How Ionizers Work

What water ionizers do: Water ionizers work by by using electromagnetism to change ordinary tap water into ionized alkaline water with acid-fighting alkalinity and antioxidant potential. Plain water is a mix of alkaline minerals and carbonate – dissolved CO2. A water ionizer separates the carbonate from tap water from the alkaline minerals. The alkaline minerals, and the acidic carbonate are discharged in a separate streams of water. By separating the alkaline elements in tap water from the acidic elements, a water ionizer enables you to get the benefit of the natural acid-fighting alkalinity the alkaline minerals in your water like calcium and magnesium. These alkaline minerals, once freed of the carbonate, gain antioxidant potential and acid fighting alkalinity.

How Water Ionizers work – The Process of Electrodialysis

Inside a water ionizer water runs across charged plates which are separated by a special membrane – called an Ion-Permeable Membrane. That membrane allows energetically charged atoms and molecules – called ions – to pass through. It doesn’t allow energetically neutral atoms and molecules to pass through. Water molecules are energetically neutral, so they don’t pass through the membrane. The alkaline mineral ions in water, and the carbonate ions in water both have energetic charges, so they’re allowed to pass through. This separates the alkaline minerals from the acidic carbonate.
The alkaline minerals in water have a positive energetic charge – that makes them positively charged ions. Likewise, the acidic carbonate in water have a negative electrical charge, which makes them negatively charged ions.
The electromagnetically charged plates in a water ionizer separate those ions. The positively charged alkaline mineral ions are attracted to the negative plates. The acidic carbonate is attracted to the positively charged plates. The ion-permeable membrane allows both the positively charged alkaline mineral ions, and the negatively charged carbonate ions to pass through it, which then separates these ions into two chambers.

Water ionizers make two streams of water

Once separated, the ions in both chambers react with the water that’s inside each chamber to make alkaline and acidic waters. Each type of water is discharged a separate stream coming out of the water ionizer. The alkaline minerals are discharged in the alkaline stream as alkaline mineral water. The acidic carbonate is discharged in the acidic water stream as a solution of carbonic acid. When you dissolve CO2 into water, it makes carbonic acid.

Why Alkaline water has Age-Fighting Antioxidant Potential

Once freed of the acidic carbonate, the calcium and magnesium ions in the water are highly unstable. They immediately react with water molecules by grabbing a hydroxyl ion from them to form alkaline mineral hydrates. The alkaline minerals’ positive energetic charge is able to take a hydroxyl ion from a water molecule because it overcomes the energetic force holding the water molecule together. When this happens, the alkaline mineral ion gains the hydroxyl ion, and an atom of hydrogen is released. It is because of this reaction that alkaline water from a water ionizer is rich in hydrogen. Thanks to the negative energetic charge of the hydroxyl ion, the alkaline water in a water ionizer gains a negative energetic charge, which is called Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP). The negative ORP of alkaline water from a water ionizer gives it the ability to reduce oxidative substances, such as free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Oxidative substances in the body are believed to be a major factor in disease and aging. It is the Oxidation Reduction Potential of alkaline water that gives it the potential to work as an antioxidant.

Acidic water is an oxidant

Likewise the carbonate ion also reacts with the water it’s in to form carbonic acid. The carbonate ion grabs two hydrogen ions from the water molecule, which then releases an oxygen atom. This is why the acidic water from a water ionizer is rich in oxygen.
The process of oxidation When oxygen combines with any substance, it grabs electrons from that substance. When that happens, the substance that lost electrons to the oxygen is destroyed. That process is called oxidation. Because the acidic water is rich in oxygen, it is an oxidant that is powerful enough to destroy some organisms by oxidizing them. Because of that, acidic water from a water ionizer can be used for sanitation.

Why Alkaline Water is Different from Tap Water

Alkaline water from a water ionizer is different from tap water because the mineral hydrates in alkaline water give it healthy qualities that you don’t get from tap water:

  • Acid fighting alkalinity – Alkaline water can neutralize acids
  • Antioxidant potential – Alkaline water reduces harmful oxidation
  • Better taste – Alkaline water is slightly sweeter and a lot more refreshing!

Tap water doesn’t have any of those healthy qualities because those healthy benefits are locked up by the acidic carbonate in tap water. The acidic carbonate simply balances out the alkaline minerals, making tap water energetically neutral. Perhaps that’s the reason why tap water tastes ‘dead’ compared to alkaline water!

Why LIFE Water Ionizers Make Better Alkaline Water

Purity: LIFE Ionizers is the industry leader in water ionizers filtration because every LIFE Ionizer comes with custom filtration that targets the specific toxins found in your local water supply. How do we know which toxins are in your water? Your local water authority reports any toxins they find in your water to the EPA annually. LIFE Ionizers uses that report to find out what toxins are in your water. We then customize your filtration system to give you the best possible protection from those toxins. LIFE Ionizers is the only water ionizer company that does this for you. If you want this level of protection from any other brand of water ionizer, you’re on your own.

Power: It takes a lot of power to separate the alkaline minerals in water from the acidic carbonate. Simply put, the more power you have, the more electromagnetic force you can create. Top-of-the-line LIFE Ionizers can adjust up to 800 watts of power – making LIFE Ionizers the most powerful water ionizers in the world.

Platinum: LIFE Ionizer plates have our exclusive MAX Coat – 8 coats of platinum for outstanding performance and durability – twice as many layers as competing ionizers! This is why a LIFE Ionizer has more power than competing ionizers. The stronger the plates the more power a water ionizer can have. The plates in a LIFE Ionizer are so durable, they’re guaranteed for life.

We can put a LIFE Ionizer in your home for less than you may be paying for bottled water per month right now. Call us today at 888 688-8889 and start saving over the cost of bottled water today!


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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