Category: The Technology

Water Ionizer Rumor of the Week

Someone recently pointed out an article that claimed that water ionizers create “artificially alkaline” water.  The claim is that the alkalinity of the water is artificially raised through the electrolysis/ionization process – that the pH is “artificial” because of a gap between the pH of alkaline ionized water and the actual presence of alkaline minerals in the water.

This is yet another false rumor in a long list of misinformation out there about water ionizers and the alkaline water industry.  Here’s a rundown of the “artificial” claims and the facts about alkaline water created by water ionizers.

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Question

Can Kangen Water Machines from Enagic run all day producing alkaline water?  According to many of Enagic representatives, yes it can!  It’s a popular selling point used by Kangen Water independent distributors when selling against other models.  “Enagic water ionizers can run all day if you want them to, without ever overheating or shutting down.”

But is it true?   We went to the source, Enagic USA, to determine the actual recommended run-time for their famous Kangen Alkaline Water Machines.

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Every water ionizer will have an automated cleaning cycle to prevent excess mineral build-up on the electrodes.   Without regular cleaning – either automated or through an acidic flush, this mineral build up can reduce contact between the electrodes and the water which can decrease your water ionizer’s ability to produce quality ionized water.
Most water ionizer companies now have recommended cleaning protocols for their products – either cleaning cartridges or a procedure you can do yourself using items readily available in local stores.  In this article we’ll discuss the automated cleaning cycles and the extra steps you can take to ensure your water ionizer maintains peak performance for years to come.

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UnbiasedIn our attempts to further separate the facts from the fluff with regard to water ionizers, we contacted a water electrolysis expert to ask about some of the claims made by various water ionizer companies about their products.

Each water ionizer company claims superiority in product based on one or more factors. We wanted to establish the true importance of the elements of water ionizers and the “how’s” and “why’s” of the claimed key elements.

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The health benefits of ionized water are based cell hydration and anti-oxidation. Through ionization, the water molecules are altered decreasing their cluster size by half and restructured into hexagonal rings. These smaller water molecules are more easily absorbed by the body. Absorption is further boosted by living organism’s natural preference for hexagonal structure.

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Genesis PlatinumStandard water ionizers produce alkaline ionized water or *kangen water through the process of electrolysis.  All standard countertop and under-counter water ionizers use the same basic technology.  Power is supplied by plugging the unit in at a wall outlet with water being supplied to the unit through connection to your faucet or to the cold water line below the sink.

Here’s a closer look at the basic water ionizer connections/installations and what happens inside these units to produce alkaline or acidic ionized water -  

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Looking at water molecules at the molecular level is the best way to understand how ionized water works.

One water molecule is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.  Most people recognize “H2O” as the chemical symbol or expression for water – indicating the 2 Hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom.   The single oxygen atom is much larger than the two hydrogen atoms which means that the oxygen’s attraction of/for the hydrogen atom than the hydrogen atoms’ attraction to each other.  During the electrolysis process, the H2O is converted to 2 Oxygen atoms and 2 Hydrogen gas.

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