Do Water Ionizers Really Work?
Scam or Legit?
Do water ionizers really work? This is the exact question you should ask yourself before investing in an expensive alkaline water machine. If you’ve done some research on the internet, you’ve most likely seen conflicting reports about the effectiveness of water ionizers as natural healers.
On one side, there are the people who are saying alkaline water is a scam. Then, there are the people on the other side telling you to drink alkaline ionized water for its amazing healing properties. Who should you believe?
Believe me, I know how confusing it can be to do research on a natural healing product. When I was younger, I used to buy into anything I read on the internet.
Skilled salesmen knew how to fill my head with the exact things I needed to hear, to the point they could have sold me a pile of dog you know what by the end.
The Alkaline Water Machine Source Mission
Here’s the most valuable tip I can offer you: Always look for information with concrete scientific evidence to back it up.
With all the shady marketers on the internet these days, you can never be too careful when researching a product. I do think a lot of this problem has been cleaned up over the past couple of years, but it’s sadly still prominent.
There are links to scientific studies throughout my site. I put my time in to graduate with honors from Clemson University, and I know what it takes to do proper research.
My goal here at Alkaline Water Machine Source is to share fact-based alkaline water information with you.
Alkaline ionized water helped me overcome a lingering case of chronic fatigue that had ailed me for years and still does from time to time. It also helped me reverse a nasty case of heartburn that wouldn’t go away after a round of antibiotics.
Read my full story.
Alkaline Water Misconceptions
Through my research, I found that a lot of the alkaline water naysayers have no idea what they’re talking about.
Here’s the angle they almost always take to discredit the healing power of alkaline ionized water.
They point out how alkaline water machines can make water with too high of a pH for human consumption, which is 100% true. Then they point out the danger of drinking water with too high of a pH, which is 100% true.
However, what they don’t do is mention the healing power of ionized water.
The first problem: alkaline water alone isn’t where the health benefits of alkaline ionized water lie.
What happens is people who are new to alkaline water think that the higher the pH the healthier the water. This is a very dangerous misconception.
There’s an ideal pH for drinking water that everyone should stay within. You should also start slowly when you begin your alkaline water journey with a water pH closer to neutral.
People who get ahead of themselves and start with too high of a pH often experience a Herxheimer reaction, which is what happens when your body releases toxins faster than you can expel them.
Alkaline ionized water is bursting with energy and anti-aging antioxidants. When your water goes through the process of ionization in a quality water ionizer, the process is completely natural.
The ionizer uses the minerals that are already in your water to make your water more alkaline.
The second problem: people often get too high of expectations for the healing effects of alkaline water. This is a risky thought process for any natural healing product, and it often leads to a placebo effect or letdown.
My research has led me to believe that most of the healing effects of alkaline ionized water come from better hydration alone.
Our bodies are made of mostly water, so it only makes sense that better hydration and healthier water would help us to heal from all types of ailments.
Water Ionizers Manufactured in Japan and South Korea
The best water ionizers in the world are manufactured in South Korea and Japan. In these two countries, there are organizations that certify alkaline water machines as medical devices.
Companies that manufacture their alkaline water machines in Japan and South Korea are Tyent, Life Ionizers, AlkaViva, and the popular Enagic Kangen brand.
The main reason I recommend Tyent, Life and AlkaViva over Kangen is the price. I do believe the Kangen machine is a quality water ionizer, but I can’t justify paying $1,000s more for it.
Read my in-depth reviews for Tyent, Life, and AlkaViva to see that these are all trustworthy companies with hundreds of verified positive reviews from satisfied customers. For example, AlkaViva and Tyent both have A+ BBB ratings.
Personally, the company I trust the most is AlkaViva because they’re very transparent and one of the pioneers of alkaline water machines in the United States.
Life Ionizers has been in business since 1996.
There are several other alkaline water brands on this site that I’ve recommended, and I put in the research to verify they’re manufacturing legit products.
Molecular Hydrogen Benefits
One of the reasons alkaline ionized water is so healthy is the addition of molecular hydrogen. A long list of scientific studies found that molecular hydrogen is a super antioxidant and benefits every organ in the human body.
What makes it so incredible is its ability to neutralize harmful free radicals while leaving beneficial radicals intact. All the best water ionizers in 2019 come with molecular hydrogen boost technology.
Molecular hydrogen boost is the new standard for water ionizers, and it’s the real deal.
Here’s a video of a gentleman who knows a lot more about molecular hydrogen than me:
One of the key takeaways in the video is that a Japanese researcher discovered the ability of molecular hydrogen to neutralize harmful radicals while leaving beneficial oxidants alone. The Japanese have also done the most research on alkaline ionized water.
Here are links to reviews for water ionizers on my site with molecular hydrogen boost:
- Tyent UCE-11
- Tyent ACE-11
- Life Ionizers MXL series
- AlkaViva Melody II
- AlkaViva Athena H2
- AlkaViva Vesta H2
- AlkaViva Delphi
An Interesting Story
Here’s an interesting side story. When I lived in Southeast Asia, I discovered alkaline water in 7-Eleven by accident. This was years before it became popular in the United States.
This serendipitous meeting didn’t lead to much at first. I actually forgot about alkaline water. Then, one day it caught my eye again. From that day forward, I 100% believed in the healing power of alkaline ionized water.
The point is, in Asia, they’ve been selling alkaline ionized water in every convenience store for years. Do you think countries would sell a product in 7-Eleven that’s poisonous?
Nowadays, Whole Foods Market is selling bottled alkaline ionized water. The in-house 365 brand even has a 9.5 pH bottled water.
Water ionizers have been helping people heal in Asia for decades, and now, the United States is catching on.
I don’t want to sound like a conspiracist, but do you think pharmaceutical companies want people to know that water alone can help them heal and live longer?
I often question the naysayers’ ulterior motives and who is pressing the buttons on their claims behind closed doors.
Platinum-Coated Titanium Electrode Plates
The most expensive part of an ionizer is the platinum-coated titanium electrodes (plates).
These plates are what create the magic inside the machine and the reason alkaline water machine companies can offer lifetime warranties.
Another reason it’s important to buy alkaline water machines from Japan or South Korea is these plates. For example, AlkaViva’s plates are made in Japan with 99.9% pure titanium and premium quality platinum.
Ionizers with more plates cost more money, which you can see if you check out the Life Ionizers MXL series. There are machines with 5 plates all the way up to 15.
More plates equal higher antioxidant potential (negative ORP).
Do you think leading alkaline water ionizer companies would spend all this money on premium materials to manufacture their products if they didn’t work?
Do you think they would be in business for decades if their products didn’t work?
Would they provide lab results for their filters from an EPA-certified laboratory if the filters didn’t work?
Would they seek ISO certifications for their manufacturing facilities if they didn’t care about the quality of their products?
I don’t see any of the naysayers out there including these questions or the answers to these questions in their alkaline water assessments.
The answer to the question “Do water ionizers really work?” is yes.
However, it depends on your expectations. Everyone should always be mindful that there’s no such thing as a miracle cure.
Similar to the pH scale, there is alkaline water information that is super negative and on the other side of the scale, far-fetched. It’s critical to be aware of what you’re reading and who’s writing it.
In a way, I can see why the skeptics have denounced alkaline ionized water without researching it first because even I’m skeptical when a sudden “miracle cure” for all ailments surfaces.
There are irresponsible people on both sides of the coin.
I’ve spent countless hours researching alkaline ionized water, molecular hydrogen, water ionizers, and all the products on my site. I also drink alkaline ionized water every day. I bet a lot of people with alkaline water sites don’t have my credentials.
I’m confident in the information I share and confident in the healing power of the water produced by quality water ionizers.
Use the navigation menu above to read any of my AlkaViva, Life Ionizers or Tyent reviews to see for yourself.
Read my article on alkaline water benefits to learn more reasons why people drink ionized water to heal and feel better overall.
My water ionizer buyer’s guide has a ton of information about how the ionization process works and the importance of negative ORP.
Also, stay tuned for my upcoming 2019 buyer’s guide because a lot of new ionizers have been released since I wrote my 2018 guide.
The bottom line is to make sure you’re reading information from someone who’s done his or her homework and has links to the science that backs up his or her claims.