Understanding Antioxidants and Ionized Water
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that contain negatively charged ions. The reason we need these is that our bodies are constantly subject to oxidation. Oxidation is a normal process. We breathe, exercise, and eat, and so are continuously consuming O2 [oxygen] all day long. Oxidation occurs when oxygen, or positively charged O2 ions [free radicals], steal an electron from a cell membrane. We see examples of oxidation when we see cut apples turning brown, oil turning rancid or when we see a piece of metal rusting. Antioxidants have extra negatively charged ions, which helps to stabilize free radicals before they do any damage to our cells or help to stabilize cell membranes, after the fact of free-radical damage, so as to not cause more internal damage to cells. Antioxidants are necessary to the holistic balancing of our bodies’ various functions.
How do Antioxidants Improve Health?
To the extent that antioxidants counteract and prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, antioxidants have been shown to improve health. Antioxidants are linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and other diseases. Read more about the benefits of alkaline ionized water.
Types of Antioxidants
Various nutrients act as antioxidants in the body, such as vitamin C, E, and A. Enzymes are sometimes also able to act as antioxidants. These are definitely suggested, but limited in their benefits to our bodies, because they can be over-dosed and they are usually only practical to consume once a day. It’s impractical, expensive and may be harmful to try to consume the typical, store-bought, antioxidants all day long.
Ionized water is a perfect antioxidant source, because it provides a very simple and rich source of natural antioxidants, [water with an abundance of extra electrons in it]. Each extra electron can go to stabilizing a free radical before it damages your cells. Depending on the water ionizer you choose, there are potentially thousands of extra electrons in every sip of ionized water. Sipping ionized water throughout the day, helps you protect your cells on an ongoing rather than sporadic basis.
Choosing the Right Water Ionizer
I devote most of my research and blog articles to helping you find the most efficient water ionizers. I’ve done thousands of tests for this. By efficiency, I mean that for a particular pH-level [usually about 9 to 10 pH] an efficient water ionizer will produce a higher than average ORP. ORP, or oxidation reduction potential, is another way of saying antioxidants found and measured to be in that water sample.
PH is another subject, entirely, than ORP. You can raise the pH of water with only a slight rise in ORP or with no rise at all by running the water over or through certain minerals. This, however, doesn’t give you many of the benefits of antioxidants. It only focuses on the benefits of pH. An electric water ionizer will be able to produce anywhere between -200 ORP and -700 ORP. I don’t recommend water ionizers which are incapable of at least -350 ORP. On my website I rate the most efficient water ionizers, which I’ve seen produce ORP levels close to -700 at a 10 pH, as “Best” in my Water Ionizer Comparison page.
Why do I feel so strongly that the antioxidants in ionized water are this important? Actually I had some spider veins on my leg which disappeared right before my eyes, when I drank ionized water that was -700 ORP, extremely rich in antioxidants. Prior to seeing this external proof, antioxidants were just theory to me. But now that I have personal knowledge of the magnitude of what antioxidants can do, I became a firm believer that antioxidant-water cured my spider veins. I can only imagine what else on the inside is being helped by the abundance of antioxidants in water at this high of an ORP level. See my water ionizer testimonial.
Preserving Antioxidant Levels in Stored Ionized Water
Glass is the best storage container for ionized water. It is suggested that you use an air-tight mason jar and fill to the brim with no air-bubble to preserve the antioxidants best. Oxidation is catalyzed by metals. That’s why it’s not good to store ionized water in a metal container. Plastics are porous, and the negatively charged electrons can escape through directly through plastic fairly quickly. Glass is the best storage container for ionized water.
The Effects of Heating on the Antioxidants in Ionized Water
Ionized water, like anything else that contains antioxidants, will lose its antioxidants when heated. It is preferable to not heat ionized water, and if you do, to limit this to just a cup or two per day.
Cathleen was a teacher/principal for 24 years and has been drinking ionized water for about 25 years. She created Alkaline Water Plus to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.
"The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER!" Cathleen LoGrasso, Owner/CEO Alkaline Water Plus
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