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16Jul 2014

Manufacturers of artificial alkaline water developed ionizing machines in order to replicate the healthful water found in the natural springs of places like the French Alps, the Himalayas, the Andes, Hawaii, and some of the other Polynesian Islands. While they were successful in replicating some of properties of natural alkaline water, the characteristics that can be artificially mimicked are not the ones that are actually healthful to the human body.

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It is true that artificial alkaline water does usually have a high pH and is highly alkaline, but this does not manifest in healthful effects on the body. Just because a substance has a high pH does not mean that consuming it will raise the body’s pH accordingly. In fact, in some cases drinking water with an artificially increased pH can actually lessen the body’s alkalinity.

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16Jul 2014

In order to be healthy, the human body must maintain an acid-alkaline equilibrium. Most people’s bodies are excessively acidic. This is due to the simultaneous scarcity of alkaline minerals and abundance of acid-forming minerals available in the typical modern lifestyle.

 water-fountain

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Alkaline minerals can be found in natural alkaline water as well as in organic vegetables and high-quality meats.  Acid-forming minerals, on the other hand, are available for consumption in virtually everything that we do.

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16Jul 2014

PH (potential of hydrogen) is the measurement of the ratio of hydrogen ions (H+) to hydroxide ions (OH-) in a solution that expresses its relative acidity or alkalinity on a scale that ranges from 0 to 14. The higher the concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution, the lower its pH, and vice versa. A pH of 7 is neutral. Anything below 7 is acidic, and anything above 7 is alkaline.

 pH scale

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Water is actually at the core of the concept of pH, since in its purest form it is the basis for a neutral pH value. This is because pure water is composed of equal parts hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxide ions (OH-).  The positively charged hydroxide ion bonds to the negatively charged hydroxide ion in a one-to-one ratio, and the two effectively neutralize each other for a pH of 7.

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16Jul 2014

All alkaline waters are not created equal. Most people who are familiar with the term “alkaline water” associate it with water that has been put through an ionizer—a machine that uses electricity to split water molecules. This process, called electrolysis, increases water’s pH and thereby makes it artificially alkaline. Unfortunately, artificial alkaline water confers almost no health benefits, does not effectively neutralize acidity and indeed may actually worsen the body’s acid-alkaline balance.

 

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This is because most water that is processed through ionizer machines is basic, run-of-the mill tap water that is sourced from rivers, lakes or wells, and thus lacks the alkaline minerals that are crucial in neutralizing excess acid. It is the mineral content in water, not just its alkaline pH, that the body needs to restore and maintain a healthy balance. 

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15Jul 2014

We all know the feeling…taking a long sip from a glass of what we assume to be run-of-the-mill, humdrum water and tasting instead a liquid delight. There is nothing quite like the taste of good water–crisp, refreshing, sometimes sweet and so subtle that if you aren’t paying attention, you may very well miss it all together. 

Water glasses

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So, what factors determine water taste? Four answers: Virginality, Vintage, Minerality and Orientation. 

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