Alkaline Water Ionizers make water with Essential Dietary Minerals
You need minerals in your diet to maintain good health, and there are studies which show that you can get useful amounts of essential minerals from water. The problem with most water however, is that it can taste bad, and may contain things you don’t want, like chlorine. This can cause you to avoid drinking water, and getting the mineral nutrition in it. Alkaline water from a home water ionizer contains essential minerals, and it tastes better than plain water.
Alkaline Water ionizers solve the problem of unhealthy water in two important ways:
- Filtration – Reduces the presence of harmful substances
- Electrodialysis – Concentrates alkaline minerals, rejects acidic substances
What is Electrodialysis?
Ionizers use a process called electrodialysis – related to electrolysis – to ionize the minerals found in water; this is why there are two streams of water produced by a water ionizer. Electrodialysis uses a special membrane that divides water into alkaline water and acidic water during electrolysis by allowing mineral ions to pass through it. The process concentrates essential dietary minerals like calcium and magnesium on the alkaline water side, and concentrates acidic minerals on the acidic side.
Most essential dietary mineral ions have a positive charge; this is why they are drawn to the negatively-charged alkaline output side of a water ionizer. If they are present in your source water, you can expect to get these essential minerals by drinking water made by an ionizer:
Essential Minerals that may be found in Alkaline Water
- Calcium = Ca2+
- Magnesium = Mg2+
- Iron = Fe3+
- Sodium = Na+
- Zinc = Zn2+
- Copper = Cu+ or Cu2+
- Potassium = K+
- Molybdenum = Mo+
- Manganese = Mn2+
Are there enough minerals in the water to meet my daily needs?
Alkaline water supplied by an ionizer will contain small amounts of each of the above minerals if they are in your source water. You won’t get the full US Recommended Daily Intake of minerals like calcium, magnesium, but you will get useful amounts of them. However – if they are found in your source water – you can get enough of the recommended trace minerals listed above. One of those minerals – manganese – is a very powerful antioxidant, and you only need a tiny amount!
Manganese – The Antioxidant Mineral in Alkaline Water
One of the essential dietary trace minerals sometimes found in water is manganese. You only need tiny amounts of manganese daily. The manganese ion is medically-recognized as essential for detoxification of free radicals.
How can I find out what minerals are in my water?
The best source of information about minerals found in your water is your local municipal water report. Life Ionizers will provide you with an easy-to-read analysis of your local water report for free. Most water supplies in the United States are considered to be “hard” which means that those water supplies will have an abundance of minerals.
But Can’t I get all the minerals I need in food?
According to research performed by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) food alone is unlikely to supply all of the minerals you need. The ADA analyzed 70 different diets, including diets that are widely believed to supply adequate nutrients. Astonishingly, the ADA concluded that none of them provided adequate levels of micronutrients – including the essential minerals found in alkaline ionized mineral water!
While a water ionizer may not supply all of the minerals you need on a daily basis, it will supply additional minerals that your diet may not provide enough of. Thanks to the electrodialysis process used by ionizers, you can get useful levels of essential minerals in every glass of water you drink.
Has the FDA evaluated the nutritional benefits of alkaline water?
Not yet. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
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