Mizutek Responds to
Comments On Ionized
Dr. Andrew Weil's
Alkaline Water and pH
Dr. Andrew Weil: Home water ionizers are just the latest twist in the ongoing effort to promote the notion that alkaline water is somehow protective of your health. The underlying idea is that you can prevent disease by balancing your body’s pH. None of these claims are true. Furthermore, your body needs absolutely no help in adjusting its pH. Normally, the pH of blood and most body fluids is near 7, which is close to neutral. This is under very tight biological control because all of the chemical reactions that maintain life depend on it. … The health claims for water ionizers and for alkaline water are bogus. Save your money. Your body needs absolutely no help in adjusting its pH. Normally, the pH of blood and most body fluids is near 7, which is close to neutral.”
Mizutek: While blood pH levels do not vary widely, urine and saliva pH can widely vary. The blood pH remains fairly constant even if you eat only acidic junk-food but that's a foolish idea. Sure, you could live on Coca-Cola and 3rd rate hot dogs and your blood pH would remain the same. However, your body will then take calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones - to balance your blood pH. Common sense says this is a bad idea. A rich alkaline diet is beneficial to your health. It will lessen leaching of minerals from your organs and bones from an acidic diet.
Saliva and urine pH indeed vary. Dr. Weil does not address this. Saliva pH can wildly vary from 4.5 pH (with cancer) to +7.5 pH. The notion that the body as a whole needs absolutely no help in adjusting its urine and saliva pH is inaccurate. Eating and drinking well helps balance urine and saliva pH among other great health benefits.
Water with a high pH and measurable negative ions naturally occurs at a handful of places on earth! In North America, it occurs naturally at Trinity Springs in Ketchum, Idaho. (See our "Vital Facts" tab.) Just as alkaline vegetables are beneficial to the body, the same holds true for higher pH negative ion alkaline water. Alkaline foods and beverages are good for you. Sure, the body needs help. Otherwise it would be okay to live on a high acid diet of Colas and baloney alone. This is in the common-sense category.
Dr. Andrew Weil: The underlying idea is that you can prevent disease by balancing your body’s pH. None of these claims are true.
Mizutek: An acidic diet creates stress (dis-ease) in the body. A more alkaline diet is highly relevant to your health including urine and saliva pH. Dr. Weil doubtless knows that a high acid diet certainly impacts health from acid reflux to other disease states. Food (including what you drink) is the best natural medicine.
It's now news that an alkaline diet including green leafy vegetables is indeed beneficial to the body and can effect urine pH and saliva pH. Best is to give the body temple the foods that best support life including pH balancing and antioxidant foods. pH strips to measure urine and saliva are available at most drug stores. Yes, there is good reason why people use pH strips.
For one example, the well-known pH test for saliva is used as a sign for healthy or deficient ionic calcium.
Ionized alkaline water in mammal studies in Japan showed that its ionized calcium was better absorbed in the tissues and increased bone mass in the tibia bone, one of the first places osteoporosis shows up in the body. There have not been human studies. There is no money in that for Big Pharma. However, the mammal test indicates that ionized alkaline water with its ionic calcium may be helpful for ionic calcium deficiency.
We shouldn’t be too simplistic in denying or affirming the benefits of antioxidant, alkaline water. A balanced view is better.This is not a cancer cure. It’s possible for cancer to grow in normal body tissue, which has a slightly alkaline pH of 7.4. While tumors grow faster in acidic environments, the tumors create this acidity themselves. If you are already acidic from eating junk and taking excessive pharmaceuticals how good is that? Good diet counts and drinking good water is part of an intelligent system-wide approach to sustaining health. Hydrogen-rich alkaline water has measurable antioxidant properties. Antioxidants, by definition, are helpful in neutralizing free radicals which cause organ damage and are linked to disease states. Likewise, an alkaline diet is equally well known to be beneficial. Ionized alkaline water offers both alkaline and antioxidant properties. All this is beneficial to maintaining your health. That’s the whole idea.