Should You Buy Bottled Alkaline Water?By John Davis - November 28, 2016
Many believe that alkaline water provides health benefits. It is said to neutralize acid in our body, provide better hydration, eliminate free radicals, and boost our immune system. But should you buy bottled alkaline water? No, and there are two reasons why.
First, putting healthy water inside toxic plastic bottles is pointless. Like any other food and drink stored in plastic containers, alkaline water absorbs toxic chemicals from plastic. So when you drink it, you are also consuming chemicals.
Second, alkaline water has an expiration. After 24 hours of being stored, the Oxidation Reduction Potential increases (lower ORP is better). In 1-2 weeks, the pH level is no longer high. In about 3 months, the micro-clustered water molecules, which provide better hydration, is gone. In short, bottled alkaline water stored for more than 3 months is no better than normal drinking water.
If you want real alkaline water, you must alkalize water yourself. How do you do that? The most common option is alkaline water machines. These machines alter the pH level of water, making it alkalized. However, they can be expensive. Reverse Osmosis systems that produce slightly alkalized water typically costs between $200 and $600. Alkaline water ionizers, which provide highly-alkalized water, are priced from $600 (counter-top models) to over $2,000 (high-end under-sink models). If you’re not yet ready for such an investment, you can try alkaline water filter pitchers/bottles, such as the DYLN Living Stainless Steel Water Bottle.
What is DYLN Living Stainless Steel Water Bottle?
DYLN is a non-plastic water bottle with a replaceable alkaline diffuser. It can hold up to 750mL of water. It alkalizes your water to increase the pH balance, decrease the ORP, micro-cluster the water molecules, and help optimize your metabolism.
Is it safe to drink from? The water bottle is made of surgical/marine-grade 316 stainless steel. The cap is also made of stainless steel with a bamboo top. DYLN is resistant to corrosion, so there’s no need for potentially harmful coating and lining. And since it’s non-plastic, it contains no harmful chemicals such as BPA.
Benefits of DYLN Living Stainless Steel Water Bottle
The power of DYLN lies in the replaceable VitaBead Diffuser placed at the bottom of the bottle. The diffuser holds the VitaBeads—a combination of magnesium, tourmaline, zinc, and silica. These beads turn normal drinking water into alkaline water. Because DYLN doesn’t filter water, it’s recommended that you use purified or filtered water. The VitaBead Diffuser also needs to be replaced after about 400 refills.
The VitaBeads are formulated to increase the pH level to around 9.5pH, depending on the water. It starts alkalizing immediately after you fill up the bottle and it takes around 15 to 25 minutes to reach a pH level of 8.5pH. To put that into context, the pH level of neutral water (not acidic, not alkaline) is 7pH. Water with a pH level higher than that is considered alkalized.
Lower Oxidation Reduction Potential
To understand ORP, let us first define oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical process that results in deterioration, like rust in metal or aging of our bodies. ORP is the measurement of the oxidizing agents in water. Water with positive ORP contributes to oxidation, while water with negative or low ORP is anti-oxidant. DYLN claims the ability to reduce to a lower or negative level.
Micro-Cluster Water Molecules
You’re familiar with the water molecule H2O, right? These molecules are clustered into groups. Water with large molecule clusters is tougher to absorb, which is why DYLN breaks up those clusters into micro-clusters. The result is better hydration.
DYLN vs. Alkaline Water Machines
So which is better, DYLN or alkaline water machines? When it comes to alkalizing water, the answer is definitely a water machine. They provide the ability to produce water with a higher pH level and some of them can also filter your water.
However, DYLN is more useful in some cases:
- You can take it with you.
- You can refill it no matter where you are.
But perhaps the best thing about it is price. For only $46, you can get the DYLN Living Water Bottle with a VitaBead Diffuser and a food-grade silicon sleeve for better grip. The bottle comes in matte and chrome finishes. The sleeves come in blue, charcoal, lime green, tango orange, or neon pink. You can also purchase additional VitaBead diffusers for $10 (1 diffuser), $24 (3 diffusers), or $68 (9 diffusers). Learn more and buy your own bottle from DYLN’s website.
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