HOW MUCH ALKALINE WATER SHOULD A PERSON DRINK EVERY DAY?

Not everyone is the same. People who play extreme sports or those that drink large amounts of alcohol require more water. Chronically ill people, smokers, people that consume instant foods and those exposed to contaminants should consume higher quantities of water daily. A good rule of thumb is for a person to consume their total body weight (x) ½ ounce water daily. Example, a 200 pound man would consume 200×1/2 ounce equaling 100 ounces of water, which is approximately 3/4 of a gallon every day.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BODY BECOMES TOO ACIDIC?

When a body becomes too acidic it can result in adult diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease. If the body’s pH level drops below 6.8, it could result in death.

CAN PURE OR DISTILLED WATER BE IONIZED?

No it can't due to the lack of dissolved minerals. It is the minerals in water; primarily calcium potassium and magnesium that allow water to be “split” by the electric current into alkaline electron rich water containing charged ions that engage in chemical reactions to provide electrons to positively charged free radicals.

SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT “WATER FIT FOR DRINKING IS NOT CONDUCTIVE ENOUGH TO UNDERGO ELECTROLYSIS.” IS THIS A TRUE STATEMENT?

The statement is easily shown to be false utilizing a simple pH meter and your water ionizer. Most tap waters run through our machines produce highly alkaline water as measured by pH meter.

ISN’T IT JUST AS SIMPLE TO MIX SOMETHING LIKE SODIUM BICARBONATE (BAKING SODA) WITH WATER AND DRINK THAT RATHER THAN INVESTING IN A WATER IONIZER?

There is more benefits to “alkaline water” than simply the alkalinity or pH such as oxidation reduction potential (ORP), which is the most important feature of a water ionizer. Water with a high negative ORP plays a key role in our body's health with its ability to neutralize oxygen free radicals. Water mixed with baking soda is indeed alkaline but as a positive ORP, meaning that it is unable to neutralize dangerous auction free radicals within the body.

IS THE OXIDATION REDUCTION POTENTIAL (ORP) FOUND IN TAP WATER OR BOTTLED WATER EQUAL TO THAT PRODUCED BY WATER IONIZER?

Typically, the ORP measured in tap water or bottled water is between +200 mV to 400 mV while the water produced with a water ionizer is typically found to be -250 mV to -800 mV.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DRINK WATER THAT HAS HIGHER NEGATIVE ORP VALUES?

The more negative the ORP of a substance, the more likely it is to engage in chemical reactions that donate electrons. It is these electrons that are immediately available to engage in reactions that neutralize positively charged free radicals within the body. This is a key benefit of water produced by a water ionizer that is not available by simply mixing some baking soda with water or other compounds dissolved in it to make alkaline.

HOW DO YOU GET DEHYDRATED?

Through activities of daily living, the average person loses about 3- 4 liters (about 10-15 cups) of fluid a day in sweat, urine, exhaled air and bowel movement. The water and food we drink and eat must replace what we loose. We lose approximately 1-2 liters of water just from breathing. The evaporation of sweat from the skin accounts for 90% of our cooling ability. Exercise, sweating, diarrhea, temperature, or altitude can significantly increase the amount of water we lose each day. The most common cause of increased water loss is exercise and sweating. Even though we are all at risk of dehydration the people most vulnerable are infants, elderly adults, and athletes. They are either not able to adequately express their thirst sensation or able to detect it and do something in time.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE DEHYDRATED?

If you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated. A dry mouth should be regarded as the last outward sign of dehydration. That’s because thirst does not develop until body fluids are depleted well bellow levels required for optimal functioning.
Monitor your urine to make sure you are not dehydrated:
• A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
• A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
• A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine.
The effects of even mild dehydration include decreased coordination, fatigue, dry skin, decreased urine output, dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose, blood pressure changes and impairment of judgment. Stress, headache, back pain, allergies, asthma, high blood pressure and many degenerative health problems are the result of UCD (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration).

WHAT SHOULD WE DRINK? WHAT SHOULDN’T WE DRINK?

Our bodies were designed to drink pure, natural water.
• Avoiding sodas/soft drinks to provide your fluid needs. The high sugar content and artificial flavors in soft drinks are harmful to your health.
• Tea, coffee, soft drinks contain water, but the diuretics contained in these caffeinated beverages flush water out of your body. Don’t count on them to replenish fluid loss.
• It is OK to drink them occasionally, but if you drink them constantly and don’t drink enough pure natural water, then you are severely compromising your long-term health.
• Natural pure water is the best choice. If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle and long-term health, make water a habit and a priority in your life.

CAN WE DRINK TOO MUCH WATER?

During intense exercise the kidneys cannot excrete excess water. The extra water moves into the cells, including brain cells. The result can be fatal. For that reason, athletes should estimate how much they should drink by weighing themselves before and after long training runs to see how much they lose, and thus how much water and salt they should replace. The studies that found 13% of the runners tested drank too much water, resulting in abnormally low blood sodium levels. The low sodium levels made many of these people very sick, and close to the point of death. The importance lesson here is to balance your water intake with your sodium intake.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR TAP WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK?

Almost all-municipal water in is of high quality and very drinkable. The best source of specific information about the water quality in your area is your local water supplier. Water suppliers are required to send their customer an annual water quality report. Contact your water supplier to get a copy, or see if your report is posted on line.
It is important you know your local sources of water quality, and the quality of your local drinking water. To get facts and information about your tap water, drinking water standards and contaminants, contact your local water supplier. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) are the two credible institutions that provide information you need regarding quality of your water.
EPA website www.epa.gov/safewater AWWA website: www.awwa.org.

WHAT ABOUT BOTTLED WATER?

Americans now drink more water from bottles than any other nation consuming $16 billion-a-year in bottled water. The EPA sets standards for tap water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets bottled water standards based on EPA’s tap water standards. Most bottled water is simply tap water put through conditioning filters to make it taste better. Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coco-Cola’s Dasani are both made from purified tap water. This doesn’t make it bad, but is something to consider when adding up cost and benefits. The water is safe to drink if it meets the EPA standards.
The FDA’s regulation of water bottling is very loose with little oversight as to quality and purity. Many kinds of high-quality bottled water comes from great natural water sources, such as spring, glacier, and mineral wells but beware of producers that make claim their products are produced by natural water sources, when they are no more than bottled tap water.