What is a Alkaline water Ionizer?
There are many benefits and uses to a Alkaline water Ionizer. But let's start from basics.
An Alkaline water Ionizer is not just a water machine but really a lifestyle water product that people should have in their homes. Not only are there benefits to drinking more alkaline ionized water but there are also many great uses for the acid water that is created too.
What are free radicals
Our bodies are created by many atoms. Each one of these atoms have a full outer shell of electron that are usually stable and do not enter into chemical reactions with other atoms. But sometimes atoms which lose their full outer shell of electrons will desperately seek out electrons whereever they can so they can be stable. These unstable or desperate atoms are known as free radicals.
Free radicals always want to seek stability and will try to steal an electron from any molecule that happens to be nearby. What this does is it causes the molecule which has lost its electron to the free radical to become unstable and a new free radical is made. This will in turn cause a never ending chain reaction, which can be harmful to our bodies.
Free Radicals & Oxidations
Oxygen free radicals are one of the most common types of free radicals. These oxygen atoms are missing one or more electron from their outer shell, making them unstable. Oxygen free radicals are what causes oxidation, both in the air and in our bodies. An apple that turns brown or metal that is rusting are examples of oxidation that we can see in our daily lives. These Oxygen free radicals are one of the factors that cause our bodies to age and deteriorate.
In moderation, free radicals are not evil or bad, in fact free radicals are created by our body when performing daily life functions. Free radicals are actually essential in the synthesis of energy and essential nutrients are also involved in increasing our immune system. However, if the level of free radicals gets too high in our bodies, it can cause major problems. Various health issues and diseases have been linked to high levels of free radicals. So let's try to keep our free radicals minimal by drinking more ionized water.
Alkaline ionized water is a powerful antioxidant
On the one hand free radicals are unstable molecules desperately seeking electrons for stability. They are known to cause cellular and DNA damage in our body, which in turn contribute to aging and the onset of various diseases.
On the other hand antioxidants help to slow down this process by donating an electron to an oxygen free radical (the most common type of free radical in our body) so it becomes a stable oxygen molecule.
How does ionization affect the molecular structure of water?
At the exit of the electrolytic cell, the water is separated into two streams:
- The alkaline water stream contains a larger proportion of Hydroxyl ions [OH-] which act as a powerful antioxidant, or reducing agent, because these ions have spare electrons that can easily be donated to our cells. Antioxidants neutralizes the oxidative damage caused by electron scavenging free radicals in our body.
- The acidic water stream contains a larger proportion of Hydrogen Ions [H+] which, contrary to Hydrogen Ions, act as a powerful oxidant or disinfectant capable of killing bacteria and other pathogens on contact (when pH is below 2.7). See uses of acidic water.
Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)
ORP or Oxidation Reduction Potential is a measure of the molecular charge that comes when you ionizes water. It shows the level at which food or drink has the ability to oxidize or to reduce oxidation in your body. Basically it determines if the food you are eating is oxidant or an antioxidant.
Drinking Alkaline Ionized Water will naturally help you get more intake of antioxidants. Like taking a Vitamin C supplement which we know is good for us. The problem with Vitamin C is you can only take the recommended dose on the bottle, but with Ionized water you can drink as much Ionized water as you would like.
Micro Clustering Properties of Ionized Water
Alkaline water super-hydrates the body
Water molecules come in clusters rather than single molecules. Tap water which is under pressure has very large clusters of 15-20 molecules. The ionization process breaks the electrical bonding of water molecules and restructures the water down to about 4-6 molecules per cluster. This smaller cluster size means that the water can be more easily absorbed into the cells, thereby providing superior hydration for the body and helping to dissolve and flush out acidic solid waste and toxins that have accumulated in the body.