How electrolyzed water is produced.
Tap water which undergoes a process known as ‘electrolysis’, is split into acidic oxidizing water and alkalized reduced (anti-oxidizing) water. A cell composed of an anode and a cathode is required to have an electrical current, thereby causing the separation effect.
During the electrolysis process, the cathode which has the negative charge attracts the oxidizing water, whereas the anode attracts the reduced alkaline water. After going through the input (faucet hose), once the tap water has been fully ionized, each water then exits through an individual output hose.
The alkaline water, which has a higher concentration of OH – hydroxyl ions – attracts to the positive charged anode through opposite attractions. Whereas the strong acidic water is less abundant in hydrogen.
This technology was first introduced to the world in the 1940s, when German scientists wanted to replicate a special water of water that is found in certain water springs that are extremely popular around the world. These springs were referred to as “healing springs”, and a few of them were located at Tlacote el Bajo Mexico, Nordaneau Germany, and Lourdes France. The similarity between reduced alkaline water and the water at these springs are identical. The primary property of the water is of having the anti-oxidant potential, otherwise known as the ‘reducing effect’… being able to reduce the oxidization or aging process.
Electrolyzed water, also referred to as reduced alkaline water or acidic oxidizing water, was approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare in the year of 1965. It has been demonstrated, through double blind testing, that it is effective and safe for health issues such as: abnormal intestinal fermentation, chronic diarrhea, constipation, antacid, and dyspepsia. In addition, it has been demonstrated that electrolyzed reduced water can scavenge ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) and can protect the DNA.
Water that is Hydrogen rich has a high concentration of Molecular Hydrogen (H2). Molecular Hydrogen is an efficient antioxidant that diffuses rapidly across cell membranes and can reduce free radicals, suppressing oxidative stress.
Through the process of electrolysis, your tap water becomes Hydrogen rich .
Oxidation reactions in the body can produce free radicals, while antioxidants terminate these reactions. Elevated rates of oxidants and insufficient antioxidants in the body cause oxidative stress. A constant supply of external sources of antioxidants should be part of one‘s daily diet, to reduce oxidative stress and related damage. This is why everyone should not only care about the quantity of the water we drink, but also about the quality. Both are essential for our well-being.
As with most things in life, optimal health begins with balance. Our bodies must maintain a pH balance of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. A pH scale is used to determine whether a substance is acidic or alkaline. On this scale 7.0 is neutral. Anything above 7 is considered alkaline and anything below 7 is considered acidic.
Negative ORP (Oxidation-Reduction Potential)
Hydrogen rich water is characterised by exhibiting a negative ORP. A high ORP value (in positive numbers), indicates that a substance has a higher oxidising potential. In generalised terms, for humans a positive or high ORP is better for the outside of the body (cleaning and sanitising).
A low ORP value (in negative numbers) indicates that a substance has a higher antioxidising potential, and is preferred for oral consumption.
Just like pH, ORP values are an important measurement for determining the quality of water.
What is ORP?
In the world that surrounds us, we do not see it, but there is a continuous exchange of electrons that takes place between substances in the air, in the earth, in water, and in our bodies. This phenomenon is known as ion exchange. In an effort to reach a state of stability, substances that are lacking electrons are desperately seeking out electrons wherever they can: these substances are referred to as oxidizing agents.
On the contrary, substances which have a surplus of electrons are capable of donating their extra electrons: these substances are referred to as reducing agents, or anti-oxidizing agents. Oxidation-reduction potential, or ORP, is a measurement that indicates the degree to which a substance is capable of oxidizing or reducing another substance. ORP is measured in millivolts (mV) using an ORP meter.
A positive ORP reading indicates that a substance is an oxidizing agent. The higher the reading, the more oxidizing it is. As such, a substance with an ORP reading of +400 mV is 4 times more oxidizing than a substance with an ORP reading of +100 mV. A negative ORP reading indicates that a substance is a reducing agent. The lower the reading, the more anti-oxidizing it is. As such, a substance with an ORP reading of -400 mV is 4 times more anti-oxidizing than a substance with an ORP reading of -100 mV. Most types of water, including tap water and bottled water, are oxidizing agents as their ORP value is positive. Alkaline ionized water is an anti-oxidizing agent, as it has a negative ORP value and it is able to donate extra electrons to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals on the body. Most other types of water are oxidizing agents as their ORP is positive.
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