What are the health benefits of alkaline water? Is it dangerous? Is it a scam?
To answer these questions, we must first make a very important distinction between alkaline water and alkaline ionized water. Take a look at the ph chart. Notice that on the PH 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.
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 scientist 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. This negative Oxidation Reduction Potential is also very delicate, it will evaporate completely within 24 hours time going from a -ORP value to a +ORP value, thus you must drink the ionized alkaline water within 24 hours time maximum or as soon as possible to get the most beneficial effects of drinking ionized water.
The Potential Dangers of adding Baking Soda and other Chemicals to raise water pH
Alkaline water on the other hand does not possess this negative ORP value, it simply has a higher pH. As mentioned at that start of this article, there are many different ways to make alkaline water, but none of these have health benefits, and some of them are dangerous and even potentially fatal because people do not do it correctly. The most popular way of all to make alkaline water is to add baking soda or other proprietary mineral and/or chemical additives to water. This however causes many problems because people add too much baking soda or they do it for extended periods of time, months or even years. Consuming too much baking soda leads to the formation of kidney stones and many more serious health problems.
When you go online on the internet you will find many different people and companies offering “natural cheap alternative” ways to make alkaline drinking water which involve adding baking soda or other chemical formulations to water to raise it’s pH. Most of these people are not intentionally trying to give bad advice, they just think they are experts or clever or understand what is going on, when in reality they are just plain stupid. You will find that over consumption of baking soda leads to the follow serious and potentially fatal health complications like: metabolic alkalosis, heart failure, hypertension and/or edema from sodium overload, hypervolemic hypernatremia, milk-alkali syndrome, kidney stones and kidney failure. Shocking, I know. These people writing these guides on how to make alkaline water or making videos adding baking soda or other chemicals to water are either ignorant of this fact, or more insidiously, they are trying to profit off these methods and are knowingly perpetrating what I can only think off as an alkaline water scam with serious health consequences.
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.
Since there is such as big market for alkalized water and so many people want the health benefits of water ionizers but think they are expensive, these sellers have carved out a niche at the very low prices of a few hundred dollars for their “natural” systems. However, as mentioned above, this natural or non-electric water ionizer filter system does not incorporate any of the health benefits that the water electrolysis process does. This is just a gimmick or a scam to trick people into thinking they will get the same benefits of drinking ionized water from water ionizers with one of these cheap natural alternative systems. The real danger is that just like consuming to much baking soda, depending on what chemicals or minerals are present in these filters people may over consume them and this can lead to the same health problems. Finally, these companies selling so called non-electric natural alkaline water machines are scamming people by taking $10 $20 or $50 dollar off the shelf water filter systems that you can buy at Home Depot and add a $5 dollar or $10 dollar mineral adding filter then turn around and charge $300 to $600 dollars for the system. It is a very clever trick. Visit the Home Depot for yourself, click here to see so called Natural Water Ionizers on the Home Depot website. Save yourself the money and buy the filter system from there yourself and then buy a single stage mineral adding filter to make your own “Natural” alkaline water ionizer.
Bottled Alkaline Water Benefits?
Big industry has taken notice of America’s health epidemic and the consumers turn to healthier food and beverage choices. Coca cola and Pepsi face large declining sales of carbonated sugar water and are looking for that next big source of revenue. You may have seen the many different alkaline bottled waters like 9.5 PH Essentia or 8.8 PH Evamor popping up in your local grocery store.
While not harmful these bottled water’s will not deliver the health benefits of electrolyzed reduced water. This is because while they do have a higher pH from minerals added to the water they do not possess the negative Oxidation Reduction Potential, -ORP of ionized water which gives it the ability to act as an antioxidant and neutralize free radicals. While I do drink bottled water from time to time, it is pretty much only when I am out at the store or mall and I am thirsty. I do not drink bottled alkaline water for its health benefits, because I know it is not the same as ionized water. I drink it only because it does not have the calories and sugars present in soda or juices. If you are buying bottled alkaline water for health benefits, save your money and invest it in an alkaline water ionizer. 20$ a week on bottled water adds up to $1040 dollars in a year which is roughly the cost of purchasing a ionizer system.
Not only is bottled water expensive it is very bad for the environment. People who buy bottled water to take home and drink in their houses are wasting thousands of dollars a year on water which in most cases is bottled tap water trucked around from other cities and which actually has more contaminants in it from the bottling process than tap water coming out of their kitchen faucets. Your best bet for drinking water is to filter your tap water and then if you want health benefits use a water ionizer to get them. Even when you make your own ionized water at home, bottling and storing it does not preserve the benefits. -ORP values evaporate quickly, within about 24 hours time leaving you with just higher pH drinking water. People think it is the higher PH that is beneficial, and that is the misconception the bottled water industry is using to sell their bottles. In reality the lions share of health benefits are derived from supplying your body with antioxidants in your drinking water in the form of a negative Oxidation Reduction Potential, or -ORP.
What Scientific Research is there for Alkalized Water Health Benefits?
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As humans, it is necessary that we consume water on a daily basis to maintain optimum health. As technology advances, and more research is being explored, it has been discovered that we can optimize the water we take in to increase its health benefits. Alkaline ionized water has been found in numerous scientific medical studies to hold increased health benefits in comparison to other available water. Alkaline ionized water has also been proven in scientific studies to hold benefits for health issues ranging all the way from acid reflux to cancer.
As alkaline water is becoming increasingly more popular, it is important to know that alkaline water and alkaline ionized water are not the same. Although alkaline water is considered to be any water with a pH above 7, alkaline ionized water has added benefits and safety advantages over the alkaline water that you may find bottled or made from chemical additives.
Alkalizing water with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a well-known method of raising the pH of water; however, this can cause unforeseen health complications in the short- and long-term, including an increased blood pressure and sodium levels in the body. There is a PubMed scientific study that discusses acute toxicity of using baking soda for indigestion. The study found that a person had been hospitalized 3 times for acute toxicity from using baking soda to counter indigestion. Check out all the details of this medical study at this (PubMed PMID# 8285975) link.
Adding other minerals to alkalinize the water, such as calcium or magnesium, can cause increased levels of these minerals in your blood. In the long-run, alkalizing water this way can potentially lead to kidney stone formation, kidney damage, and abnormal heart rhythms.
Buying bottled alkaline water from the grocery store, although costly, is typically a safe option. Despite the safety of bottled alkaline water, only alkaline ionized water truly holds the wide range of health benefits available in optimizing the water you’re drinking. Buying bottled alkaline water also plays into the huge environmental impact issue of excessive garbage that plastic water bottles are contributing to.
Water becomes ionized through a process known as electrolysis which changes the structure of the H2O molecule formation. The H20 molecules of normal tap water are found in clusters of 12 to 100, and the electrolysis process breaks these clusters into smaller clusters of 4 to 6 by breaking the hydrogen bonds between H20 molecules. These smaller water clusters are more easily absorbed into your cells, leading to faster hydration. When water can pass more easily through cell walls, it can also take with it vitamins and other necessary nutrients that the body requires that would normally have trouble entering the cell.
Breaking the hydrogen bonds also creates a charge on the H2O molecule that is beneficial to your body. This charge has the ability to react with harmful molecules in your body called free radicals. Free radicals cause harm to your body by reacting with healthy cells, causing damage. This damage known as oxidative stress can be deadly to the cells of your organs, or any other tissues in your body ultimately causing disease. Get more information in this PubMed study PMID#23959012 that used ERW (Electrolyzed Reduced Water) which is another name for alkaline ionized water
A portion of free radicals arise in the body during normal metabolism, and sometimes the body creates free radicals as a defense against viruses and bacteria. Environmental factors such as radiation, herbicides, cigarette smoke, and pollution can also create unneeded free radicals in the body, potentially leading to oxidative stress and damage.
Alkaline ionized water also helps to create and maintain a healthy pH in the body. The pH of your body’s fluids and organs is tightly regulated in a process known as acid-base homeostasis, which works to keep the body’s pH between 7.35 and 7.45.
Alkaline ionized water helps to balance pH by acting as a buffer in your system bringing and maintaining your pH into a healthy range. Maintaining a healthy pH helps to prevent disease that can be caused by your system becoming too acidic. These disease and damage have the potential to be prevented and treated by optimizing your water intake with alkaline ionized water.
The most healthful way to consume alkaline ionized water is to have a point of use water ionizer to make your own in your home so you can be sure of the quality and freshness. This also allows you the ability to produce different pH levels of the water for different uses.
Acid Reflux and Heartburn
According to a news report by ABC, during the past decade there have been twice as many people reporting that they suffer from heartburn, a common symptom of acid reflux disease. ABC news also reported that there may be a connection between esophageal cancer and untreated, chronic acid reflux disease symptoms.
Acid reflux disease is caused by the overproduction of stomach acid due to environmental factors, as well as diet and lifestyle. The constant overproduction of stomach acid can cause the esophagus to become covered with a spider web of scars; these scars are caused by a component of stomach acid known as pepsin.
Under normal conditions, pepsin is used by the body to break down protein in food; outside of the protected walls of the stomach, pepsin can damage the delicate proteins of the esophagus and airway, causing these scars associated with acid reflux disease to form. These scars can create blockages that don’t allow food to easily slide down your esophagus, sticking on its way to the stomach, potentially causing discomfort.
Some common acid reflux disease symptoms, also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), include a discomfort or burning sensation that is often described as heartburn; this sensation often moves around between the chest, stomach and through the abdomen area. Sometimes heartburn can be felt in the throat accompanied by a small amount of bitter, sour tasting residue in the back of the mouth or in the throat.
Some people also experience a chronic sore throat and hoarseness, a continuous dry cough, or wheezing. Bloating is another commonly reported symptom of acid reflux disease that is often accompanied by nausea and even burping. Sometimes people also encounter bouts of hiccups that will not go away. Black, bloody stools or vomiting blood is an advanced symptom that should never be ignored.
It was reported by Healthline that 60% of U.S. adults will have some type of acid reflux disease symptom over the next year. A study completed in 2004 showed that about one fifth of the U.S. population experience weekly acid reflux disease symptoms, with many of these people experiencing symptoms for 5 years or more. Statistics in that same year showed 1,150 deaths were reported with causes that were directly linked to a primary diagnosis of acid reflux disease.
It is conveyed by WebMD that antacids should never be used for more than two weeks consecutively because they are not designed for long-term use. The report goes on to say that acid reflux disease sufferers should strive to eliminate the cause of their heartburn symptoms because antacids taken regularly are not a remedy; antacids were designed for temporary relief.
In scientific medical studies, alkaline ionized water has shown to be a safe and effective remedy for acid reflux disease. It has been found in a PubMed study that drinking alkaline water at a pH of 8.8 permanently inactivates pepsin outside of the stomach, as well as acts as a buffer to prevent further activation. (PubMed PMID# 22844861)
Again, drinking alkaline water made by adding minerals to conventional water will not safely deliver the same health benefits against acid reflux disease as alkaline ionized water made by an electrolysis machine.
A small study was organized by RefluxMD to investigate if alkaline water may provide additional health benefits to acid reflux disease sufferers. They had the participants drink alkaline water for 12 days at the first indication of symptoms and as a substitute for normal water throughout the day. The participants had also logged their medication use for the previous 12 days before the study began, to compare their use while drinking alkaline water.
The study reports that the number of days that the participants needed medication was reduced by drinking alkaline water. The total number of days that the participants needed medication was decreased by 41%. The participants of the RefluxMD study also reported having acid reflux disease symptoms less frequently while drinking alkaline water. It was documented that 74% of the participants were considering or were committed to continuing to drink alkaline water to treat their acid reflux disease.
Although this was a small scale study produced by RefluxMD, it shows great hope for the safe and effective treatment of acid reflux disease with alkaline water, or better yet alkaline ionized water.
Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a term that includes diseases in which there are elevated levels of sugar in the blood for a prolonged period of time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2014 a total of 29.1 million people had diabetes, and that a quarter of them were undiagnosed.
Diabetes occurs throughout the world and is more common in developed countries due to the urban lifestyle and “Western-style” diet, suggesting an environmental cause. Although history reports diabetes occurring all the way back to the Egyptians in 1500 BC, there is still little understanding of the mechanisms present that cause diabetes.
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes were identified as separate conditions between 400 and 500 CE by two Indian physicians, Sushruta and Charaka. Type 1 diabetes is typically associated with youth and is characterized by the loss of beta cells in the pancreas, which in healthy individuals produce insulin that helps regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is typically associated with being overweight and is characterized by the body’s resistance to insulin, and may be combined with reduced insulin production.
The pH of the blood plays an important role in preventing and reversing diabetes, something you will need to understand in order to grasp how alkaline ionized water can be used. The pH of something determines how reactive it will be to the environment around it. When your blood has an acidic pH it is very reactive to the tissues that it runs through, and this can cause damage.
The body thrives when it is at a pH a little above 7, which is considered an alkaline pH. The body can become acidic over time caused by environmental factors including poor diet and lifestyle, making the body more susceptible to damage and disease. One of the body’s defenses against becoming acidic is through the pancreas, and over time the pancreas can become worn down due to an overly acidic environment. As the pancreas becomes worn down it may struggle to maintain its other functions as well, such as regulating blood glucose, resulting in diabetes. Drinking alkaline ionized water helps to restore your internal pH back to an alkaline environment, taking some of the pressure off of the pancreas, maintaining health.
Free radicals also play a role in diabetes and can be regulated using alkaline ionized water. Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron, making them very reactive as they scavenge to react with electrons from surrounding molecules causing damage; this damage is known as oxidative stress. It is thought that free radicals may have a role in the destruction of the pancreas and the resulting decrease in insulin production in Type 1 diabetes, along with the resistance to insulin in Type 2 diabetes.
Alkaline ionized water helps to reduce the amount of free radicals in your body due to the available electrons in the water molecule that react and neutralize the reactive free radicals. Drinking alkaline ionized water is considered to be an antioxidant and may be used to prevent damage by free radicals.
One PubMed study reported that when diabetic mice were given alkaline ionized water as their drinking water there was a significant reduction in their blood glucose, and an improved glucose tolerance. In other words, the alkaline ionized water decreased the amount of sugar found in the blood and also stabilized their sugar closer to a more normal response when eating. It was also shown in the study that in Type 1 diabetic mice there was a markedly increased insulin level in the blood. (PubMed PMID# 16945392)
Another PubMed study described that alkaline ionized water, known in this study as reduced water, prevented damage caused by Alloxan, a known agent to cause diabetes. Alkaline ionized water protected damage to the beta cells of the pancreas, increased insulin secretion 2-4 times those of untreated beta cells, and increased insulin sensitivity by 2-3.5 times. (PubMed PMID# 19003114)
A third medical study conducted on Diabetes that was published on PubMed reported that when a certain population of diabetic rats were given alkaline ionized water for a 12 week period they showed significantly lower blood glucose levels, as well as lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, when compared to the control group who received tap water. (PubMed PMID# 16428818)
All of these studies suggest that alkaline ionized water has the potential to be useful in preventing and treating certain types of diabetes. Always consult with a health professional before adding or altering any treatment.
In the western world cancer is known to affect a tremendous amount of people. In 2012 there were an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer diagnosed globally with North America at the top of the charts. As we know cancer is a disease characterized by the abnormal growth of cells with the potential to spread to other parts of the body; this differs from benign tumors due to the fact that benign tumors do not have the capability to spread. There are over 100 different types of cancer that have been documented.
Some popular treatments for cancer include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Chemotherapy includes using a cancer cell-killing drug to attempt to eradicate the tumor. Radiation involves using a strong energy field to damage the cancer cells, hopefully leading to cellular death. Another treatment, surgery, strives to remove the entire tumor mass and sometimes tissue from the surrounding area.
As our culture evolves we are beginning to recognize that much of disease is multifactorial; it may have more than one cause and may require a more personalized treatment depending on the specific individual. What is meant here is that a cigarette smoker may get lung cancer or they may not, there must be other factors that play into the mix; if we can more closely pinpoint these factors we may be able to better eradicate cancer. As our minds open to other ideas about cancer people are beginning to look towards alternative causes and treatments.
Throughout the previous two decades extensive cancer research has discovered a strong link between oxidative stress, inflammation, and cancer. As was mentioned previously, oxidative stress is caused by free radicals in the body reacting with other molecules and causing cellular damage. This damage can lead to chronic inflammation, with in turn could lead to many chronic diseases including cancer. The inflamed cells begin to reproduce abnormally to survive in the unhealthy environment. (PubMed PMCID# PMC2990475)
As it was previously discussed, alkaline ionized water has the capability to neutralize free radicals in the body, leading to less oxidative stress, less inflammation, and a potentially decreased risk for cancer.
Another way in which alkaline ionized water fights cancer is due to the alkaline environment that drinking it creates in the body. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment, and do thrive in an acidic environment. It has been found that if the blood develops a more acidic environment healthy cells begin to die and some cells can reproduce abnormally in an attempt to survive.
Our blood becomes acidic by the toxins that we can take in through our lifestyle, eating a diet high in acidic foods such as sugar, corn, and processed foods, as well as other factors. Alkaline ionized water creates an alkaline environment in the body which can help prevent and even fight to kill cancer cells.
There is a medical study titled, “Anticancer Effect of Alkaline Reduced Water” in which they discovered significant anticancer effects from treatment with alkaline ionized water, known as alkaline reduced water in this study. When mice that had been injected with cancer cells were treated with alkaline ionized water they showed delayed tumor growth and a lengthened survival span. In this study, treatment with alkaline ionized water also showed to inhibit the metastasis, or spreading, of cancer cell colonies.
A second study published in PubMed reported that when leukemia cells were treated with alkaline ionized water and another antioxidant, glutathione, there was an inhibitory effect on the lifespan of these cells compared to untreated cells. This suggests that this treatment may have the ability to kill leukemia cells. (PubMed PMID# 19202298)
These studies suggest that drinking alkaline ionized water could have a risk-free and effective role in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
As we have discussed in previous sections, oxidative stress is caused by an abundance of free radicals in the body that wreak havoc on surrounding molecules leading to cellular damage. Deadly diseases like heart attacks and heart failure, cancer, autism, Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other diseases are now thought to be linked to oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is also hypothesized to be linked with the aging process including age-related disease; this idea is known as the free-radical theory of aging (FRTA), which was first proposed in the 1950s by Danham Harman. This theory states that bodies age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time, breaking down tissues leading to aging and disease.
A popular method of protecting yourself from oxidative stress is to take antioxidants, such as vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Antioxidants protect your body’s molecules from being damaged by free radicals and reduce the formation of free radicals. The use of antioxidants to prevent disease is controversial because in certain individuals antioxidants have shown to increase the risk of disease, however, as with anything the full details of these findings have not been disclosed and could be merely speculation instead of factual based.
Alkaline ionized water has the potential to prevent oxidative stress by attracting the reactive free radicals throughout your body before they have a chance to react with other molecules and cause cellular damage. This could prove to be an effective and helpful, negative side effect free therapy that is easy to implement.
In one study titled, “Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein,” it was shown that treatment with alkaline ionized water, known as electrolyzed-reduced water in this study, was effective at preventing oxidative stress. Alkaline ionized water increased the cellular resistance to DNA and RNA damage. The study also showed alkaline ionized water to enhance the antioxidant activity of ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, which could make taking vitamin C more effective than taking it with tap water.
Hangovers from alcohol consumption are also related to oxidative stress. According to a scientific PubMed study, drinking alkaline ionized water has the potential to relieve alcohol-induced hangover symptoms and increase detoxification. When alkaline ionized water was used as the drinking water, the blood-alcohol concentration after 1, 3, and 5 hours was significantly decreased when compared to those who drank distilled water. Both alcohol dehydrogenase type 1 and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, two compounds in the body known to aid in the metabolism of alcohol, were increased when alkaline ionized water was used. (PubMed PMID# 19887722)
These studies show that alkaline ionized water may be used to prevent damage caused by oxidative stress, protecting your organs and other tissues. It is always a good idea to consult with a health professional before adding or augmenting treatments on your own, that is why adding alkaline ionized water is such a good idea. There should be very few health professionals that would advise against drinking a better structure of healthier water, and if that were the advice received it would probably be wise to seek a second opinion.
Millions of people throughout the world are affected by kidney disease. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located under your rib-cage in the middle of your back and their function is to remove waste and extra water from your system, which is turned into urine.
Each kidney is made up of a million tiny filters called nephrons, the structure that is usually damaged in kidney disease. When enough nephrons become damaged, waste and extra water begin to accumulate in the body causing disease.
When kidney disease is left untreated it can progress into kidney failure, which leads to the accumulation of fluid in the body which appears as swelling in the extremities, known as edema. The amount of urine produced is also decreased. Minerals begin to accumulate in the body, as the kidneys are not working to filter out the unused waste, leading to the various symptoms of kidney disease.
Eventually the kidney function can deteriorate to a point where an external filter is needed to clean the blood to remove the harmful wastes and water; this process is known as hemodialysis. A hemodialysis machine pumps the blood out of the body and removes excess water and minerals, balancing the body’s pH. Long-term use of hemodialysis has the potential to cause damage to the body due to the intensity of the treatment.
According to a scientific medical study in Kidney International, hemodialysis over the course of 6 months can increase the amount of free radicals in the blood, decrease the amount of Vitamin C found in the blood, and decrease the body’s natural antioxidant abilities. As discussed above, increased free radicals and decreased antioxidant ability causes oxidative stress which has the potential to damage cells of the body, leading to disease. The study also found that hemodialysis can damage red blood cells over time.
In addition, the study also reported that treatment with alkaline ionized water could have potential benefits in preventing and treating this damage. Alkaline ionized water treatment proved to help prevent oxidative stress and protected red blood cells from damage. Alkaline ionized water treatment has shown to have no adverse side effects when compared to other treatments, such as Vitamin C replacement. This study showed that treatment with alkaline ionized water has the potential to prevent damage caused by hemodialysis treatment for chronic kidney disease.
In addition to the vast health benefits listed above, alkaline ionized water also shows potential benefits for the treatment of metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is a condition that can occur in your body when there is an overproduction of acid or when your kidneys aren’t working properly to remove enough acid from your body, causing your pH to drop below 7.35.
The overproduction of acid in your body can occur for many reasons with some of the most common being severe diarrhea, ketoacidosis, kidney disease, and aspirin poisoning. Excessive diarrhea causes the body to lose too much bicarbonate, a biochemical used internally to neutralize acid, leading to an increased amount of acid your body’s system. Ketoacidosis can occur with untreated type 1 diabetes or prolonged alcoholism when the body begins to unnecessarily break down fat and protein in the body causing the pH of the blood to become too acidic.
Kidney disease can cause metabolic acidosis because your kidneys play an important role in the removal of acid from the body, and when they are not working properly acid can accumulate in the body. Toxic levels of aspirin in the body can also cause a high level of acid to occur in the body by inhibiting the body from oxidizing acid optimally.
Treatment of metabolic acidosis is typically targeted at the correcting the underlying condition that is ultimately causing the high acidity level. Sodium bicarbonate may also be used to balance the pH in the body under certain conditions. Studies are reporting that alkaline ionized water may also be used as a safe and beneficial treatment of metabolic acidosis.
One study published in PubMed discovered the potential for alkaline ionized water to be used in treatment of metabolic acidosis caused by kidney failure or loss of bicarbonate through the gastrointestinal tract. They used alkaline ionized water orally and by hemodialysis treatment, then compared the results versus the use of conventional tap water.
In both groups, oral and hemodialysis, there was an improvement seen compared to those given tap water. Using alkaline ionized water improved the acid-base balance in the body and was considered a safe strategy to do so. (PubMed PMID# 19527469) This study shows that alkaline ionized water has the potential to be a treatment for metabolic acidosis caused by kidney failure or loss of bicarbonate.
As you have seen in the many scientific and medical studies that have been conducted using ERW or ionized alkaline water, there is a growing agreement that the type of water used inside of our bodies has a huge impact. That could be because our bodies are made up of a great deal of water, approximately 2/3rd’s of our bodies are water. Water is used to flush out toxins, clean our systems, keep our organs working efficiently, and most importantly to keep every cell hydrated so it can function properly.
The consistent use of water that has been both ionized and has had the pH level raised to an alkaline state has been proven to provide multiple positive benefits. Using this type of ionized water that is alkaline can be used as a therapy for many different types of diseases, and more importantly the optimum use of alkaline ionized water would be to use it for preventative measures before any of these diseases gained control of your body.