Six years ago, my wife and I got a Life Ionizer. At that time, my wife suffered from GERD, and she took Nexium every day to control it. 30 days after we got our water ionizer, her GERD symptoms simply stopped.
Today, 30 capsules of Nexium cost about $249. This means that our Life Ionizer has saved us a whopping $17,928. That’s the amount we would have paid for six years worth of Nexium, and that’s just one of the medications that our ionizer made unnecessary! With the cost of drugs skyrocketing, buying a water ionizer makes tremendous sense financially.
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Alkaline water is safer and cheaper than medication
GERD Medications: Alkaline water is cheaper than medication, and it’s safer too. The Nexium that my wife and I saved $17,928 on also carries a 44% higher risk of dementia. Nexium isn’t the only GERD medication to carry a significantly higher risk of dementia, Prevacid and Prilosec also significantly increase your risk of dementia. Worse yet, the longer you take them, the greater your risk of dementia becomes.
Bone medications: One of the most popular bone medications, Boniva costs a whopping $162 per pill. Some people only need to take bone medications once per month, but that still ends up being $1,944 per year. If you have to take it once per day, it would cost $59,130 per year!
What do you get for $162 per pill? A higher risk of atypical hip fractures! You could also get necrosis of the jaw, which is where your jawbone literally rots away. Plus, you can only take Boniva or any other bisphosphonate bone medication for 5 years. The only good news is that your risk of atypical hip fractures actually decreases once you stop taking bisphosphonate medications!
Blood pressure: ACE inhibitors for blood pressure are a bargain compared to GERD and bone medications, they cost about $400 annually. But some beta blockers can get pricey, Zebeta cost $112 per pill, for one year’s treatment it would cost $40,880!
But along with reducing blood pressure, these drugs carry some nasty and dangerous side effects. People often report feeling drowsy or dizzy, painful swelling, heart palpitations, and my favorite side effect: Sudden instant death.
Cholesterol reduction: Statin drugs for cholesterol reduction can cost more than $500 a month, so they can cost as much as $6,000 annually. They come with a laundry list of side effects including: Headaches, drowsiness, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea and worse. Statins may also cause memory loss, confusion, high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.
Important information about replacing drugs with alkaline water
Alkaline water isn’t a drug, so you shouldn’t expect it to act like one. Drugs can have a powerful, almost immediate effect on your body. On the other hand, all studies of alkaline water show that it’s effects build up gradually, over time. For example: Clinical trials in Japan led to water ionizers being certified as medical devices in that country for the treatment of mild digestive upset. Those clinical trials showed that study participants found full or partial relief of their symptoms over the course of two weeks. This is much different than taking a Tum’s for an upset stomach, because in this case you usually expect relief in about an hour. So the first thing to understand if you want to try alkaline water as an alternative to your medication is:
Don’t go cold turkey. If you are on medication, plan to taper off gradually as your symptoms subside.
Some drugs can cause harm if you come off them too quickly. For example, some GERD medications will cause GERD to get worse if you come off them too quickly. Prescription medications are the type of medicines most likely to need you to taper off them at a measured rate. How fast should you taper off? There’s only one person who knows the answer to that question, your doctor. So the second thing you need to remember is:
Talk to your doctor before making any changes in how you are taking your medications. Your doctor may need to monitor your body’s reaction as you taper off.
How alkaline water may help you
GERD medications: Alkaline water has been shown in lab testing to inactivate the enzyme that triggers the painful burning and damage of GERD. To maximize this effect, plan to drink a glass of level 4 alkaline water from your ionizer any time you feel the onset of GERD symptoms. If alkaline water is going to work for you, your symptoms should start tapering off in about 2 – 4 weeks. Important things to remember:
- Don’t quit GERD medication cold turkey
- Relief may come in about 2 – 4 weeks
- Stop if drinking alkaline water makes burning worse, and see a doctor
Bone medications: Bone medications and alkaline water work in very similar ways to preserve bone: They both reduce enzymes in the bloodstream that cause bone to release calcium. The best way to test alkaline water for your bone health is to have your doctor take a baseline reading of what your levels of bone loss enzymes before you start alkaline water, and then test you again 30 days after you’ve started alkaline water. Your doctor can then advise you if you should reduce or taper off your bone medications. Important things to remember:
- To ensure it‘s working, have yourself tested for bone loss enzymes
- You can’t feel it working, only your doctor can know for sure
- Alkaline water’s full effect on bone loss enzymes should occur within 4 weeks
Blood pressure: Studies indicate that alkaline water may help people with magnesium deficiencies to lower their blood pressure. Your doctor can’t reliably test you for magnesium, so the only way to know if your high blood pressure is magnesium deficiency-related, is to try alkaline water and see if your blood pressure levels go down. If they do, then alkaline water can help you. If they don’t, talk to your doctor because there are other problems causing your high blood pressure. Key points to remember:
- Takes 2 – 4 weeks to see an effect on blood pressure
- If there’s no effect, talk to your doctor
- Never go cold turkey off blood pressure medications.
- Ask your doctor to help you taper off your medication if your blood pressure does improve
Cholesterol reduction: Alkaline water works the same way on cholesterol reduction as it does for blood pressure reduction: By improving your mineral nutritional levels. This means that alkaline water may help you if your body is deficient in calcium, magnesium, or both. Cholesterol tests are inexpensive, and even offered at some drug stores. So the best way to find out if alkaline water can help you lower your cholesterol levels is to test yourself before starting alkaline water and get a baseline reading. Then test yourself again at 2 weeks and 4 weeks to see if alkaline water has had an effect. Important things to remember:
- Takes 2 – 4 weeks to see an effect on cholesterol levels
- Never go cold turkey. Ask your doctor to help you taper off your meds if alkaline water is reducing your cholesterol levels
How much alkaline water you should drink, and when
In the studies that document alkaline water’s effects, test subjects drink about 2 – 3 liters of alkaline water per day. The pH range used in those studies is between a pH of 9 – 10. You may need to start with a pH lower than 9, however. When you are just starting alkaline water, it may cause your body to detox, which can result in some mild, flu-like symptoms. If you feel uncomfortable, reduce your starting pH level to level one one your water ionizer, which is a pH of about 8 – 8.5. Drink level one alkaline water for about 2 weeks, then move up to level 2.
You should drink alkaline water throughout the day. Here’s a schedule that will have you on track to drink 2 liters per day:
- Morning: 2 eight-ounce glasses when you wake up
- Half hour before meals: One 8 ounce glass
- Hour after meals: One 8 ounce glass
- Two O’clock: One 8 ounce glass (beats the 3 O’Clock crash!)
- Workouts: One 16 ounce glass during workouts
- Hour before bed: One eight ounce glass
Your alkaline water test drive
There’s one more thing you get with a water ionizer that you don’t get with prescription medications: A 60 day return policy. Since it takes about 30 days to see if alkaline water is going to benefit you, Life’s 60 day return policy gives you a convenient way to try alkaline water and see for yourself what benefits it has. Why not give it a try? All you have to lose is all those prescription copays!
Yes. You really can try alkaline water for 60 days. Call us at 877-959-7977 for details
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