WHAT IS ALKALINE WATER?
The simple definition is – water that has a pH greater than 7. The pH of alkaline water used for drinking purposes usually ranges between 7.5 and 10.0. Alkaline water provides you with silky fresh ionized water that is micro-clustered and free from toxins, chemicals and pollutants like chlorine, chloramine, heavy metals and fluoride, with added essential minerals and trace elements.
WHAT IS MICRO-CLUSTERING?
Micro-clustering means the process that happens naturally when tap water comes in to contact with the alkaline filter elements. This is also called ionization. The water molecules are drastically reduced in size and number, providing you with a silky velvety felling and tasting water that your body can actually absorb. Better absorption or hydration means your body can heal and restore faster and better. This is why there are so many reputed facts about alkaline water and health..
HOW MUCH ALKALINE WATER SHOULD I DRINK EVERY DAY?
Doctors say it is beneficial to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. If you are not used to drinking a lot of water, start out by drinking 3-4 glasses of alkaline water per day (approx. 1 litre) and gradually increase your water intake to 8-12 glasses per day (2 to 3 litres).
CAN A PERSON BECOME TOO ALKALINE FROM DRINKING ALKALINE WATER?
No. Some people have been known to drink 4 or more litres of alkaline ionized water every day and gotten great benefit from it. On the contrary, one of the most common imbalances people have today that leads to health problems is that they are too acidic. The more acidic we are, the greater the chances of illness taking hold in our body. In fact, it is rare for a person to acquire alkalosis, the condition of being too alkaline. To maintain optimal health we should maintain a balanced pH diet that includes alkaline water and alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables.
CAN ALKALINE WATER HELP MY HEALTH?
Yes. Because alkaline water has a higher pH level than plain tap water, it is said that alkaline water can help neutralize acid build up in your body and bloodstream, as well as boost your metabolism and assist your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Many physicians use alkaline water and diets as part of their prescription for regaining your health when faced with medical diagnosis. Alkaline water can help prevent disease and slow the aging process, as for example it has been proven that cancer cannot survive in a non-acidic environment. Our society today is increasingly acidic in behaviour when it comes to food and drink, as well as unfortunate additives to our most important source of nutrition – our drinking water. Adding in alkaline water will help neutralise this acidity and counteract the effect it has on you. We always recommend consulting your physician for in depth individual advice. Artificial and processed foods, purified and distilled water, sodas and flavoured, sugared beverages are all highly acidic. As a rule of thumb, the more touched by man and processed, the more acidic and nutrient deficient it will be. Scientific results have proven that degenerative diseases and other states of ill health such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, allergy, kidney stones and gallstones, have all been scientifically linked to mineral deficiencies that result in your body fluids becoming more acidic. All diseases thrive in an acidic environment. Parasites, viruses, bad bacteria and disease cannot survive in an alkaline body. Invigorated Living’s alkaline pitcher and filter can provide alkaline water up to 11 on the pH scale. This will help counteract, neutralize and minimize the acidic pH of your body and diet. The results will depend on your local water source. For more info please contact your local water authority
WHAT DOES pH MEAN AND WHICH pH LEVEL IS GOOD FOR ME?
“pH” stands for Potential of Hydrogen. A pH scale is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The scale ranges from 0 to 14, 0 being highly acidic, 7 being neutral and the body’s natural pH value, and 10-14 being highly alkaline. The pH scale is logarithmic, this means each score equals tenfold. For example, a pH of 6 is tenfold more acidic than a pH of 7.0, a pH of 5.0 would be 100 times more acidic than a pH of 7.0, and a pH of 4.0 would be a 1000 times more acidic than a pH of 7.0. The smallest of change makes a big difference. Please refer to your physician for more advice about your body’s natural pH levels.
DOES THE INVIGORATED LIVING PITCHER RAISE THE PH LEVEL?
Yes it does, how much depends on your local water source. The best way to determine your starting point is to contact your local water authority and ask for more information. You can further purchase a pH test kit to measure the pH level in your tap water and filtered water. As stated on the box we only recommend using the pH drops, as this is the only accurate source for measuring drinking water. PH paper strips, or Litmus paper, does not give accurate results and we are not responsible for any results provided with this type of test.
DOES THE PH LEVEL REMAIN STABILE OVER TIME?
We have consistently tested our water, and have found the pH levels to remain stabile over time, well past the 60 day filter duration time. As the filter not only raises the pH levels, but also filters out toxins and pollutants, we do recommend you adhere to the recommended filter duration time.
HOW LONG DOES WATER STAY IONIZED?
The antioxidant rich water, also known as hydroxyl ions, will last up to 24 hours. Water with higher pH values will last 1-2 weeks. The reduced size molecules that appear during ionization, will last 1-3 months.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM OUT OF PH BALANCE?
Several external signs can show that one’s body is too acidic. Some examples include an unexplained rash, acne, dark circles under the eyes, cracked skin and nails, brittle hair, and excess weight. Other signs include stomach upset and indigestion, confusion, anger, or irritability, food sensitivity and allergic reactions, recurrent infections, fatigue, and even depression. When one improves the body’s pH balance through an alkaline diet, including plentiful fresh, raw alkaline foods and alkaline water, the body’s natural defence mechanisms are able to function properly and fight off illness and disease and naturally restore optimal health conditions.
HOW LONG DOES MY FILTERED IONIZED ALKALINE WATER LAST?
We always recommend consuming your filtered ionized alkaline water as soon as possible for optimal benefits. Test however show that the pH levels remain stabile throughout the day, and especially if kept in a fridge. Filtered water can last up to 1 week in the fridge. It can also be filtered and bottled for convenience. The water will naturally decline over time as the water oxidizes. This is why bottled purified water normally never has the same high pH levels as you can achieve yourself through freshly filtered ionized alkaline water.
WHAT PH LEVEL SHOULD I START WITH WHEN STARTING TO DRINK ALKALINE WATER?
Start out by gradually drinking alkaline water in small amounts for the first week. If the water agrees with you, move up to a higher amount during the second week, and then even more in the third week. What this will do is increase the alkaline pH level you are intaking. There is no amount of water too high, but very high pH levels if not used to it may cause adverse side-effects such as headaches. Boosting water further with outside elements like booster drops is not recommended. People who are sick, people who have fragile health, the elderly, and people who are very acidic, may have to slow down the adaptation process and stay on each level for two or more weeks before moving up to the next pH setting in order to help the body gradually get used to the alkaline water intake.
IS THE INVIGORATED LIVING PITCHER BPA FREE?
Yes it is. We pride ourselves in only using eco-friendly materials.
WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE INVIGORATED LIVING PITCHER & FILTER?
The capacity is 264 gallons per filter, and the pitcher capacity is 118 oz.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE FILTER?
We recommend you change your filter on average every 2 months (60 days). This is based on 1-4 peoples moderate usage. As each individual consumes different amounts of water, there is no set rule for this. The filters filtration capacity is set to 264 gallons (1000L). If you live in an area with hard water or large lime or calcium deposits in the water, this can affect your filters lifetime and you may have to change it more often. For more information on your local water source, please contact your local water authority.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS RELATED TO DRINKING ALKALINE WATER?
When you start drinking alkaline water, normal side effects may include headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, a runny nose, and other flu-like symptoms. Also, your stool will likely be darker, softer, or more odorous and you may experience gas. These side-effects are a good sign, as they are directly related to the detoxification that your body is undergoing as the micro-clustered water penetrates deep into your tissues and expels acid waste and toxins that have accumulated in your body over time. Side effects will subside once your body has become accustomed to the water, anywhere from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks, depending on each individual and the level of detoxification that the body needs to undergo.
WHEN WILL I BEGIN NOTICING THE HEALTH BENEFITS?
Each person is different, and as such, the body’s response to drinking alkaline water varies from person to person. You might start noticing a positive response in as little as one day or within a few weeks.
SHOULD I DRINK ALKALINE WATER WITH MEALS?
No. Do not drink ionized water 30 minutes before and up to 1.5 – 2 hours after meals. Our stomach needs to be acidic to digest the food we eat, and drinking alkaline water with meals will simply slow down the digestion process.
CAN I USE ALKALINE WATER TO TAKE MY MEDICATION?
No. Do not drink ionized water 30 minutes before and up to 2 hours after taking medication. The smaller cluster size of the ionized water makes the water penetrate the cells in our body much more quickly, and it is best not to interfere with the prescribed absorption rate of the medication. You can, however, drink the pure filtered water (pH 7) from the ionizer with your medication.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DRINK ALKALINE WATER?
Have your first glass of the day right when you get out of bed. The water absorbs best into the system when your stomach is empty. Then you should continue to drink alkaline water throughout the day. Remember not to drink ionized water 30 minutes before and up to 2 hours after meals and medication.
IS THERE ANYONE WHO SHOULD NOT DRINK ALKALINE IONIZED WATER?
Some people must start by drinking very small amounts of alkaline water, such as 1-2 glasses of Level 1 (8.5 pH) per day. This is especially true of older people who often have accumulated toxins in their bodies over the course of their lifetime. Children under the age of 3 should not drink alkaline water, but only purified water from the ionizer (pH 7). Thus, they will benefit from the ionizer’s filtration that removes chlorine and other contaminants from tap water. Children between the ages of 4 years and 12 years should only drink alkaline water at Level 1 (one) or Level 2 (two).
DOES ALKALINE IONIZED WATER TASTE DIFFERENT?
Yes. Water that enters the ionizers first goes through a filter that removes the taste and odour of chlorine contained in municipal tap water. Then electrolysis breaks down the size of the water clusters, from 12-16 molecules to micro-clusters of 5-8 molecules. This makes the water taste smoother and silkier. Alkaline water tastes great, and makes better tasting coffee, tea and juice. It is also wonderful to cook with because it helps hydrate the food and bring out its flavour
HOW LONG DOES ALKALINE WATER STAY IONIZED?
All consumer sized water ionizers are designed for immediate “point of use” consumption. The water molecules that have been separated and rendered instable through electrolysis will slowly come back into a stable state. This is the reason that ionized water cannot be bottled as its properties are temporary. The antioxidant properties (hydroxyl ions) of alkaline ionized water will dissipate in 18-24 hours, the higher pH properties will come back to a neutral pH level of 7 within 1-2 weeks, and the smaller molecule cluster size will last approximately 1-3 months. It is best to drink alkaline water straight from the ionizer, but failing that, store the water in a glass container in a dark, cool place, such as the refrigerator.
IS ALKALINE IONIZED WATER GOOD FOR ATHLETES?
Absolutely! Proper hydration sustains the body’s physiological responses in all activities, but the physical and mental stresses of athletic training and competition magnify the importance of hydration. Numerous studies conducted on athletes since the 1940s have demonstrated that even mild dehydration impairs performance. Alkaline ionized water is micro-clustered, so it can be absorbed at a faster rate, helping with rehydration of the body’s tissues. Furthermore, blood oxygen levels increase with regular use of alkaline water. providing the muscles tissue and organs with high amounts of oxygen and improving stamina and endurance. Water that has been alkalized also helps to neutralize the exercise induced lactic acid build up in the muscles, and improves recovery time.
CAN I GIVE ALKALINE WATER TO MY PETS?
Absolutely. As with humans, pets will also benefit from the improved hydration, antioxidants and higher pH values of alkaline water. You may find that older animals will be more energized when they start drinking alkaline water
HOW DO I SET THE GAUGE ON THE LID?
Simple. You press the button and hold it until it flashes. You have now set your gauge and it will start counting down from 60 days, which is the recommended filter renewal date. Be careful to never immerse the gauge in water, as this will cause it to stop working, and is therefore not a refund alternative.
MY FILTER HAS STOPPED WORKING, WHAT DO I DO?
As the filter consists of many layers of natural stones and minerals, air bubbles or water logging can occur. Or it may have been shaken up during transport, and the layers need to settle again. Just like Mother Natures earth soil, it sometimes need a little nudge to get the drainage going again. Just take the filter out of the housing and give it a shake and a rinse, and it should start up again just fine.
WHY IS MY PITCHER IS LEAKING FROM THE HANDLE?
If you take another look at the pitcher, you will see a natural decline in the pitcher housing towards the back. If you fill above this back line, you are filling above the housings capacity and it will expel or leak water down the handle. It is easily done, as we most often look down the lid fill hole rather than the back end. Once you are aware of this we are sure it will not cause any more problems. Be sure to also let your pitcher fully filter before pouring, as you will otherwise pour from both chambers.
WHY DOES MY PITCHER FILTER SLOWER THAN MY REGULAR WATER FILTER?
Slow filtration is actually a plus rather than negative element when it comes to Alkaline Water, as if the pitcher filters too fast, it cannot have time to ionize the water and remove all the toxins and nasties like heavy metals, chemicals and pollutants, as well as add in goodies like minerals and trace elements. It will filter more slowly than a typical filter like for example a Brita filter, as a Brita filter will not remove any of the nasties. Compared to other pitchers on the market we definitely don’t have the slowest filtering one, but perhaps not the fastest either. What we do know is that the water quality you are getting is superb and for us that is the main thing – superior quality. Please note that it is possible to filter 2 upper reservoirs in a row to give you a full pitcher of water.
MY FILTER ARRIVED WITH THE PARTS SPILLED OUT, SHOULD I USE IT?
No. We recommend you to not use this filter and throw it out. The filter has most likely been squashed during transit. As there are many natural active ingredients in the filter, we do not recommend using it if it is not safely closed. Please contact our dedicated customer service and we will happily replace the filter.
DOES THE FILTER REMOVE CHLORINE, CHLORAMINE, HEAVY METALS AND FLUORIDE?
Yes it does. We always recommend you speak with your local water authority to ascertain the exact details of your local water source, as each area has a different composition and level of ingredients. This may affect taste and pH levels. The filter also helps boost metabolism, strengthen your immune system and aid restoration, as it naturally adds in minerals and trace elements too. For more info please refer to our product listing or visit our online store on Amazon.
WHO MAKES THE PITCHER AND FILTER?
The pitcher is by Australian Health & Lifestyle brand Invigorated Living.
MY WATER DOESN’T TASTE ANY DIFFERENT THAN MY BRITA WATER?
Alkaline water does not necessarily have a very different taste to normal filtered water, it can do but this will entirely be related to the original water source and how much chemicals etc are in the water. For more info please contact your local water authority. What we can guarantee you is that it removes a lot of nasties that a Brita filter can not do. An alkaline filter will take somewhat longer to filter, but again this is due to it is actually removing heavy metals, chemicals and pollutants, and adding in minerals and trace elements, all things that a Brita filter can not do.
MY WATER FILL HOLE ISN’T OPENING WHEN I AM TRYING TO FILL IT.
The water lid hole may on occasion get stuck for some reason, we have experienced it merely comes down to a bit of natural vacuum, which can arise from humidity or temperature changes. We recommend not leaving the pitcher in direct sunlight. Simply take the lid off and air the housing for a moment, if you wish you can remove the inner housing and give it a rinse while you’re at it, and reassemble and it should work fine.
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