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.

You can finance a water ionizer for less than you’d pay for bottled water Bottled alkaline water is expensive, you will pay between $2 – $5 per bottle for it. If you drank 2 liters per day of bottled alkaline water, you’d easily spend more than $100 per month! You can finance a water ionizer for about half that, and have it paid off within two years.

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.

Yes, Ionized alkaline water can help put you back in charge of your health. Call our healthy water experts today at: (855) 790-8121. for a free, no-obligation consultation


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Research on the antioxidant effect of alkaline water combined with vitamin C:

Lee, MY, and YK Kim, et al. “Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein..” Springer Link. Humana Press, 1 Nov 2006. Web. 8 Jul 2013. <>.