizers come with 9 plates, and over 300 watts of power. So if you buy a kangen machine®, you pay twice as much for less power and plates.

FACT: The kangen water machine® is not as powerful as competing ionizers that cost less

Some try to justify the kangen machine’s exorbitant price by suggesting the kangen machine has better plates. However, the company that makes the kangen machine (Enagic®) admits that the kangen machine® can destroy its own plates! The kangen® system can destroy its plates because it needs chemical additives to work right. One of those chemicals (an acid) corrodes the platinum on the kangen® system’s plates, and exposes the titanium underneath. So if you buy a kangen machine®, beware of the fact that you could be exposed to toxic titanium!

FACT: The plates in the Enagic water machine® can be destroyed by normal use.

The kangen machine® uses a single filter, where competing systems have two or more filters. According to Enagic’s® website; the single filter used in the kangen machine® is inadequate, it isn’t able to remove metals and salt from the water produced by the machine. So if you buy a kangen water machine® beware of the fact that it may not be able to remove all of the toxins found in your water.

FACT: The kangen water ionizers® cannot remove salt or heavy metals from water.

What you’re really paying for in the Kangen water machine®
The kangen water machine® uses obsolete technology, and it’s weaker than competing systems. So the question remains: What are you paying for when you buy a kangen water machine®?

You are paying for 8 Multi-Level Marketers to receive a commission. The Kangen machine® has the highest markup of any water ionizer sold because:

Enagic® – The manufacturer – expects and gets full price for its machine from its network of MLM sales people
Eight sales people get paid a commission for every one machine sold!
Even the replacement filter for the kangen machine® is expensive. It costs more than twice what you would pay to get filters for any other brand of water ionizer! The bottom line is, the kangen water machine® is a rip off, and it costs way too much for a mid-grade ionizer with obsolete technology.

FACT: There are too many people expecting to get paid when a kangen water ionizer® sells.

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Nov 30

Why Drink Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water from a water ionizer tastes sweeter and more refreshing than ordinary water. What makes alkaline water from a water ionizer taste so much better is the effect that the water ionizer has on the minerals in drinking water. Water ionizers change the mineral carbonates in tap water – which can be hard for the body to absorb – into mineral hydroxides. It is those mineral hydroxides that make alkaline water taste better, and make it better for you.

Mineral hydroxides in alkaline water considered nutritious by the FDA

The minerals found in tap water in the US come mostly from a mineral called dolomite. Dolomite supplies calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate, both of which are good for you. But there is a problem: When these minerals in drinking water come from dolomite, they are hard for the body to absorb!

A water ionizer changes the calcium and magnesium carbonates that come from dolomite into calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. Both of these hydroxide minerals are recognized by the FDA as safe. The FDA also recognizes calcium and magnesium hydroxide as valuable sources of mineral nutrition.

Benefits of better-tasting alkaline water

Many people don’t drink enough water, and suffer the effects of dehydration as a result. Alkaline water from a water ionizer could have a huge beneficial effect on health for the simple reason that it tastes better.

It is human nature to prefer to drink something that tastes good. For that reason alone, alkaline water can help you improve your hydration. When your water tastes better, you’ll drink more of it.

Benefits of calcium hydroxide in alkaline water

Calcium hydroxide is used in orange juice and infant formula to fortify both with calcium. According to the FDA: “calcium hydroxide as used in foods contributes to the total biologically available dietary calcium.”

Research on alkaline water reveals that it is a great source of beneficial calcium for bone health. Studies show that even if you get enough calcium in your diet, you can benefit by drinking alkaline water!

Benefit of magnesium hydroxide in alkaline water

According to the FDA, most adults do not get enough magnesium from food in their diet: “The usual adult intake is about 300mg or less per day from all sources and the contribution of food additives to total magnesium intake is very small”. Alkaline water can provide additional magnesium because magnesium hydroxide is easy to absorb.

You may need to talk to your doctor about alkaline water

Magnesium hydroxide is the active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia, it is a laxative. For this reason, alkaline water can help improve digestive health if a person has trouble expelling waste. However, if a person has chronic diarrhea, they may wish to consult with their doctor before drinking alkaline water.

Better hydration = better health

If healthy hydration is in your health plans, a water ionizer is a great investment. Better tasting water is easier to drink. Think about this: You will drink water every day for the rest of your life. A water ionizer will make the water you drink taste better – for pennies per gallon!

Give better tasting water a try… One sip and you’ll be sold! Call us at (415) 203-55199 to find out how easy it is to get a water ionizer in your home!

Has the FDA evaluated alkaline water for health?

The FDA doesn’t evaluate water, it only evaluates food and drugs. LIFE Ionizers urges you to talk to your doctor before starting to drink alkaline water. Only your doctor knows for sure if alkaline water is right for you.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

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Nov 24

How Alkaline Water Helps Fight Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome Linked to low urine pH

As urine pH decreases, the number of metabolic syndrome symptoms increase

Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of modern day physiological screw-ups, it is considered to be a factor in obesity,  hypertension and  kidney stones.

A large, recently completed study has documented an important new finding in the fight against metabolic syndrome – sufferers also have low urinary pH. People with low urine pH often have higher amounts of calcium in their urine, which significantly increases their risk of developing kidney stones.

The above chart shows clearly that as urine pH gets lower, the number of metabolic syndrome symptoms increases. People with very low urine pH have a higher risk of obesity, kidney stones, and other problems. [3]

Other studies have also shown that low urinary pH levels are associated with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI), the standard medical measure used to determine if a person is obese. The reason that low urinary pH is associated with obesity is not fully understood, and studies are ongoing. While alkaline water’s effect on metabolic syndrome has yet to be studied; it is well known that alkaline water raises urine pH, [1] which may offer relief for metabolic syndrome sufferers.

Low Urinary pH is a Symptom of Metabolic Acidosis

Medical experts have long associated low urinary pH with metabolic acidosis, a condition in which the body has to tax its vital resources in order to compensate for excess acidity in the diet. One of the ways the body protects itself from metabolic acidosis is to rid itself of excess acid through the kidneys. Because of this, one of the symptoms of metabolic acidosis that doctors look for is low urinary pH.

Metabolic acidosis carries many of the same health risks as metabolic syndrome; obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar counts are commonly seen in both diseases. While the two diseases have yet to be linked by medical science, the common factor in both diseases of low urinary pH suggests that more research should be done.

Study Shows Alkaline Water raises Urine pH

Studies done on alkaline water show that it raises urine pH, and some medical experts consider it to be an effective way to counter the effects of metabolic acidosis. A study published in 2010 compared the urine pH of people given alkaline water to a control group that drank water that had close to a neutral pH.

Testing showed that the group that drank alkaline water had higher blood and urine pH levels than the group that drank the pH neutral water. The group that drank alkaline water saw an average increase in their urinary pH from 7.52 – 7.69, an increase of .17 pH. Because the pH scale is logarithmic, the .17 pH change means drinking alkaline water made the test subjects urine pH 1.7 times more alkaline [1]

Benefits of using Alkaline Water to Raise Urine pH

Based on the chart above, a urine has a pH of above 6.1 pH is associated with zero symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Thus a person who can raise their urinary pH may be able to prevent the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Research shows that low urinary pH is associated with a higher risk of forming kidney stones, thus increasing the urinary pH may help prevent kidney stones. Kidney stones are calcium deposits in the kidneys, which are believed to form because of excessive excretion of calcium in the urine. [1]

Raising the pH of your urine improves the ability of your kidneys to remove toxins from your bloodstream. This is why doctors treating poisoning victims will use a bicarbonate IV drip; it temporarily raises the person’s urine pH. This is why alkaline water is used for detoxification.

People with higher urine pH may also be better hydrated. The study quoted above that showed that drinking alkaline water increases urine pH also showed that alkaline water drinkers appear to retain more of the water they drank than people who drink water with a neutral or acidic pH. [2]

How can I know its working?

The best way to find out if it is working is to test your urine pH before you start drinking alkaline water, and then keep testing after you start drinking alkaline water and compare the results. The best time to test your urine is when you get up in the morning.

Keep in mind your urine pH level will vary from day to day. The best way to track your progress is to compare your average urine pH level from week to week. You will know that alkaline water is raising your urine pH if you see your average urinary pH gradually rise from where it started.


[1] Kilgore, C. Kidney Stones Linked to CVD, Metabolic Syndrome. Internal Medicine News. Retrieved 8-24-11 from http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/index.php?id=514&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=62138&cHash=86edab9dbe


[2] Heil, D. Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of mineral-based alkaline bottled water. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2010, 7:29.

[3] Maalouf N. et. al. Low Urine pH: A Novel Feature of the Metabolic SyndromeUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

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Nov 20

How much Water is used to make our everyday things?

Very few people concern themselves with water, as long as the tap runs when they turn it on, what’s there to worry about? Unfortunately, there is a lot to worry about, it takes a lot more water than you might think to make the things most people take for granted. Even worse, it the problem of what to do with the water left over after it has been used, many agricultural and manufacturing processes turn perfectly good drinking water into a toxic stew. This article looks at how much water it takes to make things, and what happens to the water afterward.


Many oil companies use a method called “fracking” to fracture underground rock formations called shale so they can release pockets of trapped methane gas. The process requires about 2 million gallons of drinking water that is taken from the local community where the well is that is being fracked. The water is mixed with toxic chemicals, so after the well has been fracked, the water that is recovered is toxic and must be disposed of. Fracking leads to serious environmental consequences, (such as flammable tap water) which are discussed in an earlier post on this blog.

Bottled Water

Water is used to make the bottle as well as fill it; it takes 1.5 gallons of water just to make the bottle. Manufacturing plastic takes a lot of water, to make one pound of plastic, it takes 24 gallons of water. Many plastic manufacturers try to reuse some of their water, but the water that is discharged often has dangerous chemicals in it, and small bits of plastic. In the environment, animals eat the small pieces of plastic, which then fill their stomachs, and then they starve to death.

Pair of Jeans

To grow enough cotton to make a pair of jeans, it takes 1,800 gallons of water. Water used to grow cotton returns to the environment laden with fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. The tainted water has devastating consequences of the environment. Many species have been driven to the point of extinction from the byproducts of cotton production. Toxic DDT (now outlawed) was a popular pesticide used on cotton.


It takes an astonishing amount, 2847 gallons to make a single serving of chocolate. Thankfully, chocolate can be made responsibly and much of the water used to grow the cacao beans can be returned to the environment for reuse if the chocolate is grown using sustainable methods of agriculture. Unfortunately, much of the chocolate that is produced is not grown using sustainable methods, and the resulting water pollution contaminates drinking water wells in the third-world countries where most chocolate is grown.

A Human

About 70% of our bodies are made of water. A person should drink about 6 – 8 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated. Most of the water used by people is recycled, and safely returned to the environment. The problem is, that many of the other activities that use water end up poisoning it, and because of that, poisoning people. Clean water is something most of us take for granted, but the reality of the situation is that much of our water isn’t clean.

Do you know if your water is safe? If you don’t, h2oforhealth can help by providing you with a free water report from your local water authority.