How an Ionized Water Unit Works

How an Ionized Water Unit Works

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 -  

“On the Surface”

The most common type of water ionizer is a countertop unit.  The unit sits on your countertop and plugs into a nearby wall outlet.  There will be a water supply hose that runs from the unit to a faucet adapter that will replace the aerator on your faucet.  These adapters, along with a selection of male/female adapter rings come as part of the installation kit with countertop water ionizers.  The faucet adapter itself will have either a lever or a pull-plug that diverts water from your faucet/tap to the water ionizer.  A second hose, commonly referred to as the “acid drain hose” will run from the water ionizer to your sink.

What Happens Inside the Water Ionizer

Once water begins to flow through the unit it first passes through filters to remove impurities and common contaminants like chlorine and VOC’s.  From the filtration portion of the unit water flows into the electrolysis chamber.

Standard Water Ionizer Installation

Inside the chamber the water is “separated” into alkaline and acidic by being drawn to either the positive or negative poles in the electrolysis chamber.  Alkaline water is then dispensed through one hose and acidic water is dispensed through the other, based on whether you chose alkaline or acidic output on the unit’s control panel.  In most cases, the pH level you selected will be dispensed through the main dispenser hose with the opposite water exiting through the drain hose that hangs into your sink.  If you’ve chosen an alkaline setting on the unit, alkaline water will flow through the top and acidic water will flow through the bottome.  An acidic pH selection will produce acidic water through the main dispenser hose and alkaline water through the bottom.

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The electrical charge the water receives in the electrolysis chamber greatly increases the water’s reduction potential.   This converts the water into a source of free electrons for the active oxygen (or free radicals)  present in your body.  Most tap water will have a reduction potential (or ORP) of  +400 to +500 mV.  “Positive ORP indicates the potential  to oxidize other molecules by acquiring their electrons. Ionized water, on the other hand, has a redox potential of -250 to -500 mV which indicates potential for ANTI-oxidation.

Alkaline ionized water has a larger mass of extra electrons ready to donate to active oxygen making it a powerful anti-oxidant.

Also during the electrolysis process, the H2O cluster is reduced in size from approximately thirteen molecules per cluster to a mere six molecules per cluster, which is the ideal hexagonal structure for water. This means that ionized water can be absorbed by the body faster and easier, reaching all of the tissues of your body in a short period of time and better hydrating the entire body.