Before ionization machines, ionized alkaline water could only be obtained from natural springs. Sadly, natural spring alkaline water cannot be packaged and exported without it losing its advantages. The hydrogen molecules dissipate and the pH neutralizes within hours of harvesting, so if you did not live near a source, you could not enjoy the benefits. Luckily, we all have the option of using electrolysis machines to create ionized alkaline water on demand in our homes.
How exactly does this water benefit our bodies? It’s all about molecular hydrogen (H2). With an atomic number of 1, Hydrogen is the smallest element on the periodic table. In fact, it is such a tiny molecule that it can even penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Every H2 molecule has 2 free electrons, one of which gets donated to any nearby free radical, thus stabilizing and neutralizing it. Free radicals lead to oxidative stress, DNA damage, aging, and disease. Substances that neutralize free radicals are called antioxidants. The amount of antioxidants present is measured by a unit called ORP (oxidation reduction potential). The higher the negative number, the stronger the antioxidant power. Quality home ionizer machines are often able to achieve an ORP of over -800 mV.
Human blood has a pH of 7.2-7.4. The body works very hard to maintain this range. A slight elevation in blood pH causes hemoglobin to release more oxygen to surrounding cells and tissues. This flooding of oxygen leads to feelings of less fatigue, more energy, reduced pain, and increased athletic performance. Ionized alkaline water is known to increase ATP production (more energy) and aid in lactic acid removal (shortened recovery time).
Proteins (the essential building blocks of all living things) rely on hydrogen bonds to maintain their shape. Proteins cannot perform their assigned function in the body without folding into a precise structure and keeping that shape. Hydrogen bonds attach the building blocks of proteins, called amino acids, together.
Finally, the water from ionization machines is ultra-hydrating because of micro-clustering. The ionization process restructures the water molecule clusters so that they are smaller and hexagonally shaped, allowing them to permeate cells more efficiently and effectively, leaving you more hydrated and refreshed with less bloating. Bottled water generally has 12-14 molecules per cluster, whereas ionized alkaline water contains only 4-6 molecules per cluster. Think of it like throwing a softball at a net versus shooting a BB gun at it; the BBs go right through. You do not need to consume as much water throughout the day when it is ionized alkaline water. Consuming ionized alkaline water leads to better cellular, organ, and protein function; ultimately translating to overall better health and performance with less disease and signs of aging.