I was watching a video the other day from one of the water ionizer dealers. The commentator was pointing out the bubbles that formed in the glass of water that he had just filled from his electric water ionizer. He informed viewers that the bubbles showed all the healthy generating benefits of hydroxyl ions produced by his machine.
The comments sounded good….too bad the information is incorrect. The entire electric water ionizer industry has been built upon incorrect “facts” offered by companies and sales people. The industry has focused on mechanical features such as power and plates, and on measurable results such as pH and ORP. However, nobody ever bothered to explain to people how and why the machines provide such wonderful health benefits. It’s actually very simple. The health benefits come from hydrogen atoms, which are split away from water molecules during a process called ionization.
Despite the fact that the electrical water ionizer sellers have their facts all wrong, the good news is that the machines work and provide wonderful health benefits.
The bubbles that you see forming in your glass when you first receive water out of your machine are hydrogen gas bubbles (H2). They are produced by electrolysis during the “ionization” process used by electric water ionizers. As water passes over the electrically charged plates, the violent electrical action causes water molecules to separate into hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions. The unstable hydrogen ions and hydroxyl ions immediately begin to reform into stable water molecules, or two hydrogen ions join together and form stable hydrogen gas.
Hydrogen provides incredible health benefits derived from water ionizers. Therefore, it is important to drink the water before the hydrogen bubbles, which are lighter than water, float up to the surface of the water and are lost into the air.
Does that mean that there is no benefit to drinking ionized water if you don’t consume the water in the first 60 seconds? Not at all. Free hydrogen ions will continue to remain in the water as long as there are minerals in the water. Ultimately, the degree of natural/sustainable ionization for any source water will depend upon the concentration of minerals in the water. But, the massive initial production of hydrogen bubbles will quickly disappear if you don’t drink the water right away. Therefore, always try to drink the water produced by an electric water ionizer before the bubble float to the surface
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