Should you buy Alkaline water purifier?
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Opinion on Alkaline water purifiers

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rohan8397

What do you think about the new Alkaline feature of water purifiers? Is it beneficial and worth it?
As per Eureka Forbes, they give pH till 8.5.
They claim that it is beneficial for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol patients etc.

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Round of slow claps for these makers.

So these makers de-mineralize(by passing to through RO) the input water, take it therough ionization to increase the pH (make it alkaline), add minerals, and then serve it with added marketing. I see a lot of irony

Don’t take my rant/comment for medicinal facts, but alkaline wate is overrated.

There are many studies done to see the advantage of alkaline water in place of neutral(normal) water, but every study has their pros and cons. The most common thing I hear or read is increased alkaline water consumption alters the way our body function against the increased alkaline levels. To combat it produces more gastric juices. And one of the uses of alakaline water is to neutralize extra(?) acidity inside. I see a catch-22 situation here.

And when one consumes alkaline water, the body will/may accustom to it over time, and when one surprises it with neutral(normal) water during travel, out of station etc such instances, the body will get confused or produces the usual gastric juice to maintain the balance, which is not needed when normal water is consumed. So this situation will lead to increased acidity. So one need to carry enough water for their usage or pack the machine itself.

I hope I have given enough leads to add to existing doubts/confusion.

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andromeda wrote:

Round of slow claps for these makers.

So these makers de-mineralize(by passing to through RO) the input water, take it therough ionization to increase the pH (make it alkaline), add minerals, and then serve it with added marketing. I see a lot of irony

Don’t take my rant/comment for medicinal facts, but alkaline wate is overrated.

There are many studies done to see the advantage of alkaline water in place of neutral(normal) water, but every study has their pros and cons. The most common thing I hear or read is increased alkaline water consumption alters the way our body function against the increased alkaline levels. To combat it produces more gastric juices. And one of the uses of alakaline water is to neutralize extra(?) acidity inside. I see a catch-22 situation here.

And when one consumes alkaline water, the body will/may accustom to it over time, and when one surprises it with neutral(normal) water during travel, out of station etc such instances, the body will get confused or produces the usual gastric juice to maintain the balance, which is not needed when normal water is consumed. So this situation will lead to increased acidity. So one need to carry enough water for their usage or pack the machine itself.

I hope I have given enough leads to add to existing doubts/confusion.

Right! And what do you think about the mineraliser which adds copper and other metal ions to water? Is it good?

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I bought an alkaline water purifier myself despite knowing that the many benifits touted by them may not be true. I think there is no harm in using alkaline water (takes time to get used to it) as compared to the acidic RO water. Only thing that one needs to consider in either case is that a mineral guard is in place. The TDS should be maintained just above 100, else we are just drinking distilled water.
Not a big fan of copper ROs. Also I won’t go for alkaline purifiers like kangen which cost lakhs.

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rohan8397 wrote:

Right! And what do you think about the mineraliser which adds copper and other metal ions to water? Is it good?

I’m against to anything in excess. Should be fine if done in moderation. But we may need to be careful with copper in particular.

But the question I have is when we have enough salts in the water, why do we need filter them out completely and add separately through a so-called mineralizer

I don’t recall, but have gone through some literature when water stored in copper containers for longer times lead to some complications (copper toxicity), and it should be done in moderation.

For instance, our elders used copper vessels or containers where they consume out of it, but not store for longer times, and regularly clean it with mostly tamarind. But the present generation has their bottom part of water purifiers made out of copper, where the water stays for longer period of times.
More than the storage part, the collecting container which is made of copper gets oxidized inside, and most users are not attentive to its cleaning. A few who are attentive regularly cleans it with mostly harsh chemicals than recommended practices(tamarind, citric, tartaric acids) . In any case it causes more toxicity than good IMO.

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decideaim wrote:

I bought an alkaline water purifier myself despite knowing that the many benifits touted by them may not be true. I think there is no harm in using alkaline water (takes time to get used to it) as compared to the acidic RO water. Only thing that one needs to consider in either case is that a mineral guard is in place. The TDS should be maintained just above 100, else we are just drinking distilled water.
Not a big fan of copper ROs. Also I won’t go for alkaline purifiers like kangen which cost lakhs.

I think there is no harm in using alkaline water (takes time to get used to it) as compared to the acidic RO water

Just curious, how do you say RO water is acidic in nature? TDS, yes close to 0 in case of RO, but pH?

And do you feel any gastric issues when you drink normal water instead of alkaline water?

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andromeda wrote:

I think there is no harm in using alkaline water (takes time to get used to it) as compared to the acidic RO water

Just curious, how do you say RO water is acidic in nature? TDS, yes close to 0 in case of RO, but pH?

And do you feel any gastric issues when you drink normal water instead of alkaline water?

Maybe due to this? https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/718407/medium/Screenshot_2021-10-12-23-13-22-12_e4424258c8b8649f6e67d283a50a2cbc.jpg?1634060902

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rohan8397 wrote:

Maybe due to this? https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/718407/medium/Screenshot_2021-10-12-23-13-22-12_e4424258c8b8649f6e67d283a50a2cbc.jpg?1634060902

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Yes I’m aware. Wanted to hear before making the point to see if I’m missing anything.

As per my understanding, the mineral cartridge or TDS adjuster or whatever the manufacturers call it, it maintains the pH by not letting RO water become acidic in the absence of those salts.

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andromeda wrote:

I think there is no harm in using alkaline water (takes time to get used to it) as compared to the acidic RO water

Just curious, how do you say RO water is acidic in nature? TDS, yes close to 0 in case of RO, but pH?

And do you feel any gastric issues when you drink normal water instead of alkaline water?

The result is nearly pure water, which has neutral pH of 7. But if it’s exposed to air, RO water drops down to an acidic pH range of 5 – 5.5. Why? Pure water is very hungry. it actually grabs CO2 right out of the air! Within about an hour, a glass of pure RO water can drop from a pH of 7 down to a pH of 5.5 or lower and become acidic water. Alkaline water has a pH of greater than 7, so reverse osmosis water is not alkaline water. To alkalize it, you have to add calcium and other minerals to it.

Just copied it stuck_out_tongue

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decideaim wrote:

The result is nearly pure water, which has neutral pH of 7. But if it’s exposed to air, RO water drops down to an acidic pH range of 5 – 5.5. Why? Pure water is very hungry. it actually grabs CO2 right out of the air! Within about an hour, a glass of pure RO water can drop from a pH of 7 down to a pH of 5.5 or lower and become acidic water. Alkaline water has a pH of greater than 7, so reverse osmosis water is not alkaline water. To alkalize it, you have to add calcium and other minerals to it.

Just copied it stuck_out_tongue

I’m looking for practical inputs/ experience

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andromeda wrote:

I’m looking for practical inputs/ experience

Didn’t check Ph actually, told just what I  heard

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