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Maybe you have heard that alkaline water is good for you and you are convinced that you need to purchase a $4,000.00 Kangen Ionizer or maybe an Alkaline filter which some claim does the same as an ionizer. I am going to tell you "Not so fast - be careful of what you believe." There are lots of water ionizers on the market and they range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for the Kangen Ionizer. Kangen water typically produces water with a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 which they state "is slightly alkaline and can help restore your dehydrated body." That is truth, but I am going to suggest that raising the pH does not automatically raise the alkalinity. There is general agreement that an alkaline body is healthy and an acid body is disease-causing. Additionally, as a human being, everything you do (breathing, eating, exercising, etc.) creates metabolic acid and acids need to be neutralized to maintain a blood pH of 7.35 to 7.45. To alkalize your body means that you give the body the ability to maintain a proper pH, but in order to do that you need water with alkalinity not alkaline water. pH merely measures the degree of acidity or alkalinity, NOT THE CAPACITY TO NEUTRALIZE ACID. Measuring pH is like measuring temperature, but measuring Alkalinity is like measuring BTU's. A match is 451 degrees Fahrenheit but just 1 BTU, whereas a fireplace is 451 degrees Fahrenheit, but 50,000 BTU's. You don't buy a furnace based upon temperature, but rather, on BTU's. You also don't alkalize your body based upon pH, but rather on alkalinity. Alkalinity measures the ability to neutralize acid with buffers which are the sum of bicarbonates. Alkalinity is measured in mg/l (milligrams per liter). Alkaline mineral compounds include the following:
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