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Demystifying the pH of Drinking Water

Demystifying the pH of Drinking Water

Can understanding the significance of the pH of drinking water help you choose better water for you and your family?  In short, yes.  When you’re choosing between bottled, tap, or filtered, understanding the role that water plays in assisting your body in its quest to maintain proper pH at 7.365 is critical.

The pH level of a substance tells you whether it’s an acid, a base, or neutral.  On the pH scale, which is 0-14, things with a pH of 7 are neutral, higher than 7 are basic, and lower than 7 are acidic.  Water is often considered neutral, with the normal range for surface water systems ranging from 6.5-8.5. At the proper pH of 7.365, your body is not only hydrated, but is better able to flush out toxins and waste products.

Water with a pH lower than 6.5 is acidic and “soft.”  While soft water is great for getting soaps and detergents to lather, it can be a sign that your water contains metals such as iron, manganese, copper, lead, and zinc, all of which can be harmful when ingested in large quantities.  Water with a very low pH often tastes metallic and can leave blue-green stains on sinks and drains.

Water that has a pH higher than 8.5 is basic and “hard.”  Hard water generally doesn’t pose the same health risks that soft water can, but it can taste bitter and make it difficult for soaps and detergents to lather.

When considering pH, it is also helpful to consider water’s alkalinity.  Alkalinity is a measure of the capacity of the water to resist a change in pH that would typically make the water more acidic.  This resistance to change is one of alkaline water’s benefits.

Along with the pH level, it also helps to understand the difference between distilled vs. purified water, because things like minerals found in the water can have an effect on its pH.  Technically, distilled water is a form of purified water, but it’s differentiated by the method used to remove impurities.  Distilled water is heated until it boils and turns into a vapor, and then the vapor is cooled until it again reenters a liquid state. During this process, virtually all impurities are left behind when the water turns to vapor.  This creates very pure water, but because it has no additives, it tastes awful, and can actually pull minerals from your body when you drink it, so it shouldn’t be used as drinking water on a regular basis.  Purified water is water that has gone through any form of purification process, often some form of filtration.  Because the methods of purification are varied, the pureness of the water also varies greatly.

To make sure that you’re drinking the best water for your health, consider a purified water system that provides alkaline water for your home. It removes harmful substances from your drinking water, and is a safe and economical solution.

 

How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

Since water is an essential part of your everyday life, you might wonder how to remove chlorine from water at home.  You want the water that you drink to be safe and clean.  It would be wonderful if all tap water were truly safe, but it does sometimes contain both chemicals and impurities.  Chlorine is added to tap water to kill off harmful bacteria.  Unfortunately, chlorine, even in the relatively small amounts used in tap water, can be unhealthy to consume.  One solution to this problem is buying bottled water, but that can get expensive and it isn’t good for the environment.  Here are some some suggestions to remove chlorine from water at home.

Use water filters. There are many different brands of pitchers available on the market that have built in filters.  These activated charcoal filters remove chlorine and other impurities from your drinking water.  Over time, however, replacing these filters can get kind of expensive to replace. It can also be inconvenient when your filter pitcher’s alerts you that your filter needs replacing…and it’s 10 pm on a Sunday night.

Install a water treatment system. Better yet, install a water ionizer with treatment capabilities that include filtration and chlorine removal. Although the upfront cost of installing a water ionizer treatment system is greater than using the boiling method, or buying a water pitcher with a filter in it, over time this option can be very cost efficient. And additionally, you not only get the benefits of removing the impurities and chemicals like chlorine from your water, you also end up with alkaline water which has many health benefits and uses that you won’t get from tap or filtered water.

Use Immediately. Chlorine is added to water to make it safer to store and transport. Once the chlorine has been removed, the water should be used as soon as possible. Having water that’s ready to use immediately is another good reason to install your own water treatment system. There’s no waiting for the water to seep through a pitcher filter or to boil then cool down enough to drink.

 

 

What’s the Difference? Distilled vs. Purified Water

What’s the Difference? Distilled vs. Purified Water

With all of the varieties of bottled water and water filtration systems currently available, it can be overwhelming to know which water is the best to use as everyday drinking water.  Understanding the differences between distilled vs. purified water can help clear things up a bit.

In some respects, all water is the same – it all contains two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule.  The differences are in the minerals and chemicals that are also found along with the water.  Sometimes these minerals and chemicals are naturally occurring, while other times they are added for a variety of reasons.  Some of these are harmless, some are helpful, and some are dangerous when consumed in large quantities.

Distilled water is water that has gone through a specific process to remove all minerals and contaminants.  The water is boiled, and then the water vapor is cooled and collected.  Because the minerals and contaminants are heavier than the water vapor, they are left behind as the vapor forms. When the vapor is cooled, the water that remains is pure.  Distilled water is great for using any time minerals in water might cause stains or build-up – for example in your iron for ironing your clothes, or in cleaning products.  Unfortunately, distilled water doesn’t taste good, and may not be very good for you due to its lack of mineral content.  This makes it a less than ideal choice for daily hydration.

The term “purified water” is not as specific as distilled water; in fact, technically speaking, because the distillation process is a form of purification, distilled water would fall into the category of purified water.  Most of the time, purified water refers to water that has undergone some form of purification process, though there are no established standards for the actual process that is used.  It could mean that the water has been forced through a charcoal filter, treated with ultraviolet light, deionized, or ozonated.  Each of these processes removes some of the contaminants found in the water, and can make the water safer for drinking.

Different than distilled or purified water, electrolyzed or ionized water is usually in a category of its own, although it can include the benefits of purified water through the use of a one or two stage filtration process. The advantage of ionized water is the ability to control the water’s pH levels to maintain alkalinity while adding antioxidant properties.

In order to determine which water is best to drink, it’s important to research the type of process used for purification, consider the benefits of ionization and alkalinity, and decide which water is right for you.

 

Everyone’s Talking About It: Alkaline Water

Everyone’s Talking About It: Alkaline Water

The rumor is, Beyoncé insists on it[1]. Mark Wahlberg and Sean “Diddy” Combs are making a business out of it.[2] Professional athletes are onboard with it.

What are they doing? They’re drinking alkaline water.

Although it’s long been thought that alkaline water is great for hydration and wellness, it sometimes takes an unconventional method to push it into the limelight.

Last year, the UK’s Daily Mail broke the story of Beyonce’s concert rider for her Mrs. Carter tour. A rider is where celebrities will lay out, in no uncertain terms, the requests that must be fulfilled for themselves and their staff. According to online news sources, “The 31-year old singer is said to have a list of specific requirements for every venue on her Mrs. Carter world tour and her mandate includes alkaline water.”

And when one of the largest pop stars in the world is that serious about something, lots of people are going to take notice.

Beyoncé isn’t alone. Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg and hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs took it a step further, teaming up to promote and develop high pH alkaline water called AQUAhydrate. The water, which boasts a 9+ alkalinity, has caught the attention of other celebrities and athletes alike. And at well over $4 for a liter ($15 per gallon), sharing water with notoriety does come at a hefty price.

As it turns out, business titan and musical kingmaker Russell Simmons is also somewhat of a health enthusiast. He’s partnered with Skinny Water, who has its own high alkaline water[3]. At $1.99 a liter ($7.54 per gallon), it’s half the price of AQUAhydrate, but still not a bargain, especially if you drink more than a liter a day.

Seemingly, the benefits of drinking alkaline water are making the rich and famous into believers. So how can you get on board without paying nearly $8 a gallon for the stuff? Consider investing in your own machine. By filling your own reusable bottles with an alkaline water machine, you cut down on the cost associated with shipping and handling of bottled water delivery, and you help do your part to reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills every year.

When you own your own machine, you may also be able to access acidic water, which is a great natural alternative for harsh cleaning agents. Clean fruits and veggies, wash down your countertop, mop your floor – all with a natural, safe byproduct of alkaline water. Using fewer cleaning chemicals can add to your yearly savings and make your home a healthier place to live.

 

 

 

Note: This story highlights some of the recent buzz concerning alkaline water and is for informational purposes only.  Beyoncé, Mark Wahlberg, Sean Combs and Russell Simmons do not endorse Vollara products and this article is not intended to imply any such an endorsement.

[1] www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2318977/Beyonc-s-tour-rider-reveals-diva-demands.html

[2] blogs.wsj.com/dealjournalaustralia/2012/08/24/mark-wahlberg-and-p-diddy-want-to-change-the-way-aussies-drink/

[3] www.marketwired.com/press-release/entrepreneur-russell-simmons-invests-in-skinny-nutritional-corp-otcbb-skny-1540885.htm

What is Alkaline Water?

What is Alkaline Water?

What is Alkaline Water? Alkaline water is water with a pH of more than 7.0, normally between 8.5 to 9.5 pH for drinking. Some people buy alkaline water or an alkaline water machine because they believe drinking alkaline water has health benefits.