Water is a difficult (and important) topic. From my understanding, the 'purpose' of ionization is some antioxidant benefit and some alkalizing benefit. Both of these can be enjoyed inexpensively and naturally in mineral-rich liquids (and whole foods).

Depending upon what you are eating/drinking now, it could provide benefits. But, from what I've read, it doesn't provide a host of minerals or microminerals, such as herbal infusions, good ole' tea, juice, fruits, veggies, bone broth, smoothies, greens, liquid probiotics, nuts, fish, black strap molasses, seeds, herbs, spices, mushrooms, etc. provide.

Plus, it doesn't provide the amino acids, phytochemicals, and other whole food vitamin benefits, either. If you just want more minerals, especially magnesium, a small pinch of regular ole' cheap Epsom salt and a tiny pinch of sea salt in your water provides much more complete nutrients for the body to alkalize, naturally.

The whole processing is another issue, if it comes in a plastic bottle, especially. Or if you have to pay to purchase and install and maintain an ionizer, it is just more cost efficient to add a pinch of magnesium sulfate and sea salt to your water source.

If you are using distilled or reverse osmosis water, the ionizer doesn't work. When a source of water lacks mineral ions, such as distilled water, or has been filtered by reverse osmosis, electrolysis has no ionizing effect. If you are drinking city water---stop! But, ionizing doesn't make city water healthy, because city water is so unhealthy with medications, chemicals, fluoride, chlorine, etc. Here is more about Toxic Water.

We have well water. And we have reverse osmosis. My concern with the well water is that our 25-year old copper pipes leach into the water (green ring at sink drain). My concern with the RO system is that they have BPA in the tank bladder. So, for cooking I use the tap and for drinking I use the RO + my pinch of Epsom salts and sea salts. Sea salt minerals are a huge key to health, imo.

Also, I purchase a case of high mineral water in glass bottles from Costco and use one or two bottles a week for making water kefir or to drink directly.

For alkalizing, I just squeeze some lemon in my water occasionally too. When out and about, I'll drink a glass of wine. Wine has vitamins and minerals and is probably healthier than city water! Or I order bottled water. It is best not to drink liquids with meals anyway. And I carry my own reusable bottle with RO water and my pinches (mag and salt), when running around.



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Comment by Leanna Dalton on March 4, 2012 at 12:47pm

Pat, a pinch of Epsom and sea salt in how much water? Once a day? I bought Natural Tranquility Magnesium Supplement and have been taking that .. it has improved my mood considerably! Do you think I would get the same benefits from just the Epsom salt? Would be a heck of a lot cheaper! 

I have had several friends fuss at me for not drinking while I eat. I was raised by my Grandma and she would fix her tea and it would sit on the table until she was finished eating and then she would have a sip so that's how I have always done it too.. of course I don't have sweet tea.. just water lol. Good to know that I'm not doing that wrong!! 


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