1. 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 from either intimate contact with certain native volcanic materials/minerals or by cascading over certain igneous rocks. It is believed that Alkazone® water ionizers are able to produce better effect using advanced technology.
2. 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 antioxidant 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 antioxidant water is not a medicine to treat or cure any diseases but if consumed regularly, alkaline antioxidant water can reduces acid waste, allowing for a natural health improvement.
3. WHAT MAKES ALKAZONE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PH BALANCING SUPPLEMENTS ON THE MARKET?
Alkazone is the result of years of research and development since 1994 in the field of alkaline balance in the body. As a true pioneer in this area, Better Health Lab has formulated it’s product to contain essential alkaline minerals (i.e. potassium, calcium and magnesium) along with natural trace minerals derived from ancient marine sources and antioxidants like selenium and zinc (zinc acts as an antioxidant in the body.) Alkazone has virtually NO sodium, which is not desirable in many of people’s diets today. Also, unlike other pH balancing supplements, Alkazone has no odor or taste when added to water, and can also be added to other beverages to offset acidity, such as coffee, tea or juices. By adding 3-4 drops to one serving of purified water, the pH of the water will be raised to around 9.5.
4. WHERE SHOULD A BODY’S ALKALINITY BE?
The pH of the blood needs to remain in the range of 7.3 to 7.4. The blood’s pH generally does not vary; however, what will vary will be the other fluids in the body.
5. 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 mean 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 gettingrid 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 and night.
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.
6. IS IT OK FOR CHILDREN TO DRINK ALKALINE WATER?
Absolutely YES! – Even nursing infants. And since children have usually not accumulated toxins in their bodies, they experience no detoxification symptoms. (A few adults might).
7. IS THERE A COST FOR SUCH TESTS? IS IT NECESSARY TO PERIODICALLY TEST THE WATER?
To test water there is a cost – for pricing ask your local water authority for a company that tests water and go from there.
8. WHY IS BALANCING THE PH LEVEL OF A BODY SO IMPORTANT?
If your body’s pH is low, you are in a big trouble, just as if your body temperature is too low, you are in danger. Life of the human body depends primarily on the activity of enzymes, which are localized throughout the body.
They do a lot of the important work for our body to survive. If they are not happy, you will be sick right away. Their activity is highest at pH 7.4 and a body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Your body will do everything it can to keep those conditions. In today’s society, many people continuously have a low body pH because of various reasons, mainly the diet, and also environmental issues such as stress (which lowers the pH of the body.) Much of the food people eat today is processed and acid forming in the body.
9. HOW LONG WILL A BOTTLE OF ALKAZONE MINERAL DROP LAST SOMEONE?
At 5 servings per day, one bottle of Alkazone will last around 40 days.
10. BASED ON TESTIMONIALS YOU HAVE COLLECTED ABOUT ALKAZONE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHIEF BENEFITS OF THE PRODUCT?
Since many of our distributors are holistic doctors, we get an opportunity to speak to people daily about their feedback on Alkazone. We have put together a list of some of the ailments that we are told have been helped by taking Alkazone. This list was created based on direct feedback from clients as well as indirect feedback from doctors who are using Alkazone with their patients. Acidosis – low body pH, litmus tests on urine or saliva show increased body pH in a short amount of time Gout and other muscle cramps
High blood pressure
11. HOW LONG WILL A BOTTLE OF ALKAZONE MINERAL DROP LAST SOMEONE?
11. HOW LONG WILL A BOTTLE OF ALKAZONE MINERAL DROP LAST SOMEONE?
12. ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR ALKAZONE?
Just as there are no contraindications for drinking water, there should really be no concerns for using Alkazone to make a mineral enhanced drinking water. That being said, however, we always recommend consulting with a doctor before taking ANY new supplement product. The only people who would be advised against taking Alkazone would be an individual who should stay away from Potassium supplements.
Also, one doctor told reported that there is a very small segment of the population that is very sensitive to trace minerals. These individuals are often suffering from an autoimmune disease (i.e. Lupus) and should be cautious with any trace mineral supplement. We recommend trying new supplements one at a time so that if there is an adverse reaction it can be honed in on. All ingredients used in Alkazone are recognized by the United States FDA as GRAS, which stands for “generally recognized as safe”, in the amounts and proportions that we use them in.
13. I KNOW WHAT I SHOULD EAT AND DRINK TO BE HEALTHY, BUT I CAN’T SEEM TO KEEP TO A CONSISTENT PROGRAM. HOW WILL ANTIOXIDANT ALKALINE WATER HELPS ME?
Alkaline antioxidant water is perfect for people like you. You only need to drink it to enjoy its many health benefits. Our Alkaline Booster and Bottled Water have same benefits so you can choose from as your convenience.
14. WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
An antioxidant is a molecule that has a capability of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants are chemical compounds or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals which can cause damage to normal cells. Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Health problems such as heart disease, muscular degeneration, diabetes and cancer are all contributed by oxidative damage. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore may lower the risk of cancer and infection. As oxidative stress appears to be an important part of many human diseases, the use of antioxidants in pharmacology is intensively studied, particularly as treatments for stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. Antioxidants are widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements and have been investigated for the prevention of diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and even altitude sickness.
16. WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF ANTIOXIDANT SELENIUM?
Selenium is an essential component of many enzymes, some of which have antioxidant functions. Deficiency of the element in animals makes them susceptible to injury by certain types of oxidative stress. At least 1 human disease occurs only in selenium-deficient individuals. Therefore, it seems prudent to avoid selenium deficiency. The plasma (or serum) selenium concentration is often used to assess selenium nutritional status. A plasma selenium concentration of 8 micrograms/dL or greater in a healthy subject indicates that plasma selenoproteins are optimized and the subject is selenium replete. Selenium is a mineral element present in nature. It is taken into the body in water and foods. People use it for medicine. In fact, most of the selenium in the body comes from the diet. The amount of selenium in food is dependent on where it is grown or raised. Crab, liver, fish, poultry, and wheat are generally good natural sources of selenium. Selenium is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels, including stroke and atherosclerosis. It is also used for preventing various cancers including cancer of the prostate, stomach, lung, and skin. Some people use selenium for under-active thyroid, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, an eye disease called macular degeneration, hay fever, infertility, cataracts, gray hair, abnormal pap smears, chronic fatigue syndrome, mood disorders, arsenic poisoning, and preventing miscarriage.
Selenium is also used for preventing serious complications and death from critical illnesses such as head injury and burns. It is also used for preventing bird flu, treating HIV/AIDS, and reducing side effects from cancer chemotherapy.
15. WHAT ARE THE ANTIOXIDANTS IN ALKALINE WATER?
Alkaline water produced by a water ionizer can be a great source of antioxidants and other minerals. Hard water which is found in many areas will contain large amounts of calcium and magnesium, and will likely have many other minerals in it as well. Some of those minerals, such as zinc and manganese play roles of antioxidants. Vegetables have long been recognized as a source of vitamins and minerals, but research is revealing that vegetables may make it difficult for the body to absorb some essential dietary minerals. Scientists have found that antioxidants in plants, known as polyphenols, can interfere with the absorption of iron and zinc. Some plant acids, such as phytic acid will bind to iron and zinc making them unavailable to absorb in the intestines. Some health experts have speculated that the binding effect of polyphenols may be the cause of mineral deficiencies in some people’s diets.
For vegetarians and vegans, alkaline water can provide useful amounts of bioavailable iron and zinc in their diet because it contains no polyphenols. Immune functions fail first if you don’t get enough antioxidant minerals. Some of the minerals found in drinking water supplies virtually everywhere have proven antioxidant effects in the body. Known antioxidant minerals commonly found in water include: copper, manganese, selenium, and zinc.
17. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ANTIOXIDANT MAGNESIUM?
Proper brain function depends on a constant supply of biochemical energy. When magnesium is chronically deficient or depleted, then brain metabolism and power suffer. Several factors contribute to the lack of magnesium in our diet. To begin with, a big part of American diets are low in magnesium. This mineral is often depleted in our soils. Processing or cooking further reduces its levels in food, and not all of the magnesium we do consume is absorbed. Your brain needs magnesium to build the protective myelin sheaths that insulate the nerve fibers which network your nervous system. Magnesium activates a key enzyme in cell membranes that controls the balance of sodium and potassium.
This is absolutely essential to the electrical activity of nerve cells, as well as to the very existence of a cell. If its sodium-potassium ratio got too far out of balance, the cell would burst. Magnesium activates glutamine synthetase, an enzyme responsible for converting waste ammonia – an extremely toxic byproduct of normal protein metabolism – into urea for proper disposal. The ability to focus and pay attention can be compromised by even small increases in brain ammonia. Magnesium is found in many foods, but usually in small amounts. A single food will not meet your daily magnesium needs. A variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains can supply your magnesium requirements as well as make for a more delectable menu. Water can provide magnesium, more for our Alkazone Antioxidant Mineral Booster Drops.
18. WHAT ARE THE BALANCES OF OXIDANTS, FREE RADICALS AND ANTIOXIDANTS?
Antioxidants are your first line of defense against free radicals. Highly-reactive forms of oxygen called free radicals create chemical reactions that damage brain cells. If free radicals become uncontrolled by your cell mechanism, cells will be damaged faster than they can be repaired. Free radicals are a normal part of metabolism and play a vital role in many biochemical processes, but they must be kept under control. To counteract these radical oxidants, the brain needs an ample supply of antioxidants. Basically, antioxidants are molecules that free radicals find more attractive than cellular components. Antioxidants can be found in micronutrients obtained from food.
There are many different kinds of micronutrients that function as antioxidants to neutralize, or quench, free radicals. Each works in a unique manner and has a particular area of expertise, but they also complement each other in an extraordinary synergy that effectively controls free radicals. In a sense, antioxidants sacrifice themselves to preserve your body parts. They readily donate their electrons to prevent free radicals from stealing electrons out of membrane fatty acids, mitochondria, DNA, and elsewhere. Antioxidant levels diminish with age, therefore the aging brain appears to be an easy target for oxidative damage. This underscores the importance of getting enough antioxidants through diet and supplements. The antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and lipidic acid. They actually revive and spare one another from destruction. A highly reactive gas, ozone is the main component of summer smog that promotes the formation of free radicals. Ironically, too little ozone in the stratosphere allows more UV radiation to interact with too much ground-level ozone. Chemical pesticides, herbicides, and petrochemical paints and solvents are also sources of free radical exposure. When you eat fats processed at high temperatures, or deep-fried, then you are consuming foods that add to your free radical load. Tobacco smoke is also a major factor to increase your free radical stress to your body.
19. CAN ANTIOXIDANTS FIGHT AGAINST AGING?
Antioxidants attract and gather the free radicals that are associated with many brain maladies. Find out how antioxidants protect your brain and how specific micronutrients benefit your brain. You can also learn how the lack of specific micronutrients can increase the risk of stroke and cognitive decline. Evidence is mounting that cumulative oxidative damage to brain cells causes the fuzzy memory, slow learning, and loss of coordination that often accompanies aging – as well as the dementias that plague us today. Even the form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s disease seems to begin with oxidative damage long before any symptoms arise.
“Alzheimer’s disease is a very complex disease that does not appear to have a single cause, but our research indicates that oxidative stress is probably a primary event in the course of the illness,” says Domenico Pratico, MD, of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dutch researchers concluded that cardiovascular health appears to be a primary biological reason why elderly women tend to have better cognitive function than their male peers. Dr. A. J. M. de Craen and his team at Leiden University Medical Center tested 600 people over age 85. “Good cognitive speed was found in 33% of the women and 28% of the men. Forty-one percent of the women and 29% of the men had a good memory,” they reported. The odds of having a better memory were 80% higher in elderly women, even after considering factors such as formal education and depression – a difference far greater than in younger people. There are lots of data convincing the importance of taking plenty of antioxidants.
20. WHAT ABNORMALITIES CAN POSSIBLY BE RELIEVED BY ALKALINE WATER?
Fast and cheap diets including meat and potatoes, fried foods soft drink colas, sucrose and other sugars build up acid salts in the body. Often these deposited wastes can remain in the body for decades by having to be stored away from blood flow. In addition, the mental and physical stress can also promote acid deposits in the body. While the scientific connection to stress in the body has not been completely explained, there exists many thought in psychology, called psychosomatics, which maintains that our mental state will influence health. Doctors in Japan following 40 years of research and testing believe that daily drinking of alkaline water can lift depression. Let us look at some healing benefits of drinking Ionized water.
1) Obesity is a major health issue in America. It arises from the overeating of carbohydrates and fats. When the metabolic process is not able to burn them away, the body must place these fatty acids somewhere. It first stores them under the skin, around the waist in men, and around the hips, thighs, and breasts in women. Further, it stores wastes around organs and tissues which then receive a smaller supply of nutrients and are thereby damaged. This second stage is more deadly. An easy gentle way to lose weight is to dissolve the fatty acids out of the body by drinking six to eight glasses alkaline of water a day.
2) Cancer is caused by imbalance of metabolism which results in abnormal cells. If blood develops a more acidic condition, the acidic wastes have to be deposited somewhere in the body. If this unhealthy process continues year after year, these areas steadily increase in acidity, and their cells might begin to die. Other cells in the affected area may survive by becoming normal; these are called malignant. Malignant cells do not respond to brain commands. They undergo a cellular division that is out of control. This is called cancer. Modern medicine in America treats the malignant cells as if they were bacteria or viruses. It uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat cancer. Yet none of these treatments will help very much, if after all of that, the acidic environment remains. Drinking water that has high alkaline pH, because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer. In Asia, alkaline water is regularly served to patients, and is considered a regular part of treatment.
3) Hypertension and cardiac complications can come from the acidification of the body in the blood. The blood must maintain its pH within that safe range of 7.3 to 7.45 by transforming liquid wasted into solid ones and storing them, if needed. This physiological state of homeostasis is maintained by chemical compositions as buffers. When buffer levels are low, possibly from ingestion of too many acid foods or drinks, then an acidosis develops. Japanese doctors believe that people with high blood pressure have an acidosis condition. They cite many successful clinical cases where ingestion of high pH alkaline water has lowered blood pressure. These doctors cite several causes for their success in lowering blood pressure through administering alkaline water. When the pH of blood is raised or alkalinized, and if you raise it from 7.3 to 7.45 you increase its pH 68% then excess oxygen is added to the blood, and the heart does not have to work hard. Also, the ionized calcium added to the blood from the alkaline water may be dissolving the plaque and cholesterol build-up on the walls of the arteries. While the effect of alkaline water is gentle, and its greatest health benefits do not happen in a day or a month, you should be able to lower your blood pressure within a few months of drinking alkaline water. Asian doctors have been using alkaline water to successfully treat high blood pressure for years.
4) The adult disease of diabetes is the insulin independent diabetes mellitus. It affects people over the age of 40. People who have this ailment usually eat too much and are overweight. Age is a factor here, because the efficiency of the pancreas decreases as we grow older. A shortage of calcium ions in the body impairs the production and release of the insulin hormone. That can lead to an acidic blood condition. Clogged blood vessels caused by excess protein buildup also impair pancreatic function. Alkaline water, by supplying calcium in an ionized form, and by preventing excess protein buildup, can help this condition. The Japanese have been successfully clinically treating diabetes with alkaline water.
5) Many arthritis and gout conditions are the cause of the accumulation of acid wastes in the joints. Ointments simply cover-up symptoms temporarily. Aspirin, being acidic, can offer short-term relief, but over a longer period, it can add to the pain. Alkaline water is employed to alter the acidic condition in the body so that the body can fix the problem by itself.
6) As the body consumes unfavorable chemicals, kidney problems are growing, and become over-burdened with acid wastes. The multiple renal diseases such as nephritis, uremia poisoning, and bladder breakdown are all related conditions which can be treated by the consumption of alkaline water. Kidney stones begin as tiny specks. They gradually build into solid stones, composed of phosphates, urates, etc. They are another form of acidic salts. Drinking plenty of alkaline water will prevent kidney stones from forming, and even after their formation, it can dissolve them.
21. WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS FROM DRINKING MINERAL WATER?
When you’re trying to decide what type of water will bring you the best nutritional benefits, you should consider that mineral water health benefits may be far more than the benefits you receive from traditional water, distilled water and the hundreds of other options open to you. Mineral water health benefits range from simple to complex and are varied. And although studies have not shown any concrete evidence that mineral water health benefits are different from those associated with regular tap water, there are several important things to highlight about the differences mineral water can make in your life. For instance, don’t forget that many people simply choose mineral water because of the taste and the fact it comes in a sparkling variety which makes it a healthy alternative to soda pop or other beverages you may choose from at a restaurant. Sparkling mineral water health benefits include but are not limited to the lowering of LDL cholesterol, the balancing of sodium levels in your body, an increase in your HDL cholesterol, the ability to kill bacteria that attack the immune system / cause infections and illnesses, and reduces your caloric intake without taking away from the bubbly fun you get from your favorite soda. Many studies have concluded that tap water and bottled water are the same or nearly the same as mineral water in some parts of the world. But in reality, this isn’t possible.
All water is mineral water in its first form. However, once water has been cleaned, boiled, processed or softened, the minerals are removed or otherwise destroyed or damaged, making these essential minerals useless to the human body. Tap water is always sent through a cleaning process and many things are added to it such as fluoride and additional minerals. This also happens with bottled water a great deal of the time. The main research of nutritionists and other health professionals shows that most things from nature are best in their natural state. Mineral water has many health benefits because it brings back to your body what is destroyed during your daily activities and through the normal course of life. Mineral water is the best way to quickly rehydrate your body and bring back all of the essential nutrients your body needs to be in its healthiest state. So when you are looking for ways to make yourself healthier and you’re considering how to bring water back into your life, consider the type of water you are drinking and how mineral water might be the best solution for keeping yourself healthy.
22. WHAT IS MINERAL WATER?
This is not a simple question to answer. However, the simplest answer is that mineral water is water that is filled with natural minerals. But what does this mean? After all, mineral water can come both from a natural source or an artificial source. So what is the difference? When you purchase a bottle of mineral water at your local store, you may think that you are drinking natural mineral water just because the label says so, but the truth is that some mineral water may be simply produced to have been distilled first, or tap water that has had minerals is added to it at a later stage in a bottling or preparation plant. There are two types of natural mineral waters, traditional mineral water and sparkling mineral water.
Most sparkling mineral waters do not contain the added carbonation – they occur through natural processes. Additionally, mineral water is different than bottled water and tap water because it has not been treated in the same way as these other types of water. All water is initially mineral water until it is boiled, like distilled water, or sent through a softener or some sort of cleaning process. These cleaning processes enforced by the state and federal water regulations in the US can remove the minerals that many people find to be beneficial in maintaining their general health and well-being. The components of the mineral water are another important question to ask when you’re deciding whether or not it can be beneficial to your health. The fact is that there is a long list of different minerals that may be present in mineral water that could be potentially beneficial to your health. These different types of minerals might include the following: calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, sodium, potassium, chloride, nitrates, sulphates, fluoride and bicarbonates.
23. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DRINKING MINERAL WATER COMPARED TO TAKING MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS?
The great thing about the minerals contained in water is they can be readily absorbed by the body. In fact, it is more effective for the body to absorb the minerals from aqueous water than from most foods or solid tablet forms. Thus, it can be argued that mineral water is somewhat essential for day to day healthy living. There are a number of benefits that can be gained from mineral water. Most mineral water has high alkalinity. It can help detoxify your body. Taking in mineral water is important in eliminating the toxins that may have entered the body through the foods that you consume every day and through the air that you breathe. Because of the detoxification properties of mineral water, the general health of your brain and body can be improved and the risk of contracting degenerative diseases can be decreased.
Mineral water can help in preventing problems with the nervous system. Poor quality water can cause pollution of the fluids in the nervous system and this in turn can cause its normal functions to falter. The complex and small waterways of the nervous system through which the body’s cells get electric signals coming from the brain could be impaired by impure water. However, if you drink mineral water regularly, you will help your nervous system remain healthy. The magnesium contained in mineral water contributes to making the bones and muscles strong, aids in making the body relax and in sustaining the proper blood pressure, and enhances the immune system of the body. You can therefore be sure that taking in pure water is important in helping the body restore itself. Mineral water works at promoting proper digestion and nutrient absorption. The minerals contained in mineral water such as the chlorides and the bicarbonates are important in promoting proper digestion as well as the effective regulation of the stomach and intestinal acids. Because of this, mineral water helps in the optimization of the benefits gained by the body through the foods that are taken in as they are digested effectively. The food’s nutrients are also extracted properly.
24. HOW CAN MINERAL WATER GIVE HEALTH BENEFITS?
According to researchers, mineral water benefits us because the mineral content of the water can be very easily absorbed by the body as compared with the mineral content of the food. Minerals are absolutely essential for the optimum growth and health of the body parts, especially when such minerals cannot be successfully produced by the body. Mineral water benefits the body by helping the body to fight against fungus and bacteria along with de-oxidizing the body.
Some users even report reduced pain, swelling and aching of the muscles and the joints. Some of the researchers have also claimed that mineral water provides the body with the same kind of nutrition when compared with vitamin supplements. It not only prevents nutrition deficiencies but also helps in making the immune system more efficient, by breaking down wastes and cleansing the body of all toxins. Among the minerals provided by mineral water are magnesium, chloride and bicarbonates, sulfate and silica and iron aids. Magnesium is one of the best stress reducer found naturally. Magnesium mainly concentrates in muscles and bones strengthening and improving the immune system. It helps in controlling blood pressure and relaxing the body. Bicarbonates and chloride are known to help in digestion and maintaining regulating acids in intestines and stomach. Iron aids help in delivery of oxygen throughout the body and are very helpful for the people suffering from anemia.
25. WHAT ARE SOME CHRONIC DISEASES THAT CAN BE IMPROVED?
Mineral water is categorized by its purity at source, its content in minerals, trace elements and other constituents, its conservation and its healing properties. For skin hydration, measurements of skin thickness and density before and after consumption of mineral versus tap water showed that mineral water might have a superior skin hydrating effect. In addition, high-calcium mineral waters can provide significant amounts of calcium to the body. A few years ago, a combined analysis of the most relevant existing studies showed that calcium absorption from mineral waters was significantly higher than that from dairy products. Such waters are thus recommended to achieve optimal calcium requirements, especially in aged people with lactose intolerance. The vast majority of kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate salts that precipitate in the urine. On the other hand, urinary citrate, magnesium, and alkaline pH are some of the main factors that impede stone formation. In people who drink water with high and medium calcium contents, calcium urinary elimination may slightly increase; however, oxalate elimination significantly decreases, as well as the oxalate-to-calcium ratio. Therefore, high-calcium mineral waters do not favor but, quite the opposite, they prevent kidney stones. Moreover, consumption of mineral waters rich in magnesium and bicarbonate can increase urinary pH, magnesium, and citrate decrease calcium oxalate concentration.
An Italian survey among schoolchildren found that consumption of commercial bottled mineral water prevents dental caries of the primary dentition. For osteoporosis, consumption of high-calcium mineral water was shown to decrease the markers of bone decay in postmenopausal women. Total calcium intake is directly linked with bone density. Further, bicarbonate-rich waters improve biological availability of calcium, calcium-phosphate hormonal regulating balance, bone breakdown, and bone density. Both bicarbonate and potassium are able to reduce urinary calcium loss and bone destruction in short and medium term studies. Therefore, calcium, bicarbonate, and potassium-containing waters may prevent osteoporosis, especially in women after menopause. Considering carbohydrate, fat metabolism, and cardiovascular risk, some studies have proven that the sulfurous waters have antioxidative properties, whereas bicarbonate-rich waters can limit the increase of lipid blood levels after meals and improve insulin sensitivity. Another research study by Schoppen and co-workers provided more interesting results in which drinking sodium-rich carbonated water was associated with a significant reduction in total cholesterol and LDL- cholesterol levels by almost 7% and 15%, respectively and an increase in HDL-cholesterol by 9%. Inflammation markers and fasting blood glucose concentration also decreased. All these effects indicate a reduction of total cardiovascular risk. For hypertension and cardiovascular disease, a decrease in blood pressure was observed in persons with magnesium or calcium deficiency after drinking mineral water. The blood pressure-lowering effects of magnesium, calcium, and potassium have previously been established by others.
26. ARE THERE ANY CAUTIONS ABOUT DRINKING ALKALINE IONIZED WATER?
You should start slowly. Set the controls to the lowest alkaline level. Raise pH level step by step as your body adjust with new water. High levels of alkalinity — up to 9.5 — are best for drinking water; the 8.5 to 9.5 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 antioxidant water. Do not drink the acid water. Having said all of the above is 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 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.
27. 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 make 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.
28. WHY SHOULD I REMOVE CHLORINE FROM MY DRINKING AND BATHING WATER?
Dr. Zoltan Rona, M.D. M.Sc. answers:
“Most people never give (the dangers of chlorine) a thought. After all, our elected public officials keep assuring us that chlorinated city tap water is completely safe for human consumption. Numerous scientific studies report that chlorinated tap water is a skin irritant and can be associated with rashes like eczema.
“Chlorinated water contains chemical compounds called trihalomethanes which are carcinogens resulting from the combination of chlorine with compounds in water. These chemicals, also known as organochlorides, do not degrade very well and are generally stored in the fatty tissues of the body (breast, other fatty areas, mother’s milk, blood and semen). Organochlorides can cause mutations by altering DNA, suppress immune system function and interfere with the natural controls of cell growth. “Chlorine has been documented to aggravate asthma. Several studies also link chlorine and chlorinated by-products to a greater incidence of bladder, breast and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma. One study even links the use of chlorinated tap water to congenital cardiac anomalies.
Anything you can do to filter tap and shower water that eliminates or minimizes chlorine would certainly be helpful and possibly curative for some immune system problems. The use of at source water filtration devices is increasingly popular and affordable. Discuss their use with your health care practitioner”.
(Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is author of “The Joy of Health” and “Return to the Joy of Health” and past president of the Canadian Holistic Medical Association).
29. HOW DOES A WATER IONIZER WORK?
All our ionizers can be connected directly to the cold water line through your counter top or directly to a diverter valve at the end of your faucet. Connecting directly to your faucet takes about 5 minutes and enables your water ionizer to use a two step process. The first task is to help filter out harmful components of the water: chlorine, trihalomethanes, phenols, sediment, odor, taste, organic waste, and bacteria of all kinds. The Alkazone® achieves this by the use of a multistage activated carbon filter containing tourmaline and calcium. Next, a small electrical charge is introduced into the water through platinum-coated titanium electrodes. The process of electrolysis that follows takes place in chambers designed to separate the water into two streams (acid and alkaline) of ionized water. The acid water makes up about 30% of the water and the alkaline antioxidant water about 70%.
Positively charged ions gather at the negative electrode to create “reduced water”, which concentrates available alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium from the source water. This clean, healthy, micro clustered, alkaline ionized water is drawn for drinking and cooking, through the main stainless steel spout. This water is ideal for drinking and cooking.
Negatively charged ions gather at the positive electrode to make oxidized water, which concentrates acid minerals such as nitrates, sulfides, chlorides, and fluorides from the source water. This acid ionized water has a myriad of external uses. It is discharged into the sink when not needed.
A range of pH settings from neutral to very alkaline or very acid is available at the touch of a button. The electrodes are cleaned in an automatic cleaning cycle.
30. JUST WHAT IS THE MAGIC IN A WATER IONIZER?
The ‘magic’ is really a simple process called electrolysis, or ionization, something your body has to do every day to make energy available. It is backed up by the high tech ability of micro-circuitry to maintain quality and regular output, plus the ability, through ionization, to remove harmful chemicals and retain beneficial minerals. A custom designed motherboard controls all aspects of the process of ionization, including flow rateand a range of five separate pH output settings.
31. WHAT TYPE OF WATER CAN I USE TO PRODUCE IONIZED WATER?
Regular tap water is best. Distilled water or water filtered by reverse osmosis does not have any minerals, therefore it cannot be ionized. The mineral content of your source water directly affects the strength of ionized water you can produce. The more minerals, the stronger the ionization: higher alkalinity and higher antioxidant potential. Very high calcium levels in the water can cause scale build up which called calcium deposit (CaCo3).
32. WHAT ADVANTAGES DOES IONIZED WATER HAVE OVER REVERSE OSMOSIS OR DISTILLATION?
Unlike Reverse Osmosis (RO) and distillation, which remove all minerals – leaving the water dead and acidic – ionized water concentrates health giving alkaline minerals like magnesium and calcium, after removing harmful contaminants. Water from RO and distillation is very acid (pH 4.5-6.5) and so contributes to the over acidity of our bodies. Alkaline antioxidant water helps counteract acid / alkaline imbalance. Because RO and Distilled waters are mineral deficient and strongly acid, there are warnings from a number of physicians not to drink them on a sustained basis. While RO and distilled waters are strongly oxidizing, alkaline ionized water is a proven powerful antioxidant, equivalent to fresh squeezed orange juice (without the sugar).
Having been completely demineralizedRO and distilled water and most bottled water are understandably flat tasting. The tastiness of water from Alkazone® ionizers is one of its most immediate qualities: it brings delighted responses from everyone! Along with this goes superior hydrating qualities due to the ionization. This same ionization also happens in nature when water bounces over rocks and waterfalls.
Furthermore, let’s compare the ongoing costs: In home RO water is approximately 20% more expensive than ionized water. In home distillation is 700 – 1000% more expensive than ionized water. Bottled water is more expensive than RO or distilled water.
33. WHY DOES THE WATER IONIZER FILTER LEAVE SOME MINERALS IN AND NOT OTHERS?
The filter (depending on model) is a silver activated antibacterial charcoal filter. It filters up to 1 micron. However it does not filter out the essential alkalizing minerals that are in solution.
It’s important to understandthat our body’s calcium levels are only ever changed to a maximum of 15% by dietary supplement. The real loss is in the body leaching calcium from our bones to balance our excess acidity (70%). As your water ionizer does its job and relieves your body’s task of maintaining an alkaline balance, far less calcium would need to be leached from the bones. In other words, ionized water reduces the need for calcium supplements over and above normal dietary intake.
34. HOW DOES THE COST COMPARE TO BUYING BOTTLED OR DELIVERED WATER VERSUS USING THIS MACHINE?
Initial cost (for our BHL-2100 for example) is about $1200 plus $85 about every 6 months (or $3.50 per week ongoing cost). First filter included in purchase price.
In 5 years cost of alkaline ionized water would be then about $1200 plus $765 or about $393 a year.In 10 years cost would reduce to about $281 per year (less than $23.50 a month).
Look at the cost to buy bottled water in your area and compare.
You not only get healthy, ionized, alkaline antioxidant water from your tap for all your cooking and drinking but no longer have to buy water or get delivered that is unhealthy and stored in plastic.
35. SO WHAT IF WATER IS EASIER TO ABSORB?
With the increased solubility of the water, it is more readily absorbed into your body. Your skin and hair becomes significantly softer. In addition, it can enhance the absorption of vitamins and minerals into your body. It also may help clear up some digestive problems.
36. WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF ALKALINITY AND ACIDITY (PH) FOR?
Alkazone® water ionizers provide, at the push of a button, water that varies from mildly alkaline to highly alkaline. This enables you to accustom yourself gradually to higher levels of alkaline drinking water (e.g. pH8.5 to 9.5). You should start slowly at the lowest alkaline setting and work your body way up to higher levels and amounts. If you experience any discomfort from detoxification, just move back to the previous level or smaller quantities. It also allows different members of the family to dial up their preferred level. The highest levels of alkalinity are also used for cooking.
In addition there is a button for water that is ‘purified only’ – filtered but not ionized. Its pH level will be close to the level of your regular tap water. This water is for those taking medicine which should not be combined with alkaline antioxidant water.
As for the various levels of acid ionized water, you will probably use the most acid level for the long list of uses for acid water.
Remember: the pH level of ionized water will vary with the pH of your water source, i.e. your tap water. In addition, if you wish to make the water more alkaline or more acid, simply slow down the flow of water, and the pH level will change by approximately a value of 1. A simple to use free pH test drop is provided free with every Alkazone® water ionizer, if you wish to occasionally check pH levels for yourself.
37. DO I NEED A PLUMBER TO INSTALL MY WATER IONIZER?
No. They come with a self installation kit that fits all standard kitchen faucets, and installs easily in minutes. With Self-installation kit, it just takes about 5 minutes.
38. HOW DO I GET MY ORDINARY TAP WATER ONCE IT’S ATTACHED?
The diverter has a lever which swaps your water flow from tap outlet to alkaline antioxidant water outlet. It has an incorporated aerator for your tap water.
39. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN THE FILTER NEEDS REPLACING?
Filter life is different according to input water quality regardless the filter meter says “9999″ or under. You need to change filter cartridge
1) When you have “9999″ or “999″(BHL-4200) on your counter or
2) Every 6 months which comes first,
3) Whenever you have something abnormal taste or smell.
How do I change the filter cartridge?
Open the front, grab the filter, press down a little, and pull it out. After installing new filter, run the system for a few minutes to clear away any loose charcoal.
40. CAN I STORE THE WATER? HOW LONG?
Yes, alkaline ionized water is best kept in an airtight glass or quality plastic container which is poly carbonate bottle. It can be refrigerated or kept in a cool place. Avoid storage in metal, especially aluminum containers. The alkaline properties can be retained for up to 1-2 weeks in those special bottles, but alkaline antioxidant water is always strongest, freshest right after you get. The antioxidant properties start to diminish right after you get eventually. So for the best benefits, drink it within a day or so. If using plastic container, please use poly carbonate bottle. Bottled water is usually stored in cheap plastic that leaches chemicals.
Factors that affect how long the pH and ORP will be depend on heat, movement, type of container and light.
41. CAN I COOK WITH ALKALINE IONIZED WATER?
Yes, in fact your food will taste better and your body will assimilate the nutrients more readily. You will notice the difference especially at the most alkaline settings (higher pH): your greens will be greener, rice fluffier, tea and coffee tastier.
42. WHERE CAN I USE THE ACID WATER FOR?
Acid ionized water is destructive to bacteria and astringent. As a result it has found widespread application commercially in nurseries, surgeries, food preparation areas, sprout and wheatgrass growers, florists, hospitals, etc. In the home it is an excellent cleansing and sterilizing agent, using in the kitchen, for hair and skin care, extending the life of flowers, promoting plant growth and many others. The acid water is a ‘free’ bonus. It is excellent for all manner of skin complaint. You can use it as an astringent face wash.It’s excellent for acne, sores, bench top and more.
43. WHY DOES THE IONIZER ‘SPLIT’ THE WATER INTO ACID AND ALKALINE?
The ‘splitting’ of the inlet H2O is the proof that the Ionizer does what it says it does. The process of splitting causes the following:
a. Approximately 70% of the H2O input is molecularly rearranged into OH-, or alkaline, negatively charged water.
b. Approximately 30% of the input H2O is molecularly rearranged into HO, or acidic water.
Some companies sell units that just use magnets or magnetic rock to affect the water. Products that claim the benefits of water ionizers but do not electronically split the water will not hold the negative charge long enough for it to be of any real value, or will not be able to exert enough magnetic power to cause the water to become negatively charged. The water will reunite very quickly back into ordinary H2O.
44. IS IT NECESSARY TO TEST MY WATER OR BODY TO DETERMINE WHAT THE PH CURRENTLY IS SO I ADJUST THE MACHINE APPROPRIATELY?
We are almost all too acidic due to poor food, environmental pollutants, lack of gentle exercise and stress.Even if not too acidic, our bodies will continue to benefit from alkaline foods and water. When beginning to use alkaline antioxidant water start at a low (gentle) alkaline setting. This water really does work and change lives and as a result for first few days there may be symptoms of rebounding such as mild headache, mental confusion and diarrhea. Once these symptoms pass,you can adjust your setting to next higher one. Ionizer performance varies with the mineral content of the source water. We include a free pH test drop with each unit so you can test the output water at the various settings.
45. IS IT NECESSARY TO TEST THE WATER TO DETERMINE WHICH CONTAMINANTS ARE BEFORE I BUY A MACHINE?
Not necessary unless you have untested well water or water from a private source. The filter in the Alkazone® ionizer does an excellent job of removing what is not wanted while allowing the essential alkalizing minerals in solution to pass through. You can also look at your water report online if using city water.
46. IS THERE A COST FOR SUCH TESTS? IS IT NECESSARY TO PERIODICALLY TEST THE WATER?
To test water there is a cost – for pricing ask your local water authority for a company that tests water and go from there.
47. WHAT IS ORP?
ORP is “Oxidation Reduction Potential”.
Potential energy is energy that is stored and ready to be put to work. It’s not actually working, but we know that the energy is there and we can measure it. Another word for potential might be pressure. Blow up a balloon, and there is air pressure inside. As long as we keep the end tightly closed, the pressure remains as potential energy (when released it becomes kinetic energy). In electrical terms, potential energy can be measured. When we use the term “potential” in describing ORP, we are actually talking about electrical potential or the stored electrical tendency as expressed in voltage. In the case of ORP, this energy is measured in millivolts with an ORP meter. We are reading the very slight voltage in water which is actually measuring the presence of oxidizing and reducing agents, thus Oxidation Reduction “Potential”. High pH water has more “reducing” agents (-ORP) and low pH water has more oxidizing agents (+ORP).
Normal tap water in the USA exits the tap at +200 to +600mv. Ionized water demonstrates the most health benefits with an ORP of -100mv or lower. This is what produces the “antioxidant” effect in the water through the creation of OH- or the negative hydroxyl ion.
A good negative ORP acts as a natural antioxidant and can more easily penetrate to the cellular level to heal the body by removing acidic toxins. When water becomes stagnant by staying in dams, pipes and bottles the ORP becomes very positive. When water bounces over rocks or a waterfall the ORP becomes negative. The ORP of mineral rich water from where the Hunza people live (for example) is very negative.
48. WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT ABOUT ALKAZONE® WATER IONIZERS?
Water ionizers are far, far more than just a filter.
Initially, the filter inside the ionizer functions effectively using silver activated granulated carbon to purify the incoming water, just like 99% of household filter systems.
Alkazone® Water Ionizers do
1. Make clean, purified water using 12 stages filter system. Alkazone water ionizers use special designed carbon filter cartridge. It has 12 different stages to maximize its efficiency. It blocks all sediments but let pass the calcium, magnesium, manganese such as good minerals our body need.
2. Have more calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese; we can call them healthy mineral water.
3. Make abundant hydrogen water which is powerful antioxidant water with higher number of ORP in negative.
49. WHAT MAINTENANCE DO WATER IONIZERS REQUIRE?
Basically you don’t need any maintenance particular. These machines are very durable, control themselves by computer system inside. But if you encounter any abnormal symptom, contact us at 1-800-810-1888 , customer service. We will be happy to assist you.
50. WHAT WARRANTY DO YOU OFFER?
All Alkazone® water ionizers come with a two (2) year warranty. We conduct all servicing at our factory in New Jersey. Please contact our customer service for further help.
51. WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY / GUARANTEE?
We offer a 30 day Risk-Free trial period for Alkazone® water ionizers. If you are not satisfied, you can return the unit to us for a refund (some restocking fee maybe applied). Call us first (Toll-free 1-800-810-1888 ) for shipping instructions and to receive a Return Authorization #.
52. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HARMFUL ORGANISMS AND CHEMICALS REMOVED BY THE ALKAZONE® IONIZER FILTERS?
Chlorine, trihalomethanes, suspended solids, cryptosporidium, parasite (cysts), waterborne flu virus, organic compounds, heavy metals, e-coli and other bacteria. In addition, the ionization process that follows filtration reduces the amount of acid minerals (such as sulfates) in the alkaline antioxidant water. It also has the effect of greatly reducing fluoride concentration. (see the specification in filter cartridge section)
53. HOW RELIABLE ARE ALKAZONE® IONIZERS?
Alkazone® water ionizers are built to last. Alkazone® Better Health Lab Inc has been manufacturing water ionizers for over 14 years, longer than other manufacturers in U.S.A. It is by far the leading brand in U.S.A. and it exports to many countries. By keeping quality at the highest level and prices reasonable; and by their determined commitment to Research and Development, Alkazone® has become a standard by which others measure themselves.
The platinum coated titanium electrodes, which are the heart of the ionizer, are built in Japan to last at least 15-20 years.
54. IS THERE ADDITIONAL DETAILED INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
The platinum coated titanium electrodes, which are the heart of the ionizer, are built in Japan to last at least 15-20 years.
55. HOW LONG WILL A FILTER TYPICALLY LAST FOR NORMAL SIZE OF FAMILY?
One filter produces about 1000 gallons (or about 3,800 liters) of water. We estimate for an average family of four with average daily consumption using treated water, a filter will last about 6-8 months.
56. DO I NEED A SPECIAL NOZZLE TO ATTACH IT TO THE SINK?
Your water ionizer comes with an adapter kit which will fit most traditional outlets but may not fit some of the designer taps which have pull out handles with a flexible hose. Give us a call and have a talk about your requirements before ordering. It is actually simpler than most water ionizers and far simpler than setting up your VCR! You attach the sturdy diverter valve to your faucet; attach the supplied hose to the diverter, and the other end to the inlet valve. Another hose attaches to the ionizer to allow the astringent (acid) water out of the Filter.