The Chemistry of Ionized Water

Without water, life would be impossible — the human body comprises 61.8 percent water by weight. Water has two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. The two hydrogen atoms are bonded to the oxygen atom through a pair of shared electrons.

Water molecules are polar, meaning that the distribution of electron density is uneven. There are partial positive charges near the hydrogen atoms and partial negative charge near the oxygen atom. This results in a hydrogen bond because of an electrostatic magnetism between the partial negative charge of the oxygen atom and the partial positive charge of the hydrogen atoms.

What is ionized water?

Ionized water is tap water that has been filtered and electrically charged to boost the blood's ability to carry oxygen and help neutralize health-damaging free radicals in the bloodstream. When water is processed at water treatment plants, heat and chemicals are added. This process destroys beneficial, naturally occurring alkaline minerals. Ionization restores healthy alkaline levels back into the water. Ionized water is sometimes referred to as oxygenated water.

How does ionized water help the body?

Ionized water carries oxygen infused with an extra electron. This extra electron helps increase the ionized water's ability to prevent free radicals from making the body more vulnerable to certain diseases. The added electron also helps prevent premature aging, so your body functions more efficiently and you feel more energetic. Ionized water provides three to six times the hydration capability of other types of water, and thus is very helpful in correcting dehydration safely and quickly, partly by restoring the fluid balance in skin.

How does water become ionized?

A pH level below 7.0 is acidic, and tap water generally has a pH of 7.0. Low-voltage electricity is used in water ionizers to separate water molecules into H+ and OH- ions. This electricity is provided by the naturally occurring electric charge in calcium and magnesium ions used in the filtration system. Then, as H+ ions are filtered out, the alkaline or base level of the water rises to an average pH of 9.0. When the pH level of water is between 8.0 and 10.0, the water is considered ionized.

What types of water can be ionized?

Not all kinds of water can be converted into ionized water. Distilled water and water that has undergone reverse osmosis doesn't respond well to electrolysis, and the water's alkalinity cannot be raised.