Water ionizers have one thing in common with the Pitcher of Life: They both filter water and make it alkaline.
But that’s where the similarities end. The Pitcher of Life is a great way to try alkaline water, and it’s perfectly suited for travel, in fact it was designed for it. But if you are struggling with the damaging effects of body acidity, you need the additional benefits that the ionized alkaline water made by a water ionizer provides.
For your health, it’s the minerals that matter
The Pitcher of Life adds some alkaline mineral hydrates to your water to make it more alkaline. A water ionizer converts the existing minerals in your water into alkaline mineral hydrates. Because the ionizer converts the existing minerals in your water to alkaline mineral hydrates, you get alkaline water in pure, natural form. With the Pitcher of Life, you end up with a mix of the existing minerals in your water and some alkaline mineral hydrates, so the alkaline water made by the Pitcher of Life isn’t as pure as the alkaline water made by a water ionizer.
Takeaway: Water ionizers make pure alkaline water. Pitcher of Life adds minerals to alkalize water
The Pitcher of Life makes alkaline water with a pH of between 9 and 10. A water ionizer will make alkaline water at whichever pH you need, and it will also make acidic and purified water. For health improvement, you need to be able to make alkaline water at different pH levels:
- Level 1: pH of 8 – For new drinkers
- Level 2: pH of 9 – Maintains your pH balance
- Level 3: pH of 10 – Raise your pH balance
- Level 4: pH of 11 – Counteract acidic body conditions, sports, detoxifying produce
Level 1 is for people who are new to alkaline water. Some new drinkers experience detoxification symptoms due to the purity of alkaline water made by a water ionizer. You get some detoxification from the Pitcher of Life, but it’s not as strong of a detox as you get from a water ionizer.
Level 2 is for maintaining your pH balance because it’s the right pH for your intestines. The intestines have an alkaline environment with a pH of 8.3. Since any water you drink goes through your stomach first, it’s pH will drop a little before it enters your intestines. Alkaline water with a pH of 9 when you drink it will be right around that perfect pH of 8.3 by the time it enters your intestines, so your body can absorb it right away.
Level 3 alkaline water can help you raise your pH balance and fight acidic conditions like Gastro-esophageal reflux. Level 3 alkaline water is generally the highest pH that you would consume on a regular basis.
Level 4 is used to detoxify produce of acidic pesticide residues, it’s high pH is what you need because the higher the pH, the more residues will be neutralized. You can actually see it working: Put produce in a bowl and let it soak for a few minutes and the water will turn brown.
It is also used to counteract body acidity if you find you need a higher pH level than level 3 can provide.
Level 4 is used for sports to help neutralize lactic acid build up in the muscles. You can mix it with a powdered electrolyte like Gatorade to make a potent sports energy beverage. In fact, this is one of my favorite uses for alkaline water!
Antioxidant Potential: Ionizer vs. Pitcher of Life
Tap water has a positive Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) which makes it an oxidant. The Pitcher of Life puts some antioxidant potential into the water it makes, but not as much as a water ionizer will. With the Pitcher of Life, you’ll get an antioxidant ORP of around -20. With a water ionizer, you can get an antioxidant ORP of up to -900. The higher the negative number, the more antioxidant potential alkaline water has, the better it is for you. Alkaline water with high antioxidant potential is especially helpful if you have digestive problems. The beneficial probiotic microflora in your gut thrive in an antioxidant environment. The high antioxidant potential of alkaline water made by a water ionizer can make a huge difference in your gut health. Keep in mind that many health problems actually start in the gut, so improving the antioxidant status of your gut should be among your top health goals.
Water ionizers have more filters than the Pitcher of Life, and they are larger. If you have problems with your tap water, an ionizer is the best choice. The filters in a Life Ionizer are configured to address the contaminants in your water supply. So with a Life Ionizer, you have the right filters to address your water quality.
The filter in the Pitcher of Life has to do a lot: It both filters your water and alkalizes it. The filter in the Pitcher of Life addresses chlorine, some metals, and VOC’s.
Is there something in your water you should worry about? Find out with or free water quality report.
Water ionizer best for home use
A water ionizer is the best choice for alkaline water, the machine gives you control over the pH and antioxidant potential of the alkaline water you get and the filtration is better. A water ionizer also makes alkaline water much faster than the Pitcher of Life does. The pitcher takes about 20 minutes to make 2 liters of alkaline water. A Life water ionizer can typically fill a gallon container with alkaline water in about a minute.
The Pitcher of Life is a wonderful way to try alkaline water, and its great for travel, but you’ll quickly find that for health purposes, nothing beats a water ionizer. The purity and antioxidant potential of alkaline water made by a water ionizer is simply unmatched.