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Water Ionizer – What is It? Benefits, Side Effects & Where to Buy
Water Ionizer – What is it?
There is a huge market for ionized water that contains higher levels of alkaline than your regular tap water. Before you make the decision to drink ionized water, there are some important factors to consider. First of all, just what is ionized water, and should you be drinking it? Ionized water is more alkalized than water that is acidic, having a pH level of over 7.0. This means it contains a lower concentration of hydrogen ions. The pH scale measures alkaline and acidic levels in liquids. A pH less than 7.0 is considered to be acidic, 7.0 is a neutral pH, and over pH 7.0 means the liquid is alkaline.1
Ionizing water ensures that the pH value of the water you’re drinking is 7.0 and higher, giving it alkaline properties. Some studies show that drinking alkaline water, water that has been ionized, may benefit your health by neutralizing acids in your body. Acidity may cause several health problems, such as inflammation of the joints, acceleration of damaging free radicals, and immune deficiencies.2
Let’s take a closer look at ionized water and how it’s different from tap water. We’ll also list some ionized water benefits and side effects, so you can decide for yourself if you should stick with tap water or be drinking water that has been ionized.
How Is Water Ionized?
Ionized water is water that contains mineral ions. These minerals become ionized when electrons are either gained or lost. You can ionize water at home by using an electronic ionized water system. This portable system can be directly connected to your kitchen faucet. When the tap is turned on, water flows into the chamber of the ionizer where it goes through the process of separation.
The ionizer then uses electricity to separate the hydrogen and oxygen in the water. This works by having a positively charged electrode on one side of the system and a negatively charged electrode on the other side. The electrical current of the electrodes moves the hydrogen atoms to one side of the system.3
It’s the shifting of the hydrogen atoms that causes the water in the hydrogen side of the system to become alkalinized and the water on the other side to become acidic. The water drains into a separate chamber, with a thin membrane plate in the center of the ionization system preventing the water from mixing back together again.
When the process is complete, ionized water can be stored in a water ionizer pitcher for drinking or cooking. The acidic water can be used for cleaning rather than discarded.
Ionized Water vs. Tap Water
Depending on where you live, tap water is not always ideal when alkaline levels are measured. Normal tap water has a low level of alkaline, between pH 6.8 and pH 7.0. This level of alkaline isn’t sufficient to neutralize acids in your body and may even be a contributing factor to high acidity. Ionizing water can bring pH levels up to a better range for your health.
Studies show that high acidity levels in your body can adversely affect your health. One study showed that acidity may decrease bone mineral density, putting you at a higher risk for fractures. Other symptoms of too much acid in the body include acid reflux, gastritis, and ulcers. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of high acid levels, switching to drinking water that has been ionized may help alleviate these conditions.1
Ionized Water Benefits
Is drinking ionized water good for you? You need to drink water in order to maintain optimum health. Optimizing the water you drink every day may improve your health and reduce the risk of some medical conditions. Ionized water may have several benefits, including the following:
- Tastes better than tap water.
- Reduces acidity in the stomach to treat acid reflux.4
- Regulates blood sugar levels in diabetes.5
- Acts as an antioxidant to help neutralize free radicals that can damage DNA.6
- Helps treat osteoporosis by repairing bone damage and preventing the loss of minerals.7
- Reduces the risk of cancer5
- Improves cardiovascular health.2
- Reduces the risk of stroke.5
- Reduces blood viscosity to lower high blood pressure.8
- Rejuvenates the appearance and health of the skin.9
- Improves cognition and memory.5
To reap the benefits of ionizer water, it is best to pair your drinking with a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes getting adequate amounts of sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining a nutritious diet, and supplementing when required. As we get older and lack the vivaciousness we once did, many men find comfort supplementing with multivitamins and natural testosterone support products like HexoFire Labs Delta Prime. Living a healthy lifestyle will help you get the most benefits out of ionized water.
Ionized Water Side Effects
Even though drinking ionized water is considered to be safe, there is the risk of putting your body into an alkaline state that is higher than recommended. Some possible side effects to be aware of include the following:
Destroying Useful Stomach Acids – Drinking too much ionized water may destroy stomach acids that are necessary for killing harmful bacteria and other pathogens from your body.2
Gastrointestinal Problems – Ionized water may cause gastrointestinal problems in some people, such a diarrhea.
Skin Conditions – Some skin conditions have also been linked to drinking water that is too high in pH levels. Studies show that our skin is healthier with lower pH levels.10
Metabolic Alkalosis – Alkalosis is another side effect from having too much alkalinity in the body. Symptoms include cardiac arrhythmias, confusion, vomiting, and nausea.11
Where to Buy a Water Ionizer
You have a few options when it comes to buying an ionized water machine. Look for stores where you live that carry ionizers, such as department and hardware stores, and pharmacies.
There are many online retailers that sell ionizers as well, many with detailed information about the ionizer they’re selling. Online shopping will let you easily compare prices as well as read reviews to see what others say about the ionizer.
You can also buy bottled ionized water rather than ionizing it yourself. Keep in mind that bottled water is bad for the environment, so if you don’t want to invest in a water ionizer, you can make it yourself with a few ingredients and supplies.
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