Frequently Asked Questions about Water Ionizers :
There is much confusion in the marketplace concerning Water Ionizers. The Internet, for example, is full of information, misinformation, disinformation and general confusion about what Water Ionizers do and don’t do.
Provide direct current to both poles of the electrolytic cell in which the diaphragm is installed. The movement of electrons gives the water at (+) pole more hydrogen ions, and the (-) pole more oxalic acid ions. These hydrogen and oxalic acid ions activate, and the water with more hydrogen ions and dissolved oxygen becomes acidic, and the water with more oxalic acid ions becomes alkaline. Alkaline ionized water contains much inorganic mineral and becomes drinking water. The acidic ionized water has sterilization effect and can be used for healing skin problems. Acidic ionized water is also compatible with outside of the human body acidity of pH5.5 and it is used as face and body wash for beautiful skin, and hair protection.
3) Good restoration
Controls saprogenic bacteria in organs and
increases beneficial bacteria.
Eliminates active oxygen
4) Abundant hexagonal water
Water molecules consist of 13 ~ 15 molecules. Hexagonal water, water clustered with 6 water molecules, is the most stable and natural to the human body. One human body cell molecule is connected to about 70,000, 60~65% of them are hexagonal water molecules. The body favors this kind of water. The cell that suffers with diseases has less hexagonal water.
- Lower the temperature of water like iced
1) Acidity and alkalinity
pH= the unit that indicates the density of
acid and alkaline in water.
2) Maintaining pH balance
The human body tends to maintain body fluid at pH7.3 according to the homeostasis function. The body tries to maintain the balance of each organ with alkaline body fluid of pH8.8 from the pancreases as the peak. However, consistent acidic constitution will result in lowering one's self-protection function in the body. Even though there is no visible sign of disease, alkaline water drinking will support the body with homeostasis functions. Alkaline water drinking also prevents geriatric disease because it defends the body against acidification of the physical constitution.
Water Ionizers are manufactured in two countries, Japan and Taiwan. None are currently manufactured in the United States. There are water ionizers on the market being sold as American Made, however all their parts are imported from Japan, sometimes Taiwan, and simply assembled in the US.
Water Ionizers have been available in the orient for over forty years and in the United States for about 10 years. They were popularized in Japanese and began to become somewhat common there around the mid 1980's. Several Japanese models imported in recent years from Japan are no longer being manufactured although getting filters for those units usually does not pose a significant problem, although they can sometimes be costly.
A Water Ionizer should have a three prong plug and thick electrical wire. Two prong plugs encourage overheating as they do with any other appliance. It does not matter whether a Water Ionizer has a fuse or a circuit breaker, although circuit breaker Water Ionizers often have thin electrical wires, two prong plugs and weak transformers that overheat. Thus they often require a circuit breaker rather than a fuse which would often need to be replaced.
A Water Ionizer should have at least 3 levels of intensity to chose from. This is mainly because Ionized Water is extremely detoxifying and people who have toxins built up in their system can suffer reactions such as headaches or diarrhea. This is especially true of the elderly because they often have built up many toxins in their bodies over the years. Also those who have a very poor diet or have taken a lot of medicine. Having 4 levels simply offers the convenience of more levels of strength to chose from, thus allowing people to build their tolerance for Ionized Water more slowly if they wish.
All home Water Ionizers currently manufactured that deliver approximately 1 to 1 1/2 gallons per minute. There is very little difference between the strength of the various Water Ionizers on the market. Ionized Water with a 10 pH or higher takes only a unflattering taste, almost as though it is salty. The slower you run water through a Water Ionizer, the stronger it will become because the source water has more contact time with the electrodes. This is why the flow rate of Water Ionizers essentially does not matter. If you wish to drink strong Ionized Water then running the source water through it very slowly will accomplish this.
Some water ionizers feature a port or compartment where calcium, magnesium and other minerals can be added, boosting the intensity of the ionized water. Once minerals have been ionized they are assimilated into the body more easily. The more minerals that are in the source water used to produce the ionized water, the stronger it will be. This is why ionized water cannot be made from distilled, purified or reverse osmosis water sources.
The electrodes are one of the most important components of a Water Ionizer. It is sometimes suggested that there are units on the market that have stainless steel electrodes and this simply is not the case. All Water Ionizers currently manufactured have titanium electrodes that have been dipped in platinum, which is one of the biggest cost of a Water Ionizer. It is important to note that the electrodes are coated with platinum, not electroplated with it.
This can not be true because it would not aid in the performance of the water ionizer. Water Ionizer manufacturers use titanium because it is hard and lasts many years. They coat the titanium with platinum because it is good conductor and it durable. However, to manufacture electrodes that are solid platinum would make no sense. It would be very costly, nearly tripling the prices of the electrodes, and it would not improve the quality or strength of the Ionized Water produced by them. Platinum is also a very soft metal, which would not be suitable or practical for producing platinum-pure electrodes since they must be comprised of a hard metal such as titanium if they are expected to last several years. Electrodes comprised of pure platinum would not last any longer than platinum-coated titanium electrodes.
All continuous flow Home Water Ionizers on the market have a carbon filter. The carbon in the filter is silver impregnated in order to retard bacterial growth. The silver that is impregnated in the carbon will NOT leach into the water. Every major manufacturer of carbon filters in the US produces carbon filters with silver impregnation. There are no Water Ionizers currently manufactured that use arsenic in their filters as has been suggested.
The purpose of UV light is for bacterial disinfection. However, on a Water Ionizer this is completely unnecessary for several reasons. If you have city (municipal) water then your water has already been disinfected through the use of chlorine. The carbon filter on the Water Ionizer will remove the chlorine. The UV light itself loses much of its effectiveness after the first six months of use and should be replaced often, which is of course an expensive proposition. Also, the glass tube that the water travels through in order that it can be exposed to the UV light develops a film on it after only a few months, which greatly lessens the effectiveness of the UV light on the water which passes through the tube.
There have been statements made regarding Water Ionizers removing fluoride from municipal water. Water Ionizers can not remove anything from the water. To Ionize means simply to gain or loose an electron. The amount and type of minerals that are present in the water before ionization is the same after ionization. In every test we are aware of, no more than 50% of the fluoride in the water was lost on the alkaline side of the Ionized Water. This means that half but not all of the fluoride in the Ionized Water after ionization had migrated to the acidic side of the ionization process which runs into the drain. However, it must be clearly stated that the ionizing water does NOT completely remove fluoride from the Ionized Water on the alkaline side.