I have been receiving a lot of calls and emails about the new Antioxidant Filter technology as many people are interest in a low cost alternative to electric water ionizers. A number of callers have mentioned the test results that Cathie LoGrasso posted on her website www.alkalinewaterplus.com
Cathie has a great deal of experience with ionized water and she works hard to make her website informative. Her site indicates that she has been drinking alkaline water for 18 years. That makes her a true pioneer in this part of the world because water ionizers have only been available in North America for eleven years.
Cathie performed a comparative test on an Alkastream unit supplied by Ian Hamilton a few months ago as part of his beta testing program and some typical electric water ionizers. The results for the Alkastream were excellent in terms of providing comparable results for pH and ORP to a number of electric water ionizers.
Cathie performed a perfectly legitimate and fair test whereby she took measurements of the output for pH and ORP for several machines. She then sealed and stored the undisturbed jars of water produced from each machine on a counter for a week before testing again.
Cathie wanted to know if the Antioxidant Filter machines that produce Hydrogen Ions would maintain their pH and ORP values better than the conventional electric water ionizers. The natural Hydrogen Ion producers such as the Alkastream or Hydrogen sticks claim that they add minerals to the water which create natural ionization. The natural/stable ionization is supposed to be long lasting as the bonds between the hydrogen and oxygen uncouple due to the stronger attraction of magnesium to oxygen, thereby leaving free hydrogen ions. Electric water ionizers use electrolysis to create strong temporary ionization by means of forming two separate streams of water that contain a concentration of either hydrogen ions or hydroxyl ions.
When Cathie tested the results of the water from the various machines a week later, she found that the levels of pH and ORP from her favorite water ionizer water deteriorated less than from the Alkastream.
Faulty Analysis of Honest Test Results
Cathie surmised that electric water ionizers actually perform better over time.
I’m sure that Cathie treated each of the test results fairly. As such, I can’t refute her results.
But here is where it gets interesting for me. If you take a sample of ionized water and leave it essentially sealed off from air and undisturbed, of course the results are going to remain stable. If Cathie had shaken each of jars or left them open to air, I’m fairly certain based upon hundreds of my own tests that the ORP results from the electric water ionizers would have shown a tremendous drop off while the results from the Alkastream would have remained much more stable.
So what does this mean? Well, I can’t think of a real life situation other than possibly going camping where I would want to store water undisturbed for a week. In my world, if I take water with me, it is in the car, or to the gym, or for some outdoor activity. Either way, the water is getting jostled around.
What I’m looking for is water that works, and both kinds of water work. I’m also looking for a solution that will maintain its level of output for a few minutes, or a few hours at most. I never think about storing water in an undisturbed container for a week, because if water sits for more than a few minutes, I throw it out and get a fresh glass.
If I’m using my electric water ionizer, I always try to drink the water in the first ten seconds so that I can ingest all the hydrogen ions that form bubbles. After about ten seconds, the hydrogen bubbles float to the surface and disappear when they interact with the air. If I’m going out, or taking water to bed or to my home office, I always choose the Antioxidant filter.
This discussion is by no means an attempt to discredit Cathie’s work. I like the honest effort that she puts into her work and I believe she performed the tests fairly and without any perceived bias. That puts her light years ahead of some of the garbage on the internet from companies claiming that their sites offer unbiased analysis when in fact they are simply sales tools.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.