Certain minerals (especially calcium and sodium) actually help water to hold its structure. The addition of minerals, supplied by the mineral basket in the bottom of the Vitalizer Plus™, not only help to stabilize the structure of the water, they also alkalize the water – often raising the pH from an acidic to an alkaline condition. One of the difficulties with both distilled and RO (reverse osmosis) water is that the pH is very acidic (often below 5.0). This can contribute to an acidic condition in the human body which has been linked to a number of degenerative diseases. The addition of tiny amounts (approx. 8-10 parts per million) of minerals is enough to help stabilize the structure of the water, raise the pH, and provide highly charged ionic minerals which are easily absorbed by the body.