What Exactly is Ionized Water?

Two Kinds of Ionized Water

Ionized alkaline water is also known as Electrolyzed Reduced Water because it has been shown in laboratory settings to reduce the effects of oxidation. The ability of ionized alkaline water to reduce oxidative damage is referred to as its Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP).

Oxidation – Happens when an acidic substance steals electrons from a substance. Oxidation will damage or destroy a substance; it causes cut apples to turn brown, and metal to rust. Acidic water oxidizes things – including body tissues and DNA, by stealing electrons from them. Doctors recommend antioxidant foods to stop the damage caused by oxidation.

Reduction – Happens when an antioxidant substance gives electrons to a substance such as free radicals that attack body tissues and DNA. The antioxidant reduces the free radicals ability to oxidize tissues and DNA. Medical science suggests this process help keep you healthy.

Ionized alkalinewater is known by scientists as Electrolyzed Reduced Water, because it reduces oxidation. ERW has extra electrons which can reduce the ability of harmful substances to oxidize things like tissues and DNA. Research into the health benefits of the reduction caused by ERW is ongoing.

Ionized acidic water is known by scientists as Electrolyzed Oxidative Water (EOW) because it increases oxidation. It’s ability to increase oxidation gives EOW the ability to sanitize surfaces, tools, kitchen implements and more. When it’s made with salt, EOW becomes a powerful disinfectant that replaces many toxic household cleaners.

How is Ionized Water Made?

Tap water is a mixture of two kinds of ions: Mineral ions, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and bicarbonate ions. Those mineral ions have a positive electromagnetic charge. Bicarbonate is dissolved CO2, it’s formed when CO2 is absorbed by water from the air. Bicarbonate has a negative electromagnetic charge.

Home water ionizers use electromagnetism to separate the positively charged minerals from the negatively charged bicarbonate. Water ionizers have charged plates, which act just like magnets, they attract the ions that have the opposite charge they do. When that happens, the ions pass through a membrane called a Bipolar Exchange Membrane. The membrane allows ions to pass through it, but it doesn’t allow other types of particles to cross.

The ion separation process makes both alkaline and acidic waters at the same time because the membrane separates the minerals from the bicarbonate. That makes the water inside the alkaline chamber into alkaline water, and the water inside the acidic chamber into acidic water.

In-Vitro Study on ionized water shows it can reduce oxidative damage to DNA strands.

The study, called Electrolyzed–Reduced Water Scavenges Active Oxygen Species and Protects DNA from Oxidative Damage examined ionized alkaline water’s ability to stop oxidative damage done to our DNA by harmful oxidants like free radicals. Oxidation by free radicals has been linked to premature aging and degenerative disease.

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The study was done In-Vitro which means: In glass, such as a test tube. In vitro experiments are done in glass or plastic vessels in a laboratory. The study showed that Electrolyzed Reduced Water (ionized alkaline water)made by a water ionizer prevented DNA from being oxidized by free radicals. Research on the antioxidant properties of alkaline water is ongoing. If successful, it would result in antioxidant water being used to protect DNA from the oxidative damage that is associated with premature aging and degenerative disease.

Does ionized water have health benefits?

There are many studies like the one above that suggest that drinking ionized alkaline water does have health benefits. Could it help improve your health? Everyone’s body is different, the best way to find out if alkaline water may help in your case is to call us. There are over 40 studies on the health benefits of drinking alkaline water – and we’ve read them all – give us a call, we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.

Everyone’s drinking alkaline water for health these days. Find out what studies suggest it could do for you by calling us at 877-512-7724


The ion-permeable diaphragm in a water ionizer enables it to separate water into alkaline water (ERW)  and acid water (EOW)

Studies show that ionized alkaline water provides a beneficial source of age-fighting antioxidants. This makes it better for you than plain water.

Many water ionizer ads claim that the benefit comes from splitting or structuring water molecules, but hard science (and many skeptics) suggests they’re wrong.

Life Ionizers has been conducting research over the past year to discover the truth about how water ionizers make healthy water. Our research reveals that benefits of ionized alkaline water are provided by mineral ions in the water, which gain electrons through electrodialysis – a process that is like electrolysis, but it uses a special diaphragm to separate the charged plates.

How a Water Ionizer makes antioxidant ionized alkaline water

When water enters an ionizer’s chamber, it contains dissolved mineral salts, such as calcium carbonate and magnesium sulfate. The charged plates of an ionizer create an electromagnetic field that is powerful enough to overcome the electron charge that holds the mineral salts together, breaking them in half.

One half of the mineral salts are made of alkali ions, mostly:

  • potassium K+
  • Calcium Ca2+
  • Magnesium Mg+

FACT: These alkali ions are what puts the alkaline in alkaline water!

The other half of the mineral salts are made of acidic ions, mostly:

  • Carbonate CO3-

FACT: These acidic ions are what puts the acid in acidic water!

ERW = Alkaline Water = Positively-charged ions such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium that are drawn towards the negatively charged plate (known as a cathode).

EOW = Acidic Water = Negatively charged ions such as chloride and sulfate which are drawn towards the positively charged plate (known as an anode).

The alkaline and acidic  ions, after being separated, cross a special diaphragm called an ion-permeable membrane. It allows the ions to cross over, but not cross back. This ion splitting process is called electrodialysis. After the ions in it pass across the membrane, the water becomes  separated into two halves, one with the alkaline mineral ions, and the other with acidic ions. After separation, these ions only exist on their own for a fraction of a second. They then combine with water molecules and form new compounds. Mineral hydrates on the alkaline side, acidic carbonate on the acidic side. The mineral hydrates in alkaline water are composed of a mineral ion and a hydroxyl ion (OH-). The acidic water is a solution of  the carbonate and hydrogen, which is called carbonic acid.

Water Ionizer  + Minerals + Water = Antioxidant Minerals!

The main beneficial minerals that are found in ionized alkaline water are:

  • Calcium hydrate – Ca(OH)2
  • Potassium hydrate – KOH
  • Magnesium hydrate – Mg(OH)2 – Also found in Milk of Magnesia!

These mineral hydroxides give ionized alkaline water its pH and –ORP values. There are also trace minerals may be present in ionized alkaline water, such as zinc and manganese, which are also powerful antioxidants.

Health Benefits of Minerals from Water Ionizers

The mineral hydrates found in ionized alkaline water have medically recognized health benefits. Research shows that calcium is actually 30% easier to absorb from water than it is from plant-based sources. There are many health benefits of that come from drinking alkaline water

Want more information about how water ionizers make your water healthy? Call our ionized water experts today at (888) 688-8889.

Has the FDA evaluated water ionizers?

No, water ionizers have been evaluated as medical devices in Japan and Korea however. Life Ionizers is recognized by the Korean FDA as a medical device. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


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