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DANGERS of Drinking Filtered Water

 It sounds perfectly okay, doesn’t it? Water is a good thing to drink and certainly water that is filtered should be good for us, right?

In fact, that isn’t necessarily the case, but let’s start at the beginning, with what filtered water actually is and why people choose it.

Why Use a Filter?

Sometimes, perhaps due to stories in the news or a local issue, people become wary about how clean and ‘pure’ the water that comes out of their taps at home really is. Sometimes, the taste of tap water can change, or you suddenly develop a dislike for the water that you’ve happily drinking for years.

First of all, it makes sense to find out what exactly you’re hoping to filter out of your water. Finding the answer to that question also helps with deciding what kind of filter you should be looking at; a filter that literally ‘sieves’ out impurities? A chemical version that ‘cleans up’ your water as it passes through the filter? Most filter systems work by using activated carbon, that attracts and holds on to impurities. Carbon removes some, but by no means all, of the contaminants in your water supply.

Filters and Bacteria Risk

You also need to think about whether you want a filter that is fixed on to your tap, or a simple jug filter that you fill and chill in the refrigerator. So far, so good. But what about the dangers?

Well, let’s look at a jug-type version that usually works by water passing through an activated carbon filter. With this type of product, any bacteria ‘captured’ by the filter will remain trapped there (the filter will not kill bacteria) and not removed until the filter is replaced. With the life of a jug filter being up to 6 months, the bacteria remains there for a long time.

woman pouring filtered water into a glassIf you choose to use a filter jug then it’s important to keep the jug constantly refrigerated to avoid the trapped bacteria from multiplying to levels where your health is likely to become affected.

If the jug is kept at room temperature, then the conditions mean that the unchecked microorganisms may well thrive.

Anti-bacterial silver nanoparticles in the filter can help to prevent this, but not all jug filters contain them.

Chlorine and Toxic Chemicals

The other important fact to remember is that pour-through jug filters are frequently designed and purchased with taste and smell in mind, rather than filtering out all of the undesirable elements that you’re perhaps trying to avoid.

Skull and Crossbones sign Specifically, although many filters remove the majority of chlorine, by and large, they do not remove the chlorine by-products Trihalomethanes (THM), a group of four toxic chemicals that can be harmful to health.

The Environmental Protection Agency is unequivocal about the potential risk if more than the maximum contaminant level (MCL) is consumed.

“Some people who drink water containing total trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years could experience liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems and increased risk of cancer.”

The Environmental Protection Agency

This report links ingestion of excessive levels of THMs with birth issues, low birth weight and miscarriage.

The Plumbed-in Option

Plumber installing filtered water systemThe other option is an under-counter or counter-top filter that is plumbed to your water supply. That means that all of the water that comes out of the tap with the filter attached will have been passed through an activated carbon filter (and sometimes a second filter). The first thing to be aware of is that most filters are designed to be effective where the water supply is a municipally treated one, and not from a private well or a unknown source.

Although fitted water filters do a more thorough job that a jug when it comes to removing contaminants; as with most things, all plumbed-in water filtration products are not created equally.

Do Some Detective Work

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) helpfully has a search function that enables consumers to enter in the details of a particular filter to see if the product meets the minimum requirements to be certified under NSF standards.

To do so, a product must – among other things - be structurally sound and demonstrate that the system is able to reduce levels of lead in the water supply from 15 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb or less.

Woman doing research on filtered waterSome products advertise themselves as ‘meeting NSF safety standards’ or ‘tested to NSF standards,’ which is, arguably, a somewhat misleading claim.

Being a certified product means that the NSF have vetted it and that the filter has been tested and met the NSF standards. It’s definitely worth using the searchable database to find out more about particular filter models before you buy.

Changing Filters - How Often?

Water filters need to be replaced with variable frequency. Some filters must be replaced within a few weeks; others last for months. How effective the filters will be as they near the end of their life is something else that will need research before parting with any money, as the different types and brands vary a great deal.

Some types of filter have a warning system that alerts you once the filter is beginning to become ineffectual, and others rely on you checking manually. Either way, for a filter system to continue to effectively remove impurities, the filter itself needs to be checked and replaced regularly, something that needs to be factored into the cost of buying a filter system.

DANGERS of Drinking Tap Water

Even now, it’s easy to assume that in a country like ours, you should be able to turn on the tap and feel confident that the water that flows out of it is safe for you and your family to drink. However, there have enough high profile news reports during the last couple of years for the message to get through that in fact, America’s tap water isn’t necessarily safe.

America's Aging Pipelines

It isn’t a secret that the pipework that criss-crosses the country has been there for a long time. Parts of the water system are over 100 years old. In many areas, the water supply was originally built to supply only a few hundred, or a few thousand people. As the population grew, and towns and cities expanded, the pressure on those aging water pipes increased. The pipes were originally laid for a very different America of 100 years ago.

One of the most frightening stories to have emerged is the presence of lead in drinking water. In Flint, MI, the story that the town’s water contained dangerously high levels of lead hit the headlines. And yet Flint is not alone. The water-bearing infrastructure across the whole country is in trouble, and the cracks are, literally, starting to show.

'Buried No Longer'

In 2012, the American Water Works Association published a fascinating and worrying report, ‘Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water infrastructure Challenge.’

A number of key findings in the report bring home the scale of the problem.

‘Investment needs for buried drinking water infrastructure total more than $1 trillion nationwide over the next 25 years,’

American Water Works Association

The estimated aggregate cost of replacing the 700,000 miles of water bearing pipework totals over $2.1 trillion.

Aging pipes corrode and leak. The corrosion and solder is how lead ends up in the water supply and coming out of our taps. There’s chemical and polluted groundwater contamination to consider, which allegedly will increase as a result of fracking.

Killing with Kindness?

In addition to all of this, there’s also the major problem of the stuff that’s put into our water, that’s designed to protect us. Chlorine is added as an all-purpose disinfectant which nullifies pathogens. However, chlorine reacts with organic waste particles and produces a stew of by-product chemicals called trihalomethanes (THM). These chemicals are toxic and harmful to our health, and are implicated in cases of rectal and colon cancer, bladder cancer and incidents of miscarriage.

Scientist investigating some water in a beaker In a report from the Environmental Working Group, it was found that in tests that involved 201 water utilities, serving 100 million people, all of the test samples contained THMs.

Agricultural Contamination

Another concern is the effect that increased agriculture has on our water supply. Chemical fertilizers and manure runoff can contain phosphorus and nitrate. These elements can lead in turn to both direct health issues from consumption of nitrate in particular; and the need for further chemical water treatment to eliminate algal blooms due to excessive levels of phosphorus.

All in all, tap water cannot be considered the safe option that it once was.

Patching Up the Problem

There’s not enough money in the pot to fix America’s water problems, and so repairs and replacement pipes are fitted on a piecemeal basis. Before the scale of the problem really took hold of the public’s attention with beleaguered Flint, some $6 billion was set aside by congress to help the water crisis, in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. That’s a lot of money, but nowhere near enough.

 It’s safe to assume that water quality on a wholesale basis isn’t going to improve anytime soon. What you can do is find out about your own water supply and whether it gives you cause for concern. To access information about current local water quality, you can apply for a report from American Water.

Where Do We Go from Here?

You may still wish to continue drinking tap water. After all, there is nothing more convenient than simply turning on the tap, and there is an argument that if you pay something (which you do, directly or indirectly), then you should be able to use it.

If that’s the case, then there are steps you can take to make drinking tap water safer.

  • Only drink water from the cold tap
  • Run the tap for a minute or so before filling your glass
  • Boil the water before drinking it

Clean water for all is a basic requirement. In these uncertain times, make yourself aware of the quality of your own water and act accordingly. It’s likely that more stories will hit the headlines about America’s water over the coming months and years; and we can only hope that each time, important lessons are being learned.

DANGERS of Drinking Bottled Water

There’s no doubt that being able to buy a bottle of water is pretty handy. Those smaller-sized ones are particularly convenient to stow away in a bag for long journeys, quick wipe ups, or hand over to the kids.

 And generally speaking (there are exceptions that we’ll return to), drinking bottled water isn’t directly dangerous to your health. But indirectly? When you consider the cost to the earth and how that impacts on our lives, and the legacy that we’re blithely handing to our children; you start to understand why drinking bottled water is really very dangerous.

What's in The Bottle?

To begin, what is bottled water? Sometimes it’s carbonated and mineral-rich. Sometimes it’s just regular filtered water. In many cases, the water is drawn from municipal supplies. The problem is really about what that water comes packaged in.

Plastic bottles are among the planet’s worst enemies, simply because of the sheer number of them. Our plastic footprint rivals our carbon one for the immense harm it wreaks on the planet. And the numbers are astonishing. It’s estimated that Americans use around 50 billion plastic water bottles each year.

The Reality of Recycling

But we recycle, right? So that must help.

Well, yes. But the rate of recycling just can’t match those figures. The national recycling rate is around 23 per cent. Those figures mean at that rate of consumption, around 38 billion water bottles go into landfill every single year. That can’t go it, can it?

And what does ‘going into landfill’ actually mean? Its one of those phrases that is often repeated, but maybe it’s worth lingering for a moment on what actually happens to those billions of plastic bottles once they’re unceremoniously dumped.

Plastic PlanetPlastic trash in landfill

Plastic in landfill sites takes up to 1000 years to decompose. As it decomposes, it can leak pollutants in the soil, and into our water supply.

Aside from landfill, plastic bottles are helping to destroy the natural environment elsewhere. Over two decades, scientists at the remarkable Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and the Sea Education Association (SEA) have analyzed plastic debris from the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and concluded that there are literally millions of tons of plastic floating on our seas

The world in a plastic trash bagPlastic bottles can fill with water and sink to the ocean floor. Marine life is known to try to feed on discarded plastic, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum issued a recent report which claims that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than there are fish.

It’s not easy to recycle plastic as there are different types, with different chemical compositions, sometimes requiring different recycling treatments. In order for recycling to happen, the different types of plastic must be separated, which on the kind of scale we’re looking at as a nation, is incredibly challenging.

What is a 'Plastic Bottle'?

In fact, when we start to consider the different types of plastic, it leads to another concern when it comes to drinking bottled water. What exactly are plastic water bottles made from?

Melting plastic sports bottle Most bottles are made out of polyethylene terephthalate. This isn’t an inherently dangerous composite material; except when the bottles are stored in warm or hot temperatures (and let’s face it, when do we usually buy bottled water?), scientists believe that the chemicals from the plastic can leach into the water itself.

The levels are considered to be below that which is likely to cause harm, but the situation continues to be monitored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Plastic isn't Fantastic

Another chemical that the FDA is monitoring for its impact on human health is Bisphenol A (BPA), present in the manufacture of some water bottles. For now, the FDA are not issuing any warnings, although it did go as far as making the following recommendations, ‘for consumers who want to limit their exposure to BPA,

  • Plastic containers have recycle codes on the bottom. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.
  • Do not put very hot or boiling liquid that you intend to consume in plastic containers made with BPA. BPA levels rise in food when containers/products made with the chemical are heated and come in contact with the food.
  • Discard all bottles with scratches, as these may harbor bacteria and, if BPA-containing, lead to greater release of BPA.

With the environmental time-bomb that plastic bottles heavily contributes to, and the potential health issues that are raised by drinking water contained in disposable plastic bottles, it’s hard to give a green light to bottled water as a ‘safe’ option.

And finally, even if you can shrug off concerns about the future of the planet, and the risk of chemicals leaking into your water from the bottle, a German peer-reviewed study published in 2013, revealed that in 18 brands of water, an astonishing 24,520 suspect chemicals were found

“We have shown that antiestrogens and antiandrogens are present in the majority of bottled water products.

…Bottled water from six different countries has been found to contain estrogenic, antiestrogenic, and antiandrogenic (this study), as well as androgenic, progestagenic, and glucocorticoid-like chemicals. This demonstrates that a popular beverage is contaminated with diverse-acting EDCs.”

Martin Wagner ,
Michael P. Schlüsener,
Thomas A. Ternes,
Jörg Oehlmann

DANGERS of Drinking Reverse Osmosis Water

Many of us have heard of reverse osmosis water, but might not be completely clear as to what it actually is.

The process of producing reverse osmosis water is a vital one. Over the years, it has meant that people in dire circumstances across the world can drink clean water. Troops and civilians in battle-torn countries that have lost every semblance of organized infrastructure can use reverse osmosis to make pure, drinkable water.

 But how? Exactly what is the process? Well, imagine that you’re in a situation where there’s only brackish or dirty water available to drink. Drinking untreated, contaminated water like that will temporarily slake your thirst, but will almost certainly expose you to the risk of water born diseases.

How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

Reverse osmosis works by forcing the impure water through a series of semi-permeable membranes which effectively ‘clean’ the water. And it is the case that once water has been subjected to that process, it is very, very clean. Too clean, in fact.

Too clean? How can that be the case? Surely the best water for us to drink is water that’s completely unpolluted and pure?

In the case of reverse osmosis, the water really is too clean. The filtering process removes all of the contaminants; but it also removes the good things that we need for our bodies to thrive.

Are You Drinking Dead Water?

Essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium are removed, which are vital for healthy teeth and bones, among other things. As a result, reverse osmosis water is often referred to as ‘dead water.’ Many people report that it doesn’t even seem to quench thirst properly.

And it’s not only the fact that the reverse osmosis water doesn’t deliver those things; the worst part – and certainly the most dangerous from a health point of view – is that the water itself becomes opportunistically parasitic.

That sounds like a dramatic description but the picture it paints is accurate. It’s a complex process, but essentially, reverse osmosis water wants to remineralize itself, and so to achieve that, once it’s inside your mineral-rich body, it will start to actively seek out and leach minerals from you, in order to enrich itself.

“Demineralised water that has not been remineralized, or low-mineral content water – in the light of the absence or substantial lack of essential minerals in it – is not considered ideal drinking water.”

Frantisek Kozisek,
National Institute of Public Health,
Czech Republic

When it’s done taking the available minerals, the water is passed by your body in the form of urination and the minerals are lost. If you drink reverse osmosis water over an extended period of time, there is a real risk that you would experience mineral deficiency as a result. And we’re not talking about after years of drinking low-mineral water; the effects would make themselves known after only a few months.

Nullifying Nutrients

It’s not only drinking reverse osmosis water that can impact on your health. Cooking with low-mineral water can cause the food to lose over half of their essential nutritional elements.

“Since most nutrients are ingested with food, the use of low-mineral water for cooking and processing food may cause a marked deficiency in total intake of some essential elements that was much higher than expected with the use of such water for drinking only.

The current diet of many persons usually does not provide all necessary elements in sufficient quantities, and therefore, any factor that results in the loss of essential elements and nutrients during the processing and preparation of food could be detrimental for them.”

Frantisek Kozisek,
National Institute of Public Health,
Czech Republic

There are other risks; reverse osmosis water carries a greater risk of bacterial infection, and because of its inherently unstable nature, low-mineral water can have a dissolving effect on metals. This means that any pipes, holding tanks or containers for reverse osmosis water can become corroded by the water, with dangerous metals – including lead in some reported cases – leaching into the water; which is then consumed.

What The World Health Authority Thinks

Reverse osmosis water is very acidic. It is possible to treat the water with minerals to stabilize and remineralize the water, which should increase its alkalinity. This is frequently achieved by the addition of limestone. However, the mineral composition of limestone is itself variable, with quantities of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate as well as other minerals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously expressed concern in a report that the minerals used for stabilizing low mineral water are not always food-grade quality.

The WHO have previously made their advice plain, stating that reverse osmosis water, “has a definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism.”

Despite all of this, reverse osmosis water has enormous value as a short-term fix for millions of people who do not have access to clean water. But it can never be considered a long-term solution. The health risks are well-documented and impossible to ignore.

DANGERS of Drinking Distilled Water

What exactly is distilled water? It sounds pure and clean at any rate, but how does it differ from regular water? Is it better to drink than tap water?

When any liquid is distilled, be it alcohol, perfume or water, it is boiled, evaporated and then made liquid again by the vapour being collected. The main point of the exercise is to leave behind any impurities in the evaporation process, so that the remaining water is pure and clean.

When it Works...

For the purpose of chemistry, laboratory research, perfume making, some food production processes and in a medical environment; distilled water is irreplaceably useful. In those areas, its purity is rightly valued; indeed, sometimes essential.

It is also the case that potentially harmful microbes are removed during distillation, but that’s not all. The process is quite an aggressive one, and along with any harmful elements, precious and essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, are also lost

...When it Doesn't

It’s impossible to overestimate how vital minerals are to our overall wellbeing. If our mineral health is compromised then we put ourselves at risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, as well as many other serious health problems.

Beakers and Test TubesThe World Health Organization (WHO) takes the issue of demineralized water very seriously. Low-mineral, or mineral-free water can mean water that has been distilled, forced through a system of membrane filtration (commonly known as reverse osmosis water), or water that has been treated by electrodialysis.

The WHO published a report on its website that looks at the various ways that demineralized water can have an adverse impact on our health. Far from hailing distilled water as a boon in supporting health with its pure credentials; the WHO counsel against drinking any form of demineralized water long term, as to do so creates it’s own health problems.

What About Minerals from Food?

Fans of distilled water claim that minerals in drinking water are unnecessary if your diet is mineral-rich in the first place. It is probably optimistic, to say the least, to assume that everyone is able to eat a diet that provides them with a sufficient range of available minerals to keep them in peak health. Drinking enough water that also delivers essential minerals is vital.

Various foods that have mineralsConsuming distilled water instead of water containing minerals means that you are potentially depleting your body of essential amounts of sodium, potassium and magnesium.

There is a lingering belief in some quarters, from a brief faddish heyday with distilled water some years ago; that drinking it is actively good for your health. Many medical experts acknowledge the fact that at base level, distilled water is hydrating and also accept its purity, but equally know that minerals, absent from distilled water, are so vital for health to thrive.

'Dead Water'

Stepping away from the points of view of doctors and the medical establishment for a moment, the widespread opinion from those who have tried distilled water as a drink is that it tastes somehow flat. Dead. If you can imagine the most beautifully cooked meal in front of you; your very favorite dish, looking spectacularly delicious; but there’s vital something missing. You can’t smell a thing.

You can see it, it looks wonderful, but without being able to smell it, that wonderful aroma of a fabulous meal, the whole tableau fails.

It is a little like this with distilled water; it looks right, but it doesn’t taste right. That makes sense; it’s been stripped of the good things that makes water a joy to drink, and what’s left is purely functional in the short term, but with little pleasure.

Distilled Water and Lead Poisoning

But really, that aspect fades to insignificance compared to the dangers associated with drinking it. It’s not only the lack of minerals; distilled water can be corrosive when it comes into contact with metals, for example. Inherently unstable, low-mineral water held in water tanks with metal fittings or solder might well become contaminated, sometimes with catastrophic results.

Distilled Water Tower “Among eight outbreaks of chemical poisoning from drinking water reported in the USA in 1993-1994, there were three cases of lead poisoning in infants who had blood-lead levels of 15 μg/dL, 37 μg/dL, and 42 μg/dL. The level of concern is 10 μg/dL.

For all three cases, lead had leached from brass fittings and lead-soldered seams in drinking water storage tanks. The three water systems used low mineral drinking water that had intensified the leaching process”

Frantisek Kozisek
National Institute of Public Health Czech Republic

In Emergencies Only?

The process of distillation is a beneficial one, and distilled water has many extremely valuable uses. However, low-mineral water should not be consumed as the main source of drinking water over a significant period of time.

Following the assessment of global data, in 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that demineralized water “has a definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism.”

DANGERS of Drinking Well Water

We don’t all have the benefit of being joined up to a municipal water source. For some people, for practical or geographical reasons, it’s not possible; and for others it’s a lifestyle choice. Many people like the idea of being self-sufficient and establishing their own water supply.

Across America, over 15 million people use groundwater-fed private wells, living off-grid and off the pipeline map that stretches across the country.

Ground water is rainfall that has moved downwards through the surface layer of soil and rocks until it reaches a layer of rock so dense that it can move no further. Some of the rainfall will be used by plants and tree roots, but what remains can be drilled for available ground water.

All sounds very natural and healthy, so where is the danger? After all there’s no risk of aging pipework leaking lead or chemicals into your water supply, a worry which millions of Americans face every day.

Before we deal with that, let’s take a quick look at the three main types of well.

Dug wellsOld Well in the Desert

As the name suggests, dug wells are the most basic type of well and created simply by manually digging a relatively shallow pit (around 10 – 30 feet deep), and lining it with bricks, tiles or stones.

Driven Wells

This is a deeper hole of up to 50 feet, and is usually made using light machinery.

Drilled Wells

The deepest type of well, these can be up to 400 feet deep with metal or plastic casing.

The shallower the well, the more likely it is to become contaminated, but no well is altogether safe from that risk.

Drilling a wellOff Grid, No Rules Apply

While some local governments have safe practice or possibly some regulatory powers, owning a private well means that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which regulates public water systems, has no jurisdiction over private wells. Some see this as a plus point, but the reality is that without water experts checking the water source and quality, the onus is very much on the owner of the well to ensure that their water is safe to use and drink.

What Might Contaminate Well Water?

There will always be unpredictable hazards, but the regular ones that well owners must guard against are:

  • Flowing rainwater that might have picked up contaminantsRainwater hazardous to well water integrity
  • Livestock waste
  • Pets
  • Wildlife
  • Septic tanks
  • Manure runoff
  • Flooding
  • Any fuel tanks nearby
  • Fertilizer

In order help private well owners to drink safely from their wells, the EPA has an interactive map so that details of water well programs pertaining to different states can be easily accessed.

Testing, Testing

While there is guidance about how a well should be built, sited and maintained; with more and more reliance on fertilizers, pesticides and chemical treatments for livestock, the risk of groundwater becoming contaminated increases.

Private well owners must test regularly for pollutants, microbes, bacteria, chemicals, nitrate and acidity levels, among other things. Give the high stakes when it comes to whether the well water is safe to drink, it’s usually advisable to get an expert to carry out the testing. However, while there are cheap test kits available via the internet, people are tempted to cut corners, and save money.

Disease Data

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has an index of water born contaminants and symptoms, which makes for sobering reading. From data gathered between 1971 and 2010, the most commonly reported outbreaks were:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Giardia
  • Campylobacter, E Coli (tied for position)
  • Shigella
  • Cryptosporidium, Salmonella (tied for position)
  • Arsenic, Gasoline, Nitrate, Phenol, Selenium (tied for position)

Many of the contaminants found in improperly maintained wells can lead to gastrointestinal illness that might be extremely dangerous to someone with a compromised immune system, or the very young or elderly. Some toxins can result in reproductive or neurological disorders; and all of these ailments carry potentially catastrophic outcomes.

Above Ground Well ReserveStructural Signposts

It’s also hard to simply look at a well and make a decision about whether the structure itself is safe and likely to keep both pollution at bay, and store the water safely until it is consumed or used. Again, expert help is needed to examine the structure and integrity of the components. For example, corroded metal or solder might leach harmful toxins into the water and any nearby construction work might also affect the well’s structure.

Times Have Changed, So Must we

Many people come from families that have lived ‘off grid’ for generations and might disagree with the recommendations that well water is filtered and boiled before drinking. However, in years gone by, there was no – or minimal – risk of pollutants, chemical pesticides and herbicides to contend with. There was no fracking, no deep-earth construction and landfill sites filled with millions of tons of manmade waste, slowly releasing their decomposing elements into the earth; and ultimately into the groundwater that fills private wells across America.

DANGERS of Drinking Soda

It’s surprisingly hard to find a drink that has no plus points at all, or one that for which the negatives so far outweigh any benefits, that the positives are effectively negated.

Soda pretty much fits the bill though. Yes, it provides your body with a certain amount of hydration, but at what cost?

What's in the Can?

To consider the dangers, we need to break down the common ingredients in the average soda product. Some types of soda don’t contain all of these, but we’re looking at the component parts of what most brands do include in their formulations.

With that remit, many soda drinks contain:

  • Carbonated water
  • Sweeteners
  • Sugar (in some form, ‘high fructose corn syrup’ is common)
  • Preservatives
  • Flavorings
  • Coloring
  • Caffeine

What's Really in the Can?

These ingredients are so ubiquitous on labels these days that we barely see them, but let’s take ‘preservatives’ to begin with. Potassium sorbate is a common one and listed in the ingredients of many big name sodas. Long considered relatively benign, this colorless, odorless substance is ideal for keeping room-temperature products mold-free.

Another common preservative in soda and soft drinks is sodium benzoate, also known as benzoic acid, benzene and benzoate. Both of these preservatives are at the less serious end of the scale in terms of danger to health; merely causing allergic reactions and skin irritations in some people.

However, when sodium benzoate is combined with citric acid (another common ingredient in soda and ‘soft’ drinks), the highly carcinogenic benzene is produced.

Science of carcinogens in Soda

Products found to exceed the benzene parts-per-billion (pbb) guidelines set by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are withdrawn from sale once identified.

“Benzene, a carcinogen, may form at very small levels in some carbonated soft drinks that contain both benzoate salts (added to inhibit growth of bacteria, yeasts, and molds) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)…(The) FDA is working with the beverage industry to minimize benzene formation in products.”

American Food and Drug Administration

Alongside benzene in your drink, sits phenylalanine, present in many ‘diet’ or ‘low sugar’ brands of soda. Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin, and although natural forms of it are important to support healthy brain activity, it can trigger ADD/ADHD and behavioral disorders in some people.

But frankly, all of that isn’t the bad news.

The Color of Danger

Looking at a label of soda ingredients, one that doesn’t leap out as being a particularly worrying one is the innocent sounding ‘coloring.’ In fact, the chemicals that color your soda are among the most controversial.

Caramel E150d is a very commonly seen, composite coloring in soda and one that you may well be familiar with. In 2011, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) submitted a petition to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration, entitled ‘Petition to Bar the Use of Caramel Colorings Produced With Ammonia and Containing the Carcinogens 2-Methylimidazole and 4-Methylimidazole.’

The petition was based on the scientific findings of extensive laboratory testing on mice and rats which concludes that caramel E150d is a potential carcinogen.

Unsurprisingly, one of the companies implicated, the mighty Coca-Cola, disputed the petition, saying that the not-for-profit public health watchdog’s petition ‘…maliciously raises cancer concerns among consumers.’

In attempting to appease public panic over the risk, Dr Fred Guenerich, professor of biochemistry at Vanderbilt University, said that he didn’t, ‘want to exaggerate the potency,’ but went on to say:

"You're not going to get cancer if you drink a soda, once in a while, but you know the more you drink the greater the risk and there's no reason to accept any risk from a substance that's just coloring."

Dr. Fred Guengerich

Following on from the CSPI petition, in 2014, Consumer Reports filed their own concerns with the FDA.

Biohazard Symbol For now, the drinks industry is able to continue using potentially harmful chemicals, purely for aesthetic (read profit-related) reasons. We strongly suspect the debate will not go away, and who knows? Perhaps the next attempt at more stringent regulation will prove to be the tipping point.

Risk of Type-2 Diabetes?

Aside from carcinogenic concerns, drinking soda is also associated with the onset of type-2 diabetes, as detailed in this research paper published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ)

“Under assumption of causality for the association of consumption of sugar sweetened beverages with incidence of type 2 diabetes, we provided efficacy estimates that over 10 years two million type 2 diabetes events in the USA and 80 000 in the UK would be related to consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.”

BMJ 2015;351:h3576

What Else Comes Free With Your Soda?

Soda is formulated with phosphoric acid to give a zingy, sharp flavor; and then packed with sugar to offset the acidic taste. If you ditch the sugar and go for a ‘healthy’ version, then you get phenylalanine, aspartame, acesulfame-k or sucralose, to name but a few of the guises that ‘artificial sweetness’ comes in.

A 2015 study led by the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and published by the American Journal of Public Health looked at the link between the consumption of diet drinks and weight gain, concluding that:

"Overweight and obese adults drink more diet beverages than healthy-weight adults and consume significantly more solid-food calories and a comparable total calories than overweight and obese adults who drink SSBs. Heavier US adults who drink diet beverages will need to reduce solid-food calorie consumption to lose weight.”

The Next Generation

There is virtually nothing to recommend drinking soda, and it’s possible to list many more negative side effects of consuming it (talk to any dentist), and this paper published by the American Journal of Health Education gives a sobering overview of the “the availability of soft drinks in schools (“pouring rights contracts”) and its effects on the growing nutritional problems of American youth,” little of which makes uplifting reading.

Diet Soda and Diet Energy Drinks

The diet soda and diet energy drinks industry have long benefited from extremely good PR and slick advertising. The associations with being young or cool (or both) are well established, and many people seeking a tooth-achingly sweet fix without the sugar, or a guilt-free energy boost have reached for the low-cal option.

Diet Soda Hits the Headlines

Diet soda is in the news once again, and as is increasingly the case, the headlines aren’t good. A recently published study indicates that aspartame, the ‘sweetness’ found in many so-called diet drinks, can actually make you feel hungrier and ultimately lead to gaining weight, rather than losing it.

We’re not talking about test-subjects imbibing ridiculous amounts of it either; if you have a fairly standard daily intake of aspartame, in line with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, it’s still enough to increase your appetite.

Diet Soda and Diabetes?

If that’s not enough to put you off a ‘diet’ soda, then a report presented to the American Academy of Neurology in 2013 drew a link between drinking diet soda and an increased risk of depression.

Diet soda is, frankly, bad news. As well as actually hampering your weight loss attempts, it has also been linked to Type 2 Diabetes. Equally worrying, two ingredients, 2-Methylimidazole and 4-Methylimidazole, found in the caramel coloring of many soda drinks are known carcinogens.

Diet Energy Drinks and Your Health

Diet energy drinks are barely different, except they have the additional veneer of being ‘healthy,’ that comes from claims that they boost your energy, as well as helping you to lose weight. In fact, a 2016 study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) concluded that consuming energy drinks caused or contributed to chronic liver problems in the 50-year old test subject.

With the World Health Organization (WHO) issuing warnings over diet energy drinks, it’s likely that they will come further under the microscope as more and more links between ill-health and consumption of them are drawn.

How is Tyent Water Different?

The good news is that you can both lose weight and boost your energy by drinking Tyent ionized alkaline water.

Packed with hydrogen that literally energizes your body at a fundamental, cellular level; and free-radical fighting antioxidants (neither of which you’ll find in diet soda drinks), Tyent Water is the healthy, safe way to feeling and looking better.

If you’d like more information about how a Tyent ionizer can help you to lose weight or boost your energy, then give us a call today {LEAD_OWNER_PHONE|}.

The Dangers of Drinking Energy Drinks

Athletic woman drinking an energy drink Late night? Early morning? Got extra training and lacking the get-up-and-go? Reach for an energy drink, and you’ll soon feel back on top of your game, right? Well, it’s really not that simple, and more importantly, its not that safe.

Energy drinks are a relatively new phenomenon, emerging from Japan in the 1960’s and gaining popularity in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Broadly speaking, they tend to promote caffeine, taurine and vitamins as the ‘active ingredients.’

Too Good to be True?

We’re going to get stuck straight into the science here by starting with a narrative review written by researchers at the World Health Organization (WHO) who considered the risks and adverse health problems linked to consuming energy drinks.

The review states that the primary risks are related to caffeine consumption with high-blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, palpations and miscarriage among the risks of imbibing more than guideline amounts. Since 2014, stricter labelling over caffeine content has been in force in EU countries and Sweden has banned sales of energy drinks to children, with other products only available through a pharmacy.

“The evidence indicating adverse health effects due to the consumption of energy drinks with alcohol is growing. The risks of heavy consumption of energy drinks among young people have largely gone unaddressed and are poised to become a significant public health problem in the future.”

Breda JJ, Whiting SH, Encarnação R, Norberg S,
Jones R, Reinap M and Jewell J (2014)

Kathleen Miller, Ph.D. is a senior research scientist at the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, and author of ‘Energy Drinks, Race, and Problem Behaviors among College Students.’ She believes that although low doses of caffeine aren’t inherently dangerous, but, “get high enough levels — and I’m not talking really, super high here, say 500 milligrams of caffeine, that’s the equivalent of five cups of coffee – and you run into what’s called caffeine toxicity.”

Energy Drink and Coffee But what does that mean? After all, aren’t many of us guilty of relying on our favorite latte or espresso in the morning to get the day started? True, but while most of us won’t drink five cappuccinos in quick succession, some people do exactly that with energy drinks to get a fast ‘buzz.’

A Loophole in Regulation

Well, here’s a thing. Many of the energy drinks feature ‘natural’ active ingredients, with plant or herb extracts such as guarana and ginkgo biloba commonly used. By doing so, the manufacturers can market the product as a ‘dietary supplement’ rather than a food product.

What that means in terms of regulation is that although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; if an individual substance has been declared ‘safe’ and is generally recognized as being so by qualified experts, then it can be considered a ‘food additive’ and escapes FDA preapproval before being added to foods.

Thus, those components in dietary supplements – such as energy drinks - considered to be ‘active ingredients’ require no FDA preapproval.

Energy Drinks -v- Sports Drinks

The advertising used to promote energy drinks is also open to accusations of being misleading, to say the least. Some products imply that by drinking them, you have energy to spare, you can go and play sports and so on. There is a sense that energy drinks have leapt onto the back of sports drinks in terms of advertising. Indeed, people often do refer to ‘sports and energy drinks’ in the same breath, when the two things are really quite different.

Caffeine is a diuretic, and is pretty much the opposite of what you should be drinking if you’re playing sports.

Kathleen Miller comments on this as well, saying, “The general public in many cases doesn’t really get the difference between a Red Bull or a Monster on one hand, and Gatorade on the other hand. And they are doing the exact opposite things. Gatorade or Powerade, those are designed to rehydrate and bring back electrolytes into the system. They are designed for use with exertion. The others are really, really good things to avoid under the same circumstances.”

Female runners, getting on their marks

Do You Want to do This to Your Body?

In 2015, the American Heart Association published the researchers findings following one of the association’s Scientific Sessions. The message was startling; just one single 16-ounce energy drink measurably raised blood pressure and doubled stress hormones in the young, healthy test subjects.

Indeed, shortly after that research was published, in the UK, an office worker in his 20’s suffered a heart attack after drinking eight cans of a caffeine energy drink, in order to cope with a 60-hour working week.

Drinking excess levels of caffeine also puts pressure on your liver to process it, diverting its energy away from the removal of other toxins.

Bittersweet Facts

The amount of sugar contained in the average energy drink is also bad news, with the equivalent of the sugar contained in two bars of chocolate. The spiking of blood glucose levels causes insulin to be released. One effect of constantly stimulating your pancreas to respond to the presence of glucose is the increased chance of developing type-2 diabetes.

Energy drinks are not good for your health in any sense. If you feel tired, then find a way to get more rest. Sy nthetic or potentially dangerous fixes such as energy drinks are not the answer and it seems, might seriously compromise your health.

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DANGERS of Drinking Bottled Alkaline Water

Although it’s not as mainstream as other types of water, you may have seen bottled alkaline water for sale and wondered whether it’s worth spending your money on, or even whether it’s a viable alternative to owning a water ionizer.

How Does it Compare?

Bottled alkaline water is fine to drink if you don’t have an ionizer, if you’re away from home or simply prefer to avoid tap water or other types of the bottled stuff. However, it is not the case that bottled alkaline water can compare, in terms of the benefits it delivers, to an ionizer.

The water will hydrate you, but in a way that’s more comparable to regular water, rather than ionized alkaline water, which is up to 6 times more hydrating.

Bottled alkaline water does not contain the antioxidants that are found in ionized water, nor does it offer the same, all-important high pH value. Depending on the brand, bottled alkaline water might have been cleaned by a disinfecting process, reverse osmosis or distillation, with all naturally beneficial minerals removed as a result, only to be added back to the ‘clean’ water in the form of mineral supplements.

Plastic is Not Fantastic Plastic is not fantastic.

Most alkaline waters are sold in plastic bottles, which continue to be scrutinized for their effect on our health. An increasing number of studies conclude that yes, Bisphenol A (BPA, the substance found in most plastics) does leak out of the plastic itself to contaminate the contents. While some studies seek to assert that there is no detrimental effect on our health, we’re still learning about its long-term effects. Knowingly consuming BPA on a regular basis isn’t something that many people feel confortable with.

BPA is hard to avoid, as it can be found in so many every day objects, but reducing the amount we actively imbibe makes good sense.

Better Than Other Bottles

There are many other types of bottled water that fall short of bottled alkaline water, and as we indicated earlier, it’s a better option than many. Confronted with a refrigerator filled with different types of bottled water, alkaline water is probably one of the best to reach for, despite it’s relative shortcomings compared to ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer.

Why Tyent?

What Tyent customers are Saying About Us...

  • Tom Schafer Tyent USA Testimonial

    "By properly hydrating with Tyent Alkaline Water and improving her diet my wife is pain free and back to enjoying good health and we have both lost over 20 lbs."

    Tom Schafer

    Hendersonville, TN
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    “We at the Oasis of Hope Hospital have a Tyent USA water ionizer in our dining room for all of our patients so that they can have unlimited filtered, alkaline water."

    Dr. Francisco Contreras, MD

    Oncologist, Oasis of Hope Cancer Center
  • Tom Schafer Tyent USA Testimonial

    “I have played professional sports and coached professional sports and we have been singing the praises of Tyent alkaline water for about nine years..."

    Tom House, "Throwing Doctor"

    Founder, National Pitching Association
  • Tom Schafer Tyent USA Testimonial

    “The benefits seem endless... We are immensely grateful we learned of the Tyent ionizers, and realized that this is a priceless investment in our health."

    Rick Sr and Jennifer Mendyka

    Gillette, WY

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Ashley Edney

“The Tyent machine was one of the greatest investments I have ever made.” 

My name is Ashley Edney, and I have owned a Tyent Water Ionizer for almost a year now.  The Tyent machine was one of the greatest investments I have ever made.  

“After about three days of drinking the #1 alkaline water my heartburn and morning sickness had subsided immensely.”

I was pregnant when I purchased the machine and my heartburn and morning sickness were awful.  After about three days of drinking the #1 Alkaline water my heartburn and morning sickness had subsided immensely.  I felt that I had more energy too.

“We definitely feel more hydrated, have more energy and sleep better!”

 My husband is a firm believer in the water ionizer as well.  We both drink it and we definitely feel more hydrated, have more energy and sleep better!

“Your customer service is A+ and that is hard to find these days.”

Friends and family come to us to *drink the good water*.  Your customer service is A+ and that is hard to find these days.  Thank you Tyent for your wonderful product!

Ashley Edney
Alpharetta, Georgia

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Terry FatorFamous Ventriloquist and Winner of America’s Got Talent, Headliner at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

“I am a ventriloquist who does impressions of singers without moving my lips, so the pressure on my voice to perform not only for myself but also all of my characters is very heavy. When I signed a long-term deal to perform at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Vegas several years ago my number one concern was getting what is called “Vegas Throat”, a condition that is caused by the lack of humidity in the Vegas area. My doctor recommended humidifiers in my home and to drink lots of water. I installed the humidifiers and drank plenty of water, but I still noticed that my throat was to dry.

Since I got the Tyent UCE-11 ionizer I have noticed a marked difference. My throat feels much more lubricated and I have my full vocal range back!

I recommend it to anyone who need to keep their voice and body hydrated.

Another plus is that I am saving hundreds of dollars not having to purchase cases of bottled water and my Tyent ionizer paid for itself in just a few short months. Thanks, Tyent, for making my life and voice healthier!”

Leo the dog

“Keeps his coat shiny and fresh smelling.”

During the ten years we have had our Tyent™ Ionizer, it has improved our life in so many ways!  At the age of 6, our beautiful German Shepard, Leo, was to the point he could not get up on his own because of inflammation and arthritis.  Within a couple months of drinking the alkalized ionized water, Leo was running around like his old self again and lived to be 10 and a half, with a great quality of life!  We are so thankful a friend told us about the Tyent Water Ionizers!!  I know we can credit our great health to our healthy lifestyle and our Tyent water machine!!

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Yannick BissonCanadian Film Actor, Murdoch Mysteries

"My TV series Murdoch Mysteries is set in 1900 Toronto. Most of our scenes are shot outdoors and I'm dressed in a three piece wool suit, topped off with a Homburg Hat all summer long, and summers in Toronto are HUMID.

I couldn't get through these days if I didn't have the amazingly hydrating Tyent Water in my stainless steel water bottles to keep me going.

In fact on the days I've forgotten it and had to drink regular bottled water I end up with headaches and low energy by the end of my fourteen hour days.

In my business it's all about how you look and HD film isn't always kind. 

Since having the Tyent Water Ionizer installed in our brand new home six months ago everybody keeps asking me "what I'm doing differently, you're like an alien who never ages" and I tell them it's all in my water!”

Take a peek inside Yannick Bisson’s home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Tyent UCE-9000 in his beautiful kitchen!

Robert Moran

"One month short of five years ago, when I was 64, I was happily jogging in the park. I was running five miles every other day in about 46 minutes. This particular day I became extremely fatigued after only two and a half miles – which was two and a half miles from my car. I walked back, which was a struggle. I came home, and went to bed. After a week of being too fatigued to go to work, I went to see the local doctor. I was told that there appeared to be nothing wrong – and was prescribed an asthma inhaler to help me breath. I didn’t and don’t have asthma, and I didn’t have a problem breathing. I presume because I told the doctor that I was running at the onset of my fatigue, he assumed that I had a breathing problem. I was forced to use it once in the doctor’s office – after I came home, I threw it away.

The next morning, I woke up nine-tenths dead – I felt really, really bad.strong> My wife had left early in the morning on business, and came home about four in the afternoon. I thought I would be dead soon, and I gave her all the passwords to our bank accounts. Later that day, she and one of her friends took me to the nearest ER which was about 30 miles away. I guess I didn’t have enough money in the bank for her to let me die. By this time, I could not stand or walk without help.

I was kept overnight in the hospital, and was scanned, poked, and prodded all night long. I was seen by several doctors – one said he found nothing wrong, another said my kidneys were failing, and a third prescribed an asthma inhaler – the same brand and type as the first doctor I saw. Again, I threw it away

I was terrified – I assumed that my kidneys were failing and I didn’t think I’d last a week. I tried to see the doctor I had seen earlier the morning I got out of the hospital just to get some answers, but he didn’t see patients that day. His receptionist was rather rude about it – see him later in the week or go back to the ER.

After some searching, my wife found a doctor that would see me. He looked at the ER and hospital records and declared that my kidneys were not failing, that I did not have asthma or need an inhaler, and there was nothing wrong with me except some mild arthritis. I pointed out that I could not stand or walk without help and slept 23 out of the 24 hours in a day, so there obviously was something wrong. I was sent to a clinic where they took several tubes of blood, and then my wife took me home, and I slept.

After several days, the doctor told my wife that all the blood tests turned up negative, but he scheduled some more blood tests, and a thyroid biopsy, and some sort of nerve test where they stick needles into you and run electric current – he warned me it would be somewhat painful.

My wife took me to get the second round of blood tests. The technician had trouble finding a vein, and I went out like a light. When I woke up, a nurse in the ER was cutting my clothes off. When I woke up, she told me “you are the most excitement we have had all day”. Apparently, I had been out for quite a while, and had turned a rather dark shade of green, according to my wife. She thought that I had died. The ER doctor asked me what my problem was, since the blood tests requested were rather unusual. I told him that I didn’t know. He told me that I was unusually weak and dehydrated, and most emphatically told me not to have any invasive procedures done until I had regained some strength because they could easily kill me. They kept me at the ER for about four hours.

My wife took me home, and immediately cancelled all of the scheduled biopsies and tests. The next day, against my protestations, she hauled me to an alternative medicine clinic run by a licensed MD that had gotten fed up with the conventional medical practices. At this time, I strongly did not believe in “alternative medicine”.

The first thing that became apparent is that the doctor and his staff actually listened to me, and asked detailed questions covering every detail of what I was going through, and asked my opinion of what was going on.

The following took place over a period of six months or more – I cannot remember exactly, but it was a long time. The first month or so I spent sleeping 23 out of 24 hours a day.

I won’t go into all of the treatments in detail (with a few exceptions, vitamins, minerals, and natural remedies). One procedure that was done is called “live blood analysis”. Conventional practitioners now call this quackery – but it used to be a common practice 40 years ago, and is stilled used by researchers. I observed the entire procedure, which basically consists of drawing a drop of blood and looking at it under a video microscope. The result was somewhat disturbing – in addition to various “stuff” floating around in my blood – fat and uric acid crystals, among other things - a significant number of my red blood cells looked like deflated balloons and starfish. The technician told me that he did not know the cause, or the cure, but it was obvious something was stressing my blood cells and that I had a “leaky colon”.

Now this is where the Tyent comes in. The alternative medicine doctor told me to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. Plain water was good enough, but ionized water would be better.

My wife had a friend who was selling Kangen water ionizers. She volunteered to provide me with ionized water to prove that it would do some good.

For months, my wife would fetch ionized water for me. At this time, I was slowly getting better, staying awake longer and going into work a few hours a week. Being somewhat skeptical about the ionized water, I stopped drinking it for a week, twice, and drank tap water. Both times, I could tell the difference – I started feeling worse, very quickly, when I stopped drinking it, and got better when I started drinking the ionized water. Before I fell ill, I was having trouble urinating – just getting old, I supposed. A few months after starting with the ionized water, the difficulty urinating became less and less. Now, it is not a problem anymore. Also, I used to eat antacids like candy – I have always had an acid reflux problem. Over a relatively short period of time, my acid reflux went away. I seldom need antacid anymore.

I also found that the taste of the ionized water was very good. Filtered water and bottled water is just “bland” – the only way to describe it. The ionized water is just more drinkable to me.

OK, now it was clear to me that I needed my own water ionizer. The price of the Kangen ionizer was outrageous, plus the technology was quite old – it works, but very heavy and requires periodic cleaning.

I looked at a lot of brands, and settled on the Tyent because the price was affordable, the technology more recent, the self-cleaning feature, and the lifetime warranty.

My wife bought the lady that was providing the Kangen ionized water for me a very nice thank you gift.

I also looked into the technology of water ionizers on the internet. A lot of educated people who should know better say it is quackery and you cannot “ionize water” because pure water is a non-conductor, and in any case, if you did succeed in putting ions in it, they would just recombine and neutralize each other.

I remember a demonstration in physics class at Ga. Tech. The professor had a large, glass plate capacitor which could be disassembled. Glass is a non-conductor. He charged the capacitor up, and carefully disassembled it. He then shorted the conductive plates together to show that there was no charge on the plates. He then passed the glass plate around the class. He then reassembled the capacitor, and drew a three inch arc from the conductive plates. The purpose of the demonstration was to show that the charge in a capacitor is stored in the non-conductive dielectric. OK, I reasoned, now replace the glass with water – a water capacitor. Charge up the conductive plates. The water next to one plate will have an excess of electrons, the water next to the other plate will have a dearth of electrons. Now quickly remove the water next to each plate – the water next to one plate will be stuck with an excess of electrons, the water next to the other plate will suffer from a lack of electrons. The purer the water, the better this works. In any case, I was clear to me those on the internet – some who are PhDs – that argue that there is no such thing as ionized water should call their University and ask for their money back for giving them such a poor education in physics.

In any case, I not only satisfied myself that not only do water ionizers actually put a charge into the water, but that alkaline water is actually very good for you.

After six or seven months of alternative medical treatment, including copious amounts of ionized water, I begin to become my old, irascible self again. At the insistences of my wife, I had another live blood analysis. This time, all of my red blood cells were nice round like they are supposed to be, no fat in the blood, no uric acid crystals or anything else that was not supposed to be there. Objective proof that the treatments prescribed by the alternative medicine physician actually had an effect.

In about a year after I first became ill, I was able to begin seriously exercising again. I had gained 40 pounds over this period – doing nothing but sleeping and eating is not particularly good for you. I was too heavy to start jogging again, plus my leg muscles had atrophied. I started riding a recumbent tadpole tricycle (not what you think – it is a lean, mean, speed machine if you are man enough to pedal it). I started out barely being able to go 13 mph – now I can hold 22mph on the flats.

In summary, I’m now 69 years old. I can pee again. I lost the 40 extra pounds. I regularly ride Centurys on my recumbent trike faster than a lot younger folks on expensive diamond frame bikes – today I knocked off a 40 mile, very hilly ride with the local bike club. I will be riding the Cap2Cap Century (Richmond to Williamsburg) in May.

I still have my Tyent I bought years ago, it still works great, and my wife and I still religiously drink the ionized water from it.

What caused me to fall so seriously ill? I never found out – perhaps it was a pollen allergy - the day I was jogging was a severe pollen day – I probably will never know.

As to the extent that ionized water played in my recovery, I can only say that it very noticeably made a difference. As to what role it plays today in my overall health, I cannot say, but I feel great, and I can pee again and I do not have an acid reflux problem. I still drink copious amounts of alkaline water, and you could not pull my Tyent away from me with elephants.

I also have become a firm believer in alternative medicine. I am convinced conventional medicine would have literally biopsied me and drugged me to death, and, after the autopsy, they would have told my wife what killed me.

It can be argued that I eventually would have recovered on my own, if left alone. But three things are clear to me – conventional medical practices would have either killed me or left me disabled and on expensive prescription drugs, the alternative medicine, at worst, did no harm (and I’m convinced that it worked), and the ionized water makes me feel better and seems to have largely eliminated my life-long acid reflux problem.

Dr. Nancy McClellanDC Dipl. Ac.

“Tyent Water™, along with all of its other benefits, neutralizes free radicals in a very effective manner.”

One of the important features of drinking Tyent Water™ is the ORP quotient, that is the oxidation reduction potential and the power the water has to go into your body and neutralize free radicals. If people realize that free radicals attack:

Number 1. Nerve tissue
Number 2. Brain tissue
Number 3. Cell walls

They might take ORP a little more seriously.

Tyent Water, along with all of its other benefits, neutralizes free radicals in a very effective manner.

The most important things we can do is to drink Tyent alkaline water because it flushes out the part of your body called the ground substance, or the matrix, where all of your cells sit in. It’s where everything happens in your body. The only thing that I have found that cleanses the ground substance is alkaline water, so I consider alkaline ionized water from a Tyent machine one of the most important things a person can do for themselves and their family’s health.

Franci Crownoble

“It keeps my blood pressure down & I no longer have arthritis in my knees!”

Tyent ionized alkaline water has been very beneficial to my health!  It keeps my blood pressure down & I no longer have arthritis in my knees!

The unit is easy to use & tastes great!  I also appreciate all of the other levels of acid or alkaline water it allows me to use!

-Franci Crownoble
Cottonwood, Arizona

Connie Cochran

“I went with TYENT USA, and I‘m so glad I did!”

My first experience with ionized water was when a representative demonstrated it at a home show.  I thought I knew all there was to know about it’s purposes in life, after all,  I’d be on this planet for nearly 70 years.  Little did I know there was a big surprise awaiting me.  All water is definitely not created equal!

“All water is definitely not created equal!”

I always prided myself in not drinking excessive amounts of sweet soft drinks.  I even made a switch from an occasional soda to a large amount of carbonated tap water that I made myself at home.  What could be better than lots of homemade carbonated water? I began getting acid reflux that was beyond being resolved with over-the-counter products.  My doctor gave be a prescription to help.

The demonstrator at the home show made a huge impression on me.  He had some family members and other people, (who had ionized systems in their own homes), come to the show that weekend.  They all looked very healthy, especially their skin.

I went home and did some extensive research on the computer. I was definitely on a mission.   I already knew I  was going to have this water in my home, easily accessible to drink every single day. To me, it was necessary to compare equipment capabilities along with prices and reviews written by people who use the machine. In my research, I came across a remarkable video showing colon comparisons of those that did and did not drink alkaline water.  There were before and after photos of those that made the switch. Generally I’m not one to share “colon pictures” with my friends, but this was a must!

“I’m so glad I went with Tyent.”

I made the decision to go with TYENT USA because of a comparison video, the price and their warranty , and I‘m so glad I did. It was truly the beginning of a life changing experience. This is a wonderful piece of equipment and really should be a “must have” for everyone. I’m amazed I hadn’t heard about it before.  The choice I made was the TYENT 9090 Turbo. It has the capability to do both extremes: very alkaline and very acidic. I’ve found many purposes for both.  My friends love it when I take them turbo acidic water.  All of our bathrooms are sterilized and the glass is spotless, not to mention the floors!!

“The acid reflux completely resolved itself.” 

During  the first few weeks of my switch to water from my Tyent 9090 Turbo, the acid reflux completely resolved itself.  The weight seemed to be going down.  No longer did I need pain or anti-inflammatory medication several times a day.  My skin and hair improved.  Even the dental hygienist noticed a difference in the build-up on my teeth at my semi-annual cleaning appointment. 

After about 3 months I just happened on to a book called “The Beauty Detox Solution” by Kimberly Snyder, Certified Nutritionist.  As I read the book I began the second phase of my wonderful alkaline future. Learning that “obesity is an acid problem”. I began following her suggestions to eat alkaline food along with my already newly found friend, ionized alkaline water.  Only then did I realize that most of my life I’ve been over-fed and under-nourished causing me to carry around a terrible amount of excess weight. 

“The weight loss is remarkable!”

What a wonderful combination:  ALKALINE WATER and ALKALINE FOOD.  I cannot wait to go back to my physician in early June. The weight loss is remarkable! And, when my doctor reviews the blood work , he won’t have to write prescriptions for inflammation or for acid reflux any longer.

I drink 3 to 4 quarts of this wonderful Tyent Water™ every day.  I only wish I’d learned about it when I was younger . . . But then there are some people who never learn about it. I am grateful this important information came my way and . . . THANK YOU TYENT USA!

Celebrate Life…with Water!

Connie Cochran

Dr. Joe FawcettDC

“The Tyent machine performs far above anything else that is out there.”

One of the elements that is so key and vital in anybody’s health is their pH, and we want to achieve a slightly alkaline pH in the body. I have looked at a lot of different water ionizer machines and I found the one that truly is the best! The Tyent machine performs far above anything else that is out there.

R. Brouser

"I have suffered from severe arthritis and fibromyalgia for decades. But thank God I "discovered" alkaline water from Tyent. It has changed my life completely. I live in the Sub-Arctic of Alaska's Interior where it is severely cold (down to -60 degrees in the winter) and very dark (less than 3 hours of daylight in the winter, too). I have seen many doctors to get relief from my disorders and they all have told me to move somewhere warm and sunny, take lots of pills for pain and muscle relaxation, and don't exercise (it will flare up the fibromyalgia.)

I first heard about the concept of making your body alkaline from my best friend. Her Integrative Medicine doctor told her to eat certain foods to make her body more alkaline. She told me many sicknesses cannot live in an alkaline environment. When I searched methods to become more alkaline they all involved specialized and fairly expensive food plans. It was a lot to grasp since I am already severely reactive to over 400 food allergens and have to carefully avoid otherwise healthy foods.

And then I found out about alkaline water! All I had to do was drink it; how simple could it be?! I bought a Tyent 7070 Turbo and began drinking a gallon a day. (I picked Tyent due to their strong medical recognition in Korea for over 30 years and lifetime product warranty.)

About 2 weeks after starting the Tyent alkaline water, my worst arthritis symptoms abated. It will be 2 years next month and the pain has not returned!

When I told my doctor that my arthritis abated since drinking alkaline water he looked at me and said disdainfully, "You are kidding me; you of all people are a medical social worker and should know the power of a fake placebo!" I got a different doctor! The next doctor I found believed in holistic medicine and ran some blood tests and x-rays to see how bad the arthritis was in my hands.

The tests in 2013 showed there was NO INFLAMMATION in my blood at all (and the pain has been long gone). There was no other intervention but Tyent alkaline water to give the credit to!

 I have told many friends about the alkaline water. One friend had fibromyalgia like I do. I brought her a gallon of water every day. Within a month she told me her fibro pain had disappeared. I was shocked; I still had a lot of pain. Then it dawned on me that I was told to not exercise and I hadn't in years. If I didn't exercise how would I know if the water could take away muscle pain? I started physical therapy. Over the last year and a half I have gotten to 3 miles on my treadmill and many exercises each day. I haven't hurt at all after working out. I have some continued general fatigue and mild pain, but not related to my physical therapy. Amazing!! Of course, I guzzle close to a gallon every day.

The water seems to wick away whatever waste materials that normally cause my fibromyalgia pain from exercise. Since then I have lost 25 pounds and 2 dress sizes, too. Thank God for Tyent alkaline water.”

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Michael McKenry Catcher, Tampa Bay Rays

“You gotta look into this alkaline water. It’ll do dividends for your life. When it comes to alkaline water, Tyent USA is THE brand.”

It’s just been wonderful to be able to be ahead of the game, just a little bit, comparative to other guys that are just drinking regular bottled water.”

After doing a lot of research, when it comes to alkaline water, Tyent USA is THE brand.

Tyent Water, along with all of its other benefits, neutralizes free radicals in a very effective manner.

Kristen Taylor

“I have received excellent customer service with Tyent USA.”

I am Kristen Taylor and I want to first discuss the excellent customer service I have received with Tyent USA. Jim Roberts has gone above and beyond...over the top to serve and satisfy and I am most grateful to have met him and I am more than thrilled to have gone this route opposed to choosing the other ionized/ alkaline companies that I was debating.  It has been such a pleasure dealing with Jim and he has been so prompt, so on top of things, so kind and has made this experience perfect for me!

“I love the energy that the Tyent Water™ gives me, and I love how it keeps my system regulated and cleansed.”

I am so glad I chose Tyent USA.

“My skin has been so clear from drinking the ionized water and from using the Tyent beauty water as well!*”

I am a major fan of Tyent USA and I want to tell the world!

-Kristen Taylor
Inman, South Carolina

*Note from Tyent USA: The Tyent beauty water that Kristen is referring to is simply level 1 acidic pH water from the Tyent water ionizer produces in addition to the alkaline pH ionized water.

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Shareece WrightBaltimore Ravens

“Lactic acid is a big, big part of the reason why you get sore.

After drinking Tyent Water, the soreness after practice is not there anymore like it used to be before I was drinking Tyent Water.

Getting out of bed, I feel a lot better and it’s definitely helping with my energy once I go out on the field and perform. As a professional football player and athlete and being out there on the field everyday and being in different types of weather, we can’t afford to be sick. As far as the immune system, we have to keep our immune system strong.

This water, I feel, is definitely making my immune system stronger.

It’s a clear taste. It’s smooth going down your throat. It’s easy to drink and you don’t feel as bloated when you drink Tyent Water than when you drink faucet water.”

Icilda Sanford & Family

“I am very pleased with my decision based on numerous factors such as: Tyent’s warranty, price, guarantees, health benefits, and great taste!”

My family has been drinking Tyent Water™ for approximately 6 months. Prior to ordering my Tyent machine I was approached by a Kangen water distributor. I began to research the benefits and the companies that offered Alkaline water. After much comparison, I decided to purchase my Tyent machine. I am very pleased with my decision based on numerous factors such as: Tyent’s warranty, price, guarantees, health benefits, and great taste!

“Now my children love drinking Tyent Water™.”

In addition, my daughter suffered from a bad ache and my children, in general, did not like to drink water. However, ever since the machine was installed, her acne cleared up and now my children love drinking Tyent Water™.

“I use the water to sanitize my house and it works great!”

Lastly, other than the health benefits, the machine has greatly reduced my cleaning budget. Instead of buying an array of cleaners, I use the water to sanitize my house and it works great!

“I am very pleased with the product and the great customer service. The Tyent was definitely one of my best purchases in life.”

Thanks TYENT!!!

From a very pleased customer, 

-Icilda Sanford & Family
Los Angeles, California

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Nate Schierholtz Starting Right Fielder, Chicago Cubs

“A lot of athletes are beginning to use Tyent Water. It’s a great product and it’s huge in sports.

Playing 162 games a year is physically taxing on the body, and so my Tyent Water definitely gives me the boost I need.

I work out almost everyday and I need better sleep, more hydration and to feel 100% focused on the field, and I feel that Tyent Water does that for me.

You won’t see me drinking anything but Tyent Water”

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