1. What is so unique about Water Ionizers?
The Water Ionization Filter is far, far more than just a filter. Initially, the filter functions effectively using silver activated granulated carbon to purify incoming water, just like 99% of household filter systems. What separates the ionizer from ordinary water filters or magnetic devices are 3 important additional benefits:
Health Benefits – The alteration to the water molecules (H2O to OH- + HO) creates changes in the physical characteristics of the output alkaline water (change in pH, oxygen content, lower surface tension, radical ions) and Japanese studies have shown significant health benefits.
Unlike water filters it uses its own microcomputer to accurately control the rate of pH and REDOX (antioxidant quality) output. Also, most Ionizers will also monitor it’s built in water filter and inform the user when it is time to change the filter.
Additional health benefits of water ionizers improve the taste of food beyond that of normal filtered water. It very often allows users to modify their diet naturally and without stress. As the user’s basic pH balance changes, so do the taste buds. Weight loss is a common free bonus of drinking from alkaline Water Ionizers. It has also shown a major effect on many teenagers’ lifestyles, preventing obesity and type-2 diabetes.
Users commonly report major health changes, especially for chronic conditions including skin complaints, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, arthritis and many more.
The byproduct from making alkaline water is acid astringent water. This acid water is beneficial for skin complaints, may be used as a hair rinse, eye wash, gargle, and for mild antibacterial cleansing. Users have also reported excellent results for fungus and eczema.
2. What exactly is Ionized Water?
Ionization simply means to gain or lose an electron. Water that has been ionized becomes either alkaline or acidic, meaning that the pH has been adjusted up or down.
Alkaline water is full of Hydroxyl ions. This water has many health benefits. This is why Sang Whang, author of “Reverse Aging” calls it REVERSE AGING WATER.
Acidic water is full of Hydrogen ions. This is water that we apply only to the outside of our body. It is also great for plant growth.
3. How does the Water Ionizer produce ionized water?
Water is run over positive and negative electrodes, which ionizes the water. It accomplishes this by repelling the water now that it has been “charged” into positive and negative ions.
4. How does Ionized Water taste compared with conventional water?
A common remark regarding the taste of Ionized Water is that it tastes smoother than conventional water. This is because of the molecule cluster size and shape. Since it is small and regular shaped, it feels smooth because it is. It also does not fill you up and bloat you the way conventional water can do if you drink a lot of it at once.
5. How long does Ionized Water stay Ionized?
The Antioxidant (hydroxyl ions) will last approximately 18 to 24 hours. The Higher pH (alkaline properties) will last approximately 7 to 14 days. The smaller molecule cluster size will last approximately 30 to 90 days.
6. Does it matter what the plates/electrodes on a Water Ionizer are composed of?
The number, size and density of the titanium plates drive the manufacturing costs of water ionizers. Lower quality ionizers manufacture their units with mesh plates, whereas higher quality products utilize solid plates. The titanium plates are also dipped in platinum which also drives the price higher. The best quality ionizers typically have five to seven solid titanium plates dipped in medical grade platinum.
7. How long have Water Ionizers been on the market?
Water Ionizers have been available in the orient for over forty years and in the United States for about 10 years. They were popularized in Japan and began to become somewhat common there around the mid 1980’s. In 1992 more than 130,000 domestic ionizers were sold in Japan alone. Today, it is reported that over 15% of the Japanese population utilize ionized water. This ionization concept is also used in industrial applications.
8. Can it be used commercially?
Yes, in innumerable ways. Enagic, a manufacturer of medical grade ionizers and clearly the Mercedes/Lexus/BMWs of the industry, are used in thousands of restaurants and more than a hundred hospitals and clinics.
9. How should I start drinking it?
Start out slow at level one, drinking 1-3 glasses per day. If the water agrees with you, increase the amount you drink and the level of Ionization intensity. The stronger, the better, but take your time in building up to the higher levels. The antioxidant is most powerful on the high levels. You will of course experience more energy at the higher levels, but the fresher the ionized Water is, the stronger these properties are. The detoxification is STRONG and unmistakable. However, it only lasts a short time.
10. Why do different Water Ionizers come with different levels of intensity?
A Water Ionizer should have at least 3 levels of intensity to choose from, plus clean filtered water. This is mainly because Ionized Water is extremely detoxifying and people who have toxins built up in their system can suffer reactions such as headaches or diarrhea. This is especially true of the elderly because they often have built up many toxins in their bodies over the years. It is also true for those who have a very poor diet or have taken a lot of medicine. Having 3 levels simply offers the convenience of more levels of strength to choose from, thus allowing people to build their tolerance for Ionized Water more slowly if they wish or need to. Obviously, the higher the number of intensity levels the higher the quality of the ionizer machine. The better Ionizers will have 6 intensity levels.
11.0 pH – Good for emulsifying, soaking beans, nuts, meats, and vegetables , lowering the boiling point of water, and cleaning.
9.5 pH – Good for drinking – It usually takes a user to build up to this intensity level do to the natural detoxification created by drinking highly alkaline water.
8.5 pH – Good fro drinking – This is the level that most manufacturers recommend that users start drinking alkaline water.
7.0 pH – Clean Water – Neutral pH levels, but filter removes Chlorine, rust, impurities and lead, but still have the needed minerals
5.0 pH – Acid Water – This is frequently called beauty water because of the natural astringent properties of clean acidic water. It also can be used for cleaning glass, softening of clothes, and food preparation.
2.5 pH – Strong Acidic Water – A very good disinfectant that is not for drinking but for external uses, such as treating open sores, cleaning foods, and removing stains on clothes. It also used safely used to gargle, brushing and whitening your teeth, and the treatment of cold sores and pimples.
11. How do I know if I have acidosis or an acid-overloaded system?
Most Westerners do have some level of acidosis. The pace of life, the state of our foods, the concentration of acid-producing items in our diet means that 99% of people are overloaded.
You can use a litmus urine or saliva test to give you some idea of your acidity. This is not foolproof, however, because your body is always attempting to balance your acid and alkaline levels and could well be getting rid of a load of acid at the time of the test. It pays to look at your diet. Click here to view a list of alkaline and acid forming foods that will help you overcome the acid overload in your body.
12. Why is some water healthier than others?
People located in the Hunza Districts of Pakistan, Shin-Chan areas of China, the Caucasus in Azerbaijan, and in the Andes Mountains live longer with less health problems. Researchers knows that these waters are very alkaline and have a negative redox. Water Ionizers were, in part, created to produce the same effect.
13. What about hard water areas or other detrimental substances?
Some very hard water may require a pre-filter. You can also add pre-filters to remove more specific substances, such as fluoride and arsenic.
14. What are some of the more harmful organisms and chemicals removed from water by higher quality Water Ionizer?
Chlorine & Trihalomethanes, Suspended solids, Cryptosporidium, Parasites (cysts), Waterborne flu virus E-coli, Suspended solids, Organic compounds, Bacteria and Radioactive particulates.
15. Do Water Ionizers remove fluoride from the water as some have claimed?
There have been statements made regarding Water Ionizers removing fluoride from municipal water. Water Ionizers cannot remove anything from the water. To Ionize means simply to gain or loose an electron. The amount and type of minerals that are present in the water before ionization is the same after ionization, however some amount of certain minerals remain in the alkaline side and the acid side. In every test we are aware of, no more than 50% of the fluoride in the water was removed from the alkaline side to the acidic side. This means that half but not all of the fluoride in the Ionized Water, after ionization, had migrated to the acidic side of the ionization process which runs into the drain. However, it must be clearly stated that the ionization of the water does NOT completely remove fluoride from the Ionized Water on the alkaline side.
16. How does Ionized Water affect athletes?
In an extremely positive way, as you might expect. Blood oxygen levels will rise in varying amounts with regular use of strong Ionized Water. This increases stamina, endurance and provides the muscles tissue and organs with high amounts of oxygen which the human body often lacks, even in athletes because of inadequate diets. Magic Johnson is reported to have an ionizer in each of his homes.