Non-Electric Water Ionizers
How do non-electric water ionizer systems compare to traditional electric models? As far as their ability to produce alkaline water they can be considered “comparable.” But when it comes to the major benefits of alkaline ionized water, the non-electric models fall short.
Alkaline Water vs. Alkaline Ionized Water
Alkaline water is available almost anywhere. You can find it bottled in grocery and health food stores. You can find it bottled online from many sources. And you can also find several filtration systems that contain media that will alkalize your tap water.
These types of alkaline water will have a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 created by adding alkaline minerals to the water. What they don’t offer are the antioxidant properties found in alkaline ionized water, which is produced through the process of electrolysis.
Non-electric “water ionizers” will be made of two to four internal filters. At least one of the filters will be dedicated to removing contaminants from the water. The other filters will contain minerals that are released in the water elevating the pH. Some will also have magnets or mineral combinations designed to give the water a mild electrical charge through the process of ion exchange.
The downside to most non-electric water ionizer systems is the inability to adjust the pH level of the water being produced. The pH level produced by a non-electric water ionizer will be based on the existing minerals in your source water. What you have is what you get. There is no option for neutral/purified water. There is no option for producing water at lower alkaline levels for small children or pets.
And while most people choose alkaline ionized water primarily for drinking, one of the benefits of having a water ionizer is having access to clean, filtered water at several different pH levels that can be used for cooking. Using alkaline water at the 9.5 pH level for soups, marinades and some other common recipes – when it comes to boiling pasta, or making rice or beans, you have no “clean water” options – unless you buy bottled water. For most, getting a water ionizer was supposed to eliminate the need to buy bottled water.
When You DON’T Use Alkaline Ionized Water
Responsible water ionizer dealers and ionized water advocates will tell you that there are times when you should not drink alkaline ionized water.
At or near mealtimes, when taking prescription medications or certain supplements are times when you should non-ionized water. The ionization process speeds up the body’s absorption of prescription medications – which are designed to be released into the body at a certain rate. Taking Niacin supplements with ionized water can significantly intensify the “flush” that is common with Niacin.
Within 30 to 45 minutes before and after meals, drinking alkaline water can interfere with the body’s ability to break down foods for proper absorption of nutrients. The alkaline water actually dilutes the acids in the stomach that breakdown the foods for proper digestion. Drinking alkaline water at or near mealtimes can result in indigestion, nausea, diarrhea and “cravings” as the body was unable to get the proper nutrients from the meal.
Looking for water suitable for mixing formula or cereals for babies? Again, responsible water ionizer dealers will tell you that you should be using water at the neutral or purified setting on your water ionizer.
Also, some people are sensitive to alkaline water above an 8.5 or 9.0 pH level. While most people in the household have no trouble drinking water at the 9.5 level, there are some that have unpleasant side effects drinking the 9.5 pH water. Over time many find that they are eventually able to work themselves up to a glass or two a day at the common 9.5 pH but they need a slightly milder alkaline alternative for regular use.
Limited Antioxidant Properties
While drinking alkaline water is beneficial, the antioxidant properties are what make alkaline ionized water unique. Most people researching water ionizer technology are doing so after hearing about the health benefits of alkaline ionized water. The majority of those health benefits come from the antioxidant properties created during the ionization process – electrolysis.
Knowing this, non-electric water ionizer designers have developed these products with blends of minerals and media that do offer a mild electric charge. And in most cases, there will be some antioxidant properties to the water. However, no non-electric water ionizer option can produce the same level of antioxidants found in standard electric water ionizers.
There is one company advertising a non-electric model that does offer adjust-ability. This model won’t be available until sometime in May – But is it worth the cost?
At $1,495 this non-electric water ionizer is supposed to offer multiple alkaline levels and a neutral or purified setting to produce water for those times when alkaline ionized water is not appropriate for drinking. But one of the best selling water ionizers available is only $200 more – fully electric, fully adjustable and capable of producing the strong antioxidant benefits that most people are looking for when shopping for water ionizers.
Before deciding a non-electric water ionizer is right for you, take a look at some of the standard electric models. In the long run, you may find that you save money by having multiple alkaline and acidic levels suitable for all purposes – including several options for eliminating some chemical-laden household cleaners.