FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It really depends on what’s causing the alkalinity and how strong it is. In common usage, alkaline water means any water that has a pH higher than 7.0. But from a science standpoint, it’s any water that contains metal salts. High alkalinity and high pH are not the same thing. Truly beneficial high pH waters like Essentia, achieve benefits by creating a highly negative ion reducing water. Essentia’s 9.5 pH or higher water is achieved through its proprietary ionization process which creates a supercharged ionized alkaline water.
Alkaline water, from a science standpoint, is any water that contains metal salts. In common usage it means any water that has a pH higher than 7.0. However, the correct scientific term for water with a pH of 7.0 or higher is actually a Base, whereas water with a pH of 7.0 or lower is called an Acid. That said, Base or Acid water is not alkaline unless it has metal salts in it.
To know if alkaline water is good for you or not depends on what is causing alkalinity in the water. If it’s Sodium Bicarbonate dissolved in the water (commonly known as baking soda), then it’s safe within limits of course. If it’s Sodium Hydroxide (commonly known as lye), then it’s dangerous. One other important thing to note is that high alkaline water and high pH water are not the same thing. What Essentia delivers is a high pH (9.5 or higher) water that is created through our proprietary ionization process. This process includes an ionic separation that increases the concentration of electrons; this is what gives Essentia water its high pH.
Ionized alkaline water is water with mineral ions in it. Two things to note, minerals in water become ionized when they either gain or lose electrons. And second, ions are atoms that can either be positively charged or negatively charged. The positively charged atoms are what make the water pH go below 7.0 thus making that water an Acid. And negatively charged atoms make the water pH go above 7.0 resulting in the water being a Base. Essentia’s proprietary ionization process creates a negative ion water (a Base) – which results in a supercharged ionized alkaline water.
The pH strips (or Litmus Paper) which are commonly used to test the pH of urine or saliva cannot test accurately on waters as pure as Essentia. In order to accurately test the pH level of Essentia water, a calibrated pH meter must be used. Furthermore, many paper test kits require a Total Dissolved Solid (TDS) of at least 150ppm for an accurate reading; Essentia consistently has less than 90ppm, due in part to the purified water used in our proprietary process. This level of TDS is required during ionization for the removal of acidic ions. Please find attached a detailed PDF explaining how to test purified waters.
Absolutely, and we wholeheartedly support the recycling of our bottles. As a PET-1 bottle, Essentia bottles can be recycled at virtually any recycling facility in the United States. For more information, visit www.petresin.org. Also, PET is BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalate FREE.
The Essentia process involves a three-stage purification of potable tap water, followed by ionization. Physical micron filters suspended particles from the water supply. An activated carbon filtration removes organic chemicals, chlorine, chlorine byproducts, pesticides, herbicides, as well as improving taste and odor. Reverse osmosis (RO) is capable of removing over 99% of dissolved salts, organics, metals, heavy metals such as lead and arsenic, asbestos, many radionuclides, cysts, bacteria and viruses. The purified water is then infused with the perfect blend of pure alkaline electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium) in trace amounts for taste. Finally, our proprietary ionization process supercharges the water, removing bitter-tasting acidic ions, producing an ionized 9.5pH or higher, alkaline water with a clean, smooth taste.
Water purity is commonly defined by the level of substances dissolved within it. Total dissolved solids (TDS) is the term used to provide this measure and is expressed in units called “parts per million”. One ppm is the equivalent of a single milligram of substance in one liter (1,000,000 mg) of water. 100% pure water has a TDS level of 0 ppm. This is not to say that water with a TDS level of 0 is better than a water with some dissolved solids, it depends on the solids that are dissolved within it and at what level. Essentia removes dissolved and suspended impurities from water through a procedure called reverse osmosis, which creates a water that is very close to 0 ppm. We then add trace amounts of beneficial minerals to enhance taste and create a water with less than 100 ppm dissolved solids. In percentage terms this results in a water that is over 99.9% pure.
There is no fluoride or chlorine in Essentia Water.
Essentia provides superior water quality through our process of microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light exposure which results in our clean, smooth-tasting water that is 99.9% pure. We ensure uniform quality through our sophisticated and proprietary manufacturing process.
First, some of the water will be absorbed before it enters the stomach. Second, only a part of the stomach contains hydrochloric acid. Thus, some of the water may pass through the stomach without being acidified. Third, several Japanese studies have shown a beneficial effect of alkaline electrolyzed water on gastrointestinal health, which would infer that the water made it past the stomach.
Essentia is produced in third party and independently certified facilities, ensuring that the bottled water is safe from microbial contamination. This is done by maintaining exceptional cleanliness and compliance with quality control procedures throughout the production process. Just before the bottle is filled and capped, a trace amount of ozone (a form of oxygen) is used to provide an extra level of microbiological safety. Over a short period of time it completely dissipates as it returns to simple oxygen in the bottle.
Essentia can be consumed in place of all drinking water. The health community suggests drinking purified, optimally-alkalized water amounting to half your body weight in ounces per day.