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[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

Alkaline Water or Tap Water, Benefits and Cost?

A water ionizer transforms ordinary tap water into ionized alkaline water. There are three main qualities of ionized alkaline water that make it better than plain water. The first reason alkaline water is superior to plain water is that it tastes better. Better tasting water helps you improve your hydration status simply because you drink more of it. Research has proven that alkaline water tastes sweeter and more refreshing than regular water.

Think about this: You have to drink water every day for the rest of your life; you are more likely to drink enough water every day if the water you are drinking is delicious!

Alkaline water clinically tested for digestive health
In Japan, alkaline water was compared to plain water in double-blind, randomized, clinical trials on people with digestive upset. These clinical trials showed that 88% of people who drank alkaline water reported full or partial relief of their upset stomach. Plain water did not show any effect on digestive upset. These clinical trials were conclusive enough for the Japanese Ministry of Health to certify alkaline water ionizers as medical devices for treatment of minor digestive upset.

Fact: The Japanese clinical trials showed that alkaline water leads to gradual – not immediate – relief of symptoms (about 2 – 4 weeks). For immediate relief of digestive upset, you need to take medication!

Alkaline water linked to better bone health
The strongest clinical evidence of alkaline water’s superiority over plain water is for bone health. Alkaline water has been shown to reduce calcium loss, and lower two markers of bone loss. The way to maintain good bone health is to prevent bone loss. Alkaline water has been compared to plain water, and acidic water, and the evidence is clear: Calcium loss is reduced when you drink alkaline water, plain water does not reduce calcium loss.

Even the Mayo Clinic agrees! Studies of alkaline water show a positive link to bone health.

Save money on alkaline water with a water ionizer
Alkaline water is better than plain water, but if you buy it by the bottle, the cost of it can add up quickly! Most bottled alkaline waters cost around $2.50 for a 16 oz bottle. To get enough alkaline water for one person, it would cost $75 dollars a month!

You can finance a water ionizer for about $60 a month, and have it paid off in a year or two. A water ionizer also gives you a lot more alkaline water than you would get buying bottled water. If your long term health plans include drinking healthy water, a water ionizer is a smart investment. You get better tasting water that’s better for you for pennies per gallon.

Compare and save: A year’s supply of bottled water (for one person, one 16 oz bottle per day) is about $900. A good, entry level ionizer costs about $1500. This means that you will break even compared to bottled water in about one year and six months. Two people sharing one ionizer will break even in less than a year!

Want to know how much we can put a water ionizer in your home for? Call us at (415) 203-5519 for the latest special offers!

What does the FDA say about alkaline water?
The FDA has not evaluated the health benefits of alkaline water. 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.