ORP and Ionized Water – What You Need to Know

ORP and Ionized Water – What You Need to Know

Antioxidant WaterIf you’ve been looking around at water ionizers then you’ve probably run into the hype about ORP and ionized water.  Yes, ORP is an important factor and one of the biggest benefits of having a water ionizer, but don’t be swayed by the hype.

Here’s what you need to know….

First of all, ORP stands for “oxidation reduction potential.”  It relates to a substances ability to reduce (or contribute to) oxidation.  A negative ORP reading implies the ability to act as an antioxidant while a positive ORP reading implies an oxidizing effect.

The assumption follows that if a negative ORP reading is good, the higher the negative number the higher the antioxidant potential.  While this is true in a sense, when it comes to the human body there are limits as to just how much “antioxidant potential” can be used.

Many water ionizer companies and “independent distributors” tout the fact that their machines can produce water with extremely high ORP.  This is often one of their major selling points and they say it loudly and proudly.  What they are less vocal about is the fact that the human body can only “process” ORP at around Vitamin C-350.

Think of it like taking a handful of Vitamin C tablets in the morning.  Your body can only process about 1,000 mg at a time – the rest is just eliminated by the body.  The best way to boost your Vitamin C intake is to take one tablet every couple of hours.  The body is never overloaded with more than it can effectively use so much less of what you are taking goes to (or turns to) waste.

The same is true with ORP.  The fact is, most water ionizers will have an ORP reading of -300 to -600 at the 9.5 pH level most often used for drinking.  As the ORP goes to a stronger negative reading than -350 the body isn’t able to process the excess.   Drinking ionized water throughout the day, at any negative ORP level, gives the body a steady supply of antioxidants – and minerals – and hydration.

This doesn’t mean you don’t want to buy a water ionizer that produces higher negative ORP readings at the standard drinking levels.  It just means that you don’t have to buy into the hype about choosing one water ionizer over another because of the higher ORP produced at the recommended drinking levels.

Here’s another fact about different water ionizer models and ORP – I’ve tested a lot of units from a lot of companies.  The ORP levels between most water ionizers are pretty comparable.  More plates in a water ionizer does often mean higher ORP numbers, but most 7-plate water ionizers test about the same – and the same with the 5-plate models.

The ORP between the different machines is pretty close.   In my testing I haven’t seen differences in ORP readings that would cause me to choose one five or seven plate model over a five or seven plate model from another company.

So How Do I Choose?

When choosing a water ionizer, don’t buy into the ORP hype.  Find the water ionizer that fits your budget – the one you won’t mind looking at every day.  Look for a water ionizer that offers the features and function that fit the way you’ll use the unit.

Finally, be sure to look at the warranty.   Several companies now offer either limited or full lifetime warranties that will cover the product for as long as you own it.

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