How Ionized Water Works

How Ionized Water Works

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.

The “converted water” is drawn to ether the positive or negative pole inside the electrolysis chamber.  Negatively charged H2, now with increased in reduction potential are drawn to one side while more O2, which has increased in oxidizing potential, are drawn to the other.  Your water ionizer dispenses the “negatively charged” water through one port and the positive through another.

The negatively charged water is now source of free electrons for the active oxygen that is present in your body. When measured with an ORP (oxidation potential) meter, tap water shows to have a redox potential of approximately +400 to +500 mV.  This positive “redox potential” or ORP makes it more likely to oxidize other molecules by acquiring their electrons.  Negative redox potential which is represented with a negative number on an ORP meter has a greater ability to donate, reducing active oxygen which, in higher amounts leads to oxidation.

Ionized water has a redox potential of -250 to over -800 mV, depending on your starting source water mineral content and the power of the water ionizer being used.  This higher redox potential gives ionized water has a larger mass of extra electrons ready to donate to active oxygen which is what makes alkaline ionized water or *kangen water a powerful anti-oxidant.

Also occurring as a result of the electrolysis process is a reduction in the H2O cluster sizes.  Clusters are reduced in size from approximately thirteen molecules per cluster to six molecules per cluster, which is the ideal hexagonal structure for water.   This reduced cluster size and hexagonal structure means that alkaline ionized water can be absorbed by the body faster and easier, reaching all of the tissues of your body in a shorter period of time and much more effectively.

Hexagonal water or micro-clustered water is an arrangement of individual water molecules where six H2O units link to form a stable ring-like structure. A hexagonal unit is the ideal structure for water units, as it is the most stable.  All water contains some hexagonal units however some water sources offer more structured clusters than others.

  • Chlorine, fluoride and many pollutants that can be found in common tap water reduce the number of hexagonal units in water.
In addition to increased hydration, minerals contained in the water are also delivered to the body much more efficiently.  Whatever is present in the water is being delivered to your cells as part of the water.  Any type of supplements or medications taken with alkaline ionized water will also be delivered to your cells and blood stream much faster.  This is why taking prescriptions medications with ionized water is not recommended.
*kangen water is a registered trademark of Enagic and used to describe the alkaline ionized water produced by the company’s line of water ionizers.