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1. Can Alkaline water from an water ionizer assist me to alkalize my body?

We are not in a position to make therapeutic claims. We can only refer you to the list of people who have reported health changes to us, or to medical professionals who recommend our products. For example, Dr Theodore Baroody, author of Alkalize or Die, states that he has recommended thousands of people over a long period of time and continues to do so. So do countless more clinics and medical practices in Japan where Water Alkalizers are sold over the counter in local electrical stores.

In the USA, alkaline water is recommended by such well known Health Professionals as Dr. Robert Young, The pH Miracle and Sang Whang Reverse Aging.

2. Why can`t I just drink water?
You certainly can, but if you`re like us, you have never really got into the water habit because the water felt too much like a lead balloon. Ionized water from water ionizers is light water. It has a smaller molecular cluster and you can drink it throughout the day.

You CAN just drink water and you will harvest some of the benefits we speak of, but it still can`t penetrate your cells like alkaline, ionized water can. This is why ionized water with its bounty of negative oxygen ions is able to help rid you of acid wastes in your cells. It can go where ordinary water cannot, and it has the ammunition to help neutralize free radicals, the cause of many problems. This is also the fundamental difference between water ionizers and so-called bottled anti-aging water. This water is `live`.

3. Why are some waters healthier than others?
People located in the Hunza Districts of Pakistan, Shin-Chan areas of China, the Caucasus in Azerbaijan, and in the Andes Mountains live longer with less health problems. Researchers believe that these waters are very pure and have a negative redox potential caused by either intimate contact with  certain native volcanic materials/minerals or by cascading over certain igneous rocks. It is believed that water ionizers are able to produce a very similar effect using advanced technology.

4. Cannot our body heal itself naturally?
We still come across a few practitioners who believe in the old paradigm that somehow the body has a miraculous ability to balance its own pH and heal itself. Certainly, in times when we ate more alkaline food and didn`t repress stress the way we do today, this might have been so.

However a study of almost 1,000 Americans by Dr Linda Frassetto of the University of California in 1999 has turned this old idea on its head. She found the opposite; that we are now storing acid in our body fat because we have become incapable of eliminating the increased tide of acid wastes that we are now assailed with. This is an evolutionary change never before seen in our evolutionary history, and must be seen in the context of an unmanageable acid tide within.

This report "Diet, Evolution and Ageing" is down loadable

To see what other experts in the USA have to say,

5. What is acidosis?
Every living cell within our body creates acidic waste products. The nutrients from our food are delivered to each cell and they burn with oxygen to provide energy for us to live. The burned nutrients are the waste products. Whether you eat the best of foods or the worst, all foods generate acidic waste products. Foods, when classified as good or bad, are based on the amount and quality of the waste products they produce. Most of our cells go through metabolism and these old dead cells become waste products.

Our body will discharge this waste through urine, feces and perspiration. Basically, all waste products are acidic and that is the reason our skin and urine often has a low pH level. The real problem is that our body does not get rid of 100% of the waste it produces. Our life style, such as lack of rest, types of foods we eat and our environment helps produce these waste products, but does not help us eliminate them. In the vast majority of Westerners, diets heavy in meat, fried foods, carbohydrates, soft drinks, and sweets build up acid salts in the body, as does stress and exposure to environmental pollutants.

What happens to those non-disposed acid wastes? As they build up within our body, these waste products become solid wastes, such as cholesterol, fatty acid, kidney stones, etc. This accumulation of non-disposed acidic wastes is called acidosis. This condition accelerates the degeneration of cells, tissues, and the body as a whole. It accelerates the aging process. Drinking alkaline water makes it easier for the body to dispose of acid wastes. Just as the accumulation of wastes accelerates the aging process, the reduction of acid wastes retards the aging process and perhaps - according to Sang Whang -- even reverses it. Alkaline water is not a medicine to treat or cure any diseases but if consumed regularly, alkaline water can reduces acid waste, allowing for a natural health improvement.

6. How do I know if I have acidosis or an acid-overloaded system?
Most Westerners do. The pace of life, and the concentration of acid-producing items in our diet means that the vast majority of people are overloaded.

You can use litmus (or pH) paper to test your urine or saliva and to give you some idea of your acidity. This is not foolproof, however, because your body is always attempting to balance your acid and alkaline levels and could well be getting rid of a load of acid at the time of the test. For more accurate results it is recommended to test at different times of the day over time.

Eating processed foods, chemicals, lack of gentle exercise and stress all create an acid buildup. There are a number of good books on how to become healthy on an alkaline diet. They also come with lists of acid and alkaline-producing foods.

7. Is it ok for children to drink ionized water?
Absolutely - even nursing infants. And since children have usually not accumulated toxins in their bodies, they experience no detoxification symptoms. (A few adults might).

8. I know what I should eat and drink to be healthy, but I can`t seem to keep to a consistent program. How will an ionizing filter help me?
Ionized, microclustered alkaline water is perfect for people like you. You only need to drink it to enjoy its many health benefits. Each Ionizer has a number of graduated settings of ionization to meet anyone`s needs.

9. Are there any cautions about drinking alkaline ionized water?
You should start slowly. Set the controls to the lowest alkaline level. Assuming the water agrees with you, increase the amount you drink and the level of ionization intensity. High levels of alkalinity -- up to 9.5-10.0 -- are best for drinking water; the highest levels can be used for cooking.

In a few individuals, the detoxification effects from drinking alkaline ionized water can cause headaches and diarrhea for a short time. And for some older people, ionized water can tend, at first, to open the bowels. This is why a slow start is advised. Use the "Purified Water" setting for taking any medications that your doctor advises not to be taken with alkaline water. Do not drink the acid water. Having said all of the above, be aware that millions of Japanese have been drinking alkaline ionized water daily over the last 30 years. The water ionizer has been approved as a Household Medical Instrument by the government of Japan. In addition, test results on safety by the Welfare Ministry in Japan reveal no harmful influences on the body.

10. I am told that you claim a lemon will help to alkalize your body, but other people say the opposite. What`s the truth?
This is all about a basic misconception most people have about food and its effect on the body.

It is true that if you plunge a pH meter into a lemon it will read as acid. But once you have consumed (burnt up/converted to energy/metabolized) a lemon, what is left is alkaline. It is what is left of all of our foods that determines our acid/alkaline balance, not the pH of the food we are about to consume. This is known as the `ash` of a food.

After food has been completely burned up and converted to energy, the leftover minerals are what makes up our mineral content and therefore our pH or acid/alkaline balance. Unfortunately many other factors affect our pH balance, including pollution, stress and our own body`s metabolic wastes.

We are not "what we eat". We are what is left over after we eat.

11. What is a pH saliva test?
In a healthy state, our saliva should be alkaline. However, a large majority of North Americans and Europeans are in an acid condition, and this can be demonstrated. If you`re curious as to whether you`re acidic, ask for our free pH saliva test. In this simple test, special pH papers are used to measure the acidity /alkalinity of saliva under carefully controlled conditions. This can give you a relative, general picture.

12. I have read elsewhere that I should have slightly acid to neutral body tissue?
It`s not so simple.

Different parts of the body need different pH levels. At a cellular level, there are two factors working together to keep our energy up. The interior of each cell is alkaline. The Mitochondria - the power producer of the body, swim in an alkaline sea inside the cell`s membrane. Outside, the interstitial (between cells) fluid is saline, alkaline and mineralized. This is the fluid that transports nutrition to the cells. The cell allows it in after checking it with its many receptor antennae that swim in the alkaline fluid. Once inside, the mitochondria consume it and converts it to energy - electrical energy. Here`s where the minor miracle of life repeats itself billions of times a day. Through the tiny antennae that protrude into the interstitial fluid, and via the actual cell membrane, electrical energy is transmitted. This process permits the cell to pass the energy as electricity from positive to negative, just like a car or household wire passes power! Consider for a moment the effect of poor conductivity. (acid to alkaline) Energy flow would be greatly reduced.

So it`s incredibly important for the interstitial fluid to be correctly alkaline because if it`s not, the power can`t flow, the tiny antennae that detect germs etc can`t work properly, and we lose energy.

It`s also important to realize that we are never just acid or alkaline. We change by the hour, even the minute, and our body is a marvel of design and engineering as it shunts around alkaline minerals to neutralize excess acids within minutes of them entering the body.

It`s probably also obvious to you now that if we use minerals to maintain our balance, they must come from somewhere. This idea of a body miraculously adjusting its balance really makes no sense at all because without a ready supply of alkaline minerals how could it balance anything? These are the same minerals we spoke about in the "lemon" question, and the great advantage of drinking water loaded with ionized alkaline minerals that they get into the body without metabolism occurring - that is, they just go straight to work!

When we hear someone say "being alkaline is no better than being acid" we really do wonder what comic book they have been reading.

13. Can alkaline water help with calcium deficiency?
We have sighted numerous papers and practical reproduction blancpain articles that claim so including the following:

14. Are Water alkalizers safe for gastric problems?
The available research findings and feedback show No case of stomach problem has ever been reported.

15. Is alkaline water suitable for livestock and pets?
Alkaline water is used for horses, commercial dairy operations and for dogs and cats.