As parents we constantly worry! Are our kids eating right? Are they getting too much screen time? Are they getting enough sleep? With so many questions constantly running through our heads do we really need to add one more? Sadly, yes. Is the water our kids are drinking bad for them?
Disclosure: I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Humans Are 60% Water
Tap water never made me nervous until I had my first baby. Suddenly tap water seemed like the worst thing in the world as I searched online and read article after article about pipes leaching, chemicals found in some areas; the list goes on and on.
Then I thought, if tap water is so bad bottled water must be the answer, right? RIGHT?!! Well, apparently not. Recently there was a study that tested most major brands of bottled water and almost all of them contained plastic particles. Yikes!
Our current house uses well water however, we are getting ready to move soon and our next house will most likely not. Prior to moving in, my husband had (as he says) the "Mercedes of water filtration systems" installed so that the water was filtered prior to it coming out of the tap. For those interested, it is two large fiberglass tanks packed with granular activated carbon (GAC) that is changed out yearly. This may seem a bit extreme for most of you out there, but don't worry, there are other ways to filter your tap water to make it safer for you and your family to drink.
About the EHM Ultra Premium Alkaline Water Pitcher
The Ultra Premium Alkaline Water Pitcher uses a "specially formulated 6-stage filter" that removes chlorine, heavy metals and other contaminants. This pitcher sets the pH to between 8.5 and 10 (depending on the water source), adds calcium, magnesium, and potassium to the water and provides a low-negative ORP (oxidation reduction potential) between -100 and -200 mv (millivolts).
What Does This All Mean?
The pH measures the acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale from 0 to 14. The lower the number, the more acidic it is and the higher the number the more alkaline it is.
ORP level measures if the water is oxidizing or reducing. Both tap and bottled water (for the most part) are oxidizing which means their ORP levels are positive. Alkaline iodized water is anti-oxidizing which is why it has a negative ORP which also means it helps to neutralize the negative effects of free radicals in our body.
Review: EHM Ultra Premium Alkaline Water Pitcher
I was super excited to try out this pitcher. As I mentioned, I am very conscious about the water my kids drink and I want to make sure we have a system in place that limits their exposure to unnecessary chemicals when we leave our "Mercedes of water filtration systems" behind.
The pitcher arrives in a box that has lots of pictures on it. Brightly colored with the talking points of the product.
In the box I received there were no packing materials in the box; no bubble wrap, styrofoam, or plastic bags. I do wonder if this could cause any damage to the pitcher if it is not being handled gently in transit but that could just be me. In my life prior to being a mom I was in charge of shipping a lot of items and was often times a bit overzealous with packing materials as I did not want anything damaged that had my name on it.
A note that I feel I must mention is, the box has a picture of a baby drinking from a bottle which may lead one to believe you could use this alkaline water for baby bottles. HOWEVER, the provided pamphlet clearly states NOT to give alkaline water to infants. This seems a bit confusing and I'm not sure why the baby is on the box, though it is a very cute baby.
The pitcher comes with very clear instructions. Prior to the first use I had to hand wash all of the components with a mild dish soap. Next I soaked the filter in cold water for 15 minutes. After that, I installed the filter and filtered two pitchers of water through it prior to filling it with the water I would then drink.
This was my first time using a water filter pitcher and I must say it was very easy to set up. Like I said, the pamphlet that comes with the pitcher laid it out step by step.
Since our current home's water is already filtered prior to reaching the tap I cannot say for sure if I noticed any kind of difference in taste to the water once it was filtered through the pitcher.
The retail value for this pitcher is around $40 give or take depending on a sale. Since this pitcher doesn't just filter the water it also changes the pH of the water and the ORP I see it as a good value.
In an effort for full disclosure, when I first started using this pitcher I noticed the lid didn't snap in as I would have expected it to; it actually fell off while I was pouring once. I reached out to the company and received a replacement lid that made that recognizable CLICK sound and I have not had any trouble with the lid coming off since. It is worth noting that in a way to prolong the life of your pitcher you can purchase replacement parts through the EHM store website.
The only problem I personally have with this otherwise fine pitcher is not being able to give this filtered, alkaline water to my infant in her bottles. I would like the water I give her to be filtered but the change in pH and ORP makes this water no good for her. This pitcher would come in handy for my family in the future but currently it does not give us the replacement to our water filtration system that I am very much needing.
I do encourage you to think about your tap water and read more about alkaline water to see if EHM's Ultra Premium Water Pitcher is right for you!