Alkalized Water and "Re-Mineralizing" Myths
Optimal water for human consumption is called ALKALINE WATER. Alkaline Water refers to water with a pH of 7 or higher.
A study in the US (which cost manufacturers many millions of dollars) showed a massive increase in total dissolved solids (TDS) in patients’ urine, when drinking water with a pH of below 7 (ie acidic water).
The two main culprits for water having a pH of lower than 7 are:
1. Reverse Osmosis Water
2. Distilled Water
Other substances causing a low pH are soft drinks and alcohol.
Once minerals are extracted from water, the chemistry of water adjusts violently to become acidic. This happens because the buffers in the water that generally act to prevent this adjustment have been removed.
An interesting fact is that rain water that is near pure is also very acidic until it reaches the ground – once it reaches the ground it begins to dissolve minerals from the earth, this in turn balances the pH (the chemistry of the water).
Many very clean catchments such as roof tops, clean gutters, first flush diverters and poly tanks are extremely good at keeping water clean - however a trade off for this is that the water could - and most often does remain acidic.
If you have a dirty roof or a contaminated tank, the pH will rise and no longer be aggressive (or acidic) but at a price – such as through other peripheral problems like fermentation of organics etc.
The misconception of "Re-Mineralising" Water:
For years now there has been a common misconception about “re-mineralising” Water.
It is true that Reverse Osmosis, Distilled and Rain Water all produce acidic water and therefore make the water aggressive to the body. This can cause the body to leech valuable minerals out through urine. This is where the word "valuable minerals" has crept into the selling of Filtration Systems.
In fact, minerals are only valuable when they are IN our bodies, and the way they get there is through organic food intake - not inorganically.
Water Filtration uses Inorganic methods, so any mention of "re-mineralizing" the water through water filtration is simply not a process that is benefitting our bodies at all.
In summary: There is no such thing as valuable minerals in drinking water unless they are organic minierals, and organic materials are generally not used for correcting low pH water.
Almost all (barring a couple of exotic and expensive alternatives) pH Neutralising water filter cartridges are made from inorganic material like rock (commonly known as mineral stones).
These inorganic materials release either calcium or magnesium into the water, however these types of minerals are inorganic, not organic - so again rendering them virtually useless in regards to the process of re-mineralizing our water.
Balancing our water's pH:
Whilst adding non organic minerals back into our water doesn't benefit our bodies, it is highly valuable in the fact that it is helping to achieve a balanced pH - which is vital to your health.
This said, we have now taken this one step further by developing a form of magnesium oxide that is unique in it's ability to lift pH to much higher levels to support our existing peroxide producing pH stabilising system. THe Re-Alkalizing cartridge dissolves a small quantity of Magnesium Oxide back into the water (approx 6 ppm) which acts to lift the pH of the water which in turn renders the water "alkaline".
Put in lemans terms we can now offer water filtration systems that guarantee a pH of 8.5 - 9 pH
This is now in line with the guidelines set by a growing number of Dr’s, Naturopaths and Health Professionals worldwide - that have all advocated that this is where we needed to be to assist in gaining optimal health and to help with conditions such as cancer, and other illnesses linked to low body pH.
We have developed 2 new systems both designed the lift the pH and Alkalize the water: