Easy & Cheap Ways to Make Alkaline Water at Home (and other ESSENTIAL Alkaline Water Questions Answered…)
Every single day I get questions about water, alkaline water, filtration, hydration and how best to make alkaline water – and just a few weeks ago I had a ‘pop up’ Q&A session where I answered over 900+ questions! And here are the answers to the five most commonly asked alkaline water questions including:
1. What a water ionizer IS and HOW it works (and why it’s the best way to make alkaline water)
2. The best ‘cheap’ way to make alkaline water
3. How much water you should be drinking each day
4. Why drink alkaline water when it will go into our acidic stomach?
These questions are all answered in the video below and in written format below!
Your “Alkaline Water” Questions Answered – The Video
(click here to watch the alkaline water benefits video on youtube)
Alkaline Water: The Next 5 Questions Most Important Questions Answered
Since early in 2005 I have been answering your alkaline water questions! In addition to the four questions answered in the video above, I have decided to also post the answers to the following questions, as these are also asked a LOT (just not quite as much as the questions above)!
Alkaline Water Question 1: How Long Does Alkaline Water Last
The answer to this question starts with ‘it depends’. It depends on how the water was made alkaline in the first place. I will give an answer based upon the Rolls-Royce of alkaline water – ionized, alkaline water and take it from there.
When you ionize your drinking water the benefits last as follows:
- pH: lasts around 14 days, longer if the water is chilled and kept in an airtight container
- ORP (antioxidant content): lasts around 8 hours, but starts to degrade immediately. Again, lasts a little longer if chilled & air-tight. Note: you only get the antioxidant benefit from an ionizer, not from pH drops or non-electrical filters.
There are a few things to note though, that can impact either of these measures.
pH and ORP tend to fare less well in metal/steel containers, especially the ORP which is almost immediately removed. They also don’t do so well in the type of plastic bottle that bottled water comes in.
The best container is a BPA-free plastic, or ideally glass.
ORP also doesn’t do well with movement, so once it’s in your bottle, if you go for a run or transport the bottle around you start to lose this ORP benefit. For instance, if you fill your bottle and go for a run, the more you drink it and create space in the bottle the quicker the ORP will disappear. And if you’re off on a trip, try to fill the bottle to the top as much as possible to create as little as possible space in the bottle.
Heat doesn’t impact it too quickly from my findings. I have tested ionized, alkaline water that has been boiled many times and the pH and ORP tend to hold – however, this is in my glass kettle – not a stainless steel one. You would lose the ORP in a SS kettle.
Alkaline Water Question 2: Why Drink Alkaline Water if the Stomach Digests with Acid?
This is an interesting and VERY common alkaline water question. To be totally honest, the best answer to this is provided by Robert Young:
Many people ask me about what good alkaline electron-rich water does since “everyone knows” it is just going into the highly acidic stomach.
The problem here is not with the alkaline water meeting acid, it is with what “everyone knows.”
There is no hydrochloric acid pouch in our body. The stomach wall makes sodium bicarbonate to alkalize the food not digest the food. For every molecule of sodium bicarbonate produced to increase the alkalinity of food a molecule of HCl is also created. HCL is a very strong and toxic acid.
The HCL falls into the gastric pits of the stomach away from the food as the sodium bicarbonate rises to the top to contact the food for alkalizing. That is why after the food leaves the stomach there is no sodium bicarbonate left just the remaining HCL acid that has to be eliminated through the blood and/or lymph.
Low water content, acid-forming foods like meats, eggs, and breads cause the release of larger amounts of sodium bicarbonate with an equal amount of HCl poison. High-water-content foods such as non-starchy vegetables require much less sodium bicarbonate to alkalize the food and therefore there is less HCL acid residue in the stomach left over after the food has exited. The result is no indigestion or risk of acid reflux or stomach ulcers or even stomach cancer.
Alkaline electron-rich water—being extremely high in electron content! — does not trigger the release of sodium bicarbonate and thus does not cause the creation of the acid HCl, so it does not interfere with the alkalizing of the food. In fact alkaline electron-rich water with its high concentration of electrons helps the alkalizing of the food and also helps to neutralize the caustic acidic poisonous HCL, preventing the acidification of the blood and tissues.
So drink up alkalize electron-rich water, juices and green drink!
Source: Articles of Health
This is such a great explanation. The HCL is harmful to the body and is only produced when we eat or drink acid-forming (unhealthy) foods and drinks and is balanced in equal proportion by Sodium Bicarbonate production in the body. When we consume alkaline forming foods and drinks the body does not need the sodium bicarbonate production and thus the HCL production is not required either!
Alkaline Water Question 3: How Does Ionized Water Compare with Distilled or Reverse Osmosis
There are three qualities you’re looking for in your water (well, there are a couple more but these are the main ones) and you should aim to get all three – as you’re wanting to drink between 2-4 litres of the stuff every single day:
- Oxydation Reduction Potential (it’s antioxidant or oxidizing capacity – ORP or REDOX)
I love ionized water because it covers all three brilliantly. But this is where distilled and Reverse Osmosis fall away.
Don’t get me wrong, distilled and RO do an excellent job of filtering the water – removing practically EVERYTHING in the water, making it super-super clean – BUT this comes at a cost.
Both RO and distilled water are acid-forming and have a +ORP – meaning they are oxidising to the body (killing cells i.e. the opposite of an antioxidant)
Plus they also remove all of the GOOD things in the water as well as the bad…
I also find distillation quite cumbersome as you have to run the distiller on 4 litres of water at a time and it can take up to 4 hours. RO at least has the benefit that the water is available on demand.
BUT this is the beauty of ionized water – it gives you water with an antioxidant level that is greater than green tea, gives you a pH of whatever you decide (between 3 and 12.5 – and there are many non-drinking uses both at pH 3 AND at pH 12.5 – but only ever drink it up to pH 9.5) and the filtration is great.
And if you need extra-strong filtration because your tap water is poor, a pre-filter is very inexpensive and removes pretty much every impurity you could ever want (chemicals, heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine, bacteria etc.).
My recommendations are:
>> Chanson Miracle MAX Ionizer
>> Chanson C3 Pre-Filter
Alkaline Water Question 4: Is Bottled Water OK if it Lists It’s Source pH at 8?
I have two problems with bottled water. Wait, no I have three problems with bottled water. Nope, actually it’s four.
- It’s not alkaline – The pH may well be 7.8 or 8.1 at source, but by the time it has been bottled, stored, transported and kept in a poor quality plastic bottle the pH is always below 6.5 in all of my tests. I’ve tested probably 30 brands in the UK, USA and Australia and they are ALL, ALWAYS acidic.
- They have a + ORP: in those tests I always found an ORP of at least +150 – meaning this oxidizes the body, destroying cells and causing problems. In other words, its the opposite of an antioxidant. No thanks.
- Plastic in the water? – there is also evidence to suggest that being stored in cheap BPA-containing plastic means that this plastic may leach into the water. Hmmm.
- Horrible for the environment – of course, using a reusable plastic bottle (and washing it without using enough water to fill a bath) is a far more environmentally friendly approach to hydration
And in reality, there are five problems – the fifth being the cost. People think an ionizer is expensive, but even if you’re buying bulk and drinking 4 litres of bottled water per day – the cost is still more than buying an ionizer over the course of a year or two – and after that, the water you’re drinking is both free and inflation-proof.
Alkaline Water Question 5: How Is Adding Lemon To Water Going to Make It Alkaline – When Lemon & Lime Are Acids?
I’ve blogged extensively about lemon water before, and even include it in my Definitive Guide to Alkaline Water – because I think it is such a great, powerful, natural, cleansing drink to start the day.
I’ve never heard any complaints from anyone saying it is not good for you but I am very frequently asked: is it alkaline?
Or should I say, I’m very frequently told ‘lemon’s aren’t alkaline, you idiot – do some research and read up on science’.
Of course, these people are right, lemons are not alkaline, they are citric acid of course – but those people are missing the point and are missing what I am saying.
I am not saying that lemons are alkaline, I am saying that lemons are alkalising!
See the distinction here? And by the way, this applies to all foods, not just lemons & limes. The most important thing to note is not what the pH of the food is in it’s natural state – rather the EFFECT THE FOOD HAS ON THE BODY.
Because of its very low sugar content and high alkaline mineral content, lemons actually have an alkalising effect on the body.
I really hope this has been useful for me and if you have any other alkaline water questions – leave them in the comments below and I will answer personally as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours)!
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