What Is the Difference Between Alkaline Water and Ionized Alkaline Water?
Alkaline water is created by chemically inducing the water. What that means is the pH is created by adding synthetic minerals to the water. The most used materials are lemon, salt, calcium, drops of magnesium, baking soda, and other minerals.
Ionized alkaline water is created using electrolysis. No chemical additives are used in this method. Instead, they electrically activate the negative ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) which makes the solution have a greater concentration of OH-, making the water alkaline. The most important part of the process is that it is not only higher in pH, it also has a concentration of therapeutic hydrogen gas. This gives ionized alkaline water an advantage over just alkaline water.
What Benefits Does Hydrogen Concentration Bring to Alkaline Water?
Hydrogen gas has been shown to have many beneficial properties. Over 400 scientific articles, with over 30 of those studies being on humans, have shown that molecular hydrogen is therapeutic for practically every organ. This gas is natural to the body, it does not gather in tissues, and is easily exhaled from the lungs. This means there is no risk of toxicity when drinking water rich in hydrogen.
Hydrogen is extremely delicate and will completely dissolve within 24 hours. Some companies have patented a process that increases the shelf life of hydrogen to at least six months. This patent has made bottling ionized alkaline water easier, giving consumers beneficial water they can take on the go.
Benefits of Drinking Ionized Alkaline Water
There have been numerous studies on the benefits of ionized alkaline water. Researchers have found that it can decrease bone resorption. This means that the bones stay healthy and strong due to the absorption of nutrients back into the circulation of cells and tissue.
Ionized alkaline water can help reduce acid reflux. Acid reflux (commonly referred to as heartburn) happens when stomach acid flows up the esophagus. It also helps lower one’s blood pressure. There are also positive effects with the blood viscosity. One study showed that people who consumed ionized alkaline water reduced their blood viscosity by 6.3 percent. The people who drank regular water only reduced their blood viscosity by 3.3 percent.
Drinking ionized alkaline water has been shown to help many other issues as well. From weight loss to healthy skin, some studies have even shown that ionized alkaline water has benefits in patients with cancer. These are just some of the things that ionized alkaline water may help with.
By Sheena Robertson
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