There are four kinds of ionized water made by water ionizers, each have their uses.
Two types of ionized water are made from tap water. The first is ionized alkaline water, it is drank for health purposes. The second kind is ionized acidic water, it is used as a hair and skin rinse, to water plants, and for sanitizing surfaces. The other two kinds of ionized water are made using salt. Using salt makes strong ionized water. These strong ionized waters are both used for cleaning, bleaching, and disinfection.
How water becomes ionized
Did you know? A water ionizer doesn’t actually ionize water! Tap water is already ionized by the calcium and magnesium bicarbonates – mineral salts – in it. Ions are charged particles, any time you dissolve something in water, the elements that make up that substance separate slightly. That separation causes those elements to become charged particles. In physics a particle with an atomic charge is called an ion.
For example, if you dissolve regular table salt in water, that salt separates into sodium ions and chloride ions, because table salt is composed of sodium and chloride. That water now has a mixture of sodium ions and chloride ions in it. Those ions ionize the water.
The reverse is also true, if you remove all of those sodium ions and chloride ions, typically by distillation or reverse osmosis, you end up with deionized water. Pure water is deionized water, keep in mind that pure water is never found in nature. So all water found in nature is actually ionized water! What makes the ionized water made by a water ionizer different is that the machine changes the composition of the water in it by splitting the mineral ions apart from the bicarbonate ions. Each of these ions is then discharged in a separate stream of water.
Ionized Alkaline water made from tap water
The ionized alkaline water made by a water ionizer is consumed for health purposes. There are over 40 studies that show a variety of health benefits from drinking ionized alkaline water. Ionized alkaline water buffers acidic condition in the body. It raises the pH of both blood and urine if their pH is too low – a temporary condition called metabolic acidosis. Studies show that ionized alkaline water can help with:
- High blood pressure
- Bone health
- And many other health conditions
What makes ionized alkaline water so healthy? Two things: First, it is rich in easy to absorb essential minerals, mostly calcium and magnesium. Second it has antioxidant potential. Ionized alkaline water is the only form of alkaline water that has the potential to act as an antioxidant.
Ionized acidic water made from tap water
When a water ionizer makes ionized alkaline water it makes ionized acidic water at the same time. It has to do so because a water ionizer makes water more alkaline by separating the acidic substances in water from the alkaline substances. Both are discharged in separate streams of water. Ionized acidic water get’s it’s acidic pH from dissolved CO2 in the water. When CO2 is dissolved in water, it forms carbonic acid.
Ionized acidic water is for external use. It is an amazing hair rinse, it leaves your hair shiny and manageable. It’s also good for your skin, it acts as an astringent, and has been shown to be helpful for treating skin conditions like acne. Ionized acidic water is also great for watering plants, it’s the perfect pH.
Strong Ionized Waters
Strong ionized waters are made by adding salt to water before it is ionized. Salt acts as a catalyst, it speeds up the ionization reaction. It also generates chlorine. Strong ionized waters are not for drinking. Instead, strong ionized waters are used for cleaning and disinfection.
When alkaline water is made with salt, it becomes a detergent. It can be used as a disinfectant or of course you can wash clothes with it. Strong acidic water contains chlorine, so it can also be used as a disinfectant. The most effective way to use strong ionized waters for disinfection is to mix them together until you get a pH of between 5.5 to 6.5. In this pH range, a solution of hypochlorous acid is formed. Hypochlorous acid is the most effective disinfectant in the world. It’s not sold in stores because it doesn’t keep when you store it in bottles. You have to use it within 30 days of making it or it loses potency.
Strong ionized waters should never be made in a water ionizer used to produce drinking water. The process leaves chlorine residues that aren’t easy to rinse away. Instead, you should use a special-purpose water ionizer called a batch water ionizer. These machines make strong ionized waters one batch at a time.
How to choose the right machine to ionize your water
You have two different types of water ionizer to choose from: Flow through ionizers are used to make drinking water. Batch water ionizers are used to make strong ionized water. So if your plan is to make ionized water for drinking, get a flow-through ionizer. If you plan to make strong ionized water for cleaning and disinfection, get a batch ionizer.