The term high ph 9.5 or 9.0 or 8.8 water is being used more and more. There is a lot of confusion though about what this water really is. When you do an Internet search you will find all kinds of information about different ph water, some kinds are called alkaline while others are called ionized, but what is the difference between them?
Electrolyzed reduced water has gone through the electrolysis process in a water ionizer machine. When regular tap water goes through this device, an electrical force is applied to the hydrogen bonds that exist between the water molecules, and the hydrogen bonds of the water molecules are broken apart.
We see these hydrogen bonds when water forms into droplets, which we call surface tension. These hydrogen bonds are what is responsible for the water molecules ability to stick together.
The only way to get true health benefits from drinking higher ph water is by running filtered water through a water ionizer machine. Real alkaline ionized water cannot be bottled and sold in stores by simply adding a high pH substance to the water. By adding minerals or chemicals into water to increase it’s ph to 9.5 or 9.8 or 8.8 only makes the water more alkaline, it does not give the water and health improving benefits.
Electrolysis of the water, which happens during the ionization process, actually separates water into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen gas (H2) using an electric current. This is how your tap water becomes ionized in a water electrolysis device, making it completely different from the original tap water that was placed in the machine. Electricity is the basis for this process, that is why non electric water ionizers do not produce health improving electrolyzed reduced water.
Since the water molecules are now separated or more commonly referred to as re-structured, they are in smaller clusters now which is much easier for the body to absorb. When water is easier to absorb, your body can become hydrated with less water. Another health benefit of alkalized ph re-structured ion rich drinking water, is the fact that vitamins and minerals in the water can be absorbed more easily into the body’s cell walls along with the water instead of passing out of your body unused.
When the hydrogen bonds are broken down in the water, the water ionizer produces a negatively charged Oxidation Reduction Potential or negative ORP that now exists in the water. This negative ORP that exists in the water is made up of negatively charged hydroxyl ions that easily bond with free radicals inside your body, because free radicals contain a positive charge. The positively charged free radicals that are now bonded to the negatively charged hydroxyl ions can easily be flushed from the body during the waste removal process, which is what makes this water a great detoxifier. These benefits are created by the electrolysis process which occurs inside every ionized alkaline water machine.
Free radicals are Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) molecules, and have been scientifically proven to be responsible for damaging DNA, RNA, proteins, and are also a contributing factor in premature aging. There are countless scientific and medical studies that suggest free radicals play a significant role in disease also. Helping to remove free radicals from your body is a major reason that drinking alkaline ionized water can be beneficial to your health, plus control premature aging. These are just a few of the many different health benefits of drinking this water.
When you purchase bottled high ph alkaline drinking water it does not contain all of these properties because that water was not reduced by electrolysis, it was made alkaline by the addition of minerals or chemicals, like when people add baking soda to water to make it alkaline. Those methods of adding minerals or chemicals to water to make it alkaline do not incorporate any health benefits, and can even be harmful if overdone.
You should read the medical research on the health benefits of drinking electrolyzed reduced water by visiting www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ and conducting your search.