I sold hundreds of alkaline water ionizers in 2008 after experiencing amazing results myself when I drank the water.
I will never forget the day when the owner of the company that I was selling machines for said to me in 2009:
“Sell as many machines as you can, for as much as you can, for as long as you can, because this won’t last.”
I quit selling for the company that day and started this blog shortly thereafter.
It was only after I stopped selling alkaline water ionizers that I began to look into the science behind the claims of the alkaline water ionizer industry. Part of my research included a trip to Korea in 2010 to inspect water ionizer manufacturing facilities and talk to their engineers. The engineers at the time were telling me that I should be researching hydrogen machines but I didn’t listen as I was focused on ORP and pH to a lesser extent. That was a big mistake on my part.
In 2014, I was reintroduced to the hydrogen story and I reached out to a young American scientist named Tyler Lebaron who seemed to be “the guy” in molecular hydrogen (H2) gas world in America. After a week of fierce Q&A with Tyler, my quest to prove the alkaline story was legitimate was in tatters. Tyler destroyed every argument that I presented and he also guided me through the hydrogen gas story.
Another day I will never forget was writing on this blog apologizing to readers for being part of the alkaline water hoax. Life does have a way of humiliating the arrogance out of you.
Why do so many people get positive results from alkaline water ionizers?
Alkaline water ionizers produce a lot of molecular hydrogen (H2) gas when they are new or if you clean the plates every week. It also helps if you drink the water in the first few seconds after the water comes out of the machine before the bubbles in the drinking glass rise to the surface and are lost into the air.
It is is the H2 that is responsible for all the health benefits falsely claimed by the alkaline water ionizer industry. In fact, more than 700 scientific studies and peer reviewed papers indicate that H2 is beneficial for 170 human diseases. The alkaline water story has never had the backing of the scientific or medical communities while 1,600 researchers are currently studying H2 around the world.
Most people that buy or start drinking alkaline water feel the benefits for a few weeks. People just assume they continue to receive the benefits because they have paid a lot of money for their alkaline water ionizer, but most of any perceived benefit is likely from the placebo effect once the plates begin to scale up.
As an alkaline water ionizer ages, or if you don’t deep clean the plates every week, the machine will produce less and less H2 as time goes on. If an alkaline water ionizer is producing few or no bubbles, the benefits of the machine are essentially the same as an inexpensive under the counter carbon filter.
Is there a better way to get hydrogen enriched water than buying an alkaline water ionizer?
A few years ago, an Asian manufacturer began producing water ionizers that included a device called a HDU (Hydrogen Diffusion Unit) which is installed after the water has passed through the electrolysis chamber. The HDU captures the H2 gas produced during electrolysis and actually mixes (diffuses) it back into the water instead of letting the H2 gas escape. The bottom line is that water produced by the hydrogen machines holds the H2 for hours instead of seconds like the alkaline water ionizers.
Are there any other benefits of hydrogen ionizers versus alkaline water ionzers?
Yes, the hydrogen machines are much more advanced than alkaline water ionizers in a number of ways.
The hydrogen machines divert calcium and magnesium found in the source water past the electrolysis chamber so that the plates don’t get scaled up and stop producing H2. The hydrogen machines reintroduce the calcium and magnesium back into the water supply before the water is dispensed from the machine. Scale build-up on the plates is the biggest problem limiting the ability of alkaline water ionizers to produce H2. An alkaline water ionizer can produce alkaline water long after scaled plates inhibit the production of H2, but you now understand that alkaline pH water doesn’t provide any health benefits.
The hydrogen units utilize a PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) in the electrolysis chamber which allows the creation of H2 during electrolysis regardless of the hardness level of the source water. Alkaline water ionizer are unable to ionize water without the presence of alkali minerals in the water, which means that they won’t work in soft source water conditions. In the past, Enagic (the leading brand of alkaline water ionizers allowed users to inject a form of bleach into the system to enhance performance when customers had soft water. Today, the alkaline water ionizer companies use mineral enriched filters to help when soft source water conditions prevail.
Are hydrogen machines more expensive than alkaline water ionizers?
In fact, the hydrogen units on the market in America typically sell for $2,000 while most of the alkaline water companies still marketing their outdated technology still charge between $2,000 and $5,000. Go figure.
Which water ionizer machine should you buy?
Unlike most buying decisions in life, there is a clear and undisputed winner when it comes to buying a water ionizer.
First off, buy a hydrogen unit. Never buy an alkaline water ionizer….ever!
Second, start your search for hydrogen products with Brilliantz
Why buy from Brilliantz
I have been a fan of the hydrogen machine that Brilliantz sells since the time when I was asked me a few years ago to help re-develop and test the original hydrogen machines that were first produced in Asia. I feel very fortunate that I was allowed to be part of the team as my credentials paled in comparison to others in the group. The team did an incredible job of improving the efficiency and reliability of the product and all of the H2 products that Brilliantz sells are top quality.
The fact that I like the products and people at Brilliantz isn’t enough of a reason for me to specifically recommend the company as I have always tried to remain unbiased and support all the companies involved in the industry.
The reason I specifically recommend Brilliantz is due to the fact that they sell directly to the public without paying commissions or referral fees. As a result, their prices are 50% lower on H2 products than the prices of their competitors.
If you are interested in looking into H2 products, check out Brilliantz at www.brilliantz.com/discount/waterfyi. I have provided a referral link as opposed to a direct link to the Brilliantz website so that you can save an additional 5% if you use the link and type “waterfyi” into the coupon code box when ordering.