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Alkaline Water

Posted by terrepruitt on March 10, 2011

After my Nia Class earlier this week, two students and I were talking about water.  I was saying that I DO NOT like lemon in my water, but since water is a bit acidic, I had been drinking lemon in my water.  I don’t like the taste.  I don’t like lemon, but as I learned from the video in my Balance of Acid and Alkaline post, in the body it digests to alkaline.  Lemon helps the water be less acidic.  One of my students said that she had recently seen Alkaline Bottle Water.  She asked what it was.  I had no idea so I looked it up.  I thought I would share what I learned.

What I found was claims that ionized water is alkaline water.  Some information states that ionization is done via electrolysis and others say the it is done via adding minerals.  Wiki states, that a water ionizer separates water into alkaline and acid fractions using a process known as electrolysis.

The information that states ionized water is done via electrolysis states that it is best to drink it right away, when it is fresh.  The information states that the health benefits of the water do not last when the water is bottled.

I looked at a lot of sites that had the chemical make up of the water or something (such as – H2O → H+ + OH–) and what the chemical make up was before and after ionization.  I don’t know what all that means.  The more I looked for more information the more confusing it became to me.

I couldn’t actually find any information on what is done to bottle water claiming to be alkaline water.  Maybe it is run through an ionization system and then bottled.

As with everything (it seems) there was information stating that ionized water is great, it can all but cure diseases.  Then there was information that stated it was all a bunch of hooey.  So as with any thing and all things, I have to say that you just have to try it for yourself.  I have not yet done it myself, but I know you can purchase pH Test Strips from health food stores, so I would think that testing the water would be the best.  I guess it also depends on what you are drinking the water for.  If you are drinking the alkaline water because it is less acidic, then maybe any of the above would work.  But if you are drinking it because it is ionized and you are looking for all of the health benefits that are touted, then as with anything you would have to see how you feel when you drink it.

For now I will stick to putting lemon in my water.  How about you?  Are you a fan of ionized water?  Alkaline water?  Do you drink lemon in your water?

13 Responses to “Alkaline Water”

  1. Thanks as always for such informative blog posts!!! I look forward to receiving them! I’ll stick with lemon in my water. I love lemon water…it’s so refreshing and very healing for the internal system.

    Historically, lemon has been used to fight food poisoning, malaria and typhoid epidemics (sources say that Christopher Columbus carried lemon seeds to America). Lemon is also known to lower blood pressure and help with liver problems, arthritis and muscular aches and pains. (–from Abundant Health). It’s also antiseptic, anti-viral; can be used as an astringent — it invigorates, and it’s refreshing!

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    • 🙂

      I am not a lemon fan. It is one of those foods that one might think would raise acid levels in the body, but it becomes alkaline in the digstive process.

      Does one just need to eat lemons for them to help with things you listed? I never think to use them because I am not a fan of the flavor. I have a huge bowl of them in the kitchen.

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  2. SuziCate said

    I don’t do it as a habit, but on occasion. And I actually like the taste of lime rather than lemon in water. I’d think it would do the same thing. Is that correct?

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    • Ha. I never thought of trying lime. I am not sure if I would like that any better, but I should try it, because YES. Lime helps with the pH in water. Citrus is acid on its own, but it becomes more alkaline in the digestive process.

      Thanks, SuziCate!

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  3. Great blog, thanks for sharing this informative information regarding Alkaline Water.

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  4. Alkaline water helps neutralize stored acids, and will eliminate toxins.
    Alkaline water machines are designed to counteract normal drinking water’s acidity. All of these lead to a build-up of free radicals in our bodies which make our bodies much more acidic.

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    • Thanks, Allan! So you are saying alkaline water not only is less acidic, but that it neutralizes acid already in the body? Regarding eliminating toxins, some people believe that water does that anyway, so I guess it would make sense that water that is less acidic would eliminate toxins. And the systems you sell on your site for $2300+ idoizes the water and makes it alkaline? Is it more alkaline than adding a lemon to the water?

      And for clarification, “All of these” in your comment mean what?

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  5. Greetings from Los Angeles! I�m bored at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you provide here and can�t wait to take a look when I get home.

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  6. I don’t particularly like lemon in my water, but I don’t mind it. Interesting that it helps to reduce acid in the system, and if I had to guess, I would have said the opposite. I guess that’s why people put a tablespoon of vinegar in water? …And it’s suppose to help with weight loss? Wonder how that plays into the equation or if it even does…

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