My suggestion see pics.
I would suggest that the most holistic( & cheapest) way of increasing the alkalinity of your drinking water is to add a teaspoon of Dolomite & Azomite to a 1 ltr container of water, give it a shake and let it sit for a day, ph will rise to around 8, it will not look crystal clear and it has a slight milky taste, which I quite like. This way you are not only getting the benefit of more alkalinity you are also getting a rich mix of trace elements.
Water Alkalinity and pH
There is some confusion between alkalinity and pH. It seems that it is not enough to drink high pH water. Alkalinity also needs to be high for the high pH water to have a strong medical affect.
pH and alkalinity are two different measurable parameters of water. Even though the pH can be very high we find that un-mineralized water has little ability to neutralize acid in the stomach to initiate the production of bicarbonate in the bloodstream.
Alkalinity is important because it protects or buffers against rapid pH changes.
pH simply expresses the degree of hydrogen ion concentration. The pH level of drinking water is a measure of how acidic or basic it is – pH is related to the hydrogen ions in water and stands for “potential of hydrogen.” Alkalinity is a measure of the capacity of water to neutralize acids.
Alkalinity of natural water is determined by the soil and bedrock through which it passes. The main sources for natural alkalinity are rocks which contain carbonate, bicarbonate, and hydroxide compounds. Borates, silicates, and phosphates also may contribute to alkalinity. Limestone(calcium carbonate) is rich in carbonates, so waters flowing through limestone regions or bedrock containing carbonates generally have high alkalinity – hence good buffering capacity. Conversely, areas rich in granites and some conglomerates and sandstones may have low alkalinity and therefore poor buffering capacity.
Dolomite is a carbonate mineral composed of calcium magnesium & carbonate Ca Mg (CO3)2.
Dolomite is also used as the substrate in marine (saltwater) aquariums to help buffer changes in pH of the water.
AZOMITE has been approved in Australia as an additive for organic production for both animals and crops. It contains 67 + chemical elements, most in an oxide form along with trace and rare earth minerals & has strong Alkalising effects. The pH of AZOMITE is 8.0.
“Alkalinity measures the concentrations of bicarbonate, carbonate, and hydroxide ions and is expressed as an equivalent concentration of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Alkaline ionizers do not always deliver water that is sufficiently acid-neutralizing to make a difference. Alkaline ionizer promoters equate acid-neutralizing ability with high pH. From the discussion above we can see that it is the parameter of alkalinity that neutralizes acid, not pH levels alone. In other words you can have high pH and little alkalinity and you can have low pH and a lot of alkalinity (e.g. sparkling mineral water). If there is only a small amount of alkaline elements (from the first two columns of the Periodic Chart) an ionizer will generate a meager quantity of acid neutralizing alkalinity – but the pH will still show as a high alkaline value (e.g. 8.5 to 10.5).
The presence of calcium carbonate or other compounds such as magnesium carbonate contribute carbonate ions to the buffering system.
People living in low mineral areas (many city supplies and wells) think they are getting a good dose of alkalinity from their ionizers when they would be much better off with 1/2 tsp. of baking soda or a shot glass of Sparkling Water. So it will be advised for many users of water ionizers to add sodium bicarbonate to their water if they are looking for stronger healing effects.
"Alkaline water" is not the same as "water with alkalinity". For this reason, water with a pH of 6.3 (e.g., sparkling mineral water) can have hundreds of times more acid-neutralizing "alkalinity" than water with an alkaline pH of 9.5 from an alkaline-ionizer.” Robert Slovak
Wang says, “In order to digest food and kill the kinds of bacteria and viruses that come with the food, the inside of our stomach is acidic. The stomach pH value is maintained at around 4. When we eat food and drink water, especially alkaline water, the pH value inside the stomach goes up. When this happens, there is a feedback mechanism in our stomach to detect this and commands the stomach wall to secrete more hydrochloric acid into the stomach to bring the pH value back to 4. So the stomach becomes acidic again. When we drink more alkaline water, more hydrochloric acid is secreted to maintain the stomach pH value.”
As we can see from the above chemical equations the byproduct of making hydrochloric acid is sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) or potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3). In response to ingestion of sodium bicarbonate or high pH alkaline water the production of hydrochloric acid is actually increased because the stomach responds to lower the pH back down to normal acidic conditions. So as we take more alkalinity from drinking high pH and alkaline water, it forces our stomach to produce more acid (and a balancing amount of bicarbonate). The bottom line is that a net gain of alkalinity is achieved in the body and this is extremely helpful in a body struggling to maintain equilibrium.
See testing chart at the bottom
1. Tap water(TapWt) = 7-7.5
2. Filterred Tap Wt (Wellness Enhanced without the Alkalising cartridge) = 7-7.5
3. Filterred Tap Wt + Dolomite/Azomite mix 1 teaspoon/L(+10mns) = 7-7.5
4. Filterred Tap Wt + Dolomite/Azomite mix 1 teaspoon/L Filterred(+10mns) = 7-7.5
5. Filterred Tap Wt + Dolomite/Azomite mix 1 teaspoon/L(+24hrs) = 8-8.5
6. Filterred Tap Wt + Sodium bicarbonate 4ml/10L = 8-8.5
7. Filterred Tap Wt + Sodium bicarbonate 8ml/10L = 8.5
So I would suggest that the most holistic way of increasing the alkalinity of your drinking water is to add a teaspoon of Dolomite & Azomite to a 1 ltr container of water, give it a shake and let it sit for a day, ph will rise to around 8, it will not look crystal clear and it has a slight milky taste, which I quite like. This way you are not only getting the benefit of more alkalinity you are also getting a rich mix of trace elements.
Some people say that you should not be ingesting rock material such as these and clay, zeolites etc, the reasoning that they give is that in any earth-based substance there will be traces of heavy metals, personally I think this is a bit over the top, firstly the problem we have with heavy metals is from industry which isolates them and they become dangerous in a pure form, when they are in their natural form they are bound together generally as silicates i.e. bound up in a crystal structure making their interaction with the body harmless in fact they will just be passed straight through. Further to this they are heavy meaning that they are not going to dissolve and they will be the 1st substances to sink to the bottom, either way the pluses far outweigh the, I believe negligible minuses.
The other option is to use sodium bicarbonate, as you can see is very easy to increase the pH using this substance, but you are not really increasing the mineralisation of your water.
My suggestion would be, if you have a life-threatening disease use a combination of both, if not I would use the more complete solution of Dolomite and Azomite.
A good solution would be to purchase a 5 or 10 L ceramic water container fill it up with water, add your Azomite and Dolomite, give it a good stir let it sit for a day and then use it to fill up your drinking water bottles. When it gets near empty add more water and just give it another stir, you probably do not need to add any more Azomite or Dolomite for at least 3 months, just stir it up and let it sit after filling.
Azomite > http://www.livingapartment.com.au/Products/Organic-Fertiliser-and-Growing-Medium/Azomite-450g
Dolomite > http://www.livingapartment.com.au/Products/Organic-Fertiliser-and-Growing-Medium/Dolomite-450g