Difference between Alkaline and Alkalized
Nowadays, everyone is striving to be more alkaline for better health, but do we really know how to go about that.....
Notice that on the pH (potential for hydrogen) scale a pH of 7.0 is considered neutral while any pH higher than 7 is considered alkaline and any pH lower than 7 is considered acidic. This is a very important FACT that you will want to remember, any pH higher than 7.0 can be called alkaline and any pH lower than 7.0 can be called acidic.
Alkaline and Alkalized
Now when it comes to drinking water, any water with a pH above 7.0 is called ALKALINE WATER, it does not matter how the pH gets above 7.0, as long as the pH is higher than 7.0 it can legally be marketed as alkaline water. Now, as mentioned above, there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between ALKALINE WATER & ALKALINE IONIZED WATER and it is because of that FACT mentioned above. One of these waters has potential health benefits while the other does not. One of these waters has been researched by medical scientists who then have advocated its health benefits while the other has not. This is very important knowledge that you as a consumer will want to understand before buying bottled alkaline water, buying an alkaline water ionizer machine, or adding potentially dangerous chemicals to your drinking water like baking soda, ph booster drops, or other so called “natural” methods of making alkaline water.
So, what is the Difference between Alkaline Water and Alkaline Ionized Water?
In short, Alkaline Water is any water whose pH has been raised above 7.0 You can make bottled water or tap water or well water alkaline by adding baking soda to the water or minerals or chemicals to raise its pH. This makes the water alkaline water.
Alkaline Ionized Water is created by the water electrolysis process, this is the only way to make alkaline ionized water, and it is the only water that has been researched by medical scientist and proven to have health beneficial properties. Ionized alkaline water goes by several different scientific names and those names are:
- electrolyzed reduced water
- reduced water
- ionized water
This water is created inside the electrolysis chamber of the water ionizer machine. Water electrolysis is a very old technology first discovered in the 1950’s. There have been hundreds of medical studies on the potential health benefits of ionized water since then, and the technology is very popular in Asia where alkaline water machines are very common kitchen appliances, like toasters or microwaves. This is because in Asia they have a more “traditional” or natural way of looking at healing and medicine, relying more on natural treatments like diet, herbs, vitamins, and minerals as opposed to western medicine which advocates prescription drugs and “pills for every ill”. The most important benefit of ionized water is not it’s higher pH, it is the negative Oxidation Reduction Potential, or -ORP which is what is responsible for it’s health benefits. Alkaline ionized water which possess a high negative Oxidation Reduction Potential or high -ORP is what acts as an antioxidant inside the body, this is what allows the water to reduce free radicals and protect against Oxidative Damage to cells. It is this ability that is unique to electrolyzed reduced water, water that is made by the water electrolysis process inside your water ionizer machine. Only alkaline ionized water made by ionization possesses this ability to reduce free radical damage inside the body by acting as an antioxidant, only electrolyzed reduced water made by your water ionizer has the ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species and act as an antioxidant, this is the only alkaline water that has antioxidants and will give you alkaline water health benefits. The -ORP value inside ionized water is what is responsible for it’s health benefits, it is not the higher pH as most people believe.
Non Electric Natural Alkaline Water Scams
Other sellers of so called natural non-electric water ionizers attempt to bash alkaline water machines, saying they are not natural and are therefore harmful, despite the decades of medical research which provides proof of their health benefits, and they offer basically ordinary water filter systems with a mineral adding component to raise the pH of the water above 7.0 making it alkaline, and thereby call it a “Natural” process. These “natural” systems use different minerals or even chemicals to raise the pH of the water. Depending on what minerals or chemicals they use, they can be just as harmful or even more harmful as over consuming baking soda.
Dr Michael explains the difference between AlkaLINE and alkaLIZED water: