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Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water

Once more: we want to stress that the normal range of pH range of the human body (the blood) is 7.35 - 7.45. Drinking alkaline water is not intended to drive your pH higher than 7.45; it is intended to counter all the acidifying things in your life (food, toxins, thoughts) so your body doesn’t have to. The human body will do everything it can to maintain that particular pH range; to maintain homeostasis. Drinking alkaline water simply helps the body do its job, thus, everything happens more efficiently.

The following studies can be found on the web by clicking on the titles.

Postgraduate Symposium: Positive influence of nutritional alkalinity on bone health.

Researchers discovered that an acidic calcium rich water had no effect on bone resorption, while alkaline water did concluding that, "Mineral-water consumption could be an easy and inexpensive way of helping to prevent osteoporosis and could be of major interest for long-term prevention of bone loss."

Enhanced induction of mitochondrial damage and apoptosis in human leukemia HL-60 cells due to electrolyzed-reduced water and glutathione.

Tsai CF1, Hsu YW, Chen WK, Ho YC, Lu FJ.

Electrolzyed-reduced water (ERW) is a higher pH and lower oxidation-reduction potential water. In the present study, we examined the enhanced effect of ERW in the apoptosis of leukemia cells (HL-60) induced by glutathione (GSH). An enhanced inhibitory effect on the viability of the HL-60 cells was observed after treatment with a combination of ERW with various concentrations of GSH, whereas no cytotoxic effect in normal peripheral blood mononuclear cells was observed. The results of apoptotic related protein indicated that the induction of HL-60 cell death was caused by the induction of apoptosis through upregulation of Bax and downregulation of Bcl-2. The results of further investigation showed a diminution of intracellular GSH levels in ERW, and combination with GSH groups. These results suggest that ERW is an antioxidant, and that ERW, in combination with GSH, has an enhanced apoptosis-inducing effect on HL-60 cells, which might be mediated through the mitochondria-dependent pathway.

Acid-base balance and hydration status following consumption of mineral-based alkaline bottled water.

Heil DP.


The present study sought to determine whether the consumption of a mineral-rich alkalizing (AK) bottled water could improve both acid-base balance and hydration status in young healthy adults under free-living conditions. The AK water contains a naturally high mineral content along with Alka-PlexLiquid™, a dissolved supplement that increases the mineral content and gives the water an alkalizing pH of 10.0.


Thirty-eight subjects were matched by gender and self-reported physical activity (SRPA, hrs/week) and then split into Control (12 women, 7 men; Mean +/- SD: 23 +/- 2 yrs; 7.2 +/- 3.6 hrs/week SRPA) and Experimental (13 women, 6 men; 22 +/- 2 yrs; 6.4 +/- 4.0 hrs/week SRPA) groups. The Control group consumed non-mineralized placebo bottled water over a 4-week period while the Experimental group consumed the placebo water during the 1st and 4th weeks and the AK water during the middle 2-week treatment period. Fingertip blood and 24-hour urine samples were collected three times each week for subsequent measures of blood and urine osmolality and pH, as well as total urine volume. Dependent variables were analyzed using multivariate repeated measures ANOVA with post-hoc focused on evaluating changes over time within Control and Experimental groups (alpha = 0.05).


There were no significant changes in any of the dependent variables for the Control group. The Experimental group, however, showed significant increases in both the blood and urine pH (6.23 to 7.07 and 7.52 to 7.69, respectively), a decreased blood and increased urine osmolality, and a decreased urine output (2.51 to 2.05 L/day), all during the second week of the treatment period (P < 0.05). Further, these changes reversed for the Experimental group once subjects switched to the placebo water during the 4th week.


Consumption of AK water was associated with improved acid-base balance (i.e., an alkalization of the blood and urine) and hydration status when consumed under free-living conditions. In contrast, subjects who consumed the placebo bottled water showed no changes over the same period of time. These results indicate that the habitual consumption of AK water may be a valuable nutritional vector for influencing both acid-base balance and hydration status in healthy adults.

Potential benefits of pH 8.8 alkaline drinking water as an adjunct in the treatment of reflux disease.

Koufman JA1, Johnston N.


The pH 8.8 alkaline water irreversibly inactivated human pepsin (in vitro), and its hydrochloric acid-buffering capacity far exceeded that of the conventional-pH waters.


Unlike conventional drinking water, pH 8.8 alkaline water instantly denatures pepsin, rendering it permanently inactive. In addition, it has good acid-buffering capacity. Thus, the consumption of alkaline water may have therapeutic benefits for patients with reflux disease

Editor’s note: unless you have been diagnosed with acid reflux, it is not good to drink alkaline water after a meal. You need an acidic environment to digest your food. It is best to wait at least half an hour before drinking alkaline water after a meal.

From the studies above and from the hundreds of studies performed over the years on electrolyzed alkaline water, we know that alkaline water hydrates faster. It’s sweeter and tastier than pH neutral water.

The following is from a friend’s web site who has gladly allowed us to use his research. He has been affiliated with electrolyzed water for well over thirty years and is an expert in the field. The website is:

Hydration and Drinkability

Ionized alkaline water is more readily absorbed by the body, reducing the usual feeling of being "bloated" from drinking the recommended daily allowance of 8 glasses per day. In blind taste tests, most people can taste the difference.

Micro Clustering

Water molecules tend to stick together in clusters. Studies on alkaline water have shown evidence of a phenomenon identified as "micro clustering" or very small "structured" molecules. Though studies are still in progress determining the many benefits of micro clustering, one thing we do know is the smaller the cluster the quicker the hydration.

Free Radical Scavenging

Ionized alkaline water has been demonstrated to be an antioxidant, free radical scavenger.


Everyone points to the Hunzas for their longevity. There are hundreds of papers on their secret. Some marketing experts claim to have made a machine that produces "Hunza water." What we do know is their diet was very simple, raw foods, grains, and because they are a poor people, they eat only twice a day. We also know that their water was charged with minerals and alkaline.

Drinking alkaline water helps the body do its job. Like anything being helped, it will run longer and better because of that help.


Water is the universal solvent that detoxes our bodies. It flushes toxins and waste products. Alkaline water just does it better, neutralizing acid, dissolving acid wastes, and making it easier to flush them. As we age, we accumulate acid waste. Flushing them slows the aging process. As you drink more and more alkaline water (on a regular basis) you cut down on the acid wastes, and studies out of Japan show that this is one very powerful way to slow the aging process. [Sang Whang - Reverse Aging, JSP Publishing, Miami, FL, 1990.]

Alan, my friend with all the experience in alkaline water writes: "Electronically restructured water, produced through a special unit right at your own sink. This method yields alkaline drinking water and has another facet that I find particularly interesting it lowers the milli voltage of the water. This means that the water molecule is refigured into a lighter, simpler form that is definitely more absorbable in the body."

The following are bits and pieces Alan found for us to publish concerning alkalinity.

"In the healthy, calcium buffered, slightly alkaline cell environment, the conditions required for the propagation of cancer do not exist. It therefore remains dormant, or dies." Dr. Reich noted that his cancer patients demonstrated:

1. Lifestyle defects responsible for deficiency of one or both calcium and vitamin D,

2. Symptoms and physician signs of ionic calcium deficiency syndrome,

3. A greater than normal incidence of these ionic calcium deficiency diseases.

Thus he considered cancer as the ultimate adaptation to ionic calcium deficiency, "tailor made" to survive and to thrive in an ionic calcium deficient environment. Dr. Reich found that the cancer in many of his patients seemed to go into remission once their calcium deficiency was rectified, by a change of lifestyle including diet, and with mineral and vitamin supplements that raised the pH of their cellular fluids. Their associated ionic calcium deficiency diseases were also suppressed."


Contains excerpts from "Alkalize or Die", by Dr. T.A. Baroody, Jr

ACIDOSIS is the basic foundation of all disease. We need to understand the simple process of alkalizing our body and the important role a properly alkalized body plays in restoring and maintaining our overall health. Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels in our system.


  • HEART The heart is one of the most alkaline-dependent organs in the body. It is partly enervated by the vagus nerve which functions best in an alkaline environment. Correct heartbeat is altered by acid wastes. These wastes rob the blood of proper oxygenation and degeneration of the heart follows. An alkaline system creates an ideal heart function.
  • STOMACH Digestive difficulties (belching, bloating, sensitivity at the waist, intestinal gas, regurgitation, hiccups, lack or limitation of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colic in children) may indicate vagus nerve problems and possible hiatus hernia syndrome, which can produce acid residue throughout the system. Hiatus hernia can quickly reduce necessary hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Without proper hydrochloric acid breakdown of foods, the foods become too acidic.
  • LIVER The liver has over three hundred functions, including processing acid toxins from the blood and producing numerous alkaline enzymes for the system and is your first line of defense against any poisons. All the nourishment obtained through the gastrointestinal tract enters the blood by way of the liver. The load on the liver is much heavier when acid waste products are constantly floating in the blood. If the liver becomes too congested with protein acid wastes, death is imminent.
  • PANCREAS The pancreas is highly dependent on correct alkaline diet. All aspects of pancreatic function reduce excess acidity and regulate blood sugar balance. To have proper blood sugar balance, you must maintain a primarily alkaline-forming diet.
  • SMALL INTESTINES The Peyer's Patches, in the upper portion of the small intestines are crucial to life. They are essential for proper assimilation of food and producing lymphocytes for the lymphatic system's wide ranging nodal network. They also produce large amounts of the enzyme "chyle", which is a major alkalizing substance. The uninterrupted flow of chyle into the system is crucial. Too much acid waste production from acid-forming foods is a great burden on the Peyer's Patches, which lessens the production of chyle.
  • KIDNEYS In an adult, about 1 liter of blood per minute passes through the kidneys. By executing their primary duty, the kidneys keep the blood alkaline and extract acid. Kidneys that are over-stressed with too much acidity create kidney stones, which are composed of waste acid cells and mineral salts that have become gummed together in a waste acid substance. Therefore, by reducing acid-forming products from entering the body, the chances are better that you can avoid this painful condition.
  • COLON The colon must be kept clean of accumulated acid wastes. Poisons collect on the colon walls and in cases of diarrhea or constipation will harden and reabsorb into the bloodstream. Good bowel action (complete elimination) must be done at least 2 times per day.
  • LYMPHATIC SYSTEM There are 600-700 lymph glands in the body. Lymph fluid carries nutrition to the cells and removes acid waste products. Lymph fluid flows best in an alkaline environment. When the body is overly acidic, it slows, creating one of the most chronic, long-term, life-threatening situations. Gradually, the lymph dries and begins to form very tiny to very large adhesions throughout the tissues. These adhesions can interfere not only with lymph fluid but with blood flow as well. Hindered lymph flow increases tissue acid storage. Not drinking enough purified water will also slow the lymph. Waste products from foods that are not properly digested are reabsorbed into general circulation via the lymphatic ducts of the small intestine. In addition, bowel movements that do not completely clear the body of its daily poisons are also reabsorbed.  

How to Alkalize Your Water

The simplest and cheapest is something I've been using for nearly 10 years: AquaLyte (you can learn more about AquaLyte by clicking that link). These are sachets of coral calcium that you put into a half gallon of water, wait five minutes (though I let sit overnight) then drink. The product is usually sold through network marketing (which brings the price right up there) but the people at Simply the Best get it directly from the inventor and sell it at the best price on the web. You can check them out here: AquaLyte by Simply the Best.

Next, you can get an electrolyzing water machine that fits on your countertop and delivers filtered electrolyzed water as you need it. It only took me one trip to the hardware store to hook mine up to my reverse osmosis filtered water.

Finally, you can check out my friend's website. They will soon release a machine that is going to revolutionize the market (we are told). The site is: If your business is interested in a commercial size machine or needs consulting, this is the company to go to. 

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