Anyone that pursues a business or a hobby with passion is bound to learn as they go. My education in the area of water ionization has been both interesting and frustrating. The frustration came from my inability to find anything “real” about how and why electric water ionizers worked.
I knew water ionizers worked from personal experience and from talking to hundreds of others who had received the health benefits themselves. However, not knowing why they worked bugged me. The lack of a viable explanation from any of the water ionizer companies seemed ridiculous. No wonder the public has remained skeptical, especially in light of the prices that they charge for what appears to be a simple product.
How Water Ionization Works
Contrary to what you will read on the internet from the sellers of electric water ionizer, the secret to the benefits from the machines is not pH or ORP. They are just numbers that can be easily measured and as such became the focus of the industry. The real answer to where the source of the health benefits comes from is found in the creation of free hydrogen. Free hydrogen eliminates free oxygen (aka free radicals) and the free hydrogen helps in the formation of energy in the mitochondria of cells.
How Do You Create Free Hydrogen In Water?
Free hydrogen is created when an alkali base metal such as Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, or Potassium interacts with water. The oxygen in the water molecule has a stronger attraction to the alkali metal and forms a bond with the metal. In the process, the Hydrogen bond between the Oxygen and Hydrogen is broken thereby creating free hydrogen.
How do electric water ionizers create free hydrogen?
Electric water ionizers run an electrical current through platinum covered titanium plates contained in an ionization chamber. The plates have a cathode (negatively charged node) and an anode (positively charged node). When water is run across the plates in the chamber, the minerals in the source water are attracted to either the cathode or anode depending upon the electrical orientation of the minerals. For example, the aforementioned alkali metals, which are known as cations because they have electrons to donate, are attracted to the negatively charged cathode nodule. The negatively charged anions such as chloride, fluoride, and sulphide are attracted to the positively charged anode.
The water that runs through the ionization chambers of electric water ionizers is separated at the cathode and anode. The water near the cathode has a high concentration of cations enters the drinking rod which makes the water alkaline. The positively charged anode attracts negatively charged anions (sulfates, chlorides) which get discharged through the line that goes down the drain.
It is the reaction of the water molecules to the minerals in the drinking water that cause the formation of hydrogen as described above. The alkali minerals are also very healthy for your body despite what the Reverse Osmosis industry has been telling the public for years.
How do Antioxidant Filters Create Free Hydrogen?
Unlike electric water ionizers that rely upon concentrating alkali minerals found in the source water, antioxidant filters simply put lots of alkali minerals such as magnesium in the filter. The water reacts as described above. The water produced by an antioxidant filter will typically have a much higher concentration of alkali minerals in the water than any electric water ionizer. It is important to remember that it is the mineral content of the water that determines the stable long term ionization.
Why Electric Water Ionizers Produce Hydrogen Bubbles and Anitoxidant Filters Don’t
When an electrical charge interacts with the water, there is a rapid and massive creation of free hydrogen. The free hydrogen atoms are essentially forced together in the process to form hydrogen gas. You will see the hydrogen bubbles form into what appears to be a cloud in your glass in the first few seconds after an electric water ionizer produces the water. As you continue to watch the bubbles, you will notice that they accumulate in the middle to upper part of the glass in 15 to 30 seconds and then rise to the surface and disappear. It is important to “Drink Your Bubbles” from an electric water ionizer before they dissipate. If you don’t drink your bubbles in the first minute or so, there will still be free hydrogen atoms in the water, but you will have lost a significant percentage of the hydrogen. What is left in the water after the hydrogen bubbles disappear is the free hydrogen atoms that are naturally created by the mineral content of the source water.
Why Antioxidant Filters Work Better Than Electric Water Ionizers
You have already learned that the amount of free hydrogen created in water depends upon the concentration of alkali minerals in the water.
Electric water ionizers put on a good show in the initial minute with the bubbles and the low ORP numbers. However, the bubbles dissipate and the ORP numbers quickly stabilize at whatever the mineral concentration in the water dictates unless you subject the water to unnatural conditions such as no movement, no light, and no access to air. Free hydrogen will continue to be produced as long as there are alkaline minerals in the water.
Unlike electric water ionizers, antioxidant filters are full of alkali minerals. As such, they keep on working like the Energizer Bunny over time.
While much has been written about the value of ORP, the readings that the measurement is not particularly useful. It is easy to create low ORP numbers for a short period of time by simply generating a higher concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) than hydrogen ions (H+). The electric water ionizer companies have used this fact in promoting “more plates” and “more power” instead of explaining how and why the machines work. Either they are too lazy to do their homework, or more likely, they don’t want you to know how the machines work…..well now you do!
The electric water ionizer companies have realized in the past couple of years that they need to add alkali minerals in their filters in order to achieve advertised pH and ORP numbers over longer periods of time. Most of the companies add coral calcium in the form of ceramic balls to their filters, but unfortunately, they skimp on the quantity. If the electric companies added magnesium to their filters, they would achieve much better sustainable free hydrogen.
Leading electric water ionizers cost 5 to 10 times as much as natural water ionizers.
Natural water ionizers provide superior health benefits to electric water ionizers unless you drink the water from an electric machine in the first minute.
Natural water ionizers remove more contaminants from the source water than most electric water ionizers.
The only significant advantage of electric water ionizers is that they produce acidic water. Acidic water can be used as an effective astringent for cleaning skin, or as an antiseptic in stronger concentrations. Natural water ionizers don’t provide this alternative because they don’t use a anode to attract anions during the process of electrolysis and then separate out the acidic water. While we hear all about the health benefits of the drinking water from electric water ionizers, they were originally created to produce acidic water. The health benefits of the alkaline water were later discovered by accident. If you want the useful benefits of acidic water, there are a number of effective “acidic water maker” products available that cost about $200.
This article may create a poop storm in the form of negative comments from electric water ionizer dealers. I would be happy to discuss their opinions and ideas, as long as they have done their homework. If they present the “same old same old” arguments that we have been hearing for years, which are not based upon the facts, I can’t be bothered. Those that are seekers of truth and who are really interested in helping others will figure it out.
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