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 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.