Alkaline Water and our body’s pH regulation

One of the most common reasons we see offered by those who discount the benefits of alkaline water is something like this,

“under normaexpertl circumstances your body does not need any help in maintaining pH or in neutralizing acid.”

That quote was taken from Dr. Roach, a doctor with a syndicated column in many newspapers and newsletter across the country.  Kind of like the Dear Abby for health.  Scroll down to the bottom of his column from the St. … Read the rest

Want alkaline water? Just use baking soda…

To the alkaline water salesperson, that statement causes all sorts of reactions.  Frustration, eye rolls, unbelief, etc.  Typically it is countered with an answer like these.Arm_&_Hammer_Brand_Soda_poster_ca._1900

“Too much baking soda isn’t good for you”

“there are side effects with too much baking soda, like gas and diarrhea”

“that’s not alkaline, see, my pH meter (or drops) doesn’t show pH increasing”

The first 2 are accurate, but a little misleading, the 3rd is just dumb.  All illustrate a fundamental misunderstanding of … Read the rest

California’s “Toilet To Tap” program

sinksIn case you haven’t heard, California’s having some issues with water.  Just pick a news agency and you’ll see the headlines. There are all sorts of perspectives and opinions on the causes and therefore the solutions, but while keeping an eye on what’s happening (remember, many of our alkaline systems are made in Cali) we were reminded of this article from last year.

It’s a very good read on highlighting just how effective reverse osmosis systems are.

We get a … Read the rest

Don’t equate food with water

juices_01Equating alkaline water with an alkaline diet is probably the biggest misconception within the alkaline world.  It stems from the fundamental misunderstanding of differences between pH and alkalinity.  We’re told drinking alkaline water is like eating a big kale salad.

But it’s not.

Our bodies need both hydrogen (pH) AND minerals (alkalinity).  Hydrogen for things like cellular fuel and antioxidant protection, but alkaline minerals to cancel out and balance acid waste buildup.  We can’t expect a glass of water with … Read the rest

pH testing – strips versus drops

good-better-bestFor the longest time we could not figure out why pH testing strips always leaned on the low side when testing alkaline water.  Almost without exception when someone contacts us to say their system isn’t giving them a high enough pH, it’s because they are using strips to test the water.  When they use drops that change the water’s color, it immediately registers correct.

But why?

The answer lies in understanding that pesky difference between pH and alkalinity.  Strips are … Read the rest

pH and Alkalinity are not the same

ph_test_paperFor anyone looking at alkaline water, the title of this post might seem a bit conflicted.  We all know the most advertised and marketed aspect of alkaline water is the pH number.  The first thing new distributors at Enagic or MLM brand X learn how to do is put some pH reagent drops in the water and show how purple = alkaline.  From their conclusions are drawn as to how this water can change the alkaline levels in our bodies … Read the rest

Reverse Osmosis is not filtration

cartoon_filterWe regularly receive questions about whether a reverse osmosis (RO) system can eliminate a specific contaminant or not.  99% of the time, the root of the question is a misunderstanding of how a RO differs from a filter.

The best way we’ve been able to differentiate the two is to think of a filter like a sponge and RO like a wall.

Filters in one form or another capture the toxins suspended in the water as it passes through the … Read the rest

My Dad is stronger than your Dad

A common problem across the health and nutrition industry is that it’s very hard figuring out who to believe. Diets, workouts, is this food good or bad, contradictory studies and research, etc. Early in our alkaline water days we spent a lot of time over 2 years meticulously going through the research and talking to anyone we could to figure out the “real” answer.

What we found was the exact opposite. Researchers with multiple PhDs who had spent their entire … Read the rest

Don’t be a scrounger

Bang-head-hereSometimes when you are so used to seeing the same thing over and over, even a little variety can catch your eye.  One of the tired old responses or arguments we continually see from the anti-alkaline water crowd is along the lines of this.

“Our body will always maintain it’s pH”

What they forget to add, or purposely gloss over is how the body maintains it.  In order for the pH to stay constant, especially the blood’s pH, the body … Read the rest

Is Alkaline Water finally going mainstream?

WahlbergDiddy-e1423006789979-1940x1088There was a recent Forbes article that covered the rise of Aquahydrate which is brand of bottled Alkaline Water. The company is currently being backed by A-Lister: Mark Walhberg and music mogul: Sean “Diddy” Combs. While the article mainly focuses on the origins and the business side of things, it’s a good time to take note that Alkaline Water never really had this type of commercial appeal. While Alkaline Water has been out for decades, it tended to fall under … Read the rest