I was recently emailed the following question about using an alkaline stick vs an alkaline water ionizer:
I read your comments and I appreciate your input. Are you failiar with the “ALKALINE STICK”? I saw this on a website. The person heading the website makes detrimental reference to the ionized machines. He appears to be very versed in the science field. I would make direct reference to the website, but I do not recall its address. Perhaps Google might help. I am thinking of going the Alkaline stick. Your input would be appreciated. Thanks.
…and I thought my response might be interesting for all of you to see!
Alkaline Stick vs Alkaline Water Ionizer
Be very cautious of anyone who promotes a single ‘form’ of ionization but at the detriment of any other method of ionization, that essentially produces the same effect. I would be very interested to see how he can justify the alkaline stick being beneficial, but ionization not. It simply does not make sense and seems to be commercially led rather than being in your best interests.
Personally, I quite like the alkaline sticks, and as you can see from the picture above, I am using one right now as I type this to you! However, these sticks are more ‘useful’ to serve a specific purpose rather than being a solution.
The sticks achieve only one thing, they raise the pH of the water by up to 2 points, assuming the water has a starting point of around pH 7. If the pH was lower the stick would not achieve 2 points, because the pH scale is logarithmic. It increases the alkalinity because it contains lots of little mineral balls, which help adjust the pH. This is great for travel (I’m in a hotel at LAX right now) or taking to work, and is the similar function of our Alkaline Filter Jug – except the jug has a great filter on it too. And for what it is worth, I always take my jug overseas with me and have one on my desk at work too.
So what you get from the stick is this:
* Increased alkalinity from pH 7 to up to pH 9
What you don’t get from the stick is this:
* Any level of filtration (super important)
* Great alkaline range and the ability to go as low as pH 3 and up to pH 12, and set at whatever level you like (there are LOADS of benefits of acid water too)
* Microclustering of the water to increase hydration potential by up to 8x
* Low ORP, which means an abundance of antioxidants in the water
These are all the things you do get from an ionizer. It is unfortunate that most people only see ionizers as a really expensive way to increase the pH of the water, when in fact, this is one of 6 benefits, and not even the most important! The electrolysis of the water to lower ORP and therefore dramatically increase antioxidant content of the water is THE biggest benefit of owning an ionizer. Tap water has a + ORP of +250 which means it is oxidising to the body – yes, tap water ages your cells, whereas ionized water has an ORP of up to -450.
The difference I felt, and that all of my customers have felt since drinking the ionized water is incredible.
So don’t discount the stick, and I urge you to buy one for travel and at work, but definitely don’t discount the ionizer either – and beware anyone who promotes in that way. There is no logic to liking the stick but not ionizers other than a commercial deal.
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