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Frequently Asked Questions About Water Ionizers / alkaline water benefits
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This article, copyright, Ira Marxe of Good Health Supplements,, foreword by N J Howell
Ionized water is different. Many swear by it for vitality and wellness improvement that can be felt within days of drinking it. However, there isn't a lot of straight-forward information out there (at least that I have read) that answers all the questions a person might have about alkaline water, acid water and the ionization process. The idea of installing an ionization unit may seem daunting. However, when you have the answers to all your questions, adding a home ionizer becomes easier to consider. I hope this page gives you those answers. My sincere thanks to Ira Marxe for sharing this important water filtration information at the Ask a Healer Wellness Library.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water Ionizers:
What is so unique about Water Ionizers?
The Water Ionization Filter is far, far
more than just a filter. Initially, the filter functions effectively
using silver activated granulated carbon to purify incoming water, just
like 99% of household filter systems. What separates the ionizer from
ordinary water filters or magnetic devices are 3 important additional
Health Benefits? -
The alteration to the water molecules (H2O to OH- + HO) creates changes
in the physical characteristics of the output alkaline water (change
in pH, oxygen content, lower surface tension, radical ions) and Japanese
studies have shown significant health benefits.
Unlike devices that filter through magnetic
rock, or pre-bottled chemicals-added water, it uses its own microcomputer
to accurately control the rate of pH and REDOX (antioxidant quality)
Additional Health Benefits Alkaline water ionizers improve the taste of food beyond that of normal
filtered water. It very often allows users to modify their diet naturally
and without stress." As the user's basic pH balance changes, so
do the taste buds.
Weight loss is a common free bonus of drinking from
alkaline Water Ionizers. It has also shown a major effect on many teenagers'
lifestyles, preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Users commonly report major health changes,
especially for chronic conditions including skin complaints, Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, arthritis and many more.
It is very good for pets in helping them
prevent developed diseases and great for their coats." It will
be soft and shiny.
The byproduct from making alkaline water
is acid astringent water." This acid water is beneficial for skin
complaints, may be used as a hair rinse, eye wash, gargle, and for mild
antibacterial cleansing. Users have also reported excellent results
for fungus and eczema.
of Major Nuclear
How long have Water Ionizers been on the market?
Water Ionizers have been available in
the orient for over forty years and in the United States for about 10
years." They were popularized in Japan and began to become somewhat common
there around the mid 1980's. Millions of Asian and American families
now use this amazing, proven product. Way back in 1992, for instance,
130,000 domestic ionizers were sold in Japan alone. This ionization
concept is also used in industrial applications. Our manufacturer has
been providing the best quality ionizers for 20 years." They not only
hold patents from the USA, Germany, Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan,
but also have received worldwide recognition." In Korea, water ionizers
have been approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
As the United Nations proclaimed this
the Decade of Water (2005-2014), the importance of quality, functional
water is growing in our country." Along with this growth in awareness
will be the rise of popularity of water ionizers." Our Water Ionizers
will lead the market with the best quality and most convenient functions.
Why is ionization expensive?
When compared with other units on the
market, our alkaline water ionizers are the least expensive with the best quality.
Further, compared to bottled water solutions, it is both economical
and environmentally acceptable. If you drank only 2 liters of bottled
water a day (not nearly enough water), at only $.89/liter, this would
equal $649.70 in bottled water per year." Over the 10 year expected life
span of an ionizer, bottled water would cost you $6,497.
What goes on inside of a Water Ionizer?
It is really a simple process called
electrolysis, or ionization, something your body has to do every day
to make energy available. It is backed up by the high tech ability of
micro-circuitry to maintain quality and regular output, plus the ability,
through ionization, to remove harmful chemicals and retain beneficial
minerals. This is why Sang Whang, author of "Reverse Aging"
calls it REVERSE AGING WATER.
A custom designed motherboard controls
all aspects of the process of ionization, while the LCD screen displays
the current settings including flow rate, water temperature, filter
life, four high pH levels, two low pH levels, neutral water output and
the ORP level
Does it matter what the electrodes on a Water Ionizer are composed of?
The electrodes are one of the most important components of a Water Ionizer.
It is sometimes suggested that there are units on the market that have
stainless steel electrodes and this simply is not the case. All Water
Ionizers currently manufactured have titanium electrodes that have been
dipped in platinum, which is one of the biggest costs of a Water Ionizer.
It is important to note that the electrodes are coated with platinum,
not electroplated with it.
Will my Ionizer fit my kitchen tap?
Your water ionizer comes with an adapter
kit which will fit most traditional outlets but will not fit some of
the designer taps which have pull out handles with a flexible hose.
If you have any questions, call to discuss your faucet set up.
Is an ionizaton unit easy to install?
It is actually very simple and far simpler
than a DVD player! You attach the sturdy diverter valve to your faucet,
attach the supplied hose to the diverter, and the other end to the inlet
valve. Another hose attaches to the ionizer to allow the astringent
(acid) water out of the Filter. Plug it in and drink!" Detailed
photo instructions come with each Water Ionizer.
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How do I get my ordinary tap water once it's attached?
The diverter has a lever which directs
your water flow from the tap water faucet to the Ionizer. It also has
an incorporated aerator for your tap water.
Can this type of water filtration system go under my counter?
Some have installed Water Ionizers under
the kitchen sink counter. Remember that it needs somewhere for the acid
water to flow to. It can go into the dishwasher inlet on the S-bend,
but it is valuable water and you'll probably want to keep it for use
on your skin, hair, plants or for cleaning." The Water Ionizer can even
easily install in a mobile home." Keep in mind that you will want to
change pH levels, so you do want easy access to the unit. As another
option, Water Ionizers can be mounted on the wall.
Why can't I just drink tap water?
You CAN just drink tap water and you
will harvest some of the benefits we speak of, but it still can't penetrate
your cells like alkaline, ionized water, and this is why ionized water
with its bounty of negative oxygen ions is able to rid you of acid wastes
in the cells. It can go where ordinary water cannot, and it has the
ammunition to neutralize free radicals, the cause of cancer and aging.
This is also the fundamental difference between water ionizers and so-called
bottled anti-aging water. This water is 'live'.
Why do different Water Ionizers come with different levels of intensity?
A Water Ionizer should have at least 4 levels of intensity to choose
from, plus neutral water. This is mainly because Ionized Water is extremely
detoxifying and people who have toxins built up in their system can
suffer reactions such as headaches or diarrhea. This is especially true
of the elderly because they often have built up many toxins in their
bodies over the years. It is also true for those who have a very poor
diet or have taken a lot of medicine. Having 4 levels simply offers
the convenience of more levels of strength to choose from, thus allowing
people to build their tolerance for Ionized Water more slowly if they
wish or need to.
How do I know if I have acidosis or an acid-overloaded system?
Most Westerners do have some level of acidosis. The pace of life,
the state of our foods, the concentration of acid-producing items in
our diet means that 99% of people are overloaded.
You can use a litmus urine or saliva
test to give you some idea of your acidity. This is not foolproof, however,
because your body is always attempting to balance your acid and alkaline
levels and could well be getting rid of a load of acid at the time of
the test. It pays to look at your diet.
With your order you will receive a list of alkaline and acid forming
foods that will help you overcome the acid overload in your body. More about acidosis and healthy ph balance.
Why is some water healthier than others?
People located in the Hunza Districts
of Pakistan, Shin-Chan areas of China, the Caucasus in Azerbaijan, and
in the Andes Mountains live longer with less health problems. Researchers
believe that these waters are very pure and have a negative redox potential
caused by either intimate contact with certain native volcanic materials/minerals
or by cascading over certain igneous rocks. It is believed that Water
Ionizers are able to produce the same effect.
What maintenance do water ionizers require?
They don't require any with the exception
of changing the filter approximately once a year." The LCD readout tells
you when the filter needs to be changed." All of the models we carry
have an automatic self cleaning alert every 12 hours. An LED light blinks
until the unit is turned on for use, then the electrodes reverse polarity
creating acid water on the alkaline side and visa versa." This cleans
off any mineral residue that may have accumulated on the electrodes
since the last cleaning." The actual cleaning cycle takes about 30 seconds.
Do all Water Ionizers have a silver impregnated carbon filter? "
All continuous flow Home Water Ionizers on the market have a carbon
filter. The carbon in the filter is silver impregnated in order to retard
bacterial growth. The silver that is impregnated in the carbon will
NOT leach into the water. Every major manufacturer of carbon filters
in the US produces carbon filters with silver impregnation. There are
no Water Ionizers currently manufactured that use arsenic in their filters
as has been suggested.
What about hard water areas or other detrimental substances?
Some very hard water may require a pre-filter.
You can also add pre-filters to remove specific substances, such as
fluoride and arsenic." We plan to make these types of filters available
What are some of the more harmful organisms and chemicals removed from
water by the our Water Ionizer?
Chlorine & Trihalomethanes, Suspended
solids, Cryptosporidium, Parasites (cysts), Waterborne flu virus E-coli,
Suspended solids, Organic compounds, Bacteria and Radioactive particulates.
What is the advantage of having UV light on a water filtration unit? "
The purpose of UV light is for bacterial disinfection. However, on a
Water Ionizer this is completely unnecessary for several reasons. If
you have city (municipal) water then your water has already been disinfected
through the use of chlorine. The carbon filter on the Water Ionizer
will remove the chlorine. The UV light itself loses much of its effectiveness
after the first six months of use and should be replaced often, which
is of course an expensive proposition. Also, the glass tube that the
water travels through in order that it can be exposed to the UV light
develops a film on it after only a few months, which greatly lessens
the effectiveness of the UV light on the water which passes through
Do Water Ionizers remove fluoride from the water as some have claimed?"
There have been statements made regarding Water Ionizers removing fluoride
from municipal water. Water Ionizers cannot remove anything from the
water. To Ionize means simply to gain or loose an electron. The amount
and type of minerals that are present in the water before ionization
is the same after ionization, however some amount of certain minerals
remain in the alkaline side and the acid side. In every test we are
aware of, no more than 50% of the fluoride in the water was removed
from the alkaline side to the acidic side. This means that half but
not all of the fluoride in the Ionized Water, after ionization, had
migrated to the acidic side of the ionization process which runs into
the drain. However, it must be clearly stated that the ionization of
the water does NOT completely remove fluoride from the Ionized Water
on the alkaline side.
What kind of warranty do they have?
Warranty terms vary from one type of system to another. We offer a one year warranty on all Ionizer
models. We will repair or replace any part which, in our opinion, is
defective during this time. This warranty is voided if the unit has
been subjected to tampering, alteration, or improper use after delivery
or has been repaired by anyone other than an authorized representative
of Good Health Supplements.
Will you still be in business 5 years from now?
This is a good question to ask. The manufacturer and its subsidiaries,
have been in the water products business since 1992." They are passionate
about bringing the benefits of ionized water to as many people as they
can through their distributors, and believe, as has been demonstrated
through increased sales, that the popularity of Water Ionizers will
continue to grow." We at Good Health Supplements recognized the
importance of Water Ionizers for good health and look forward to growing
What exactly is Ionized Water? "
Ionization simply means to gain or
lose an electron. Water that has been ionized becomes either alkaline
or acidic, meaning that the pH has been adjusted up or down.
Alkaline water is full of Hydroxyl ions.
This is the water we drink that has many Health Benefits of Alkaline Water.
Acidic water is full of Hydrogen ions.
This is water that we apply only to the outside of our body. It is also
great for plant growth. Health Benefits of Acidic Water
How does the Water Ionizer produce ionized water? "
Water is run over positive and negative
electrodes, which ionizes the water. It is then separated into alkaline
and acidic water as it passes through membranes. It accomplishes this
by repelling the water now that it has been "charged" into
positive and negative ions.
Why should I drink Ionized Water? "ps. from Ask a Healer Webmaster; This FAQ was so lengthy that I've moved it to it's own separate page.
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How does Ionized Water taste compared with conventional water? "
A common remark regarding the taste
of Ionized Water is that it tastes smoother than conventional water.
This is because of the molecule cluster size and shape. Since it is
small and regular shaped, it feels smooth because it is. It also does
not fill you up and bloat you the way conventional water can do if you
drink a lot of it at once.
How Long does Ionized Water stay Ionized?"
The Antioxidant (hydroxyl ions) will
last approximately 18 to 24 hours. The Higher pH (alkaline properties)
will last approximately 7 to 14 days. The smaller molecule cluster size
will last approximately 30 to 90 days.
Does Ionized Water have any negative effects? "
Absolutely none, as long as it is
used properly. Only the alkaline water should be consumed. NEVER DRINK
THE ACIDIC WATER. The manufacturer states they have never seen a single
negative effect from Ionized Water, either alkaline or acidic, as long
as it is used properly.
Who should drink it? "
Anyone and Everyone, young and old,
human or animal. It is beneficial to some degree to nearly everyone
and everything it comes in contact with.
How should I start drinking it? "
Start out slow at level one, drinking
1-3 glasses per day. If the water agrees with you, increase the amount
you drink and the level of Ionization intensity. The stronger, the better,
but take your time in building up to the higher levels. The antioxidant
is most powerful on the high levels. You will of course experience more
energy at the higher levels, but the fresher the ionized Water is, the
stronger these properties are. The detoxification is STRONG and unmistakable.
However, it only lasts a short time.
Can it be used commercially? "
Yes, in innumerable ways. In the
dairy industry with live stock, and healthier, faster growing crops,
etc. All this is now being demonstrated, albeit slowly, to these industries.
The Alkaline Ionized Water should be fed to the animals. The Acidic
Ionized Water will benefit the crops, as well as the livestock in that
it will help keep a much lower mortality rates and cleaner environment,
keeping in mind the acidic water retards bacteria and bacterial growth.
Tests are underway in various industries demonstrating the positive
effects of Ionized Water but they are still in their infancy.
How does Ionized Water affect athletes?
In an extremely positive way, as
you might expect. Blood oxygen levels will rise in varying amounts with
regular use of strong Ionized Water. This increases stamina, endurance
and provides the muscles tissue and organs with high amounts of oxygen
which the human body often lacks, even in athletes because of inadequate diets."
If Professional and amateur sports were to ever discover this, it would
eventually become one of the most established benefits to athletes everywhere.
That will happen, but acceptance of Ionized Water will take time.
Why should I buy a Water Ionizer? "
It is best to drink freshly ionized
water for its full wellness promoting benefits. You cannot buy bottled
water with the qualities of freshly ionized water." Further, compared
to bottled water solutions, it is both economical and environmentally
acceptable. If you drank only 2 liters of bottled water a day (not nearly
enough water), at only $.89/liter, this would equal $649.70 in bottled
water per year." Over the 10 year expected life span of an ionizer, bottled
water would cost you $6,497.
To have Acidic Water on hand 24 hours
a day is worth the price of the Ionizer alone. Once you have begun to
use it and take advantage of its incredible properties, you will know
that you have made the right decision to purchase one."
So there you have it, a remarkable, easy,
and inexpensive way to prevent disease, add to your good health, and
To your alkalized good health and longevity."
Find out why Ira recommends The Ultimate Rejuvenator for the best in Ionized Water.
If under a doctor's care, check with doctor before adding anything new to your diet or health regime. Be wise with your health.