How do Ionizers Work?
If you’ve never heard of ionized water before today then it may sound too good to be true. But we assure you that it has a long history with a proven track record. The discovery of how to make ionized water was no accident or overnight get-rich-quick scheme.
It all started back in the 1800s when English chemist Michael Faraday discovered the law of electrolysis. The Russians then used Faraday’s discovery to invent the first electrolysis machines in the early 1900s.
Japanese scientists then went on to investigate Russian electrolysis technology, and found that electricity could be used to restructure water; thereby recreating what happens in nature when water runs over rocks–alkaline pH water with a low ORP (oxidation reduction potential).
Their studies found jaw-dropping links between ionized water and resistance to disease, increased muscle development, increased mental alertness. Their findings were amazing – but puzzling. How can ionized water produce so many life-enhancing benefits?
The secret these Japanese scientists discovered has been called ‘micro-clustering.’ It’s simple: ionized water actually has smaller molecule clusters than the water that comes out of your tap.
When you pour a glass of water from the tap or water cooler, the water molecules are clustered together in big groups – usually 10-13 molecules per drop.
But in micro-clustered ionized alkaline water, the clusters are made up of only 5 or 6 molecules. This breakthrough discovery from Japanese scientists is the secret behind the incredibly potent hydrating power of ionized water – and the life-changing health benefits it unlocks.
Water ionizers first appeared in Japanese hospitals and were approved for home use in the 1950s. More than 30 million people have used a water ionizer since then, and they can be found in one out of every five Japanese homes today.
So, how do systems make ionized water?
Positively charged ions gather at the negative electrode to create “reduced water”, which concentrates available alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium from the source water. This clean, healthy micro-clustered, alkaline ionized water is drawn for drinking and cooking uses, through the main stainless steel spout. This water is ideal for drinking and cooking. Negatively charged ions gather at the positive electrode to make oxidized water, which concentrates acid minerals such as nitrates, sulfides, chlorides, and fluorides from the source water. This acid ionized water also has a myriad of external uses. It is discharged into the sink when not needed.
First the ionizer filters out any harmful contaminants in the water with a built-in filter (PJ-6000) that removes things like chlorine, trihalomethanes, phenols, sediment, odor and organic waste.
Second, the filtered water passes into an electrolysis chamber (Chanson uses platinum-coated titanium “plates” or electrodes). A small electric current passes between plates that ionize or split the water molecules (H2O) into two “ions,” a negatively charged hydroxyl ion (-OH) and positively charged hydrogen ion (+H).
Then the water is now separated into two streams – alkaline water (lots of –OH ions) and acid water (lots of +H ions). We drink the alkaline water, which is now rich in –OH ions and therefore is a powerful antioxidant and we use the acid water externally for skin, healing, plants and sanitizing. During this process the healthy, beneficial minerals in the water are retained in the alkaline water you drink while the unhealthy minerals like fluoride flow out with the acid water.
The negative charged electrode (Alkaline) produces large amount of (-e) electrons and will force into the water when we are drinking, whereas the positive charged electrode(Acidic) produces (-e) electrons as well, but have been sucked back to the positive charge plate/electrode. Therefore, acidic water do not contain any (-e) electrons, but Alkaline water do. Electrons are also a determination for getting more –ORP in Alkaline water.