first time with these products
The packets themselves are clever, should travel easily. The little cut that allows you to break it open wasn't thorough enough, so every time I opened a packet it required scissors.
But the worst part was that the powder inside doesn't dissolve. I'm used to products that dissolve easlity and well, even in cold water. This product, even in warm water, does not, it leaves a gritty scum on top of the liquid, and a bunch of undissolved material on the bottom of the container.
I won't be buying more of this product.
October 18, 2013
4 Ur workout waterbottle
Cannot workout/cycle/run or do weights without this now. I used to only use 1 waterbottle and 1 with HealthyTGO Acai. Love that BOTH have Stevia (hate fake sweeteners). Yes, all of these absolutely have to shake your bottle A LOT! I feel better and stronger (can do more weights and cycle faster, farther) when I drink this Alka-Tone. My dogs are also eating Alkalizing dog food - don't understand it just know it works. Has REALLY made me feel stronger and less tired during and after workout. LOVE IT! Will continue to buy and share with my running/cycling buddies. Thanks Swanson
August 30, 2013
I absolutely love this stuff. I put it in my fruit shake every morning. I also use it sometimes before running or exercising. Makes me feel much better when I take it. I highly recommend this product!
July 8, 2013
Didn't like it
The directions said to mix with water. This product doesn't mix with water or anything else I tryed.
July 7, 2013
Tastes bad, won't mix, settles out of water, uck!!!
July 6, 2013
Dissolves in what kind of water??
Mixed with water, floated on surface, wouldn't mix. Not sure of the taste, but wasn't very appealing. Sent it back, won't buy again.
April 19, 2013
Keeping my pH alkaline has been a struggle for me despite loading up on vegetables and green powders. This does the trick. If 1 a day doesn't work, I go up to 2 and it gets e right up to 7.5.
April 14, 2013
I use this at half recommended dosage, and it is a wonderful, non-jittery energy booster, both before and after workouts. It is also a very easy alkalizer supplement. Try it.
April 14, 2013
Swanson pH Balance Alka-Tone
I did notice an improvement in energy. The taste is ok but it's chalky. Does not dissolve well.
March 26, 2013
Avoid future purchase
Difficult to mix. Clumping and chalky taste.
February 8, 2013
I have been taking Alka-Tone now for about 3 months and I'm 70 and I have more energy and with the use of the test strips I'm keeping my body alkaline which from what I read is a health benefit. I have been taking 1 packet a day with 16 oz. of water and also I'm drink more water.
February 1, 2013
As many people read in the introduction to this product, Lee questions Dr. Brant about this product and his experiences with it. Dr. Brant stated that he gave it to his son's hockey teams and all of the players noticed a difference in their performance before being told what the product did. I was a part of those teams and i completely back what up this product. Although the taste could be improved, and i believe it is the calcium granules that do not mix as well as people are wishing, this product does work. (and to let people in on a little secret. This product is really a steal for that price compared to other less effective products. How do i know? i used them all)
October 23, 2012
Like sweet chalk
It is hard to open. It is chalky and hard to mix. Doesn't taste particularly well. Tried it after a hard hike, didn't notice anything different except I got a bit of an upset stomach. I'll use it up because it cost me; and then that will be it. I won't buy it again. Disappointing, usually I have rave reviews about Swanson's products.
September 30, 2012
We'll just say I cut my race time in running the 5k from 25 min to 23 min 14 seconds. I use this before I run or work out. I would rather use this than GuGel or Gatorade.
September 17, 2012
I can't say whether this is positively affecting my health, but it is pleasant tasting, and therefore, at least, gets me to drink more water. The powder does not completely dissolve, which is a drawback. I have yet to take this after exercise, so I don't know if it helps with recovery.
August 30, 2012
Too expensive to buy again
I run about 40 miles a week. I tried Alka Tone before, during, and after my runs, and didn't notice any difference in my recovery time. I would try it again if it cost about $5-$10 per box, but it's not worth it at roughly $20 per box.
The taste is OK, but it doesn't mix well. The workaround for the mixing is to shake the bottle before each sip.
August 7, 2012
great carry along
easy to use
August 4, 2012
We usually consider the fact that the product is sold by Swanson as a proof of good quality of the product.
Unfortunately, two of their new products turned out to be a big disappointment.
Alka-tone is one of them. My son used it once for his regular 10-miles run. The only effect he noticed was an excessive bloating. He didn't feel any of the promised by advertisement positive effects. And all the previous reviews are right: it's impossible to open a package without scissors; it doesn't dissolve well in a water and it doesn't taste good.
August 1, 2012
Great Product !
This product definitaly works. . I love it !!! Thank You Swanson
July 31, 2012
Does what it claims
I started the Beachbody workouts last fall but have continually had a problem feeling lazy and a bit tired after my workouts. I got this product on a Friday and have tried it out Sat and Sun and I am FULL of energy! I did two intensive workouts each day and still found time to take walks, cleaning and all the other week-end stuff. The only complaint I would have is this product does not mix easily with water. I had to use my mini blender to mix it up. This is a minor thing to me considering how expensive some of the supplements are to maintain energy during workouts.
July 29, 2012
Poor packaging, poor quality, unpalatable
Packets were manufactured incorrectly. You must use scissors to open. The product comes in a coarse powder that is insoluble in water even if you stir or shake it vigorously for several minutes, and it leaves a substantial amount of chalky residue on the bottom of the glass/water bottle. The taste is bland and unappetizing. And because this is a PH concoction, you cannot add any taste modifiers or it will affect the alkalinity of the solution. The pricing is not worth the quality. I wonder why Lee Swanson even allowed this type of product in his website. (Have you tested this yourself, Lee?) I am halfway through the box (mainly because it's so expensive, I just had to close my eyes and take it). So far, I haven't seen any improvement as promised in the pitch by doctor-I-forgot-who.
July 28, 2012
Not for me
I'm usually very enthusiastic about Swanson products but I think this one needs to go back to the drawing board. I agree with others that I can't get it to dissolve in water – it clumps up so much that it is a little like trying to drink chalk dust and doesn't taste very good as well. Also my PH strips don't detect any change in my slightly acidic saliva. I'm not an athlete and it might be useful to them but otherwise I'd suggest you save your money for something else.
July 27, 2012
The packets are hard to open and I use scissors to do it for me. It doesn't mix completely even when I shake it vigorously. I'm not sure if it's actually helping alkaline my system. I need PH strips to determine that. I bought a few boxes so I will finish using them, but I'm not sure if I will purchase them again. It's a wait and see time.
July 26, 2012
I'm not sure if the product works as advertised. I used it before and after a mountain bike ride but couldn't tell a difference. Maybe it needs to be used on a more regular basis. My complaint is that the stuff just does not dissolve in water..even with a lot of whisking. Next time I use it I'm going to just dump the packet contents in my mouth and wash it down with water. Most annoying to have to keep rinsing the cup just to get all of the powder out.
July 25, 2012