Skip to comments.Does Your Water Need More Ions? The latest health fad is even more ridiculous than most health fads.
Posted on 03/23/2013 8:49:17 PM PDT by neverdem
After so many years of neglect, water appears ready to emerge as a cutting-edge health food. Perhaps it’s the fault of Gatorade, that Technicolor concoction of salt, sugar, and water people guzzle to “replenish their electrolytes.” The Gatorade inventors, some dweeby physiologists, were just trying to keep football players from collapsing in the Florida heat. They could not have foreseen what was to transpire in the decades ahead as the concept of the “sports drink” took hold, and then, more bizarrely yet, water itself became a symbol of health and status.
With each iteration, beginning with bottled waters derived from glaciers (tres European) to the recent “enhanced water,” H2O has moved closer to the first-class cabin. But the latest version is a real head-scratcher: ionized, alkalinized water. Companies such as Chanson, Kangen, and many others are in the game to sell you a gizmo for $1,000 (or $2,000 or $3,000) to run your tap water through. The devices contain electrodes that purport to realign your water, split off some hydrogen atoms along the way, and rid it of various pesky problems so that it will taste better and be healthier and your arthritis will go away. In a week. Maybe two.
In every way, water, at least American water, is a strange target for an expensive course in self-improvement. The number of Americans sickened by tap water, leaving aside the flood-induced Milwaukee cryptosporidiosis outbreak of 1993, is minuscule. Top-notch municipal plumbing remains perhaps our greatest achievement. We confront many ubiquitous environmental risks daily, but water is not among them. It is safe and unobjectionable. Plus it’s cheap—and yet...
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Hardly a mere dweeb re: the Gatorade: more on Dr. J. Robert Cade, UF nephrologist et al.
Leave it to people to come up with a solution to a problem they don’t have.
PT Barnum would be proud, and laughing his way to the bank of the inanity of things like bottled water and “Organic” food.
Does this mean the ‘gluten fluten’ thing in o-vah?
Remember the machines that used to be sold that would charge the air in your home with negative ions?
Oh, you mean, like salt?
Btw, Slate, "ionized water" is not new.
Negative ions.... izzat like what guys do around the house?
Reminds me of this old stuff. Very interesting to read about:
I have a client that I used to meet with once a month during the dinner hour. Had to quit because we couldn’t agree on a restaurant which had exactly the kind of food she thought she needed to survive. She will not eat anything that is not only organically grown but gluten, carbohydrate, fat, salt, sodium, sugar, and who knows what else free. Drank bottled water without ice cubes or lemon because she wasn’t sure how/where the lemon had been grown, whether it had been properly washed and, of course, the ice cubes were probably made with water which wasn’t filtered.
People like her just wear me out.
Thanks for the link.
Thanks for the link.
Reminds me of a friend who was buying the wonders of “Oxygenated Water” for the health effects of getting more oxygen into your body.
$12 bucks for 3 ounces. Sohhhhh Stoopit!
I told her she could buy club soda for $.50 cents and there’s plenty of O2 in that.
Oh noes, Ionic Change!