Water Ionizer and Ionized Water
Water is one of the most essential commodities which appear colorless, tasteless and odorless. Human body is estimated to contain about 60 to 70% water. We need to drink water because water is needed to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all our organs. Water also transports oxygen to our cells, removes waste, and protects our joints and organs. The water, as such, from the natural source is generally called as raw water. If it is obtained from natural source or a municipal source, that is suitable for drinking purpose, is called as potable water. The water should be freshly drawn from the ground source or collected from municipal source. Once the water is undergone with some treatment and free from physical, chemical and microbiological impurities, it becomes purified water.
Purified water can be prepared by various treatment procedures like ion-exchange, reverse osmosis, electro de-ionization, ultra filtration, etc. Water has the chemical formula “H2O” which is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. It can be dissociated into H+ and OH- ions.
Ionization is a process of exchange of electric ions. Water can be ionized through water ionizer and ionized water can be collected. Various brands of bottled drinking water are now available in the market. These waters are simply processes water using filtration, reverse osmosis, distillation, or electro deionization. These are de-mineralized water which may contain little or no minerals. Researches have shown that healthy water is hard and moderately high in total dissolved solids (TDS). The most drinking water we buy in the market are softened and containing low TDS. It is also revealed by the studies that minerals in the drinking water are more easily and better absorbed than other minerals from food. Mineralized water is needed for all cellular functions.
Water Ionizer and Filter
Drinking water requires filtration for optimum health. Basically water is purified by using various types and grades of filters. Filters are designed for specific types of contaminants. Filtration is a physical process to remove the impurities, suspended particulates and microorganisms. Some of the impurities removed by water filter may be bacteria, viruses, inorganic & organic chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, pollens, etc. However it doesn’t filter out soluble minerals. Ionization means to gain or loose an electron. Water can be ionized by using water ionizers. A water ionizer is an appliance that ionizes water, producing both alkaline and acidic water. Water ionizer contains both water filter and ionizing setup. The water ionizer unit contains activated-carbon filter to remove impurities like chlorine, fluoride, etc. Water is the run over positive and negative electrodes, which ionizes the water. It is then separated into alkaline and acidic water as it passes through membranes. Both acidic and alkaline water have their own benefits to the human health. Acidic water contains hydrogen ions and alkaline water contains hydroxides ions.
Water ionization can be done with the ionization chamber where it contains a very specific low voltage electric current passes through it. It causes soluble minerals in water to be attracted to either a positive or negative pole. Afterwards, water gets separated into acidic and alkaline stream and can be collected separated. Even though both alkaline and acidic water have their specific uses and advantages; alkaline water is more beneficial to the human health.
Benefits of Ionized Water
Water has many benefits for our health system in enormous way. Water balances body pH and hence prevents from diseases. Water can be a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier. According to Hidemistu Hayashi, a Japanese ionized water researcher, alkaline water can act as a powerful antioxidant in the body destroying harmful free radicals, just as do vitamins A, C, and E. Ionized water is also called as liquid antioxidant, which is easily absorbed into the body.
Alkaline water contains excess oxygen in the form of hydroxide ions, which is very stable. In alkaline water hydroxide ions combine with positively charged alkaline minerals and can form water molecule (H2O), leaving free oxygen atom. Alkaline mineral is useful in detoxification of poisonous acid compounds. Freed hydroxide ion supplies excess oxygen to the cells to prevent the development of cancer. Similarly acidic water can be useful for external use. Alkaline water is believed to be the best drinking water. A water ionizer produces water that is cleaner, healthier, and better tasting.
Benefits of alkaline water:
- Balances body pH
- Effective liquid antioxidant
- Washes acidic and other waste and toxins from the body (eg. hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, histamines, phenols and indoles)
- Provides energy
- Hydrates body 3 times more effectively than conventional water
- Nutrients are absorbed more efficiently into the body
- Promotes regularity
- Promotes overall health and healing by bringing the body into balance
- Better Taste
Benefits of acidic water (External Use Only):
- Kills bacteria on contact
- Helps heal cuts, blisters, or rashes
- Conditions skin
- Provides relief from mosquito bites and bee stings
- Gargle with acidic water to relieve soar throats or moth sores
- Relieves chapped hands and dry, itchy skin
- Effectively removes plaque from teeth
- Excellent treatment for Eczema and Acne
- Excellent treatment for fungus
- The Watershed Wellness Center (http://www.watershed.net/mineral.htm)
- Dr. Hidemistu H. Ionized Water Explained - Water, the chemistry of life. Spartan Enterprises, Inc. Adapted from http://www.watershed.net/ionizedwater-article.htm on October 24, 2006
- Nicklaw R.D. Water for the 21st Century. Adapted from http://www.fernsnutrition.com/article_ionizers.html on October 24, 2006