Monday, August 12, 2013

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Distilled Water - Why you should drink it: Alkaline Water "Alka-Lies"

Distilled Water - Why you should drink it: Alkaline Water "Alka-Lies"

Alkaline Water "Alka-Lies"

Don’t Buy These 7 Alkaline Water “Alka-Lies”

By Jack Barber
Imagine if you could hook up a device to your faucet that would transform your kitchen sink into your own private fountain of youth.
According to the manufacturers and distributors of alkaline water devices, you can do just that . . .
With alkaline water, they claim, you can cure cancer . . . absorb more nutrients . . . hydrate with the wettest water around . . . . rejuvenate your body and change your life!
This is not only a load of bunk – but potentially harmful.
After drinking alkaline water for 10 years, blogger David Niven Miller says he developed severe acid reflux, GERD/GORD, blockage, heartburn, and infection of the lower esophagus.[1]
And that’s only some of the health problems alkaline water may cause.
The alkaline water zealots would have you believe that guzzling alkaline water is good for you. And that pure distilled water – which can be slightly acidic - is bad for you.
However, as you’ll soon find out, “acid” is not another nasty four letter word.  In fact, not only is it not bad for you – it’s just the opposite.
If you’ve been drinking in the alkaline water debate, wondering what to believe, read on. Below you’ll find the 7 most common alka-lies debunked as well as some refreshingly clear guidance on water and health based on solid science and research.
But before we get into the actual debate about whether or not acid is good for you, let’s dispel the myth that distilled water is horribly acidic . . .

Alka- Lie #1: Distilled water is horribly acidic

As nationally-known nutritionist, author and Founder of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona, Dr. Andrew Weil, explains, “For reasons I don’t understand, any number of myths – and some quite extreme- have grown up over the years about distilled water. As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to neutral pH and has no effect on the body’s acid/alkaline balance.”
Here’s why Dr. Weil says this so confidently . . .
To measure acidity, we use the pH scale which measures the concentration of hydrogen ions in a substance. This scale runs from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic and a pH greater than 7 is alkaline.
Pure distilled water is at a neutral pH of 7. Distilled water also has no solids dissolved in it to buffer it. For this reason, adding the slightest amount of acid or base will change distilled water’s pH.
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The pH scale is logarithmic. This means every change in the pH level signifies a tenfold change in acidity. Pure distilled water is at a neutral pH of 7. Orange juice with a pH of 3 is actually 10,000 times more acid than neutral distilled water.
Because purified distilled water has no dissolved solids, just a small amount of carbon dioxide from the air will lower distilled water’s pH to a slightly acidic pH 6.5. Just a pinch of an alkalizing substance like baking soda will move it in the other direction, up to a pH over 7. In other words, the pH of distilled water is like a pendulum that can easily be moved with a feather. In comparison, water with dissolved solids requires a sledge hammer to move the pendulum.
This means, distilled water’s acidity level – after mixing with carbon dioxide - is negligible.

Alka-Lie #2: Pure water can be separated by electrolysis to produce alkaline water

Along with the myth of distilled water’s devastating acidity, alkaline water fans also contend you can make tap water alkaline through ionization or electrolysis. They argue you can shoot an electric current through water (H2O) and separate the positively-charged hydrogen ions (H+) from the negatively charged hydroxide (OH-) ions. According to their marketing, a good alkaline water device will then keep these separated into streams of acidic water and alkaline water.
Clearly they don’t know enough about the power of ionic attraction. Or they’re slipping salts into your water to stabilize these charged particles.
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Water may shift into these two specialized forms at very localized points near the positive and negatively charged electrified plates. But just a hair’s breadth away from this spot, the charged H+ and OH- ions will seek out the oppositely charged ions and reform the standard form of H2O. At most, you’d produce hydrogen and oxygen gas as the ions recombine and leave excess hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
So the creation of alkaline water with only the help of electricity is not possible. But even if you did create some alkaline water or settled for some water with baking soda in it to make it alkaline . . . would it really have much of an effect on your body’s pH?
This brings us to the next Alka-Lie . . .

Alka-Lie #3: Drinking alkaline water can change your body’s pH

Fundamentally-speaking, it doesn’t matter whether your drinking water is slightly acidic or alkaline.

Because when you drink water, within seconds it mixes with the extremely acidic gastric juices in your stomach. And then shortly after, as it exits the stomach, your pancreas releases alkaline bicarbonate into the partially-digested slurry to neutralize the stomach acid.

In a recent Men’s Health Journal article, well-known author and nutritionist, Dr. Bob Arnot, explained, “Your body is designed to adjust to its optimal pH balance no matter what you ingest. For instance, once alkaline water enters your stomach, your body simply pours in greater amounts of acid to neutralize it.”

In other words, your body already has a good system of shifting the pH of the water you drink along with the food you eat. You don’t have to add a thing.

But let’s say you still wanted to try to shift this system with the water you drink.

Consider that the hydrochloric acid in the stomach has a pH of 1. This is one million times more acidic than pure water with a neutral pH.

Since you understand how the pH scale works, you can see it would take extremely alkaline water to change the pH of your stomach acids and influence the pH of body fluids further down the line.  Sure, it might take just a pinch of baking soda in your water to move it above pH 7. But it will take more than 100 times that amount of alkalinity to move the pH to above 7 to 8.
·        You could try seawater with a pH of 8 . . . But it probably wouldn’t be alkaline enough to shift the pH once it mixed with the stomach’s hydrochloric acid. And any sailor knows you can’t drink seawater long without getting profoundly sick and eventually dying a painful death . . .

·        You could try eating straight baking soda at a pH of 9 . . . Or maybe swig some water straight out of the Great Salt Lakes which has a pH of 10 . . . But given that many of the Oregon trail pioneers in the 1860’s (and their horses and cattle) died trying to drink the water in the Great Salt Lakes, this flies in the face of good sense!
“Say no to alkaline water, it’s a scam,” says Arnot. As you’re starting to see, the myths perpetrated by the alkaline water mongers are not only false – but dangerous!  Which leads us to the next Alka-Lie . . .

Alka-Lie #4: Alkaline water is good for your health

According to the alkaline water advocates, alkaline water will improve your health. However, science demonstrates just the opposite is true.
Let’s start with digestion and immunity. There’s a reason your body produces the extremely strong hydrochloric acid with a pH of 1 in your stomach. Your body uses this powerful acid to destroy bacteria, fungi and other pathogens that take a ride on the food you eat.
When you shift the acidity of your stomach, you encourage infection by allowing the pathogens to get through your stomach unscathed. One Italian study found that 50% of patients who took acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) ended up suffering from overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in their small intestines as compared to only 6% of patients not using antacids.[2] [3]
To add insult to injury, the protein-digesting enzymes your stomach secretes are specially designed to work in this acidic environment. When your stomach doesn’t break protein down properly, the proteins can cause intestinal injury and inflammation. Several studies have demonstrated that these poorly-digested protein particles trigger the development of allergic reactions. For example, when mice were fed fish after decreasing their stomach acid with antacids, they developed allergic reactions to fish protein. [4]
Even when it comes to acid indigestion and heartburn, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Several studies published in the peer-reviewed journal Gastroenterology have shown that antacids actually make the problem worse. After two months of Nexium, 44% of the healthy volunteers developed heartburn, acid reflux or dyspepsia.[5]
Instead, most people find relief from these digestive problems by increasing the acid in their stomach with supplements or simply taking apple cider vinegar. As we age, our acid production declines giving rise to bloating and other digestive discomforts. Both my wife and I take hydrochloric acid to help us with these digestive problems. Since we started supplementing, we’ve regained digestive peace.
But playing with acid doesn’t stop at affecting your digestive system. It can affect your heart and even increase your risk for cancer . . .

Alka-Lie #5: Alkaline Water Can Cure Cancer And Other Diseases

Alkaline water proponents cite several studies showing cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment and die in an alkaline environment. Consequently, they argue that drinking alkaline water will help you fight cancer.
Yet, they fail to acknowledge that this research has only studied cancer cells in test tubes. If you ran this experiment on a living organism you’d likely get a very different result. As Dr. Gabe Mirkin explains in an article on, cancer cells are not the only ones that thrive in acidic environments and die in an alkaline environment – all of your other cells respond the same way.
Research has shown that exposure to an alkaline environment can lead to nerve cell injury and eventually stroke.[6] Severe buildup of alkalinity – known as alkalosis – can lead to convulsions, heart failure and coma.
Japanese researchers demonstrated that rats given alkaline water over a period of time develop lesions on their hearts and elevated potassium levels in the blood. Both of these developments can lead to fatal heart problems.[7] [8] [9]
Sure, alkaline water may kill cancer cells. But it is also likely to kill you.

Alka-Lie #6: Alkaline water gives your body mineral nutrition

It’s true what they say – many of us are short on minerals that build our bones and keep our heart beating properly. An estimated one-third of American adults are deficient in magnesium, essential for over 300 metabolic processes in the body.
Some alkaline water systems add minerals in order to increase the alkalinity. However, water is not the best source of these minerals. In fact, mineral-rich water may even be bad for your health.
First, simply by diluting the acidity of your stomach with alkaline water you prevent adequate mineral absorption. Stomach acid helps break bonds between proteins and minerals as well as within mineral salts. Numerous studies have shown that low stomach acidity can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals like iron, zinc and calcium.
Secondly, research demonstrates your body cannot do much with the inorganic minerals dissolved in water. Instead, your body seems to absorb minerals better when they are chelated, forming a bond with what’s called a ligand, a complex organic molecule containing amino acids. These ligands seem to help shepherd minerals through the initial stages of digestion and then release the minerals in the cells after absorption.
As Ron Kennedy, MD explains, “In order for a mineral to be of any use to the body, it must be presented in a form in which it can be used. That form involves an association with an organic (carbon-based) molecule. Carbon-based molecules are found in living systems and are not found in the ground which is where mineral water comes from.”
The best way to get this form of minerals is through your food. Plants do the work of binding these minerals with ligands as they take them up from the soil.
Dr. Kennedy goes on to explain that the inorganic mineral salts found in water not only are hard for the body to absorb, but can wreak havoc with your health. The inorganic mineral salts found in water separate into isolated ions. These ions go on to precipitate other minerals in circulation, forming new salts in the body. These precipitated salts are found in the lens of the eye in the form of cataracts. Or in the kidneys as kidney stones. Or in the walls of the arteries causing arteriosclerosis.[10]
So in fact, by trying to mineralize your water you may be causing more harm to your body than good.
Which brings me to the next argument . . .

Alka-Lie #7: Distilled water leaches minerals out of your body

As part of their campaign, alkaline advocates like to terrorize people with images of minerals leaching out of your bones after you drink distilled water.
And it’s true, you can lose these minerals if you’re not getting enough minerals in your diet. Your bones are like a mineral bank. If your body needs more magnesium or calcium for nerve or heart functioning, it will take the minerals stored in your bones.
But distilled water is not the problem. As explained above, your best source of minerals is from your diet, not your water. If you’re drinking distilled water – which is essentially pure water – it simply mixes with the food in your stomach and lower down in your intestines. Depending on the minerals in your diet, the mixture that eventually reaches the point of absorption is no longer distilled water but a mineral-rich slurry of nutritional building-blocks.
The pure distilled water you drank initially goes nowhere near your bones to leach minerals out of them.
But the role distilled water plays in helping your body manage minerals goes even further. In truth, distilled water does take minerals out of your body. But as Dr. Kennedy explains, only the ones you don’t need that may precipitate, contributing to arterial plaque buildup, kidney stones and cataracts.
Your body gets rid of excess materials through the kidneys. And to work well, these organs need lots of water – unadulterated water. The more water you can add to your bodily fluids without additional mineral loads, the easier it is for your cells to wash out junk, including inorganic minerals your body can’t absorb.
In contrast, many health experts describe drinking mineral water as similar to washing your dishes in dirty water. It simply doesn’t do the job and just ends up making more of a mess.
Bottom line, get your minerals from your food and let water do what it does best in it’s pure state - hydrate and wash your body from the inside out.

Save Your Health And Your Money - Don’t Believe The Alka-Lies

The Alka-Liars ignore an important part of human physiology – Our body uses a wide range of pH values.  
In May 2013, the Consumer Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, published an editorial in the Washington Post lambasting the promises made by alkaline water supporters: “The evidence supporting any of the health claims for alkaline products is murky at best.”
As the Consumers Union notes, in order to maintain good health and function properly our body maintains pH levels ranging roughly from a pH of 2 (similar to lemon juice) to a pH of 8 (a bit below baking soda’s pH of 9).[11] And these pH levels are exquisitely balanced by your body, primarily through a complex system of buffering and breathing.
Certainly, there are some things you can do to help your body maintain the right levels of acidity and alkalinity . . .
·        Eat a lot of good, mineral-rich foods like vegetables. As I explained earlier, plants are the best source of the chelated minerals your body uses to alkalinize the bloodstream after digestion. 
·        Exercise.  With its heavy release of excess acid in the form of carbon dioxide , exercise helps your body regulate its internal acid levels.
But alkaline water? Well, at the very least it’s simply a quick fix with no real results. At worst, it can endanger your health.

Your Body Thirsts For Pure, Distilled Water

Our bodies need water. Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism as much as 3%.  The number one reason for daytime tiredness is too little water. According to Dr. A. F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization As Applied To Human Nutrition, just drinking 5 glasses of water a day can decrease colon cancer by 45%, slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%. [12]
But our body works best with simple, plain, pure water –  like the pure H2O nature distills in the water cycle.
Dr. Cary Reams, known for developing the Biological theory of Ionization, spent years (and his 3 Ph D’s worth of expertise) studying how pH affects the body and health. He demonstrated that distilled water with its free hydrogen ions, unoccupied by contaminants or mineral salts, is the best water for the body’s hydration needs. Pure water - not the minerals dissolved in it - is what your cells need to create the aqueous environments all biochemical reactions take place in.
“Distilled water has an ultra-low viscosity,” explains David Klein, BSCE, Ph D. This means it can slip into tight spaces and move easily through membranes and capillaries. Because it’s so “slippery”, Klein explains, distilled water makes removal of toxins and nutrient transportation a breeze. In contrast, water with minerals or other impurities is “sticky”, harder to move around the body.[13]
Dr. A. True Ott, Ph D, explains, “Alkaline water is actually dehydrating. One should strive to consume the purest water possible – and that is simply steam-distilled water. It is rich in free hydrogen ions. Why then are people often tricked into thinking that drinking water with high total dissolved solids (TDS) contaminants such as ionized water is actually a wise and healthy thing to do? Science and logic screams otherwise!”
So don’t betray your body by falling for the alka-lies about alkaline water.
As Dr. Weil advises, “The health claims for water ionizers and alkaline water are bogus. Save your money.”

[1] Miller, D. “Alkaline Ionised Water”. Viewed 4/12/13  at
[2] Lombardo L et al. Increased incidence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth during proton pump inhibitor therapy. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Jun;8(6):504-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2009.12.022. Epub 2010 Jan 6.
[3] McColl K et al. “Evidence that proton-pump inhibitor therapy induces the symptoms it is used to treat” Gastroenterology 2009; 137: 20-22.
[4] Untersmayr E et al. Antacid medication inhibits digestion of dietary proteins and causes food allergy: a fish allergymodel in BALB/c mice. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Sep;112(3):616-23.
[5] Gastroenterology, Reimer C et al “Proton-pump inhibitor therapy induces acid-related symptoms in healthy volunteers after withdrawal of therapy” Gastroenterology. 2009; 137: 80-87.
[6] Giffard R et al. Extracellular Alkalinity Exacerbates Injury of Cultured Cortical Neurons. Stroke. 1992;23:1817-1821
[7] Watanabe T et al. Influence of Alkaline Ionized Water on Rat Erythrocyte Hexokinase Activity and Myocardium. Journal of Toxicological Studies. 1997; 22(2):141-151
[8] Watanabe T et al. Degratdation of Myocardiac Myosin and Creatine Kinase in Rats Given Alkaline Ionized Water.  J Vet Med Sci. 1998; 60(2): 245-250
[9] Watanabe T et al. Histopathological Influence of Alkaline Ionized Water On Myocardial Muscle of Mother Rats. Journal of Toxicological Sciences. 1998; 23(5).
[10] Kennedy R. Distilled Water versus Mineral, Carbon Filtered, and Reverse Osmosis Water. Doctors’ Medical Library. Viewed 7/13 at
[11] Consumers Union of United States. Alkaline products promise health benefits with little proof to support such claims. The Washington Post. February 2011.
[12] Beddoe, A. “RBTI Insights on Distilled Water – The Elixir of Life.” Advanced Ideals Institute.
[13] Waterwise Q & A

Friday, April 12, 2013


A few issues that need to be discussed, following a recent posting online of un-researched lies about distilled water.


Pure distilled water is neutral with a pH of 7.0.  Due to the lack of dissolved solids (salts, heavy metals, inorganic minerals) in distilled or reverse osmosis water, there is nothing to resist a change in pH, that is to say, pure water has no buffering capacity.  Therefore, the slight adsorption of carbon dioxide from the air will create a slightly lower pH reading for pure water, but the pH is virtually meaningless since the addition of the smallest amount of either acid or base will easily change its pH.  When you consider that pH of your stomach acid is 100,000 times more acidic, you can understand why the pH of pure water is completely irrelevant.

Nationally known nutritionist, Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard Medical School graduate and founder of Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona, has stated, “As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to neutral pH and has NO effect on the body’s acid/alkaline balance.

The late Dr. Carey Reams, world renowned expert on body pH, was trained in mathematics, biophysics and biochemistry.  According to him, distilled water was the best to drink and is still used today by those who practice his system of pH balancing.


This statement shows a lack of basic understanding of the distillation process that is used in virtually all distillers for consumer use. Waterwise distillers use AIR cooled technology in which one gallon of distilled water is produced from one gallon of tap water.  If there were 1 part of VOC in the tap water, and 100% of that VOC carried over with the steam, you would still have only 1 part of VOC in the distilled water.  Waterwise distillers do NOT concentrate or increase any contaminant into the distilled water.  If your tap water contains VOCS and DBPS, they are easily removed from the distillate by using a coconut-shell carbon post filter, which is included with Waterwise distillation systems.

In distillers that use WATER cooled technology (mainly laboratory type units), it may be possible to increase concentration of VOCS since several gallons of tap water pass through the distiller to create one gallon.  This issue is also easily resolved by pre-heating the tap water to release the VOCS prior to entering the boiler, carbon filtration as pre-treatment and/or post treatment.  Again, Waterwise distillers do NOT use this type of cooling and do NOT concentrate or increase any contaminants.


While we agree that fluoride should not be forced upon consumers through drinking water, these statements completely disregard the basic physics of distillation.  Distillation removes the water from the contaminants, unlike filtration and reverse osmosis that reduce the contaminants from the water.  Contaminants that have a heavier molecular weight than water (16 gram/mol) or with a boiling temperature higher than water (100 degrees C) cannot carry with the steam and are therefore left in the boiler.  If you are a distiller user, you have positive proof of this by the gunk left in the boiler.

Sodium Fluoride is molecularly heavier than water (41 g/mol versus 16 g/mol) and boils at a much higher temperature (1695 degrees C versus 100 degrees C). 

In example of distillation’s effectiveness for fluoride removal:
Waterwise Model 8800 was tested to NSF/ANSI Standard 62 for fluoride reduction.  The challenge water contained 8.6 mg/L of fluoride. After distilling, the product water contained less than 0.10 mg/L.  This is a reduction rate of greater than 98.8%!  It was probably closer to 100% but the laboratory doesn’t have equipment that can accurately measure below 0.10 mg/L.

The US EPA and the Water Quality Association recommend distillation for fluoride removal:


This is oldest argument by those that sell carbon filters.  They want you to believe that the carbon filter will remove only harmful substances and leave in the healthy ones.  What they don’t tell you is that inorganic contaminants in water are not removed by carbon filtration.  While calcium and magnesium are inorganic, so are arsenic, chromium, nitrates, and heavy metals.  Is it really worth the possible benefit to receive minuscule amounts of salt-based minerals from water but also risk consuming substances that are detrimental to health?

Dr. Ron Kennedy, anti-aging specialist and founder of the popular website,, argues that carbon based minerals from living systems are the most bioavailable (i.e. from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc.).  The calcium you find in water is calcium carbonate.  “Carbonate is not a sufficiently complex organic molecule and therefore cannot properly contribute its calcium to living systems.  The calcium comes out instead in ionic form and precipitates by forming other salts.  Common locations for precipitation of calcium are the lens of the eyes (cataracts), the kidneys (kidney stones) and the walls of arteries (arteriosclerosis).”

There are many proponents of distilled water who agree it is not detrimental to health or longevity, but just the opposite.  Some include Dr. Norman Walker, Ph.D., avidly supported drinking only distilled.  He died at the ‘early’ age of 99.  Dr. Paul Bragg, “Father of America’s Health Movement”, died by accident at the tender age of 81.  And there are many others, including tens of thousands of Waterwise customers.

We have researched water purification for over 35 years.  There have been and continue to be those that perpetuate scams, myths and hoaxes for the benefit of one thing… their wallet.  We would be happy to mail you a complimentary copy of a special report “Drinking Water Scams Exposed” ($15 value) that goes into much more detail about Mercola’s opinion and other outright lies.  Please reply with your postal mailing address for your free

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Why I drink Distilled Water by Dr. Dennison


When I was a boy roaming the hills of West Virginia, it was such a simple matter to quench my thirst by finding a spring of refreshing mountain water. But conditions have changed. Since the industrial revolution and especially since World War II, we have dumped synthetic chemicals by the thousands into the environment. When I go back now, finding a pure mountain spring is not as easy. You, see pollution has invaded the hills of West Virginia the same as it has every other place on earth. Air and water currents have spread toxic wastes. So it is understandable that America’s springs, lakes, rivers, wells and other sources of drinking water have not escaped this ever growing invasion of pollutants.

So, where can I go to find that refreshing drink of good, pure water that my body so desperately needs today? The answer is a home water distiller. The distiller provides me with pure water now, just as the mountain stream served me in the past. It provides me with the most important substance of life and health – good pure water.

Now you might ask, “Why is pure water so essential to life and good health?” The answer is…we are over 70% water. Water, in pure form, is the common ingredient in our bodies and is part of every cell. Water not only transports nutrients across cell membranes, but reaches into every cell to absorb and carry away the poisons that are formed as a part of the life process. When water brought into our bodies is already polluted, its natural cleansing functions are impaired. Distilled water enters your system clean. It is free to absorb and wash away the poisons your body generates as well as the poisons that have accumulated.

Some people have the mistaken belief that essential minerals are derived from the water they drink. Yes, we do need minerals, but the source of minerals for the body is the food we eat – not the water we drink. Plants have the unique ability to convert inorganic minerals absorbed from the soil and water into organic forms our bodies can use. Our bodies can use few, if any, of the minerals absorbed in water. These minerals merely contaminate our water and hinder that water from performing its natural functions.

Some health specialists believe we experience hardening of the arteries, arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, vision problems (glaucoma and cataracts) loss of hearing, diabetes, obesity, emphysema and other ailments in greater intensities and more frequently when we consume polluted or contaminated water. There’s no absolute medical proof that drinking distilled water will cure any of the infirmities that humans suffer, but there are thousands of case histories of people who have enjoyed success in alleviating or overcoming these health problems when they began drinking distilled water exclusively. Does it not make sense, therefore, to consume only pure water produced by a good quality distiller right in your own home?

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

pH Paranoia - Alkaline Water - Distilled Water

pH Paranoia

Beware of the “Alka-lie”

by Jack Barber

It’s an all-too-common misconception that guzzling “alkaline” water is the key to perfect health even though claims about the health benefits (or safety!) of this water are not supported by any credible evidence. This pH myth has created a thriving market of potions and gadgets for a trusting public willing to believe the “Alka-lie”.

Some have even gone so far as to say that drinking pure distilled water is harmful because it can be slightly acidic. It is important to note here that reverse osmosis (RO), de-ionized, rain and many spring waters are also mineral free, and have the same lower pH properties as distilled. The truth of the matter is the unique properties of mineral free, ultra pure drinking water actually make the pH measurement totally meaningless! This may sound too simple, but read on…

Water Chemistry 101
For a basic explanation, the pH level is a quantitative unit of measure representing the acidity or alkalinity of the substance. Any substance that lowers the pH is an acid. A base is a sub- stance that raises the pH. Buffers are substances that enable a substance to resist pH change when an acid or base is added.

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with a pH of 7 being neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic, and a pH greater than 7 is alkaline. The pH scale is logarithmic, so for every one unit of change in pH there is a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity. This means a solution with a pH of 3 is 10 times more acidic than a solution with a pH of 4 and 100 times more acidic than one with a pH of 5.

Pure distilled water is neutral with a pH of 7. Since there is a lack of total dissolved solids (TDS) in distilled water, there is nothing to influence the pH change in either the alkaline or acid direction nor to act as buffers to resist change. That degree of purity makes distilled water extremely sensitive so that adding the slightest amount of acid or base will easily change its pH.

Because there are no buffering substances to make distilled water resistant to change, even a small amount of carbon dioxide from the air will combine with distilled water to lower the pH to about 6. For the same reason, adding just a pinch of an alkalizing substance like baking soda will immediately raise the pH to over 7.

In contrast, it would require considerably more acid or base to change the pH of buffered water with the same pH. The differ- ence is the presence of buffers or dissolved solids making it resistant to change. 

In other words, the pH of distilled water is like a pendulum that can easily be moved with a feather, compared to high TDS water that requires a mallet to move the pendulum.

Balancing pH

When you drink distilled water, it immediately combines with the slightly acidic digestive enzymes in saliva and seconds later with very acidic digestive enzymes and gastric juices in your stomach without “activating any buffering systems” or affecting your pH in any way. In short, the extremely sensitive distilled water pH immediately adjusts to your body rather than your body adjusting to the distilled water pH. The much stronger hydrochloric acid in the stomach with a pH of 1 is about 100,000 times more acid than any slightly acidic distilled water with which it combines. That renders the pH of distilled water completely irrelevant!

It is also a fact that as soon as alkalized water hits the highly acidic gastric fluid in the stomach, its alkalinity is gone. Even though the pH of alkalized water is altered in the acid environment of the stomach, it can still have a long-term effect on the digestive system. The stomach always contains some gastric juices and is always acidic. The enzymes that the stomach lining secretes are specially designed to work best in a strongly acid solution. So, every time you drink alkalized water, your stomach produces more acid to compensate for the dilution of gastric juices. The constant ingestion of alkalized water can create an abnormal digestive condition in a previously healthy gut.

Furthermore, drinking alkalized water along with meals can dilute the natural acidity of the digestive tract and interfere with digestion. 

As your food moves from your stomach into your small intestine, it goes through a door called the Pyloric Sphincter. The level of acidity in your stomach determines when that door opens and closes. If you don’t have enough stomach acid, the door stays closed and all that partially digested food has nowhere to go. It sits in the stomach and produces gas. With the door to your small intestine closed, all that gas has nowhere to go but up. The gas pushes open the valve between your esophagus and stomach, and the acid spills into your esophagus which causes all those unpleasant symptoms of acid re-flux. The putrefaction of undigested food and accumulation of toxic waste can create numerous health problems.

Maintaining normal stomach acidity is also necessary to protect against bacterial and viral infections. The acidic environment destroys any organisms that may be ingested in both food and water. 

Altering this acid environment leaves you wide open to intestinal infections. At least half of everyone over 60 suffers from some level of low stomach acid. This can be compounded by the consumption of alkalized water which adds up to one of the worst things you can do for your health.

Evidence Supports Distilled

The Mayo Clinic responded to the alkaline water hype: “Some proponents say that alkaline water can neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boost your energy level and metabolism, and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Others say that alkaline water can help you resist disease and slow the aging process. However, there’s no scientific proof that any of these claims are true.”

In spite of all the warnings, many people want the best health without the sacrifices needed to achieve it effectively and safely. We all love the idea of a quick fix. What better way to correct years of poor nutrition, zero exercise and chronic dehydration than by simply drinking “magical” alkaline water. Hucksters prey on these consumers, selling their useless products which may have severe long- term side effects. According to reputable scientific sources, “alkalized/ionized water” is nothing more than sales fiction.

The popular “alkaline ionizing” gizmos, according to scientists, are not only “medically baseless and worthless,” but possibly dangerous. Four Japanese studies have been published in peer journals and independently verified showing that alkaline water caused pathological changes in heart cell muscles and increased the risk of heart attack in laboratory animals. These results raise very serious doubts about the safety of drinking “alkaline” water.

The wide range of pH values needed throughout the body is exquisitely balanced, primarily through a complex system of buffering and breathing. There are, however, some simple things you can do to maintain a naturally healthy pH. Just eating more fruits and vegetables, practicing deep breathing, and drinking plenty of pure hydrating water will enable your body to more easily remove toxins and acid wastes. Other factors such as lack of exercise, emotional stress, medication, coffee, alcohol and smoking can adversely affect the internal pH of your body over an extended period of time. Improving your health is not a quick-fix but a slow, cumulative process consisting of numerous lifestyle choices.

Dr. Andrew Weil, nationally known nutritionist, author and Founder of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona, has stated, “For reasons I don’t understand, any number of myths—- some quite extreme—-have grown up over the years about distilled water. As far as acidity goes, distilled water is close to neutral pH and has no effect on the body’s acid/alkaline balance.”

As a Harvard Medical School graduate, Dr. Weil is eminently qualified to evaluate the health claims of alkaline water. He says, “The health claims for water ionizers and alkaline water are bogus. Save your money. You should consider the fact that alkaline water is common throughout the western states, but to my knowledge, it has not protected anyone from the diseases and disorders that occur elsewhere in the U.S.”

The late Dr. Carey Reams, world renowned expert on body pH, was trained in mathematics, biophysics and biochemistry and had six PhDs to his credit. Dr. Reams is best known for developing the Biological Theory of Ionization, a system to measure energy in the body by measuring and balancing the pH which he used in his practice for over fifty years with astounding success. The best water to drink according to Dr. Reams is distilled! And it is still being used today by those who practice his system of pH balancing.

We believe the evidence clearly shows that any discussion regarding the “acidity” of distilled water or the “beneficial” pH of alkaline water is useless, especially considering the unique properties of distilled water. Some common horse sense, coupled with biochemistry 101, exposes this “Alka-lie.” It is our sincere hope, therefore, that this exposé will settle once and for all any unfounded concerns about the pH of distilled water so you can freely enjoy this pure elixir of life without any “pH paranoia.”

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“The Question of Acid and Alkali Forming Foods” by James A Tobey, PhD, American Journal of Public Health
Dr. Andrew Weil,
“Acid or Alkaline?” by Gabe Mirkin, MD,
“What Could Be So Fine… As To Be Alkaline (Warning: Irony) by Dr Aust Spleen,
“Alkaline Water: Does It Have Health Benefi ts?”, Mayo Clinic,
“Infl uences of Alkaline Ionized Water on Milk Yield, Body Weight of Dam in Rats”, The Journal of Toxicological Sciences, Vol. 23, No. 5, 365-371, 411-417, 1998 and Vol.22, (2), 141-152, 1997
“Degradation of Myocardiac Myosin and Creatine Kinase in Rats Given Alkaline Ionized Water”, The Journal of Veterinary Medical Sciences, 60 (2) : 245-250, 1998
“Why Does My Water Have A Low pH?” by Joseph F Harrison, PE, CSW- VI, WQA View

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