Water

Bottled Water

Bottled Water

Bottled Water 


Concerned about contaminants and the taste of their drinking water, millions of Americans are turning off the tap. As a result, bottled water has become a leading source of hydration.

 

The popularity of bottled water is skyrocketing.

  • Consumption of bottled water in the United States has more than doubled in the last ten years, from 13.5 gallons per person in 1997 to 29.3 gallons per person in 2007.
  • Bottled water is the now second only to carbonated soft drinks in annual sales, with 9.4 billion gallons estimated to be sold in 2008.
  • Americans will spend $12.5 billion on bottled water in 2008-is it worth it?

Bottled water is not as healthy as many people believe.

  • 25% of bottled water is nothing more than reprocessed municipal water.
  • 22% of bottled water brands tested in one study contained contaminants above state health limits.
  • Reverse osmosis used to "purify" some bottled water strips everything out of the water-the bad, but also the good. Healthy minerals are eliminated as the natural levels in water are altered and the water is now acidic which can be detrimental to your health.

The pH level of bottled water is not optimal.

  • While the FDA tests both bottled water for impurities, it is not required to monitor the water's pH level.
  • Neutral water has a pH balance of 7 and an ideal pH level for drinking water 9.5.
  • Dr. Robert O. Young tested 60 of the best-known bottle water brands in the world and found that only two had a pH level at or above 9.5, and 30 (including best-known brands such as Fiji, Aquafina, and Perrier) had a pH level below 7.0, meaning they actually are acidic.[1]
  • The age of bottled water affects its pH level, as do changes in temperature and exposure to oxygen.

Plastic bottles harm the environment.

  • Most plastic water bottles are not recycled. The vast majority (80%) of the 1.5 million tons of plastic used globally each year in water bottles ends up in landfills, since many bottles are consumed on the go, outside the home
  • The distribution of bottled water by truck and rail burns fossil fuels and results in the release of thousands of tons of harmful emissions.
  • The filtration and processing of bottled water consumes large amounts of electricity.
  • The plastic used to make water bottles-polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-is derived from oil and generates 100 times the amount of toxic emissions as the same amount of glass.

The higher the pH level, the ORP (antioxidant level), and mineral content in water, the more benefits the body will receive.



[1] Young, Dr. Robert O., The pH Miracle for Weight Loss. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2005, pp. 65-68.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Water Filters for Your Family

Water Filters for Your Family

Carbon Filters

Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) is a form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous, creating a very large surface area that is available for chemical reactions. GAC absorbs many compounds, including many toxic compounds. Many household water filters use activated carbon to eliminate organic contamination, unpleasant taste, or unpleasant odors the drinking water. Household filters for drinking water sometimes contain silver to release silver ions which have an anti-bacterial effect. Catalytic granular activated carbon cartridges are more effective than standard granular activated carbon and carbon block cartridges at removing hydrogen sulfide and chloramines.

UV for Disinfecting drinking water

UV radiation can be an effective viricide and bactericide. Disinfection using UV radiation is commonly used in wastewater treatment applications and is finding an increased usage in drinking water treatment. Many bottlers of spring water use UV disinfection equipment to sterilize their water. Solar water disinfection is the process of using PET bottles and sunlight to disinfect water.

New York City has approved the construction of a 2 billion gallon per day ultraviolet drinking water disinfection facility. There are also several facilities under construction and several in operation that treat waste water with several stages of filters, hydrogen peroxide and UV light to bring the water up to drinking standards. One such facility exists in Orange County California.

It used to be thought that UV disinfection was more effective for bacteria and viruses, which have more exposed genetic material, than for larger pathogens which have outer coatings or that form cyst states (e.g., Giardia) that shield their DNA from the UV light. However, it was recently discovered that ultraviolet radiation can be somewhat effective for treating the microorganism Cryptosporidium. The findings resulted in two US patents and the use of UV radiation as a viable method to treat drinking water. Giardia in turn has been shown to be very susceptible to UV-C when the tests were based on infectivity rather than excystation. It has been found that protists are able to survive high UV-C doses but are sterilized at low doses.

A process named SODIS has been extensively researched in Switzerland and has proven ideal to treat small quantities of water using natural sunlight. Contaminated water is poured into transparent plastic bottles and exposed to full sunlight for six hours. The sunlight treats the contaminated water through two synergetic mechanisms: Radiation in the spectrum of UV-A (wavelength 320-400 nm) and increased water temperature. If the water temperatures rises above 50 °C, the disinfection process is three times faster.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a separation process that uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane that retains the solute on one side and allows the pure solvent to pass to the other side. In water treatment, RO removes not only contaminants, but also minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium that are essential for good health. Reverse osmosis is not beneficial for producing drinking water. It produces water that is "clean" but also "dead", lacking the healthful benefits of natural drinking water. Rather than being pH-neutral or having the alkalinity that is good for the body, reverse osmosis water is acidic. To maintain its pH balance, the body must pull minerals from other tissues to neutralize acids. Long-term consumption of reverse osmosis drinking water can lead to mineral deficiencies in the body, with resulting health risks.

In some areas, reverse osmosis is necessary to remove contaminants. We offer a range of reverse osmosis systems for these purposes. We recommend that water from the reverse osmosis system then be processed through a LIFE IonizersTM water ionizer to restore alkalinity to the drinking water.

Distillation

Distillation involves boiling the water to produce water vapor. Organic materials, minerals, and other solutes are not normally vaporized; only the water molecules are. With the solutes left behind in the boiling water, the water vapor is 99.9% pure. The only contaminants that can pass through distillation with the water molecules are contaminants with similar boiling points as water. A few droplets of un-vaporized liquid can be carried by the vapor as well. Since all solutes are left behind during vaporization, distilled water does not contain the minerals that benefit the body. Distilled water is “dead” water.

Water Ionization

The Ultimate in Water Filtration

To produce pure water rich in healthful minerals, consider a home water ionization system. A water ionizer uses an array of pre-filters, filters, and an ionizer to purify and revitalize common tap water to create great-tasting, beneficial alkaline drinking water.

Water ionization begins with a 5-step process of water purification:
  • Pre-Filter: Removes large suspended particles such as sand and dirt; extends the life of carbon filters.
  • Carbon Block Filter: Removes unpleasant tastes and odors. Removes/reduces chlorine and organics, including many volatile organic chemicals (VOC’s), pesticides/herbicides, and hundreds of other chemicals.
  • Polyethylene Micro-Filter: Removes smaller (1 micron) particles of sand and dirt.
  • Granular Activated Carbon Filter: Ensures the removal of the contaminants listed in Stage 2; an additional layer of carbon for quality assurance.
  • Vitamin C Ceramic Technology™: For reduction of chlorine & chloramines


Once the water has been purified, the ionizer passes an electrical current through the water. This process, known as electrolysis, divides the water into two streams; one with alkaline minerals for drinking and the other with acidic minerals for sanitizing. The result is great-tasting drinking water with an abundance of negative ions that can neutralize active oxygen (free radicals). The ionization process also breaks regular water molecules into easily absorbed micro-clusters, resulting in better hydration.

 

Alkaline Water Benefits

Alkaline WaterBenefits

Restores the pH balance in the body.

  • Alkaline water can neutralize the acidity of the body caused by stress, modern diet, air pollution, and many bottled waters.
  • A higher pH in the body reduces the need for fat and cholesterol to protect the body from damaging acids.
  • Alkaline wateris negatively charged and an "antioxidant." Antioxidants reduce cellular and DNA damage caused by free radicals.
  • Negatively chargealkaline water creates energy by giving up ions to positive ions.
  • Alkaline water tastes lighter with a pleasantly sweet flavor.
  • Using water with a higher pH level improves the taste of beverages and food.
  • Cooking with alkaline water improves the taste and quality of foods and using acidic
    water when boiling eggs improves their quality.

Provides superior hydration and nutrition at the cellular level.

  • Ionization breaks clusters of water molecules into smaller micro-clusters, reducing the size of the clusters from the 11-16 molecules in standard water to just 5-6 molecules in ionized water. Smaller clusters pass through cell walls more easily and hydrate the cells more quickly.
  • Faster hydration allows the body to regulate its temperature more efficiently.
  • Micro-clusters of mineral-bearing ionized water also deliver nutrients more efficiently to the cells.

Detoxifies cells more efficiently than standard drinking water.

  • Due to their smaller size, micro-clusters of ionized water molecules are expelled from the cells more efficiently, carrying damaging toxins out of the cells and flushing them out of the system.

The negative charge of ionized alkaline water will attract the positive ions of acids and neutralize them within the body.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

   

Alkaline Water and Weight Loss

Alkaline Water and Weight Loss

Research by Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle for Weight Loss, shows that the epidemic of obesity in the industrialized world is result of acidity in the body.

The body creates fat cells to trap and neutralize acids in the system.

  • The modern diet of meats, grains, and beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol is extremely acidic.
  • Some acids are voided through urination, defecation, and perspiration, but many acids remain in the system.
  • Excess acids in the body break down healthy tissue, so the body protects itself by creating a natural buffer of fat.
  • Fat cells bind to acids. Some fat cells are voided from the system, but many fat cells are stored in the body, resulting in weight gain.

Traditional weight loss methods are doomed to fail.

  • Reducing portion size of meals only minimally decreases acid intake.
  • Reducing calories will not decrease the acidity of the body-and may increase it if large amounts of acidic beverages are included.
  • Reducing fats in the diet will not reduce the acidity of the body or result in weight loss.
  • Increasing the intake of meat will increase the acidity in the body.
  • Exercise increases the production of acids, such as lactic acid. Many acids are released through perspiration, but some are retained by the system, causing pain in muscles.

Drinking alkaline water releases fats and creates weight loss.

  • Alkaline water can reduce the body's acidity and stop fat storage.
  • Micro-clusters of ionized water help flush acid and toxins from the system.
  • Once fat cells are no longer needed, the body will eliminate them-the fat melts away.

A healthy body causes weight loss, not the other way around.

  • A healthy, non-acidic body will return to its natural, ideal weight.
  • Freed of toxins, the body's cells, tissues, and organs achieve a healthier state.
  • A detoxified, non-acidic body has more energy and vitality.

"Your body can-and will-let go of the excess fat," writes Dr. Young. "If your food and drink are alkaline (meaning, in basic chemistry, the opposite of acid), all that acid-binding fat will just melt right off. There will be no need for the body to hold on to it anymore." 1

1 Young, Dr. Robert O., The pH Miracle for Weight Loss. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2005, p. 15.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

How Water Ionizers Work for Better Nutrition

Written by RawPeople

How Ionizers Work to Deliver Better Nutrition and Hydrate the Cells More Efficiently 

First developed in Japan in the 1950s, water ionizers use an electrical charge to split water into alkaline water (with a pH above 7.0) and acidic water (with a pH below 7.0). The higher the pH of the drinking water, the more effective it is at combating the damaging effects of acids in the body.

The process of electrolysis

  • Water ionizers run water-already filtered to remove contaminants-over positive and negative electrodes in a process known as electrolysis.
  • The electrodes ionize the water, negatively and positively, creating acidic and alkaline water at the same time.
  • Acidic water is shunted into one chamber while alkaline water is shunted into another.

Micro-clustering

  • Water molecules typically cluster in groups of 11 to 16 molecules
  • Water ionizers break large water molecule clusters apart, creating smaller clusters of 5 to 6 molecules.
  • Smaller clusters of water molecules are more easily absorbed at the cellular level, improving hydration and detoxification, as well as improving the delivery of nutrients at a cellular level.

Both alkaline and acidic water have benefits.

  • Alkaline water is ideal for drinking, cleaning vegetables, and cooking. Its antioxidant properties promote health.
  • Acidic water is a natural cleanser.
  • The astringent properties of acidic water in the 4.0 to 6.0 range are ideal for cleaning and toning the skin.
  • Used as a rinse when washing your hair, acidic water helps the scalp, reduces tangles and gives hair a radiant shine. It also helps the hair and skin of pets.
  • In higher concentrations, acidic water has strong disinfecting properties and can be used for cleaning around the house and for cleaning toothbrushes, hands, and even as a mouth wash.

Only water ionizers both clean and ionize your drinking water for better health.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

   

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