What is ionized water?
Ionized water has undergone the process of electrolysis. An ionizer uses dissolved mineral content to create current pathways for electrolysis to occur. The electrodes within an ionizer deliver a controlled conducive charge. The electrical charge produced by the electrolysis chamber alters the water molecule by reducing it in size and forming microclusters, which absorb into your body more quickly and efficiently. This completes the ionization process.
The longer water comes into contact with the electrodes, higher ORP levels are achieved. Ionizers with a slower flow rate allow this extra time to create a more ionized result and increased ORP. You can also adjust the flow rate by decreasing the amount of water dispensed from the tap. Turning the faucet handle just enough to allow water to come through, and not so much that the pressure forces the water through too quickly.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis happens when the water runs over the plates, also called electrodes, which give an electrical charge to the water and change the water molecule to have a negative ORP. When water passes through the electrolysis chamber, the electrical charge causes the H2O molecule to “disassociate.” The two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom split into one hydrogen atom (+H) and one oxygen atom with a negative hydroxyl ion (-OH). This separates the alkaline from the acidic water.
Water containing +H and minerals with a positive charge are drawn to one side of the chamber (acidic) and water containing -OH and minerals with a negative charge are drawn to the other (alkaline). The negatively charged alkaline water is dispensed for drinking and the positively charged acidic water is released through a secondary outlet hose.
The negatively charged alkaline ionized water will have a negative ORP giving it antioxidant properties making it “antioxidant water.” The antioxidant properties of the water help the body eliminate toxins and waste that create excess acidity in the body – which helps the body achieve a healthier pH balance.
What is ORP?
Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) is the potential voltage at which oxidation occurs. ORP is a measure of the molecular charge that gives food, drink, and even your body the ability to oxidize. This measure can determine an oxidant from an antioxidant.
Oxidation is a natural process in which molecules within your body lose electrons to electrically charged molecules called Free Radicals in your blood stream. During the oxidation process, Free Radicals steal electrons from any surface with which it comes into contact. This process causes an apple brown after it has been cut or bitten, and causes metal to rust.
Imagine what oxidation looks like within your body—the result is cellular damage, which weakens and ages your body.
Free radicals are an unstable byproduct of the oxidation process and can be found in tap and bottled water. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. These molecules regain balance by stealing electrons from other molecules, resulting in a chain reaction of more unstable free radicals. Once the process begins, it cascades and finally results in the disruption of a living cell. If antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Ionization eliminates this harmful process by neutralizing free radicals.
According to the National Cancer Institute, free radicals can be hazardous to the body and damage all major components of cells, including DNA, proteins, and cell membranes. The damage to cells caused by free radicals, especially the damage to DNA, may play a role in the development of cancer and other health conditions.
Alkaline water acts as an antioxidant, scavenging for and neutralizing harmful free radicals. Because alkaline water has the ability to give up electrons, it can effectively neutralize and block free-radical damage to the body. Ionized alkaline water seeks out free radicals and converts them into oxygen, which your body can use for energy production and tissue oxygenation. Drinking alkaline ionized water regularly may prevent or lower the risk for developing cancerous cells.
ORP can be tested directly using an ORP sensor and meter. The Oxidation Reduction Potential sensor measure the ability of a solution to act as an oxidizing or reducing agent. A high (or negative) reduction potential slows the oxidation process by donating electrons, whereas a low (or positive) ORP increases the rate at which free radicals steal electrons.
A negative ORP has the ability to donate an electron, rather than steal one. The higher the negative charge, the greater the ability to become an antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and reverse cell damage.
Orange Juice has a -250mV ORP. All fresh squeezed fruits and vegetables have a negative ORP.
Tap Water has anywhere from a +20mV to a +500mV ORP depending on the water source. Areas with a higher population or increasing development tend to measure at a lower (or positive) ORP.
Bottle Water can have as much as a +600mV ORP. Filtered and reverse osmosis water do not contain the dissolved minerals necessary to conduct a current. Therefore, they do not undergo the process of ionization or electrolysis.
Alkaline Water can have measure anywhere from -275mV to -850mV depending on the ionizer and flow rate.
Other Properties of Ionized Water
Water molecules are up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom to form the well-known H2O molecule. However, water comes in clusters of molecules contrary to single molecules, and tap water contains very large clusters of up to 13 molecules. Micro clustered water or on the other hand, is water that comes in much smaller clusters of as little as 5 molecules in a cluster. The microcluster happens during the electrolysis part of the water machines when the water flows over the plates.
Benefits of drinking micro-clustered ionized water include:
- Improves total hydration at a cellular level throughout the entire body
- Increases energy and enhances mental clarity
- Enhance cellular communication, which leads to faster healing and bodily repairs
- Transports oxygen and other nutrients in the body more quickly and effectively
- Eliminates bodily toxins and promotes good health