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The most important thing you need to know about aging

Posted by Vitev Team on

Antioxidants have received massive amounts of attention in the last few years. You'll find them mentioned on magazine covers in the checkout aisle, quantified on food/drink labels and discussed on shows like Oprah and the Food Network. Each year also seems to bring a hot new faddish version to the market. A single ingredient or supplement that can prevent aging and change your life. From Goji berries, to CoQ10 to 2016's version of Turmeric.
It's hard to keep up and know what to do.

But for all their attention, few know what they do or why we need them. To understand that (and in order to stop chasing fads), we have to look at what they are counteracting.

What is Oxidation?

By definition, anti is the opposite. So anti-oxidant, is the opposite of oxidation. If you've seen fruit turn brown or the patio furniture and an old Chevy pickup rusting, you've seen oxidation. Fruit goes from firm to mushy, metal from strong to brittle.

You also see it with cleaning products like oxy-clean which leverage oxidation's destruction ability to clean germs in kitchens and bathrooms or stains on clothes and carpet. It the case of the patio furniture, oxidation is a bad thing. When you want to remove the grass stains from you kids jeans, it's a blessing.

Chemically, oxidation occurs when electrons are taken from one substance (cell, compound, element, etc) by another. In the image to the left, compound A is oxidized by compound B, which is known as the reducer. When the electron is removed, it causes the oxidized substance to become unstable, unbalanced and in many cases, will force it to combine with something else to become a new substance all together.

But oxidation doesn't just occur where we can see it. It also happens internally and biologically.

Oxidation in the Body

Oxidation in the body is a vital process and not all oxidizers are harmful. It's not as simple as dividing up oxidizers on one side and reducers on the other calling one bad and the other good. We actually need oxidation to maintain a balance across countless biological reactions and functions.

We'll cover the positive aspects later, for now let's focus on the negative side.

Damage in the body is done by a small subset of things called Free Radicals, also known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). They all contain oxygen (as the name suggests) and are formed as a natural byproduct of the normal metabolism of oxygen.

This is incredibly important to understand. Oxidants are a normal part of living. In fact, things like exercising can increase the level of oxidation in the body because we are using more oxygen via respiration. If you're going to increase your aerobic activity, you need to also increase your antioxidant consumption.

ROSs all have a one-track mind because of their electrical imbalance. They are focused on stealing electrons from any nearby location to solve this imbalance. The substances suffering the theft are otherwise healthy and happy. When this theft occurs, it alters the structure or function of the previously healthy substance. DNA can be damaged, cell membranes can become ineffective resulting in a sick or diseased cell and it often creates chain reaction of thefts. A reaction which leads to quicker aging, more inflammation, increased bouts of sickness, etc.

It's now known as Oxidative Stress and if that stress is not managed or the body is unable to keep up, oxidative damage piles up and becomes the root cause many diseases and symptoms of aging.

The only way to tip the scale back into our favor is to stop the oxidation. Which is where Antioxidants come into play.

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The most important thing you need to know about aging

Posted by Vitev Team on

Antioxidants have received massive amounts of attention in the last few years. You'll find them mentioned on magazine covers in the checkout aisle, quantified on food/drink labels and discussed on shows like Oprah and the Food Network. Each year also seems to bring a hot new faddish version to the market. A single ingredient or supplement that can prevent aging and change your life. From Goji berries, to CoQ10 to 2016's version of Turmeric.
It's hard to keep up and know what to do.

But for all their attention, few know what they do or why we need them. To understand that (and in order to stop chasing fads), we have to look at what they are counteracting.

What is Oxidation?

By definition, anti is the opposite. So anti-oxidant, is the opposite of oxidation. If you've seen fruit turn brown or the patio furniture and an old Chevy pickup rusting, you've seen oxidation. Fruit goes from firm to mushy, metal from strong to brittle.

You also see it with cleaning products like oxy-clean which leverage oxidation's destruction ability to clean germs in kitchens and bathrooms or stains on clothes and carpet. It the case of the patio furniture, oxidation is a bad thing. When you want to remove the grass stains from you kids jeans, it's a blessing.

Chemically, oxidation occurs when electrons are taken from one substance (cell, compound, element, etc) by another. In the image to the left, compound A is oxidized by compound B, which is known as the reducer. When the electron is removed, it causes the oxidized substance to become unstable, unbalanced and in many cases, will force it to combine with something else to become a new substance all together.

But oxidation doesn't just occur where we can see it. It also happens internally and biologically.

Oxidation in the Body

Oxidation in the body is a vital process and not all oxidizers are harmful. It's not as simple as dividing up oxidizers on one side and reducers on the other calling one bad and the other good. We actually need oxidation to maintain a balance across countless biological reactions and functions.

We'll cover the positive aspects later, for now let's focus on the negative side.

Damage in the body is done by a small subset of things called Free Radicals, also known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). They all contain oxygen (as the name suggests) and are formed as a natural byproduct of the normal metabolism of oxygen.

This is incredibly important to understand. Oxidants are a normal part of living. In fact, things like exercising can increase the level of oxidation in the body because we are using more oxygen via respiration. If you're going to increase your aerobic activity, you need to also increase your antioxidant consumption.

ROSs all have a one-track mind because of their electrical imbalance. They are focused on stealing electrons from any nearby location to solve this imbalance. The substances suffering the theft are otherwise healthy and happy. When this theft occurs, it alters the structure or function of the previously healthy substance. DNA can be damaged, cell membranes can become ineffective resulting in a sick or diseased cell and it often creates chain reaction of thefts. A reaction which leads to quicker aging, more inflammation, increased bouts of sickness, etc.

It's now known as Oxidative Stress and if that stress is not managed or the body is unable to keep up, oxidative damage piles up and becomes the root cause many diseases and symptoms of aging.

The only way to tip the scale back into our favor is to stop the oxidation. Which is where Antioxidants come into play.

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5 reasons why Hydrogen water is the ultimate antioxidant

Posted by Vitev Team on

Scientific research shows that Molecular hydrogen - or H2 - provides considerable therapeutic health effects. In fact, over 700 scientific studies & reviews indicate that H2 has a highly beneficial impact in over 170 human disease models.

To learn why we all need antioxidants, check out our previous article: Antioxidants are Crucial for Healthy Living

Molecular Hydrogen is a uniquely effective and dynamic Antioxidant. The therapeutic health applications of H2 are almost limitless, as H2 has five advantages over all other types of Antioxidants.

1. Molecular Hydrogen is the smallest and purest Antioxidant that exists.

H2 is far smaller than any other Antioxidant, allowing it to easily enter deeper into our cells than all other Antioxidants. In fact, it is even small enough to penetrate the mitochondria of cells (the cell’s energy center), meaning H2 provides Antioxidant protection at the source of harmful Free Radical production. Unlike other Antioxidants, H2 is also small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier to provide protection against Free Radicals.

2. Molecular Hydrogen is the “smart” Antioxidant

Most Antioxidants have limited effectiveness for two reasons.
1) They can only protect against some Free Radicals but not others, meaning many different types of Antioxidants are needed for the wide variety of Free Radicals.
2) They cannot distinguish between necessary & harmful Free Radicals. Some Free Radicals are beneficial to our cells, such as hydrogen peroxide.

Molecular Hydrogen solves both problems. H2 selectively targets only the toxic oxygen radicals, and also neutralizes every type of harmful Free Radical in our cells. For instance, H2 selectively neutralizes the most harmful Free Radical, hydroxyl (OH), by turning it into water. H2 protects the cell’s DNA, RNA, protein, lipids & more from Oxidative Stress better than any other Antioxidant.

3. Molecular Hydrogen is 100% natural and completely safe.

H2 is absolutely safe because it is perfectly natural to the body – H2 requires no energy consumption to break down, has no known toxic effect at even high doses, and simply turns into water after providing its Antioxidant benefit. This is another major advantage of H2 over other types of Antioxidants. We can’t take an unlimited amount of other Antioxidants like vitamin C for example, since our bodies have to process it to break it down. Other Antioxidants have a toxic effect at high concentrations, but not H2.

4. Molecular Hydrogen improves the body’s natural Antioxidant systems

H2 triggers an activation of our body’s existing cyto-protective proteins and Antioxidant enzymes, such as catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione. Each one of these enzymes protect against different Free Radicals in the body.

5. Molecular Hydrogen provides anti-obesity effects, anti-inflammatory effects and anti-allergy effects.

H2 does this through supporting cell metabolism, cell signalling, and gene expression
Visit the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation website for more scientific info on the wonders of molecular hydrogen.

Molecular Hydrogen - or H2 - is naturally added to water by every Vitev filtration system. The Vitev Flo+ and Vitev Maxx both consistently produce high levels of H2 over the course of their filter lifespans. If you’re interested in learning more, ask a Vitev filtration expert today how you can improve the quality of your drinking water. Call us at 1-855-456-9220 for a Free consultation.

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5 reasons why Hydrogen water is the ultimate antioxidant

Posted by Vitev Team on

Scientific research shows that Molecular hydrogen - or H2 - provides considerable therapeutic health effects. In fact, over 700 scientific studies & reviews indicate that H2 has a highly beneficial impact in over 170 human disease models.

To learn why we all need antioxidants, check out our previous article: Antioxidants are Crucial for Healthy Living

Molecular Hydrogen is a uniquely effective and dynamic Antioxidant. The therapeutic health applications of H2 are almost limitless, as H2 has five advantages over all other types of Antioxidants.

1. Molecular Hydrogen is the smallest and purest Antioxidant that exists.

H2 is far smaller than any other Antioxidant, allowing it to easily enter deeper into our cells than all other Antioxidants. In fact, it is even small enough to penetrate the mitochondria of cells (the cell’s energy center), meaning H2 provides Antioxidant protection at the source of harmful Free Radical production. Unlike other Antioxidants, H2 is also small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier to provide protection against Free Radicals.

2. Molecular Hydrogen is the “smart” Antioxidant

Most Antioxidants have limited effectiveness for two reasons.
1) They can only protect against some Free Radicals but not others, meaning many different types of Antioxidants are needed for the wide variety of Free Radicals.
2) They cannot distinguish between necessary & harmful Free Radicals. Some Free Radicals are beneficial to our cells, such as hydrogen peroxide.

Molecular Hydrogen solves both problems. H2 selectively targets only the toxic oxygen radicals, and also neutralizes every type of harmful Free Radical in our cells. For instance, H2 selectively neutralizes the most harmful Free Radical, hydroxyl (OH), by turning it into water. H2 protects the cell’s DNA, RNA, protein, lipids & more from Oxidative Stress better than any other Antioxidant.

3. Molecular Hydrogen is 100% natural and completely safe.

H2 is absolutely safe because it is perfectly natural to the body – H2 requires no energy consumption to break down, has no known toxic effect at even high doses, and simply turns into water after providing its Antioxidant benefit. This is another major advantage of H2 over other types of Antioxidants. We can’t take an unlimited amount of other Antioxidants like vitamin C for example, since our bodies have to process it to break it down. Other Antioxidants have a toxic effect at high concentrations, but not H2.

4. Molecular Hydrogen improves the body’s natural Antioxidant systems

H2 triggers an activation of our body’s existing cyto-protective proteins and Antioxidant enzymes, such as catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione. Each one of these enzymes protect against different Free Radicals in the body.

5. Molecular Hydrogen provides anti-obesity effects, anti-inflammatory effects and anti-allergy effects.

H2 does this through supporting cell metabolism, cell signalling, and gene expression
Visit the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation website for more scientific info on the wonders of molecular hydrogen.

Molecular Hydrogen - or H2 - is naturally added to water by every Vitev filtration system. The Vitev Flo+ and Vitev Maxx both consistently produce high levels of H2 over the course of their filter lifespans. If you’re interested in learning more, ask a Vitev filtration expert today how you can improve the quality of your drinking water. Call us at 1-855-456-9220 for a Free consultation.

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Don’t go bankrupt buying bottled water

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The most expensive way to hydrate every day is bottled water… and it’s not even close.

“Wait a second, isn’t bottled water supposed to be cheap?”

You’d be shocked how often we hear some variation of that. Sure, the thought of spending $1.00-$2.00 on a bottle of water seems cheap… until you do it over, and over, and over again. If you buy bottled water, this post is for you.

Bottled water is 300-2000x more expensive than tap water, according to the American Water Works Association. 64% of all bottled water sales in 2012 were spent on single 16.9oz (500 mL) bottles, with an average cost approaching $8.00 per gallon. (according to ConvergEx market data).

That’s a lot of money to be spending on water. The average person should ideally consume at least 2 liters (over half a gallon) of water each day. If someone were to only drink single 500 mL water bottles, the cost to stay hydrated would be at least $1500/year. (Which is probably why many people are chronically dehydrated - Who want’s to spend that much on water?)
Those figures haven’t stopped Americans from steadily purchasing large amounts of bottled water. Average consumption increased by 9.5% annually between 1976 and 2013, reaching a new height of over 10 billion gallons sold in 2013.

Convenience and health are often cited as the benefits for bottled water. We question how convenient it is to have to leave home to buy water, pay a high price for it, and then responsibly dispose of the wasteful bottles after.

Is bottled water really that healthy? The answer is a hard no. Most bottled water brands do the bare minimum to improve the water quality, and charge a ridiculously high price for the product.
We want more from our drinking water, and for less $$$. Every Vitev filtration system reduces tap water contaminants, adds natural minerals, and enhances the water with beneficial alkaline & antioxidant effects.

Even premium Vitev systems like the Flo+ and Maxx are much more affordable to own and use than buying bottled water. You’ll never spend more than $0.13 per liter on a Vitev system, and the water quality is unmatched.

If you’re interested in learning more, ask a Vitev filtration expert today how you can improve the quality of your drinking water. Call us at 1-855-456-9220 for a Free consultation.

Read more

Don’t go bankrupt buying bottled water

Posted by Vitev Team on

The most expensive way to hydrate every day is bottled water… and it’s not even close.

“Wait a second, isn’t bottled water supposed to be cheap?”

You’d be shocked how often we hear some variation of that. Sure, the thought of spending $1.00-$2.00 on a bottle of water seems cheap… until you do it over, and over, and over again. If you buy bottled water, this post is for you.

Bottled water is 300-2000x more expensive than tap water, according to the American Water Works Association. 64% of all bottled water sales in 2012 were spent on single 16.9oz (500 mL) bottles, with an average cost approaching $8.00 per gallon. (according to ConvergEx market data).

That’s a lot of money to be spending on water. The average person should ideally consume at least 2 liters (over half a gallon) of water each day. If someone were to only drink single 500 mL water bottles, the cost to stay hydrated would be at least $1500/year. (Which is probably why many people are chronically dehydrated - Who want’s to spend that much on water?)
Those figures haven’t stopped Americans from steadily purchasing large amounts of bottled water. Average consumption increased by 9.5% annually between 1976 and 2013, reaching a new height of over 10 billion gallons sold in 2013.

Convenience and health are often cited as the benefits for bottled water. We question how convenient it is to have to leave home to buy water, pay a high price for it, and then responsibly dispose of the wasteful bottles after.

Is bottled water really that healthy? The answer is a hard no. Most bottled water brands do the bare minimum to improve the water quality, and charge a ridiculously high price for the product.
We want more from our drinking water, and for less $$$. Every Vitev filtration system reduces tap water contaminants, adds natural minerals, and enhances the water with beneficial alkaline & antioxidant effects.

Even premium Vitev systems like the Flo+ and Maxx are much more affordable to own and use than buying bottled water. You’ll never spend more than $0.13 per liter on a Vitev system, and the water quality is unmatched.

If you’re interested in learning more, ask a Vitev filtration expert today how you can improve the quality of your drinking water. Call us at 1-855-456-9220 for a Free consultation.

Read more


Dehydration, it’s more than just being thirsty.

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Dehydration is tricky to determine. How much water we need day-to-day varies on the individual, their circumstance, where they live, how active they are, etc. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine how many people are dehydrated and how widespread the problem is across the population. We know from a recent CDC study that almost half of adults drink 4 or less glasses of water a day. 7% of which don’t even drink 1, which just seems crazy.

And dangerous.

Even those of us who make our livelihoods around drinking water sometimes find we’ve skipped a few glasses during the day. It’s easy to do.

But why is it a big deal and how much do we really need in a day? Both answers might surprise you.

Why is drinking water important?

To answer that question, we first have to understand that ⅔ of our body is water. Not prioritizing drinking what makes up the majority of us, can have major impacts across all of our body’s systems, organs and processes. Here’s a list of just some of the things water is responsible for. 
  • Transports nutrients/oxygen to cells
  • Ensures adequate blood volume
  • Protects against heat exhaustion
  • Acts as insulation in the cold
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Cushions joints
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Assists in metabolizing stored fat
  • Relieves fluid retention problems
  • Reduces sodium buildup in the body
  • Helps to maintain proper muscle tone
  • Rids the body of waste and toxins
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps convert food into energy
  • Maintains strength and endurance
  • Protects organs
Even what seems like a small decrease in water volume can have big impacts. Look at some of the things that can happen with just a 2-5% dehydration level. From the American Dietetic Association's Complete Food & Nutrition Guide.
  • 0-1% - Thirst
  • 2-5% - Dry mouth, flushed skin, fatigue, headache, impaired physical and mental performance
  • 6% - Increased body temperature, rate of breathing and pulse rate; dizziness; weakness
  • 8% - Dizziness, increased weakness, labored breathing with exercise
  • 10% - Muscle spasms, swollen tongue, delirium
  • 11% - Poor blood circulation, failing kidney function
It doesn’t take long to get there either.

On the flip side, it doesn’t take long to improve in those areas either. But many of us don’t think of that when we want to improve how we feel. We think about what we eat or how little we exercise, rarely how much (and what) we are drinking.

When you not only increase the volume of your daily water intake, but the quality of that water, you’ll see quick improvements across the health spectrum.

How much do I need?

The honest answer is we don’t know. Which we think is the best way to answer this actually. There is a lot of disagreement about the “8 glasses a day” recommendation from a few years ago with some saying that’s too much and others not enough. How much is based on legit science and how much is influence by other factors, interests and lobbies is anyone’s guess.

So how do you know what you need to do? Simple, follow some basic guidelines and pay attention to your urine. No joke. It’s a great indicator for how well you are hydrating. Just watch the color. If it’s a dark yellow, you know you need more water. If it’s completely clear, you can slow down a bit. Maintain a lite yellow shade and you’re in the sweet spot.

As to the basic guidelines. Here are some suggestions.
  1. Have a large glass as soon as you get up. It helps activate the body and it’s a quick way to flush toxins which have built up overnight.
  2. If you’re a coffee drinker, have at least 1 glass for every cup of coffee. If it’s a big cup, drink the same volume of water.
  3. Watch the weather. You’ll need more water when it’s hot and also when it’s cold and dry.
  4. Drink a glass about 30 minutes before each meal. Doing so will suppress your appetite a bit and it is an easy way to schedule hydration.
  5. If you are thirsty, drink more than you need to simply quench the thirst. Thirst isn’t the first indicator of dehydration and can even mean you are up to 2 cups behind what you need.
  6. Exercise means more water. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking approximately 16 oz water 2 hours before exercise and drinking 5-8 oz every 15-20 minutes during strenuous exercise.
  7. Men need more than women. The National Research Council uses a sliding scale of 1 milliliter of water for every calorie burned and an 8 oz glass is 236 milliliters of water. So the average male, who burns about 2,900 calories daily, needs 2,900 milliliters, or about 12 cups, of water each day. The average woman is about 700 calories less than that, so they recommend 9 cups.
  8. You can get water from what you eat and from non-water beverages (juices, soda, teas, etc), but use common sense. If you wouldn’t classify the food as nutritious, then it probably isn’t giving you much water either. If the drink is full of sugar (even the diet variety) or is a diuretic, it’s also not going to help.
  9. Same goes for water that is full of chemicals or void of minerals. Don’t let a good thing (increasing your water intake), also be a bad thing (increase your intake of toxins).

We can help

Improving how you feel is easy. So is improving the quality of the water you drink. But we also understand there is lots of confusion and misinformation on the interwebs. So if you have questions or need some suggestions on what to do first, Vitev’s water consults would be happy to help.

Read more

Dehydration, it’s more than just being thirsty.

Posted by Vitev Team on

Dehydration is tricky to determine. How much water we need day-to-day varies on the individual, their circumstance, where they live, how active they are, etc. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine how many people are dehydrated and how widespread the problem is across the population. We know from a recent CDC study that almost half of adults drink 4 or less glasses of water a day. 7% of which don’t even drink 1, which just seems crazy.

And dangerous.

Even those of us who make our livelihoods around drinking water sometimes find we’ve skipped a few glasses during the day. It’s easy to do.

But why is it a big deal and how much do we really need in a day? Both answers might surprise you.

Why is drinking water important?

To answer that question, we first have to understand that ⅔ of our body is water. Not prioritizing drinking what makes up the majority of us, can have major impacts across all of our body’s systems, organs and processes. Here’s a list of just some of the things water is responsible for. 
  • Transports nutrients/oxygen to cells
  • Ensures adequate blood volume
  • Protects against heat exhaustion
  • Acts as insulation in the cold
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Cushions joints
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Assists in metabolizing stored fat
  • Relieves fluid retention problems
  • Reduces sodium buildup in the body
  • Helps to maintain proper muscle tone
  • Rids the body of waste and toxins
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps convert food into energy
  • Maintains strength and endurance
  • Protects organs
Even what seems like a small decrease in water volume can have big impacts. Look at some of the things that can happen with just a 2-5% dehydration level. From the American Dietetic Association's Complete Food & Nutrition Guide.
  • 0-1% - Thirst
  • 2-5% - Dry mouth, flushed skin, fatigue, headache, impaired physical and mental performance
  • 6% - Increased body temperature, rate of breathing and pulse rate; dizziness; weakness
  • 8% - Dizziness, increased weakness, labored breathing with exercise
  • 10% - Muscle spasms, swollen tongue, delirium
  • 11% - Poor blood circulation, failing kidney function
It doesn’t take long to get there either.

On the flip side, it doesn’t take long to improve in those areas either. But many of us don’t think of that when we want to improve how we feel. We think about what we eat or how little we exercise, rarely how much (and what) we are drinking.

When you not only increase the volume of your daily water intake, but the quality of that water, you’ll see quick improvements across the health spectrum.

How much do I need?

The honest answer is we don’t know. Which we think is the best way to answer this actually. There is a lot of disagreement about the “8 glasses a day” recommendation from a few years ago with some saying that’s too much and others not enough. How much is based on legit science and how much is influence by other factors, interests and lobbies is anyone’s guess.

So how do you know what you need to do? Simple, follow some basic guidelines and pay attention to your urine. No joke. It’s a great indicator for how well you are hydrating. Just watch the color. If it’s a dark yellow, you know you need more water. If it’s completely clear, you can slow down a bit. Maintain a lite yellow shade and you’re in the sweet spot.

As to the basic guidelines. Here are some suggestions.
  1. Have a large glass as soon as you get up. It helps activate the body and it’s a quick way to flush toxins which have built up overnight.
  2. If you’re a coffee drinker, have at least 1 glass for every cup of coffee. If it’s a big cup, drink the same volume of water.
  3. Watch the weather. You’ll need more water when it’s hot and also when it’s cold and dry.
  4. Drink a glass about 30 minutes before each meal. Doing so will suppress your appetite a bit and it is an easy way to schedule hydration.
  5. If you are thirsty, drink more than you need to simply quench the thirst. Thirst isn’t the first indicator of dehydration and can even mean you are up to 2 cups behind what you need.
  6. Exercise means more water. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking approximately 16 oz water 2 hours before exercise and drinking 5-8 oz every 15-20 minutes during strenuous exercise.
  7. Men need more than women. The National Research Council uses a sliding scale of 1 milliliter of water for every calorie burned and an 8 oz glass is 236 milliliters of water. So the average male, who burns about 2,900 calories daily, needs 2,900 milliliters, or about 12 cups, of water each day. The average woman is about 700 calories less than that, so they recommend 9 cups.
  8. You can get water from what you eat and from non-water beverages (juices, soda, teas, etc), but use common sense. If you wouldn’t classify the food as nutritious, then it probably isn’t giving you much water either. If the drink is full of sugar (even the diet variety) or is a diuretic, it’s also not going to help.
  9. Same goes for water that is full of chemicals or void of minerals. Don’t let a good thing (increasing your water intake), also be a bad thing (increase your intake of toxins).

We can help

Improving how you feel is easy. So is improving the quality of the water you drink. But we also understand there is lots of confusion and misinformation on the interwebs. So if you have questions or need some suggestions on what to do first, Vitev’s water consults would be happy to help.

Read more


pH drops vs strips

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The most common way to test pH is with a test strip. They are cheap, easy and readily available, so when you first receive your ionizer or pickup some alkaline water at the store and want to test it, what do you grab?

pH strips.

You dip the strip in, wait a few seconds for the colors to change and immediately feel scammed. The water doesn’t measure as high as you expected. In some cases it can even show acidic.

So what’s going on?

Buffered vs. Unbuffered

To start with, we have to understand there are 2 kinds of solutions. The first is buffered. The human body is buffered, so is pool water and aquariums.

Buffered means there are mineral concentrations (buffering material) that matches and effects the pH level.

The human body needs actual alkaline minerals to negate acid. That’s why it’s important to eat nutrient and mineral rich foods.

Pools and aquariums need their pH and alkaline levels to be in sync otherwise there can be algae blooms, unsanitary conditions, floating fish and all kinds of other problems. The 2 properties are monitored regularly and can be adjusted using additives, salts, minerals, etc.

pH vs. Alkalinity

The second factor is to understand pH and alkalinity are not the same thing. Alkalinity is a measurement of the concentration of minerals in a solution (buffering material) while pH is measuring the hydrogen potential. Alkalinity requires a change in mineral content, pH can be increased by chemical reaction.

You can have water with high pH and low alkalinity as well as low pH and high alkalinity.

Unfortunately, these 2 properties are used interchangeably in the majority of marketing messaging and FAQ answers. Doing so has created all sorts of confusion.

Ultimately, the disconnect between what testing strips indicate vs. the drops is the difference between pH and alkalinity. The strips are measuring alkalinity and the drops pH.

Why this matters

As stated above, the body is a buffered system. It doesn’t want empty pH any more than it does empty calories. So you don’t want to be drinking a water that has a high pH and very little actual benefit to the body.

You want a water where the pH and alkaline levels are more closely aligned.

Here’s an example. The 2 pH strips on the left are leading brands of alkaline bottled water. Aquahydrate and Essential. The strip on the right is from the Vitev FLO+.



Notice the differences. Aquahydrate was very low, near a 4 “pH”. Essentia was much better around neutral and the Vitev a bit higher.

Each of them tested higher with pH drops, although Aquahydrate was lower than advertised here as well. When choosing a water, want you want to look for is a smaller gap between strips and drops, which indicates more buffering material and a better fit for what the body requires. You’ll even notice the body incorporates it easier and you won’t have to worry about feeling sick the first few days of drinking it. This is a major problem with the electric ionizers that often have a supercharged pH without the buffering material to support it. The pH levels crash quickly and your body doesn’t respond well to it either.

So if you have a new ionizer pinging 9.5 pH with drops and a 7.5 with strips, that’s not bad.

If you’re getting a 4 with the strips, it might be time to look for a new way to obtain your water.

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pH drops vs strips

Posted by Vitev Team on

The most common way to test pH is with a test strip. They are cheap, easy and readily available, so when you first receive your ionizer or pickup some alkaline water at the store and want to test it, what do you grab?

pH strips.

You dip the strip in, wait a few seconds for the colors to change and immediately feel scammed. The water doesn’t measure as high as you expected. In some cases it can even show acidic.

So what’s going on?

Buffered vs. Unbuffered

To start with, we have to understand there are 2 kinds of solutions. The first is buffered. The human body is buffered, so is pool water and aquariums.

Buffered means there are mineral concentrations (buffering material) that matches and effects the pH level.

The human body needs actual alkaline minerals to negate acid. That’s why it’s important to eat nutrient and mineral rich foods.

Pools and aquariums need their pH and alkaline levels to be in sync otherwise there can be algae blooms, unsanitary conditions, floating fish and all kinds of other problems. The 2 properties are monitored regularly and can be adjusted using additives, salts, minerals, etc.

pH vs. Alkalinity

The second factor is to understand pH and alkalinity are not the same thing. Alkalinity is a measurement of the concentration of minerals in a solution (buffering material) while pH is measuring the hydrogen potential. Alkalinity requires a change in mineral content, pH can be increased by chemical reaction.

You can have water with high pH and low alkalinity as well as low pH and high alkalinity.

Unfortunately, these 2 properties are used interchangeably in the majority of marketing messaging and FAQ answers. Doing so has created all sorts of confusion.

Ultimately, the disconnect between what testing strips indicate vs. the drops is the difference between pH and alkalinity. The strips are measuring alkalinity and the drops pH.

Why this matters

As stated above, the body is a buffered system. It doesn’t want empty pH any more than it does empty calories. So you don’t want to be drinking a water that has a high pH and very little actual benefit to the body.

You want a water where the pH and alkaline levels are more closely aligned.

Here’s an example. The 2 pH strips on the left are leading brands of alkaline bottled water. Aquahydrate and Essential. The strip on the right is from the Vitev FLO+.



Notice the differences. Aquahydrate was very low, near a 4 “pH”. Essentia was much better around neutral and the Vitev a bit higher.

Each of them tested higher with pH drops, although Aquahydrate was lower than advertised here as well. When choosing a water, want you want to look for is a smaller gap between strips and drops, which indicates more buffering material and a better fit for what the body requires. You’ll even notice the body incorporates it easier and you won’t have to worry about feeling sick the first few days of drinking it. This is a major problem with the electric ionizers that often have a supercharged pH without the buffering material to support it. The pH levels crash quickly and your body doesn’t respond well to it either.

So if you have a new ionizer pinging 9.5 pH with drops and a 7.5 with strips, that’s not bad.

If you’re getting a 4 with the strips, it might be time to look for a new way to obtain your water.

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