How Alkaline Water Machines Really Heal You
If you’re here to find out about the full benefits of alkaline water machines you’ve come to the right place. That’s because I am going to clear a few things up about alkaline water and the benefits it has on your health.
Certainly some clarity is needed right now as there seems to be an obsession in the health industry about the pH level of drinking waters when it is in fact another quality that we should be focusing on — antioxidants. Antioxidants, when introduced to our bodies regularly from ionized water, really will have the positive effect on our health that we have been searching for.
How Alkaline Water Machines Work
Alkaline water machines, also known as water ionizers, are electrical appliances that connect to your kitchen water supply to perform electrolysis on tap water before you drink it or use it in the kitchen for cooking or cleaning. This works via a special attachment called a diverter valve, which re-directs tap water out of the faucet through a plastic hose into the ionized water unit. Inside the water ionizer, the water is first filtered and then passed on into an electrolysis chamber equipped with platinum-titanium electrodes where electrolysis takes place.
Cations (positive ions) gather at the negative electrodes to create cathodic water (reduced water). Anions, negatively charged ions, gather at the positive electrode to make anodic water (oxidized water).
Alkaline Water Machines Give You a Choice Between Tap, Reduced or Oxidized Water
Once set up, the reduced alkaline water comes out of the tap faucet, and the oxidized acidic water comes out of a separate hose leading into the sink. The reduced water (also known as ionized water) is where alkaline water machines has their edge over other alkaline water products because you can either drink it or use it in cooking or cleaning. The oxidation potential of the oxidized water makes it a good sterilizing agent. If you just want to pour normal tap water, good water ionizers come with a neutral setting to get filtered tap water.
Now, this is where some people may have been misled. If we look at the pH levels of water, we see that tap water is generally around a pH 7 on the scale of 1to 14. Ionized, reduced water is alkaline, anything above 7 and oxidized water is acidic, which is anything below 7.
If you believe that ionized water is healthy just because it has a higher, alkaline pH, you are missing the real reason why this type of water can be such a boon to your health. The reason ionized water is so good for you is because of something called oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), a fancy name for antioxidants.
Oxidation-Reduction Potential, Straight From Alkaline Water Machines
Alkaline water machines produce water that has a high redox potential. Specifically, ‘reduced’ water is called as such because it has a high reduction potential (whereas oxidized water has a high oxidation potential). You do not get this reduction potential from water that is simply alkaline, like from a flask or pitcher. You only get it from water that has been ionized from the sun or water electrolysis.
So what does this all mean? It means that it is ORP which makes ionized water healthy, not its pH level. This is because, in simple terms, ionized water has the ability to readily donate its electrons to oddball oxygen radicals and blocks the interaction of the active oxygen with normal molecules. Oddball oxygen radicals is another term for free radicals, the incredibly damaging molecules we all have inside of us.
How Alkaline Water Ionizers Really Protect Our Health
So, while we may have traditionally judged the properties of water from the standpoint of pH, that facet has been overemphasized. It is the high reduction potential of ionized drinking water from water ionizer machines which neutralize cancer-causing and disease-promoting free radicals.
Ionized water counteracts cell-damaging free radicals by giving up an extra electron without damaging surrounding biological molecules, rendering the free radicals harmless. So, the more ionized water we drink, the lower our risks to oxidative stress which leads to some of the scary diseases out there. And that’s all because of ORP remember, not pH, and the reason why you need an “alkaline water machine” and not any other alkaline water product.
To your health,
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