Friday, February 6, 2009

Alkaline Water & Alkalizing (Soothing) Greens

It's gloomy outside. Don't get me wrong, I like gloomy, overcast days. I grew up in Santa Monica where the fog rolled in predictably in the afternoon and sometimes earlier.

I'm playing the perfect piece to match the dim lighting, wet pavement, and dirty snow piled up outside my office: As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (a Pat Metheney/Lyle Mays jazz collaboration).

Lately, I have been doing some research into water purifiers that also ionize water and separate purified water into two streams: alkaline (for drinking and cooking) and acid (for cleaning and plants). The sleek undersink design of the Jupiter Delphi unit is impressive but also comes with an ouch price tag too. I saw that a Jupiter unit didn't get such hot reviews at one ionizer review site, which preferred the Tyent USA machine.

When I first heard about alkaline water, it seemed, well, irrelevant. I drink mostly water, preferably cool and not cold by the way. Taste and smell are my first priorities when it comes to water. You could call me a fussy water drinker, as I have the most ridiculously strong sense of smell, and even faint scents of chlorine or sulfur --undetectable to most folks --make my nose twitch and brow furrow.

Alkalinity in water sounded oh so foo foo back in the day before I cared about acid/alkaline balance. After my 3 weeks at the Hippocrates Health Institute, however, alkalinity has become a new fascination.

Many of you know that most of the body's systems run on a slightly alkaline basis, save those acid-rich stomach juices used for digestion. And when we're not eating enough alkalizing foods, our body will readily steal alkalizing minerals from our bones to counteract overly-acid diets.

So, alkaline water seems like a pretty simple and valuable way to balance out too much acid. If I decide on a water ionizer device, I'll let everyone know.

By now, my music has switched to The Pretenders, a very different vibe with Middle of the Road. The gloom has lifted outside and the birds are sounding chipper outside. Time to sign off for now.

Meanwhile, if you have an opinion about water purifiers/ionizers and are NOT a vendor or distributor or selling something, please take a moment to comment on this blog entry. I'm sure many of my readers would like to know more. :-)


Wendy said...

If you haven't already checked it out, I would highly recommend the following website:
I too have been searching for alkalized water processors or whatever to boost my ph levels. A friend referred me to this company and I have been using some of their products for about 1 month now. I'm not affiliated in anyway with the company and receive no remuneration for recommending them. I need to be cost conscious and this method seems to address a lot of issues (as I've been reviewing different avenues/methods) for alkalizing my water. And (big bonus) Our Health Coop already offers some items they have available on their website.

Karen Iverson said...

I have been using an Enagic water machine that makes 'Kangen' water ~ 4 pH's of alkaline water, clean, pure water, slightly acidic & strong acid water. The water is also an antioxidant. It has been amazing for me, my family, friends & our pets. Please check out my website for more info: www.DrinkAlkaline for more information.

Anonymous said...

I have the Tyent 7070 model. Used it for about 6 months. Love it. Started with low setting Alkaline water and have increased it slightly each 5 gal filling. I do 5 gals at a time and invert the bottle on a cooler. This model seems to have more features than the other Companys' for the price. Tyent offers great terms also. Highly recommeded.

Timothy said...

You might also consider adding alkalizing substances to your existing water. I have used Willard Water for years, not only for it's alkalizing effect, but for it's surfactant properties. It makes water "wetter" (decreases surface tension) and this supports greater movement across cell membranes, and consequently, improved transport of nutrients and waste in and out of the cells.