First things first – there is a difference between “alkaline water” and “alkaline ionized water.” Alkaline water is water that above neutral on the pH scale – typically, any water that tests 8.0 or higher is considered “alkaline water.”
Alkaline ionized water is water that both has an alkalinity of 8.0 or higher and has been restructured at the molecular level. This “restructuring” creates negative hydroxyl ions, reduces the size of the water’s molecular clusters and arranges them in an hexagonal structure. It is this ionization process that produces the benefits of alkaline water that most people are reporting and talking about.
Both the smaller water molecule cluster size and the hexagonal structure of alkaline ionized water make it more easily absorbed by the body. Better absorption rates mean better hydration. In addition, minerals in the water – like calcium and magnesium – are also absorbed better by the body.
While increased hydration has been shown to improve overall health and wellbeing, the most significant benefits come from the negative hydroxyl ions created during the ionization process. These negatively charged ions seek out and neutralize free radicals in the body which cause oxidation – giving the water antioxidant properties.
Alkaline ionized water has been widely used for disease prevention and treatment in Asia for decades. Western medical research is increasingly showing that foods rich in antioxidants offer many benefits including:
Knowing that ongoing research in western medicine is demonstrating these benefits from diets rich in anti-oxidant foods, it takes no great leap in logic to recognize that similar benefits can be achieved by adding anti-oxidant rich water.
The ORP or “oxidation reduction potential” of alkaline ionized water is equal to or greater than the ORP found in many foods considered rich in anti-oxidants. Alkaline ionized water drinkers often report increased energy levels – from mental to physical to emotional.
On the physical level, alkaline ionized water drinkers report improved athletic performance and stamina. Simple exercise workouts become more productive and post-exertion recovery time is decreased. Non “exercise enthusiasts” report that daily or weekend activities – such as housework or working in the yard – seem to leave them less tired at the end of the day.
Mentally, alkaline ionized water drinkers often report increased mental stamina. Many people find that they are able to maintain effective levels of mental focus for longer periods of time. Also, stressful situations seem to become less so helping to reduce emotional fatigue that comes from the feeling of “mental overload” often experienced in times of stress.
People make the decision to purchase a water ionizer and begin drinking alkaline ionized water many reasons. For some, alkaline ionized water has been recommended by a healthcare practitioner to be consumed as part of treatment plan for specific health issues. For others it is simply a matter of finding something to take their overall health and longevity plan to the next level.
Here are some of the benefits reported most often:
Doctors and medical practitioners in Asia have been treating patients with alkaline ionized water for decades. “Water Ionizers” were first registered as medical devices in Asia where they are most commonly used by those in medical professions to treat a wide range of illnesses. In fact, most of the studies done on the potential healing properties of this water have been done by doctors and researchers in Asia.
Here in the United States, very few “traditional” doctors are willing to accept or endorse alkaline ionized water’s potential for treatment or prevention of disease. At best they’ll tell you it shouldn’t hurt anything. Regardless, the fact is that most who begin using alkaline ionized water do indeed see improvements in overall health and/or specific illnesses.
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