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How to Choose the Right Water Ionizer

For decades, water ionizers have been used in Asia to help treat conditions including arthritis, weight problems, cancer, inflammation, digestive issues, skin disorders, acid reflux, allergies, fatigue, gout, and even chronic pain. Alkaline water works by restoring the body’s natural pH balance, acting as a potent antioxidant and stimulating cellular hydration and detoxification. Achieving these health benefits is as easy as choosing the right water ionizer to suit your needs – and then drinking water!

You can obtain a water report from your municipality, or if you have well water, you can have your local health department to have your water analyzed. Tap water is generally preferred for ionization, since the acidity and pollutants of some well water can make the process more difficult. However, it is possible, and knowing the current state of your water can give you a better idea of what kind of ionizer to purchase.

Two popular types of water ionizers are made by AlkaViva and Yi-Shan, and both products are on the cutting edge of water ionizing technology.

Alka-Viva Water Ionizers

AlkaViva's H2 Water Ionizers

AlkaViva’s H2
Water Ionizers
has the lowest prices!

The AlkaViva Vesta H2, Athena H2 and Melody II water ionizers feature  the latest in technological advances with impressive filtration capabilities, using a duel filtration system with a power-boost that helps regulate a consistent pH output.

AlkaViva’s Ultra-Water filter is the BEST on the market, even removing pharmaceutical drugs. The AlkaViva line uses 2 filters, one a pre-filter and the other the ULTRA-filter. In the future AlkaViva expects to include a fluoride filter with the ULTRA-filter.

These models automatically clean themselves during operation, switching polarity with each use, while ionizing. You never have to wait to use the water. It’s a brilliant solution to electrode maintenance. There is a flow control knob eliminating the need to manually adjust the faucet. Not only does this ionizer increase the pH of your water to a high pH with increased oxygen and hydrogen, it also removes the majority of the other impurities in your water – including pharmaceutical drugs and heavy metals.

The AlkaViva line comes in 5, 7 and 9 plate water ionizers:
Melody II (5 electrodes)
Athena H2 (7 electrodes)
Vesta H2 (9 electrodes)

Easy to install (click here for installation video)

Under Sink Conversion Kit is available (click here for Installation video)

Video about AlkaViva’s Unique ULTRA-Filter

Yi-Shan Water Ionizers

www.URparamount.com for best prices!

Yi-Shan makes
great water ionizers!

Yi-Shan’s Water Ionizer line has the advantage of having the lowest priced ionizer on the market, but still offers great value for the investment. Using three large electrodes, the lowest priced ionizer produces alkaline water with a very high pH, usually 9.5, sometimes even a 10 pH.  It’s a great choice for an economical “no frills” water ionizer if you have municipal water. It might work with well water, but well water is a “wild-card” and may require more ionization power.

The YiShan models reduce electrode mineralization by fully draining the electrode chamber between each use, and running a cleaning cycle approximately twice a day. During this cycle you let it clean and do not use the water. It comes in 3, 5 and 7 ionizer plate models.

The Yi-Shan replacement filters are now ECO-conscious in that after you purchase the first one, the replacements are simply 2 cartridges that fit in the reusable filter housing, eliminating throwing away the plastic filter holder. These are great filters. Click here to learn more about YiShan filters.

Things to Remember:

The majority of ionizers use between three to seven platinum-dipped titanium electrode plates. Generally, you can assume that the more surface area the water flows over, the stronger the ionization. Only buy an ionizer with platinum-dipped titanium electrodes, which all of ours have, and we only carry solid electrode plates for longevity. More electrodes generally mean the ionizer will have a longer life-span, but it is dependent on family size, usage and care.

High-alkaline water produced by an ionizer with three to seven electrodes will produce water within the drinkable range of 9.5 to 10, but some of the models containing seven to nine electrodes can produce water with a pH of 11 or higher, which is not recommended for drinking. Super high pH water (over 10 pH) can be used as a disinfectant cleaning solution. The pH range for drinking water should generally be between 7.5 and 10 pH. Your skin and hair usually show a pH balance of 5.5, and a low acidic pH of 2-4 can be used as a disinfectant for cleaning or wound healing. Many house plants prefer a slightly acidic pH.

Most ionizers on the market will show an “ORP Range,” which gives the consumer an idea of the model’s Oxidation Reduction Potential. This refers to the negative charge the resulting alkaline water will show. The negative charge means negative ions, and they scavenge up the positive ions that we know as free radicals in our body. Tap water is usually at +250 to +350, and a good ionizer will be able to reduce that millivoltage charge to -350 or lower. Keep in mind that this charge will depend on the related charge and mineral composition of the source water. The negative ions are the most important feature of ionized water and are usually equated with an alkaline pH. *

Ionizers can usually be installed a number of ways. Frequently, these systems are installed at the sink with a diverter from the faucet, easily attached directly to your kitchen faucet’s aerator with hoses attaching to the ionizer that sits on the counter. Or, using a Water Ionizer Conversion Kit, the ionizer installs under the sink, out of sight in the cabinet, with a small dedicated double faucet for both the alkaline and acidic waters.

When shopping for a water ionizer, look for the warranty. Ionizers are expected to last at least ten years, with an average longevity of closer to 15-20 years. This, of course, assumes the system is being routinely cared for, with filters changed as needed and with an annual deep cleaning. Most ionizers offer at least a three year warranty – if it doesn’t, it’s probably not a solid investment. Ours have 3 year, 5 year or lifetime warranties. Avoid water ionizers from China as it’s crucial that you can buy filters for many years – and we get calls all the time from folks looking for obscure water ionizer filters. Our two brands, Alka-Viva and YiShan, are made in Taiwan and Korea respectively, and have each been in business for a long, long time. They were some of the first companies selling ionizers. They are both high-quality brands you can trust. And we’ve been selling water ionizers for over 12 years!

Other things to think about are design, easy of cleaning, and the size of your household to help you determine what size ionizer you will need. Once you’ve figured out which is the best ionizer for you (feel free to call or email us) and get it hooked up you’ll see how alkaline water can help improve your health and well-being.

Click here to learn how much and when to drink ionized water.

* NOTE ABOUT THE NEGATIVE CHARGE: AlkaViva H2 Series ionizers, with the newest, cutting-edge proprietary hydrogen technology, produce MORE negatively charged hydrogen at a given pH level than other ionizers on the market. These state-of-the-art ionizers give you more bang for your buck, in that they provide you with more negative ions to counter the positive ions, known as disease causing free radicals. Powerful antioxidant tool for your health arsenal!

Learn more in our Articles Section and/or write us or call! We’re happy to help!

Thank you to Nina Wells who wrote this article. Nina is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.


Love Lemons! My Lemon Limerick & Latest Luxury!

Lemons Rock!

Lemon juice in water – sliced lemons in water – iced herbal tea with lemon – or warm water first thing in the morning with lemon? ALL good! Very alkalizing – fights Acidosis! Keep reading for my LEMON LIMERICK and my latest little-known lemon luxury!

According to  TheAlternativeDaily.com:

“The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.  Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.  Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar, grains, animal products), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints. This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.”

Benefits that you can enjoy from eating lemons:

1. Improves your digestion:

Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion and stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.

2. Boosts your energy for the day:

Even just the scent of lemon juice has been shown to improve your mood and energy levels, and reduce anxiety.  Plus the detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.

3. Helps you to lose fat:

Since lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system, aids in removal of toxins, and increases your energy levels, this all combines together to help you to lose body fat as well through improving your hormonal balance… Yet another reason to add warm lemon water to your daily morning routine!

That was from TheAlternativeDaily.com

This is from me –

I’ve been “zesting” lemons for quite some time now (I use organic lemons). Before squeezing them to get out the lemon juice I’d use a fine grater and zest off the yellow for the potently healthy limonene in the skin. All good. Heard about freezing the whole lemon then grating it to use the pith (white pulp) and the seeds, as there’s B17 (laetrile) in them thar seeds (just like the familiar Grapefruit Seed Extract that is a natural anti-biotic/viral/fungal/parasite). I liked that idea – so I froze two lemons. Two months later, there they were, in my freezer untouched. Hmmmm…..

In the hundreds of things I read each week, somewhere I came across the concept of pureed lemon. Yup, the whole thing. Peel, pith, pits and pulp! Loved the idea, mostly because it’s easy and no waste! Washed the lemons, trimmed off the little ends, cut in a few pieces, pureed in my Blendtec high-speed blender (like the Vitamix but less expensive). I may have added a bit of high-alkaline ionized water to get it started – I really can’t remember. Pureed them all!! Poured the puree into a couple of widemouth jars and set them in the fridge.

The pectin in the pith is particularly beneficial not just for digestion but to absorb toxins in your digestive tract and colon – this is always a good thing, whether or not you’re plagued with problems. I like a good thing when I see it…

Well, well, well… next day I was thrilled and delighted (I’m pretty easy to please)! The lemon puree was fairly solidified, like a jelly is solidified – because, of course, from the pectin!!! So, basically, I made a pectin that could subsequently be blended with other fruits to make a jam! I promptly defrosted some fresh local ripe mango and pureed it with some solidified lemon pectin to try this out, and poured THAT into a few small jars! Mmmmm – not bad at all!! A bit of a bitter edge from the bitter pith and seeds, but I’m pretty hardcore when it comes to health (some of you know that about me already) and I don’t mind it – you could sweeten it more with honey if you like.

So, back to lemon in the morning – I’ve been making a morning green drink – either with fresh veggies and green powders or just green powders – and adding a good tablespoon of this lemon pectin – for me, the green drinks are plenty sweet to counter the bitter pith and seeds and the strong taste of lemon is delicious!

So I wrote a Lemon Limerick for you!

There were 8 lemons with zest –
I washed and cut up to ingest –
Set the blender on fine,
Pureed to a grind,
Lemon pectin drinks are the best!

Enjoy your lemons!