Alkaline water ionizers are complex machines that filter water and change its pH for multiple purposes. They are software-powered appliances that can make your water more suitable for drinking and other household uses. So, there are mainly two processes involved-filtering and ionizing. While it's already expected that ionizers do the latter, little attention is given to the former, which is probably just as essential.
Water coming out of your faucet is not free from impurities. From the reservoir down to the pipes, it met quite a quantity of impurity along the way. Bacteria, sediments, minerals, and organic matter in significant amounts are present in tap water, hence, it is never that safe for drinking. Removal of these unwanted contaminants is possible through appropriate filtration process. Even if you raise the pH of water for optimum human consumption, that is not enough. You have to first remove the unhealthful contaminants.
A water ionizer should be able to sift bacteria, chemicals, lead, pesticide traches, trihalomethanes, detergent, asbestos, and viruses. The filter should not remove soluble minerals, which are important in keeping water's optimum chemistry. This is where ionizers become the better option than distilling equipment. Distillers remove everything, leaving water naked, which should not be the case. It should be clean, but with the needed minerals at the right levels. Different types of liquid ionizing machines have different methods in removing unwanted impurities.
Why is it that water should never come pure? Some amount of minerals in it is important to the body. Many experts think that minerals in water aid in its better absorption. Absence of minerals would make liquid a leaching agent, taking away minerals from the body and then washing them away. However, there is still a dispute where distilled water is actually harmful to human health, as there is no formal study that says it is. Then again, while pure liquid may not be unnecessarily harmful, there seems to be no harm in drinking water that has good amounts of minerals.
It's already given that ionizers do not turn tap water into the pure kind. There is nothing wrong with that. People would not know the difference. What is important to know is whether the ionizer you have at home fulfills filtration. Can its filtering mechanism remove harmful microorganisms and chemicals in tap water? One way to find out is to take water samples to a local water testing center. If the results are good, then you can continue using your device. If not, consider having it checked or buying a more reliable one. The latter can be a bad choice, considering water ionizing machines are expensive.
That means it's necessary to find an ionizer that has a good filtration system. Before you buy one though, first ask the manufacturer what kind of filtration mechanism is employed by the ionizing machine. Any reputable manufacturer can answer the question. If not, step back and consider other manufacturers. Why should you be meticulous in choosing an ionizer? The reason is simple-ionizers are cost machines. It's just right to find the best kind, one that is capable of producing not just alkaline liquid, but safe drinking water for you and your family.