Thanks to the work of retired chemist Stephen Lower, we are constantly asked “is the term ‘ionized water’ meaningless to chemists?” The short answer to that question is: no, but ionized water IS a misnomer.
Ionized Water – Science, not Snake Oil
The term ‘ionized water’ is actually a misnomer – an inaccurate name – for ionized mineral water. The emphasis here is on mineral, because without minerals, water can’t be ionized! Pure water has no minerals in it, and does not exist in nature. You can’t get pure water from your tap, no matter how good your water quality is. The water you get from the tap has minerals in it, and it is those minerals that become ionized when the water is treated by a water ionizer.
The correct name for ionized water – the one chemists use – is “Ionized Mineral Water”. Chemists refer to the water by this name because the ionization treatment process used – called electrodialysis – puts an electrical charge on the minerals in water. Chemists refer to minerals that have an electrical charge as ions. This is why the process used to create ionized mineral water is called ionization.
Ionized Alkaline Mineral Water
Minerals that take on a negative electrical charge have extra electrons to give away. These negatively charged minerals have what chemists call Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP).
When you concentrate negatively charged minerals in water, the pH of the water will rise. The term pH means Potential Hydrogen, and it refers to the potential of the water to release molecules of hydrogen as gives away its excess electrons.
Ionized Acidic Mineral Water
Minerals that take on a positive electrical charge become oxidative. This means that those minerals now lack electrons (which have a negative charge). Positively charged minerals will oxidize other substances to recover their lost electrons, and return to a neutral state.
Acidic minerals are not good for your health; some examples of acidic minerals include chlorine, sulfur, and phosphorus. One of the most significant benefits of owning a water ionizer is that it separates water into two streams:
- Alkaline water – Contains healthy minerals like calcium
- Acidic water – Sanitation and cosmetic uses
Why do I need a water ionizer?
A home water ionizer is the best way to get healthy, clean water. As mentioned above, water ionizers separate the healthy minerals from the unhealthy ones. Because of this separation every glass of water you get has the following beneficial properties:
- Filters water to address harmful toxins
- Concentrates essential minerals like calcium found in your tap water
- Elevates water pH to alkaline levels
The best thing a water ionizer does is that it makes hard water taste great – sweet and refreshing! Tasty water might not seem to be a big deal but consider this: If your water tastes great, you will drink more of it. If you drink more water, you get the health benefits of better hydration.
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Has the FDA evaluated the health benefits of ionized water?
Not yet. 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.