By Rehan Iqbal
Ionized water has helped millions of people across the world live happier, healthier, more energetic lives. With health benefits ranging from disease prevention to antioxidation, the craze that swept Japan and Korea is picking up major steam worldwide. But why? What are the benefits of a water ionizer? And why are so many people swearing off tap water forever? We’ll cover all that and more, and even give you a bit of a chemistry lesson you probably forgot! Let’s get to it….
It’s no secret that tap water isn’t nearly as safe as we believe it is. Sure, the chances of getting sick are slim, but in a world where 63 million Americans are exposed to water that violates health guidelines, you can never be too careful.
Wouldn’t it be great to have fresh, filtered, incredibly delicious water straight out of your tap? And what if that water came with amazing health benefits, too?
Although the scientific community isn’t completely sold on the health claims, there is a great deal of anecdotal and study-based evidence to suggest that alkaline water produced by ionization has life-enhancing benefits.
Here’s how millions around the world have reaped benefits including disease prevention, greater energy and vitality, digestive relief, weight loss, anti-aging and more.
A water ionizer (also known as an alkaline ionizer) is an appliance that utilizes electrolysis to deliver alkaline water by raising the pH of the water that comes from your tap.
OK, now in English.
Basically, this appliance makes your regular tap water more alkaline (and allegedly healthier) by splitting the water into two parts, acidic and alkaline. Only the latter stream is delivered through your tap and into your glass.
What’s you get is purified, filtered, high-pH water. These appliances were a craze in Japan and other far-eastern countries long before catching like wildfire in the US and Europe. Now they can be found all over the world as people look for ways to avoid unhealthy water.
What is pH and Why Does it Matter?
A quick chemistry lesson….
The pH (potential hydrogen) scale is a measurement of the acidity of a liquid. The scale ranges from 1-14, with lower numbers being more acidic and higher ones more alkaline. Black coffee and lemon juice are on the acidic side (below 7) and baking soda is on the alkaline side (above 7). Water, on the other hand, is a neutral 7.
Alkaline water (the kind produced by your ionizer) is above 7, so it may help balance out the acidity in your body. It also contains large amounts of healthy compounds like calcium and potassium as well as electrons that may provide health benefits.
The Benefits of Alkaline Water
Although the claims are not yet accepted in the mainstream world and have not been evaluated by government authorities, it doesn’t mean that some of them aren’t true. Scientific studies and millions of people around the world can attest to health benefits ranging from greater energy to anti-aging effects. Here are a few benefits of a water ionizer and the alkaline water it dispenses.