How to Make Your Water Alkaline

by Ross Bridgeford

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Ross With His Alkaline JugHi everyone

I’ve blogged about this before, but we’ve seen such innovation in the past 18 months that I feel it is time to update you all on the best, cheapest and most effective ways to make your water more alkaline.

First, I will define what I consider good quality alkaline water to be: water that has been filtered to remove impurities and with a pH of above 7.365, ideally above pH 8.

These are the two key components:

  1. Remove impurities
  2. Raise alkalinity to between pH 8-9.5
  3. If you can tick those two boxes it doesn’t matter how you do it! Then if you drink 3-4 litres of this water per day you will see and feel the difference right away!

    You might remember my blog post a fortnight ago about the pH of different drinks:

    ph test video

    I recommend watching this again to get an overview of both why high pH water is important, but also to see the pH of other drinks such as cola, juice, wine, beer and tap water to get an understanding of how detrimental some of these drinks can be. If the concept of alkalinity is new to you, click here to see my beginners guide and read this excerpt from my interview with Ravi of

    Your body HAS to keep the pH of your blood, cells and other fluids at just slightly alkaline (pH 7.365) and it will do ANYTHING it has to in order to maintain this pH balance. To do this, your body calls upon its store of alkaline buffers, which it draws upon to neutralize the acids we ingest or create through bodily processes. This store of buffers is very easily depleted because most of us eat and drink such strong acids. To put this in context, the pH scale is logarithmic – so pH 6 is 10x more acidic than pH 7, meaning pH 5 is 100x times more acidic than pH 7 and pH 4 is 1000x more acidic. Coke has a pH of between 2 and 3. So you can see how a diet filled with meats, dairy, fizzy drinks, alcohol etc would quickly deplete these buffers.

    And when we deplete these buffers and still ingest more acids…what happens? The body is forced into drawing upon the alkaline minerals it has to buffer which causes havoc in the body – for instance, if the body is constantly drawing calcium to neutralize the acids we consume then the symptoms of osteoporosis emerge (hence the recent research articles linking cola consumption with osteoporosis).

    This is just one example. Another outcome is that the body also hangs onto excess fat to protect our body/organs from the damage caused in an acidic state. Another outcome is that we ingest high levels of sugar, the sugar ferments in the blood, creating more acids, which creates acid wastes, which feeds the sugar which has fermented into bacteria, yeast, fungus which create more acid wastes etc and a vicious cycle of acid creation further depletes the alkaline buffers resulting in skin conditions, yeast infections, mood and emotional problems, diabetes and a whole heap of other symptoms.

    By eating 70-80% alkaline foods we not only take this stress away from the body, but we also flood our body with vitamins, fiber, minerals, nutrients, good fats, proteins, antioxidants etc. which build the blood, cleanse our system and ultimately make us feel great.

    Still, the simple explanation is the one I prefer – eat lots of great, fresh foods and treat treats as a treat.

    How To Make Alkaline Water

    There are several ways and several pieces of equipment that you can use to make alkaline water. They are all different and they all have their pro’s and con’s. This is a blog post in itself, so don’t be surprised if it becomes on (and then accuse me of being lazy!).

    Here they are, in price order, with the pro’s and con’s listed out!

    water ioniser - alkaline waterWater Ioniser: Water ionisers are, unsurprisingly, products that ionise water. The water is ionised (electrically enhanced) by running it over positive and negative electrodes. This separates the water into alkaline (70%) and acidic (30%). This is exceptionally beneficial as the alkaline water is then used for drinking, while the acidic water can be used on the outside of the body as it is proven to kill many types of bacteria.

    These are more expensive that distillers but are FAR more user friendly, as they simply attach to your tap and produce water at a pH of your choice instantly, as soon as you turn the tap on!

    We are getting some amazing feedback from our customers. Click here for more info on water ionisers. You can also read my full explanation and review of how the alkaline water ionizer works here.

    water distiller - alkaline waterWater Distiller: using a distiller is a very efficient and effective method of purifying your water. As noted by Dr. Weil:

    the process of distillation kills and removes virtually all bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and other organic and inorganic contaminants. Once distilled, the water is as pure as water can reasonably be.

    What a recommendation! He also does a great job here of dispelling the incredibly inaccurate myth about distilled water leaching minerals from the body (ridiculous I know).

    Distilled water is water that has been turned to steam and then condensed back into water. This process, as noted above kills all impurities, removes acid toxins and makes the water pH neutral/slightly alkaline and then an excellent base for adding pH drops or other alkaline ingredients.

    jug ioniser - alkaline waterIonising Water Filter: These models are cheap and do a sterling job! They are also easily transportable which almost make them a must-have. Imagine having alkaline water, on tap, directly on your office desk!

    They work by passing the water through a series of filters and then the water sits in a pool of ionising, alkaline minerals.

    Simply pour tap water in, wait a few minutes and you have alkaline water. When we tested the pH of the water that came through (see the video here) it was pH 8.5+. Remarkable.

    Pros: very cost effective and portable. While the filter is not as effective as with the full-blown ionisers and the water is certainly not as structured, these units are cheap, portable and effective. I personally just travelled from home in England to Turkey to Greece to France and took my Energise Water Filter with me! Here it is in my hotel room with me right now! You can also have one at work on your desk or even on the road in the car. It makes alkalising on-the-go so much more achievable!

    Cons: not quite as effective at ionising the water as an electric model. The parts need replacing more often, but are pretty cheap.

    UPDATE: We’ve just done a product video test on the Energise Water Jug! Click the image below to see it!

    ph jug video

    ph drops - alkaline waterpH Drops: pH drops are highly concentrated liquids containing very potent alkaline minerals. Once dropped into any water they dramatically increase the alkalinity of the liquid. I personally use Dr Young’s puripHy because not only is it the most potent (you need less drops so it is most cost effective) but it also actually purifies the water at the same time – ridding it of yeasts, molds, fungus, bacteria and acidic mycotoxins.

    Pro’s – highly transportable and you can drop into any water from any source to increase the alkalinity.

    Con’s – while the alkalinity is increased there isn’t actually any physical filtration.

    lemons and limes - alkaline waterLemons and Limes!: Using lemons and limes is a cheap, quick, last-minute resort! While we all know that these fruits are acidic in their natural state, they actually have an alkalising effect on the body due to their high concentration of alkaline minerals (such as potassium and magnesium) and very little sugar.

    A few squeezes of lemon or lime into your water helps to alkalise your hydration schedule!

    Pro’s – very cheap, very tasty!
    Con’s – don’t actually alkalise the water, and while they do have an alkalising effect on the body, it is not really comparable, long-term, to any of the other options above.

    What I Do & What I Use

    To give you an idea of how I keep myself hydrated and alkaline, here are the products I personally use in my daily life:

    • Chanson Miracle MAX – I recently upgraded from my Jupiter Melody because I simply feel that the Chanson Water Ionizers are far, far superior. This is the model that I have installed in my home and when I am in my home all of the water I drink comes through this machine at a pH of 9.5 – yep 1000 times more alkaline than my tap water!
    • Dr Young’s puripHy – for all of the reasons listed earlier. I think it is the product with the most efficacy – from all of the pH drops I’ve tested this one has the most dramatic effect on the water. I also love that it purifies the water too, meaning that if I am out and about I don’t have to worry about the water I’m drinking! Being so potent means that it is also the most cost effective. You only have to use 5 drops per liter compared to 12-15 drops per liter as I’ve seen with other pH drops.
    • The Energise Alkaline Water Jug – this is a fantastic product to have at home, on your desk at work or wherever, whenever you travel. As you might know if you read this blog – I travel a lot and this has made my life a million times easier. Seriously, invest in one now!

    And that is all there is to it!

    Keep alkaline, stay happy and be vibrant!
    Ross (

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Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

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marcus January 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Where I stay in africa . We don’t have clean water .every body drinks bottle water . Can I use this water ionizer machine to filter my bottle water ? How can I use water ionizer machine to filter unclean tap water and get alkaline water?


Energise Ross January 28, 2014 at 3:47 am

Hi Marcus

It attaches directly to the tap, so you can’t use it with bottled water. I recommend getting the best filtration possible, if the water in your area is too unclean. The Chanson Nano filter with the ionizer would be a great combination.



nur May 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

about the lime , I read somehwere that it can causes ur enamel to corrode, so maybe is it better if u consume it using straws.

one more is can u use baking soda I heard that it can make the water alkaline not actually heard but I read it from a website



E r I November 29, 2011 at 2:09 am

About to start working on my own test this is a good reference. Information on health is KEY thank you. :3


Maureen Nimmons November 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Hi Ross, I’ve been given an alkaline water jug as a present….not one of your’s unfortunately … you know if your relacement filter cartridges fit most jugs, or would I have to order one from the manufacturer of my jug? Many thanks!


Nehemie July 14, 2010 at 5:39 am

Thank you so much for this great information. I’ve been searching the web for 4 hours trying to find a way to get cheap alkaline water. I cant really afford an ionizer right now so the Energise Alkaline Water Jug is just what I need!:)


Sue July 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Hi -
Thank you for the info. However, I have to add that distilled water is VERY acidic, not pH balanced, as you implied. I just tested it myself using an aquarium pH kit.

pH drops must be added to it to change the alkaline level.


mary wilkerson July 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

How many drops of PH Ion Boster (1 and step 2) do you use in a gallon of distilled water? The directions for use are not very clear. Also do I put six drops of both 1 and 2 in a glass of water.


john chartrand April 21, 2010 at 1:55 am

I agree with Dr. Weil and many others like him claiming that water Ionizers are a waste of money.
To achieve good health, eliminate junk food and eat plenty of plant based foods such as, vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts, whole grains, etc.
It’s not rocket science, it’s just common sense!


Alkaline Test Strips March 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I agree that if you don’t take control of your health then you expect a healthy body. I think a huge key is your ph balance and the food we take into our bodies. I have found that alkalizing food have made a huge difference in my weight. I challenge anyone to try it and you will find a difference.


Steph February 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

Argh, I’m really on the fence when it comes to buying a water ionizer. I have been reading seriously mixed reviews. And, I came across Dr. Weil’s opinion:

I was very close to ordering a Jupiter Melody. Have you actually felt a difference from drinking water from this system?? So confusing…


HCG Diet & Weight Loss November 12, 2009 at 6:08 am

Interesting article. I think the lemons/limes way would be preferred, given its natural approach and lower cost…


Sean October 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Hi Ross,

If you were to use the Water Jug at home and transfer the water into a bottle for easy transportation, would the water keep its alkalinity?



rob September 29, 2009 at 11:58 pm

what about adding electrolytes or just bicarb to water


Clive September 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Hi Ross
Bought the Ionizing Jug but it came with no instructions. Do you need to prime the filter by rinsing it a number of times and what is the bag of crystals for?



Ross September 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Hi Clive

Apologies for that – it should have come with this page – you can download it here



Jem Mills September 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Hi Ross have you ever stuck your ph probe into a cup of red bush tea (with no milk) I’d be fascinated to know the ph because I drink a fair bit of it since hearing that it contains 40x the anti-oxidants of green tea . Also does in what ways does heating alkalised water change its properties?


Ross September 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Hi Jem

How’s things? Unfortunately I’m in Paris at the mo and the pH probe is in Northants! I’ll test a whole load of other beverages when I get back and will let you know!

Hope all is good


Debbie September 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Is bottled water alkaline? Or would I have to put bottled water through the methods stated above to make it alkaline?
Thanks in advance.



Kathleen September 19, 2009 at 1:06 am


I am doing my own blog and would like you to come and be a guest blogger on my blog. I would like to print one of your recipes each week. I am currently working as a researcher with other professionals trying to find help for morgellons sufferers. You have my personal email, please get in touch.
Thanks you so much.


hcg diet weight loss September 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm

i think you are very smart and you are 100% right your a very smart person we need more ppl like you in this world


Michael September 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Great job Buddy!!!


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