Will a water ionizer work with my water and why?
Water ionizers need calcium and magnesium in water to work. Water ionizers work best with hard water as long as the water isn’t too hard. If it is, then the hardness will need to be reduced. Water ionizers are actually more prone to hard water deposits because an ionizer changes the mineral carbonates in tap water into mineral hydroxides. Those mineral hydroxides are what makes the water alkaline, but they are more hydrophobic than mineral carbonates, which means they settle out of water more readily than mineral carbonates. Thankfully, Life Ionizers uses our advanced Reverse Action Dual Cleaning (RADC) technology to reduce and control mineral hydroxide deposits.
The minimum hardness needed for a water ionizer to work is 50 mg/L. For your health, you also need to make sure your water ionizer is equipped with the right filters for the toxins in your water supply. Water filtered by Reverse Osmosis (RO) or distillation must be remineralized to work with a water ionizer. RO and distilled water lacks minerals, so it doesn’t meet the 50 mg/L hardness requirement.
Hard water guide: Will an ionizer work with your water?
Soft Water Areas – 0 to 60 mg/L The ionizer needs to work harder in soft water areas to bring the pH level up. The best ionizers for this have a lot of power. In some cases, water can be too soft for ionization. In that case, a re-mineralizing cartridge is used to add minerals to the water. With the addition of a Remineralizing cartridge, water hardness can be increased to any desired amount.
Medium-Hardness Water Areas – 60 to 120 mg/L This type of water usually works well with a water ionizer. All you will need is a pre-filter designed for toxins found in your water supply. When you buy a Life Ionizer, we check your local water quality report to find those toxins. We give you the pre-filter you need free.
Hard Water Areas – 120 to 180 mg/L Water ionizers with advanced self-cleaning systems such as Life Ionizers work fine with moderately hard water. But older ionizers such as the Kangen Water machine that doesn’t have advanced cleaning technology may not work, and you may void the warranty on the Kangen machine if you use it with hard water.
Very Hard Water Areas – 180 or higher In very hard water areas, such as Arizona or Vegas, or in the case of very hard well-water, you have to reduce the hardness of your water. There are pre-filters that reduce water hardness, but in some cases, reverse osmosis filtration is the only way to go. Reverse osmosis removes all of the minerals from water (making it nearly pure) so you have to use a remineralizing cartridge to prepare the water for ionization.
If you use a water softener, you should bypass it when providing water for your ionizer. Water softeners exchange the calcium and magnesium in tap water for sodium. For good health, you want calcium and magnesium in the water you drink. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink.
Does your water have enough calcium and magnesium for good health?
Adults should get about 1,000 mg of calcium per day, and about 250 mg of magnesium per day. To get the WHO-recommended 10 – 20% of that amount in your drinking water, you will need to get between 100 – 200 mg of calcium, and 25 – 50 mg of magnesium per day.
A number of minerals in your water are measured as milligrams per liter (mg/L). If you drink two liters of water per day, your water should have between 50 – 100 mg/L calcium, and 12 – 25 mg/L magnesium, for you to get the 10 – 20% WHO-recommended amounts. Life Ionizers can add minerals to your water if it is deficient.
Find out if your water has enough minerals for good health with a free water quality report
How to make sure you have the right filters for your water quality
If your water has enough minerals in it for good health, you still need to make sure you have the right filtration for your local water quality. If you choose Life Ionizers, we will evaluate your local water quality and determine which kind of filter(s) you need. Those filters will be included free with your new Life Ionizer.
Other brands don’t provide Life’s water quality analysis service, so you’d have to figure out the filters for yourself. If you have heavy metals or salt in your water, you should avoid the Kangen Water machine – it does not filter heavy metals or salts in your water. For the best in water ionizer filtration, get a Life, we take the guess work out of water ionizer filtration and make sure it works with your water.