I get a lot of questions from readers asking me which alkaline water ionizer they should buy. I don’t understand why anyone would want to buy an alkaline water ionizer as they are not designed to infuse the H2 created during electrolysis back into the water. What is the point of creating H2 if it gets lots into the air before it ever hits your glass of water, or if the H2 rises to the surface of the water and dissipates into the air before you ever get the chance to drink the healthy water. I normally answer the questions with private responses but I decided to publish a reply to a reader today as I think the response may be of interest to others. Here is my reply:
Trying to figure out which alkaline water ionizer to buy has always been tricky because every company claims to be the best. The more research you do, the more confused you get. I would have to say they pretty much all of the various brands produce alkaline water at similar levels, so it doesn’t really matter which one you buy. It gets worse, because there is zero scientific or medical proof that alkaline water is actually beneficial for your health beyond the fact that drinking clean water is good for you in general.
Now for the bad news before I get to the good news
The alkaline water ionizer industry claims (cancer can’t exist in an alkaline environment, drinking alkaline water will make your body more alkaline, microclustering, etc) are all a marketing hoax that have never been substantiated.
It is not all bad news. Anyone that has been involved in the alkaline water industry knows that many people who begin drinking alkaline water experience benefits, especially in the first few days or weeks. So, if the alkaline water claims are a hoax, why do people who start drinking alkaline water experience benefits? The answer is hydrogen gas, which has been shown to benefit more than 170 diseases from over 700 studies and reviews. Alkaline water ionizers produce hydrogen gas at the cathode during electrolysis.
So….alkaline water ionizers produce hydrogen gas which helps people….no problem….right?
Not so fast. During electrolysis, the water becomes more alkaline. Unfortunately, when water becomes alkaline, the calcium in the source water precipitates out of the water and scales up the cathode. When the cathode gets scaled up, the alkaline water ionizer will continue to produce alkaline water, but the production of hydrogen gas slows down as the scale builds up until the unit doesn’t produce any hydrogen gas at all.
Q. How long does the scaling process take?
A. It depends upon how hard your source water is, which really means how much calcium is in the source water. Hard water (high calcium content) can scale up the cathode side of the plates in as little as a week while soft water (low calcium content) will take longer.
Q. How do you get rid of the scale?
A. You can soak the plates with citric acid or acetic acid (white vinegar) to clean the plates. This can be achieved by learning how to do it yourself which requires purchasing a pump and citric acid or vinegar, or you can typically buy cleaning filters from the company that manufacturers your machine.
Q. How often should the plates be cleaned?
A. To be safe, you should clean the plates once a week. If you have soft water, you might only have to clean the plates every 2 weeks or maybe once per month in really soft water.
Q. Is there any alkaline water ionizer that makes cleaning the plates easier?
A. Most alkaline water ionizers offer cleaning filters. However, they are expensive (usually about $40). As you can see, cleaning the plates gets prohibitively expensive. Enagic/Kangen has the best of the bad solutions as they sell a reusable cleaning filter that allows you to add citric acid (which they sell in pouches for a couple of dollars each). The biggest drawback to cleaning the Enagic machine is that each cleaning takes 5 hours.
Q. Is there a better solution?
A Yes. You can now buy hydrogen generator machines which are designed to produce hydrogen instead of the machines that produce hydrogen gas as a byproduct when the machines are creating alkaline water. These machines are vastly superior to alkaline water machines in terms of producing hydrogen gas because the plates don’t scale up during electrolysis. They are also designed to mix the hydrogen gas produced during electrolysis back into the water as opposed to the gas being lost into the air as soon as the water leaves the alkaline water ionizers.
Q. Is there a “best” hydrogen generator?
A. When the hydrogen generators first hit the market, the units were capable of producing hydrogen enriched water, but the delivery systems had many problems (leaks, insufficient power, etc.) One company in America (see www.brilliantz.com) spent a ton of time fixing the problems. Brilliants now offers their HIM2 (above counter) and HIM3 (under counter) units which are very efficient and reliable. They work with virtually every type of potable (safe to drink) water. The “2” in the HIM2 model stands for “second generation” as the reconfigured units effectively represent a new generation even though the units look the same.
Q. What do the HIM units cost?
A. Most of the HIM units on the market sell for $2,000. Brilliantz offers both the above counter and under counter units for $1,000.
Q. Why are Brilliantz H2 products 50% lower than all of the other brands when they are the best products on the market?
Brilliantz recently changed their business model from an Affiliate network to selling directly to the public. By eliminating their sales team, Brilliantz was able to drop the price of all of their H2 products in half. The change is risky for Brilliantz as there is no incentive for anyone to sell their products. I hope the plan works because their prices represent amazing value to the public.
I hope this long explanation helps.