Rob Thomas runs an excellent blog here, and I recommend it. He just made a wonderful post about the drinking preferences of his cats.
The best drinking water; by Clyde the Cat
“How could your cat possibly know which water ionizer you should buy? They don’t, but they do know which water they prefer to drink.
If you are looking for information on which water ionizer to buy, here are some things NOT to do:
* don’t research water ionizer websites on the internet and expect to come away knowing which machine to buy…they all work and they all claim to be the best, so you will only end up confused
* don’t watch “unbiased review sites” on the internet because they are definitely biased…even my own “unbiased” testing video is biased because I obviously favor the most affordable units that work…and again,they all work
* don’t attend a Multi Level Marketing meeting or talk to one of their representatives unless you are looking for a “business opportunity” as opposed to finding the best value for ionized water
All of the above points are valid and are good to know, but they don’t actually help you decide which machine to buy!
Irrefutable evidence of the best drinking water
Well, maybe not irrefutable, but it sure convinced me.
If you have ever studied the behavioral habits of animals in nature when it comes to drinking water, you will know that an animal in the wild will choose “dirty” water over “clean” water. I’m referring to the fact that animals will choose water that has dissolved or undissolved solids in it over purified water…every time.
Somehow, animals know which water is good for them without visiting the internet or attending a “business opportunity” meeting.
My home office looks out over a natural fountain in our yard. I watch animals drinking out of the fountain every day except when it is full of snow. Why do cats, dogs, squirrels, chipmunks, a skunk, and even the neighborhood fox drink out of our water fountain all the time when other sources of water are readily available?
I don’t clean out the water in our fountain very often and I definitely don’t add disinfectant to make the water “pretty”. As an animal lover and observer, I have come to learn that animals prefer to drink water that has leaves and other wonders of nature in it.
What animals instinctively know about drinking water?
It seems that animals just instinctively which water is best for them. How? I don’t have a clue. However, if you look at the contents of what lands in an outdoor water fountain, you will find that the water is full of minerals and both organic and inorganic matter. Since the animals, who are immune to marketing, somehow know where to go to get healthy water, it seems to me like a good place to start looking when it comes to considering what makes the “best” water.
Trust your cat
In my case, it should say “trust your cats”. Our daughter loves cats. How much? We have 8 cats and if I wasn’t the family “meanie”, the number would be definitely be much higher.
We also have 10 different kinds of water ionizers, and the combination of machines and cats must make our family unique. Who else would be that crazy?
So, what kind of water ionizer do the cats prefer? This is definitely not a scientific study, but 7 out of our 8 cats drink the water that comes out of our non-electric water ionizer.
Everyday, there is an ongoing parade of cats that come into my office, jump up on the counter, step into the sink, and lick the water droplets off the bottom of the sink. They don’t show the same patronage to the electric ionizers in the kitchen and in my lab. Perhaps they just want to visit me….naw…as soon as they get a drink, they are on their way.
Do the cats drink other water in the house? Of course. Just yesterday, I caught Clyde with his head in the powder room toilet. I guess some old habits are just too hard to break.
The cats definitely prefer water from any kind of water ionizer over tap water….yes, our cats are snobs.
You might wonder why only 7 of our 8 cats drink from the non-electric machine. The answer is simple. Old Patch can no longer jump up on the counter to get to the mineralized water. When I try to lift her up on the counter, the response is not a good one unless I’m in the mood for scratches. If you are a cat lover, you will understand.”
Gabe Hunninghake, our US distributor, answered a question better than I could to a common question. It demonstrates why we see the AlkaStream not as ‘another water water ionizer but actually a ‘better water ionizer.
Q. Why does the alkaStream’s antioxidant capability last longer, or act more stable, than when it’s created with electrolysis?
For those who may be reading this without a background in ionized, alkaline water, the antioxidant quality is typically gauged by a term called ORP. Oxidation Reduction Potential. Oxidation reduction = antioxidant. Same ability as you see with foods, just different terminology when it applies to liquids.
Electric ionizers typically produce water with a very negative ORP. This negative ORP provides our bodies a buffer used to fight free radicals. When those free radicals are scavaging for electrons to steal from our healthy cells, they instead find the negative hydroxyl ions when drink in the water. Those ions are created by electrically splitting the water molecule. Lots of negatively charged ions = more negative ORP.
Unfortunately, the commonality amongst electrically driven ionization is that this benefit doesn’t last very long. Most companies will say you have about 2 days at best to reap some of the benefit after bottling. The best thing to do is immediately drink the water after creation.
We are encouraged to slam a glass while it’s full of bubbles. It’s the best for our body, and it’s also a great selling point for ionizers. You can’t find this water on a store shelf. Fresh is best.
So when I first started seeing cases of the -ORP lasting longer I was confused. Having stable antioxidant qualities for up to (and if a few cases more than) a week was previously unheard of.
Why was it happening?
A process called Dissociation takes place in all water. There is a constant ebb and flow of H20 molecules breaking into H and oH ions and then rejoining into H20. In neutral water, this process typically maintains an even balance. In the presence of alkaline minerals like calcium and potassium, the split is able to last longer and we see a lingering effect.
Because the alkaStream utilizes real, naturally occurring minerals for the creation of its alkaline pH, what some call the Dissociation Dance lasts much longer. There are more minerals to cut in and partner up with.
Electric ionizers super charge the splitting of water molecules. Because there isn’t the same level of minerals in their water (all they have is what’s in the source water) the ions rapidly join back together and we then see a quick decrease in antioxidant capability.
So while the antioxidant levels of the alkaStream water are usually not as negative on the -ORP scale as electrically created, it seems to last much longer and provide a more natural and beneficial combination for the body.
Natural minerals for acid buffering, and Hydrogen for free radical/oxidant buffering.
“I love the product. I had already been drinking high alkaline water from a friend’s E####c machine so the benefits were already realized. However the taste of this water is much better and the best way to describe it is that it is “very wet!” Since drinking this water I have shed 15 pounds in all the right places. I have more energy, people say I look 5 years younger and I agree.”
- Tracy C. Preston, ID
“I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about fitness and healthy eating, but the idea that the right water could actually improve your exercise performance, hydration and nutrition? I was clueless. And albeit a bit skeptical. Anything that promises to do so much just seems fishy.
The first time I tried it, I did a blind taste-test to see if I could tell the difference between my regular tap water and the alkaStream water. Immediately, I knew the alkaStream from what came from the tap—it was just so tasteless and, for lack of a better word, just so much more water-y. My husband noticed the difference, too, as did my dog who, after having the choice between drinking her usual tap water or the alkaStream water, chose the alkaStream water dish every darn time.
Besides the improved taste, the water also started to improve my workout performance. It wasn’t like I was on the juice or anything, but I could just breathe better, and it seemed like my muscles were getting more oxygen.
The system was pretty easy to install, too. And the price tag is far less than other similar type alkaline-water systems that cost almost three times as much. In a nutshell, I’m not sure how I drank water before it! I used to think water was just water…not anymore.”
- Jenn W. CEO/Co-Founder Fit Bottomed Girls [full review available at fitbottomedgirls.com]
“Myself and my wife Abby have had other ionizing machines before and literally paid thousands of dollars to get the “best water possible” for our bodies. Before the AlkaStream we paid hundreds out for filters every couple of months but with the AlkaStream it is so simple and the crazy part is we get the same quality of water as we did with the $3000 machine! I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a great water purification and alkalizing system for their house. It has worked great for my family and is very easy to install and we even are able to put it under the counter for use next to the faucet!”
- David J. San Leandro, CA
“Just wanted to let you know that I love my Alkastream, in fact, I returned my E####c machine (prior 30 days). I’m all about water as it’s supposed to be, replenishing the minerals and natural alkalinity. You saved me almost $3,500″
- Brad Y. Cincinnati, OH
“After we purchased our Enagic system, which we could only afford with financing, we began having buyer’s remorse. So we started doing more more research. We eventually found the waterfyi.com website which then led us to you. Because we had a trial period, we decided to test the alkaStream out as well. We sent the Enagic system back and saved over $4000! Thank you so much!”
- James P. Albuquerque, NM
Trevor has great things to say for acne sufferers: as soon as he started drinking the water, his face began to clear. Further help came when he started washing his face with the water. He says that drinking and washing in Sunnyvale’s water recreates all of the original problems (go figure, right?).
Though I don’t wash with it at the moment, drinking it has done wonders for me concerning detoxification. It makes me feel a bit calmer emotionally, too, somehow (maybe this has to do with toxins elimination(?)).
And of course, our dear pets (3 cats, 2 birds): finally, they are all drinking it almost exclusively to tap water AND we are experiencing softer, shinier fur for kitties and our 2 birds show many less signs of dry skin, which is common and difficult to manage in domestic birds.
We are ALL healthier and more comfortable.
Angela Cannavo, San Jose, CA
“After 3 glasses of alkaStream water, my #### pain went away. The medication wasn’t helping, but the water sure did”
- Linda J. Accountant, Lawrence KS.
“After 2 weeks of drinking the water, I lost 6 pounds”
- Beth C. Insurance Agent, Lawrence KS
“My wife and I loved the Alkastream water. Clean, light and refreshing are words we have used to describe this water to our family and friends. Everyone who has tried it has liked it. I immediately noticed that the water seemed to be more hydrating. I run 30-50 miles a week and a lot of those miles are in 90 degree weather. I was amazed that after drinking 64-100 ounces of this water for a couple of days, I wasn’t getting the normal thirsty, dry mouth feeling. I love how the water goes down so easy and doesn’t fill me up and seems to be absorbed in my body so quickly. I think I am experiencing TRUE hydration.”
- Jared, Lynchberg VA
“I used to suffer from frequent and severe hemorrhoid flare ups. Since drinking the alkaStream water and adding Core Health Digestive enzymes, I haven’t had a problem.”
- Marvin S, Cleveland, OH.
“We installed the alkaStream with our Reverse osmosis system because we’ve learned we need minerals in our water. Before the alkaStream we were paying way too much on bottled alkaline water and it wasn’t as easy to drink as the alkaStream. Now we have clean and healthy water”
- Patricia, Retired, San Diego
“I’ve struggled with acid reflux and digestive issues for many years. Nothing has helped me as much as the #### and I’ve been able to stop taking medications.”
- Mike, Media sales, Lawrence KS
“Last summer I moved with my family from Madrid (Spain) to Mountain View. The initial idea was to stay here one year, therefore we didn’t bring with us our household items and we decided to buy everything here. A few months later I noticed that my white dishes started to have brown spots and I thought the dishwasher did not clean well. But I realized very soon that it was a water quality problem. I decided to investigate and buy a water filter to clean the waste and toxins.
I decided to buy the alkaStream, not only because it eliminates almost all the toxins but also because it remineralized the water. I remember when I bought the filter I was told about the maintenance and operation and that I have to clean the filter approx. once a month. But suddenly, less than a month I already noticed that not much water came out of the faucet and I remembered that I had to clean the filter. I removed the device and you can’t imagine how the filter looked like. Unbelievable, there was so much dirt that the filter wasn’t anymore white, but brown chocolate. I panicked and my husband had to help clean the filter with the sponge because I wasn’t able to remove the dirt.
It’s creepy to be aware nowadays of how much dirt we have been drinking & eating the whole family for so long. It doesn’t make sense if you buy organic food and then you wash and cook it with contaminated water. To us, this filter has changed our lives. We are healthier and feel much better. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to put my testimony in the alkaStream page, because people usually forget to remember to congratulate a good team or a good product, usually we are always much more willing to write letters or notes of claims. In my business I’ve heard that a quiet customer is a happy customer, but I don’t want to be a quiet customer, I want you to know that I am a happy customer. Thank you very much for this wonderful product!”
- Sofia, Mountain View, CA
“I’ve been drinking from my new alkastream filter for about 3 weeks now and I am here to report what I have noticed so far. I am a 40 yr old female – no major health issues. I am drinking a minimum of 32 oz per day but on most days I am up to roughly 60 ounces and many times more than 64 ounces.
Previously I had a bowel movement every 3-4 days – now, much to my surprise I am going just about every day. I hesitate to get so personal and be graphic but seriously – my entire life I have been constipated. About three of those days I went 2x – never in my life did I go to the bathroom 2 times. It’s like as if I increased my fiber or something. Ok – enough about this “crap”.
My cystic acne is clearing up a little over the past few days, but to be fair, I need to wait for my next cycle and see if it comes back. I’ve battled this obstacle for over ten years.
And I am finally waking up without the alarm clock and not exhausted – I am pretty sure it is because of alkastream although I also get B12 shots.
Bottom line – I would buy the unit all over again in a heartbeat. It wasn’t cheap (for me anyway) but a wonderful investment for my health and I have been using it everyday. If you are looking to make a big change in your health in my opinion this is a great way to get started. An alkaline diet is difficult to achieve but a little each day can make a big dent over time. Good luck to you all.”
- Patricia V, New Jersey
Gabe is our US distributor of the AlkaStream. Great guy.
Magnesium is an unbelievably important mineral for all sorts of body processes. Some 300+ enzymes use magnesium as a cofactor; magnesium helps regulate potassium status; magnesium acts as nature’s own calcium channel blocker, helping blood pressure stay down and blood vessels stay pliable; magnesium builds bones; magnesium is anti-inflammatory. The list of magnesium’s virtues goes on and on.
In fact, there exists an entire school of thought that posits that the entire Metabolic Syndrome is nothing but a manifestation of a a magnesium deficiency. Which isn’t as crazy as it sounds since virtually all the components of the Metabolic Syndrome; diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and lipid disorders are associated with low magnesium.
Why are so many people deficient in magnesium? Because there are no single foods that contain huge amounts of magnesium, and because there is no single food containing large amounts, there is no magnesium lobby. Look at calcium. Thanks to the dairy industry, we are constantly told that we need to get enough calcium, and we’re told right where we can get it. Milk and cheese. Same with vitamin C. The orange juice people never let us forget. Not so with magnesium, so no one really thinks of it.
Another reason that many people are magnesium deficient is that they drink bottled water or softened water. In the old days everyone drank well water or water from streams, both of which contain large amounts of magnesium. Magnesium is removed when water is softened and it isn’t in large amounts in most of the bottled waters that are available. I’m guessing that’s one reason our AlkaStream is so popular. It has raw magnesium right there in the filter.