Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tap Water vs Ionized Water

Ionized water is another trend to hit the market the last few years.  Although sellers of ionized water claim to improve health benefits, there is no evidence that any of the claims are true.  But it has not stopped many consumers from buying ionized water and claiming that the benefits are real.  Believers of ionized water not only recommend its consumption, but many have also become sellers of the product.

Everyone agrees that water is an important aspect to improving your health.  Everyone should drink about a gallon of water per day depending on variables like activity, temperature, and environment.  Many studies have confirmed waters many benefits.  Properly hydrated individuals not only feel better but perform better as well.  Studies have even linked water consumption to the prevention of some cancers.

Sellers of ionized water claim that the alkaline water promotes healthy weight loss, boosts the immune system, neutralizes free radicals, and slows the aging process.  The claim is that the ionized water serves as an anti-oxidant very similar to beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E.  It is the capture of these free radicals that provides all the aforementioned benefits.

Experts in the field of chemistry and physics rebuke their claims.  Science has proven that your body prefers homeostasis, which means, your body makes adjustments all day long to stay at the preferred pH of 7.4.  Also, experts claim that once the negative ions are ingested, they would quickly bind with positive ions thus neutralizing any effects that may have been theoretically possible.

As with all supplements, it is "buyer beware" because supplements such as ionized water are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  This means that the claims made by the sellers of ionized water have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Some consumers have claimed to feel better while other consumers do not notice a difference.  Again, the most important thing is you are drinking enough water.  Have a great workout and stay hydrated!

1 comment:

  1. Water is the key source to health and wellness. The tap water may contain impurities and the usage of certain products like chlorine in order to purifier water, may remove the useful minerals from water.

    A water ionizer splits water into ionized acidic and ionized alkaline fragments. The ionized Alkaline Water has anti oxidants which helps it flush out the impurities from our body and thereby balances the acid-alkaline body pH. Alkaline water can also hydrate the skin to prevent premature aging.