It's true. Naturally alkaline water has a chemical makeup that differs significantly from artificially alkaline water. More important, however, is the fact that artificially alkaline water causes side effects and should generally be avoided as a daily drinking water.
When measured in drinking water, an alkaline pH can be a result of either natural or unnatural conditions in the water. Thus when comparing two waters, each with a pH of 9.5, one can be healthful while the other causes side effects.
Water ionizers split apart water molecules with electricity to artificially create alkaline water. Why is this artificial? All water found in nature has a pH that perfectly corresponds to the minerals in the water. When you drink alkaline water, the body assumes it is receiving alkaline minerals, like calcium and magnesium. The problem with ionized water is that the body thinks it is receiving more alkaline minerals than what are actually present in the water. For further explanation, please read The Truth About Alkaline Water Ionizers - Common Misconceptions About pH.
If our goal is to be healthy, why would we drink or eat anything artificial? For the companies manufacturing ionizer machines, creating naturally alkaline water simply costs too much. Don’t expect the manufactures to start discussing the issue anytime soon. Most people never question whether water is naturally or artificially alkaline and these companies prefer it that way.
Artificially alkaline water only neutralizes acidity where it has direct contact, like the stomach and upper bowel. When consumed daily, the upper bowel in particular becomes overly alkaline and side effects begin to appear. Most common are erratic heart behavior, hypertension, nervousness/anxiety, urinary tract and bladder infections, and stabbing side pains.
We have spoken to numerous individuals who were hospitalized for heart conditions that magically disappeared when they stopped drinking artificially alkaline or ionized water. Why would anyone ingest anything unnatural when natural alternatives are available at a comparable cost?
More severe side effects were observed in a clinical study involving rats. The study revealed injury to cardiac tissue (heart muscle) as a result of drinking ERW (Electrolyzed Reduced Water), or water created by ionizer machines (artificially alkaline water). In an age when heart disease is a leading killer, ionized water is simply not a smart choice.
For links to clinical studies demonstrating side effects from ionized water consumption, please see the bottom of this page.
Before the body is stressed by the artificial alkalinity, it enjoys two wonderful benefits from drinking ionized water- increased hydration and more antioxidants. In fact, if these machines could do what they do WITHOUT altering the pH, they would not be nearly as harmful. The low ORP (one measure of antioxidant effects) and microclustering are responsible for 99% of all benefits observed from drinking ionized water.
For excellent health, it is important to drink naturally alkaline water daily. Doing so supplies the body with the alkaline minerals it needs to buffer acid. While all of these minerals are not nutritionally available, they do buffer acid. To learn more about the benefits of alkaline water, please read Alkaline Water Benefits.
In the case of naturally alkaline water, it is recommended to drink at least two liters per day. Since the alkalinity is a result of naturally alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, the body is capable of using the minerals it needs and storing or discarding any excess. You cannot become overly alkaline drinking naturally alkaline water.
If you are drinking ionized water or artificially alkaline water, it is always advised to measure your body's pH daily and regulate your consumption accordingly. Ionized water should not be used as a daily drinking water as you can easily become too alkaline and harm the body.
In nature, water flows down mountain streams and picks up alkaline minerals from rocks in the stream. Water systems that create naturally alkaline water work the same way. The water flows around a gravel bed to naturally pick up alkaline minerals. What's the best way to determine if an alkaline water system creates alkalinity naturally or artificially? Naturally alkaline water systems are typically much larger than the artificial variety and they do not use electricity.
When you begin comparing water systems, you will find that the AquaLiv Water System truly creates the most healthful water available today. It mimics natural processes to create a structured, naturally alkaline water direct from your tap. No electricity. No shortcuts. Just naturally perfect water that heals.
A recent survey of AquaLiv Water System owners revealed several interesting statistics.
31 % of AquaLiv Water System owners purchased a water ionizer before purchasing the AquaLiv Water System. The most common reason for purchasing the AquaLiv Water System was side effects and the feeling that ionized water was “no longer feeling good to drink." Other reasons cited; wanting naturally alkaline water, wanting better purification ability including fluoride removal, not wanting to waste water, and not wanting an appliance on the countertop with hoses running into the sink.
An additional 56% of AquaLiv Water System owners considered buying a water ionizer machine before choosing AquaLiv.
"Through all my research, there is not a water filtration system on the market that can compare to the AquaLiv Water System. I am so impressed with these filter's superior capacity to not only remove physical contaminants, but go above and beyond standard water purification by erasing the electromagnetic resonance or "memory" of the contaminants as well. AquaLiv has brilliantly infused cutting edge technology into this very affordable system that for the first time allows you to have water in your home as pure and as clean as an artesian spring in nature. I recommend AquaLiv to all my patients so they too can hydrate and cleanse their body with energized living-water."
Dr. Andrew Iverson, author Nature's Diet
Medical Director, TRILIUM HEALTH
Clinical studies demonstrating side effects from ionized water consumption: