Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Difference Between Alkaline Water and Ionized Water

Alkaline Water v.s Ionized Water

The Chemistry of Ionized Water and Alkaline Water

To understand the difference between plain alkaline water and ionized alkaline water, you need to know a few terms used in chemistry. Most importantly, you need to understand that alkalinity and pH are not the same thing.

Alkalinity measures the ability of water to neutralize acids. Alkaline water can have high alkalinity while having only a moderately alkaline pH because alkalinity and pH are not the same thing. If your health challenges come from body acidity, you want water with high alkalinity to neutralize as much acidity as possible.
The difference is that alkaline water made by a water ionizer has antioxidant potential. Bottled alkaline water doesn’t

The Potential Hydrogen (pH) of water refers to its potential to attract positively-charged Hydrogen ions (H+). Your levels are maintained in a narrow range by your body. Because of this, pH isn’t as important as alkalinity when it comes to your health. What you’re drinking alkaline water for is it’s acid-neutralizing alkalinity and it’s antioxidant potential.

Ionization occurs when an atom or molecule either gains or loses electrons, when that happens, the atom becomes an ion – a charged particle.  When an atom becomes an ion, its  electrical charge can be either positive or negative. It depends on whether the atom gained or lost electrons. The minerals in ionized alkaline water – mostly calcium, magnesium, and potassium – gain electrons from the ionization process. The extra electrons give the water a negative electrical charge. That charge gives it antioxidant potential.

The difference between alkaline ionized water and ionized water is:  Ionized water can be either alkaline or acidic.  Alkaline ionized water has alkaline minerals in it, and acidic ionized water from a water ionizer has carbonate in it, which makes it a dilute solution of carbonic acid.

Oxidation Reduction Potential – The benefit of alkaline water from a water ionizer.

A water ionizer puts a negative electrical charge into the water it makes. That negative electrical charge gives the water antioxidant potential which can be measured, just like the charge of a battery. The negative charge is called its Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP).

In-vitro (in the lab) studies have shown that water with a high negative ORP, when mixed with vitamin C, enhances the antioxidant effect of vitamin C. You can do this by mixing alkaline water with the juice of any citrus fruit

The only  problem with the antioxidant potential of alkaline water is that you can’t store it for very long. The antioxidant ORP of alkaline water begins to decline after about 24 hours. So it’s best drank fresh from the ionizer.

Why Bottled Alkaline Water has no Antioxidant Potential, but can have toxic antimony in it.

Bottled alkaline water has no antioxidant potential because the antioxidant potential doesn’t keep. . Because of this, the best alkaline water comes fresh from a water ionizer. Another problem with bottled alkaline water is chemical contamination. BPA, phthalates,  and antimony have all been detected in bottled water. BPA and phthalates are potent hormone disruptors and potential carcinogens. Antimony is a heavy metal and a known carcinogen. Alkaline water actually draws antimony out of plastic, so the antimony contamination will be worse with bottled alkaline water than it is for plain bottled water.

Triple the Antioxidant Potential of Vitamin C with Ionized Alkaline Water.

A study called Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein tested the effect of mixing ionized alkaline water with Vitamin C. The result was that ionized alkaline water tripled the antioxidant strength of Vitamin C. It’s easy to get this added antioxidant benefit with a water ionizer. Simply mix the juice of a lemon, lime, orange or any citrus fruit with alkaline water from a water ionizer and drink immediately.


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Research on the antioxidant effect of alkaline water combined with vitamin C:
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Is Ionized Alkaline Water and Alkaline Water the same thing?

No. Ionized alkaline water has antioxidant potential, regular alkaline water does not. You may already have alkaline water flowing straight from your tap. Any water with a pH of greater than 7 has an alkaline pH. But that water won’t have the health benefits of ionized alkaline water because it lacks antioxidant potential, and it isn’t alkaline enough to counteract acidity in the body.
The Chemical Difference between Ionized and Alkaline water.

Alkalinity: Plain alkaline water, similar to bottled alkaline water and the water that comes out of your tap, gets its alkalinity from calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate. These are the mineral salts that make your water hard, they are responsible for the white scale that clogs plumbing and appliances. They are also mildly alkaline. What separates a mild alkali from a strong alkali is the amount of acidity that they can counteract. Mild alkalis can only counteract a small amount of acidity. Strong alkalis can counteract more.

Ionized alkaline water gets it’s alkalinity from calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. These hydroxide alkalis are much stronger than the carbonate alkalis they replace. They are the reason ionized alkaline water can counteract acidity in your body, and raise your urine pH. The calcium and magnesium hydroxide in ionized alkaline water get there because of the ionization process used by a water ionizer. The machine splits that magnesium and calcium away from the carbonate in your tap water. After that, a separate reaction takes place where the calcium and magnesium grab hydroxyl ions from water molecules. This separate reaction makes the calcium and magnesium into calcium and magnesium hydroxides.

How Ionized Alkaline Water’s Alkalinity can benefit your Health.

In a normally healthy body, excess acidity is neutralized by buffering systems in the body. But as you age, the body’s ability to safely neutralize that acidity declines. When that happens, the body has to fall back on the alkaline minerals that it used to build your bones. It dissolves those minerals, and buffers the acidity – but that leads to weak and brittle bones.

Another problem is that as your body’s acid-buffering ability declines, your kidneys can become overwhelmed by acidity – they simply can’t get rid of it all. When that happens, your body may end up in a state of low grade chronic acidity called metabolic acidosis. If left unchecked, chronic low grade metabolic acidosis  may lead to a much more serious condition called metabolic syndrome. The symptoms of which are:

High blood pressure

Morbid obesity

High blood sugar

Kidney stones

High blood cholesterol

These symptoms occur because your vital organs are slowly shutting down as acidity destroys them. In essence, you are being eaten alive, from the inside, by acid.

Alkalinity to the rescue! When you drink a glass of ionized alkaline water, it raises your urine pH in about 20 minutes to a half hour. You can even test this for yourself with pH test strips. This shows that the ionized alkaline water has taken some of the acid load off your kidneys. It shoulders part of the burden of acidity in your body, which protects your bones from having to give up their precious stores of calcium and magnesium. You can ask any doctor, it’s much easier to keep the healthy bone you’ve got, than it is to rebuild weak and brittle bones.

Relief from GERD, Mild Digestive Upset.

Clinical testing done in Japan showed that 88% of people with mild digestive upset found full or partial relief just from drinking ionized alkaline water alone. Other research has shown that ionized alkaline water permanently neutralizes pepsin – the stomach enzyme that triggers the painful burning and damage of GERD. Both chronic digestive upset and GERD are symptoms of metabolic acidosis. They are a call for help from a body drowning in acidity, and the help the body is crying out for is alkalinity!

Why ionized alkaline water has antioxidant potential and plain alkaline water doesn’t.

Ionized alkaline water get’s its antioxidant potential from the electron-charge that the ionization process pushes into the water when ionizing it. The electron-charge of the water can be measured with a device known as an ORP meter, it measures the electron charge in millivolts. The higher the negative charge, the more antioxidant potential there is in the water. For example, an  Ionizer  can an electron-charge of up to -900 millivolts into a glass of ionized alkaline water, that’s nearly a full volt of power! That amount of power gives the ionized alkaline water made by the immense antioxidant potential.

Why an Electron Charge gives Ionized Alkaline Water Antioxidant potential

Oxidation: To understand why an electron charge can act as an antioxidant in the body, you first have to understand how oxidants cause harm in the body and accelerate aging. In the body, there are two main types of oxidants – Free Radicals and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). These oxidants damage and destroy tissues and DNA in your body by stripping them of electrons, so the oxidant can reach a neutral charge state. Oxidants lack electrons, and that makes them chemically unstable. It is a fact of physics that if a substance lacks electrons, it will try to grab them from anything else around it. When an oxidant succeeds in grabbing electrons from tissues or DNA, they become oxidized, which destroys them, just like when iron is oxidized, it turns into rust. So oxidants in your body basically act to rust out your insides. That rusting then contributes to premature aging, and it’s a factor in the development of degenerative diseases.

Antioxidants, such as ionized alkaline water, have excess electrons, thanks to their negative electron charge. Because of that electron charge, they are just as eager to give up their electrons as oxidants are to take them. So an antioxidant protects your tissues and DNA from oxidation by giving up their electrons, thereby neutralizing both the oxidant and the antioxidant. As a result, your tissues and DNA are spared oxidative damage.

Why a Life water ionizer is the best source of ionized alkaline water

To get the most benefit from ionized alkaline water, you want both strong acid-fighting alkalinity and high antioxidant potential. You also want that water to be clean, free of harmful chemicals that come from plastic bottles like BPA and antimony. There’s only one source of ionized alkaline water that meets all three of those healthy requirements: A water ionizer.

Purity: An  Ionizer comes with custom configured filtration. We customize it based on what we can find out about your local water quality by reviewing your local water quality report, and by keeping an eye on news reports about water pollution. Those two sources together give us the most complete picture possible of what unhealthy toxins may be in your water. 

Alkalinity: To change the weak mineral bicarbonates in your tap water into acid-fighting mineral hydroxides, you need a lot of power. A water ionizer has to overcome the charge that holds calcium and magnesium together with the bicarbonate in tap water if it is to separate them. This is why top of the line Ionizers come with a lot of power. This offers optional GRID plates that increase the amount of power available to separate the minerals from the bicarbonates by using a principle called edge-conductivity: It’s easier for electricity to travel on an edge rather than a flat surface. GRID plates are tough, designed to last a lifetime and maximize the potential of your Ionizer.

Antioxidant potential: High power and advanced plate designs like GRID plates work together to maximize the transfer of electrons into the water. This results in the highest possible electron charge that the water could carry. Bottom line, you get more age fighting antioxidant power in every glass you drink!

Take back your health with plain water (pH7.5) acid fighting alkalinity and age-fighting antioxidant power. 


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