Ionization is the process by which a molecule gains or loses an electron. This means that adding or removing electrons from a molecule of H2O turns it into either a positive or negative ion. This change occurs on a sub-atomic level that is invisible to the naked eye, and the ionization process used when making alkaline water adjusts the pH level of the water. Water's pH level is an indication of its acidity. If water has a higher pH level, as alkaline water does, that means that it is less acidic and more basic.
Water ionization can shift pH levels either up or down. By raising the pH of the water and making it less acidic, alkaline water systems can create water that helps balance the overall pH level of the entire body, neutralizing the acidic foods that people commonly eat, as well as providing numerous other benefits.
Most filters only remove non-soluble contaminants. This means that since the above substances cannot completely dissolve in water, they cannot pass through the filter. Since the many healthy minerals found in water are water-soluble and fully dissolve, they will pass through the filters unaltered.
Once the water has become purified, it is ready to be ionized and turned into alkaline water. As the water enters the ionization area of the alkaline water system, a small electrical charge is sent into the water through several platinum-coated titanium electrodes, which positively or negatively charge individual molecules within the water. This is called electrolysis, and it is the central process in ionizing water.
Because opposite charges always attract, the negatively-charged molecules in the water move toward the positive electrode. The process also gathers any acidic minerals dissolved in the water such as chlorides, sulfides, nitrates and fluorides. Likewise, the negative electrodes attract positively-charged molecules. This gathers together the beneficial alkaline minerals present in the water, which often include calcium, potassium and magnesium.
After the water has been completely ionized and separated, the water is split into two different streams. One stream is composed entirely of alkaline water, which is rich in antioxidant hydroxyl ions. The other stream consists of acidic water, carrying hydrogen ions.
This ionization process also results in the smooth, silky feel that many people attribute to alkaline water. This is because the ionization process forces a hydrogen atom to detach from each molecule of water. What was an H20 molecule is now a negatively-charged molecule of OH, which is commonly known as hydroxyl, a powerful antioxidant.
The intensity of the entire ionization process can be precisely controlled by the individual operating the Tyent alkaline water system. The user selects the pH level he or she would like the alkaline water to have. Alkaline water should contain thousands of tiny bubbles. These bubbles are signs of positively-charged ions, which are antioxidants. This means that while balancing the body's pH level, the ions also eliminate harmful free radicals and provide the body with extra oxygen.