How To Make Antioxidant-Rich Drinking Water

Can you imagine how great you would feel if you could drink something that had more antioxidants than green tea all day, every day? Imagine how vibrant you would be if you were getting 3-4 litres of antioxidant-rich fluids every day.

We all know how important it is to drink enough water and stay hydrated every day, but drinking the right kind of water could make an incredible difference to you health, energy and vitality.

The Three Biggest Causes of Disease Are…

  1. Dehydration
  2. Chronic Acidosis
  3. Oxidization of Cells

Drinking ionized water addresses all of these points.

Antioxidants & Water

You might be wondering exactly how water can contain antioxidants. I don’t blame you. If you had asked me a few years ago I would probably have said – you can only get antioxidants from food! It is what the media tells us, eat bright coloured foods – and they’re right. Bright coloured foods such as blueberries, tomatoes, oranges contain high levels of antioxidants such as Flavonoids, Lutein, Lycopene and Phytosterols.

However, an antioxidant is, quite literally, a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. This clearly does not have to only come from fruit and vegetables. As long as something has the capacity to inhibit oxidation it will act as an antioxidant in the body.

And this is exactly what ionized water does

How Ionized Water is Antioxidant Rich

To understand how ionized water is an antioxidant I need to explain two things:

1) How ionized water is made
2) What ORP is

How Ionized Water Is Made

To keep this simple and, hopefully, not too scientific(!):

– We create ionized water by separating the hydrogen ions (H+) from the hydroxide ions OH-. To make acid and highly oxidizing water, we increase the concentration of hydrogen ions in the water. Conversely, to make alkaline and antioxidant-rich water we increase the concentration of hydroxide ions.

When the water runs through the ionizer it splits these ions into acid and alkaline and depending on the setting you select you will get the required mix of ions to create the pH and antioxidant level you are after.

What is ORP and Why ORP is Important

The antioxidant capacity of liquids is measured in ORP (oxidation reduction potential or redox potential). This is the standardised measure of antioxidants in liquids in the same way that ORAC is the standard measure of antioxidants in foods.

Basically all liquids have an Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), which, as per the definition of an antioxidant above, is the potential for one liquid substance to reduce the oxidation of another substance. It is measured in millivolts (mV) and most liquids fall between +700 and -800. In other words, the more powerful the antioxidant, the lower the ORP level. As things oxidize, the ORP rises.

To give this some meaning and relativity, here are some rough ORP measurements:

  • Tap water: +250 to +400 ORP
  • Cola: +400 to +600 ORP
  • Green tea: -120 to -250 ORP
  • Orange juice: -150 to -250 ORP
  • Alkaline ionized water: -200 to -800 ORP

So, as normal tap water has an ORP of +250 to +400 this means it basically has zero potential for reducing oxidation. Alkaline ionized water has an ORP of -350 to -800, depending in part on the amount of minerals in the source water and how the ionizer is adjusted.

What This Means

This means that if you are drinking alkaline, ionized water with a pH of between 8.5 and 9.5 then you are drinking water that is very, very antioxidant-rich.

Again, just imagine the difference it could make to your health, energy and vitality if you were drinking 3-4 litres of water each day that had more antioxidants than green tea or freshly squeezed fruit juice.


So, to keep it simple – ORP basically means the level of antioxidants in liquids and the lower the better. When water is ionized it increases the concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) which leads to a negative ORP.

Alkaline, ionized water is not only alkalising and amazing at buffering excess acids, but it is also antioxidant rich – infusing your body with free-radical scavenging antioxidants that will protect your cells and encourage your health and wellness.

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  1. Lorraine Reply

    What about water pitcher filtration such as Zero Water Pitcher? I don’t have all the testing gadgets to test anything. Also, I drink a lot of water so if I fill bottles from my pitcher how long will it keep in the fridge? I’m wanting to keep a couple gallons if possible.
    Thank you

  2. Roger Reply

    Hi Ross,
    How long does -ORP stay in the water once made please?
    Roger UK

    • ross Reply

      Depends on the container – if metal, it disappears immediately. Otherwise (glass, BPA-free plastic etc.) it lasts 24-48 hours.

      • Indraneel Reply

        Hi Ross!

        Do you have any research on this i.e. types of vessels & their effect on pH & ORP? If yes, could you please share?


  3. sharon Hutcheon Reply

    I am still confused ….I have been very, very sick. Research sent me to buy Evamor Bottled water. I now learned that it is high in floride and the ORP is +174 and the PH is 8; “Real Water” has an ORP of -60 and a PH of 8.

    Which of the two are the better brand to buy? The negative ORP or the positive?

    Thank you for your help.

  4. NAVIN GOYAL Reply

    Would like to know how one could make potable water at home with ORP level to say [-] 500 !!!!

  5. John Reply

    Lemon appears acidic but when it enters our body and reacts with our digestive acid it becomes alkaline. The pH of lemon is actually most alkaline similar to grapes and citrus fruits.

    • Veronica Reply

      How long does the ionized water keep its antioxidants? I know ph stays the same but will it lose its ions at a certain point?

      • ross Reply

        From an ionizer you’re looking at 8-10 hours before the ORP starts to go.

  6. Julio Reply

    I had been reading about the best water to drink. I found if we put some lemon in the water it can be very healthy to clean the body; can be true? What can happens with the pH in that case?
    The structur of the water seems to be also very important. How can ionization affect that?
    Thank you and best regards…

  7. Candy Hull Reply

    My water comes from a well. Do you think it’s better than regular tap water

  8. Veanna L Raty Reply

    I’m not sure if you are aware of the work done by Tyler LeBaron, the founder of Molecular Hydrogen Foundation. He carefully explains the real science behind ORP. Here is a link: There is a lot of information on this non-rofit site that everyone in the water ionizer business should know.

    Thanks, and have a great day.

    • ross Reply

      Thanks Veanna

      Yes, Tyler has done a lot of good work. It’s a shame so many in the industry are now mis-communicating and extrapolating from his good work to make outraegous claims about their products.


    • lisette Reply

      but if this Tyler LeBaron has a vested interest, can we trust his findings?

      • ross Reply

        Not entirely. It’s the same with practically every product in this industry – you have to trust your instincts!

  9. Donna Reply

    Did not see an answer to the point above about the water not being -315 to -800 ORP.

  10. Henry Reply

    You cant seperate the H20 molecule if you did it wouldnt be water.

    • amber Reply

      I suspect some is left as plain H20, but some of the molecules are split to give extra OH-. Water typically has ions mixed in with it…along with other stuff.

  11. Eva Reply

    Hi Ross, yes, to add to the previous comment: What about Flouride and Chlorine?
    The only reason why I drink reverse Osmosis water is, because of the high Flouride level in South Australia. I have not yet found anything that provides any evidence that Flouride has been removed. I could drink spring water but it is rather expensive and no evidence where it really comes from either…
    Ross, would you be able to tell me whether adding Himalayan sea salt to my reverse osmosis water is ok? I do so (1tsp to 11 liters) and it makes it more alkaline (7.5), as without it, it is quite acidic. Thanks!

  12. Amber Reply

    I was listening to Dr Brian Clements ( The Hippocrates Institute) the other day he says that all this water systems and their so called unique sellign points are all a waste of money. The cleanest water you can drink it distilled and he has up until recently been drinking this for 40 years.
    He now get his water from the air! I forget the name of the process!
    Don’t wish to be a party pooper here but these guys do their research and scientifically test everything… what are your thougths on his comments?

  13. c Reply

    Interested in this, but was really looking for something with ORP of -400 and above. So i am disappointed in that this video of 9.5 alkaline water only showing and ORP of -215, especially when the blurb below the video states this
    “Alkaline ionized water has an ORP of -350 to -800, depending in part on the amount of minerals in the source water and how the ionizer is adjusted. ”
    Anyone know of a ionizer that actually delivers on it’s promise?

    • amber Reply

      If you found -215, buy it and be happy! Remember you can always add alkaline minerals to your water or diet.

  14. Ross Reply

    Hi guys

    Sorry it took SO LONG for the video to render and I had to jump on a plane! That’s the kinda guy I am.

    On to it now though…


  15. andy mclellan Reply

    video still sound loss half way through 2.09 2010

  16. LaCheshireChat Reply

    Ross, the sound is still missing, as stated, from 5. 25 onwards. The last thing you hear him say is, ” Whoa, you really wanna drink this stuff?”
    Kind regards

  17. Soren Reply

    Hi ROss

    No sound on the second part of the video at precisely 5 ’25” onwards.

    • Ross Reply

      Hi Soren

      Thanks for pointing this out – I have reuploaded the video and it should be working fine now.


  18. SA Reply

    H- There is no sound in last half of the video

    • Ross Reply

      Hey Saj

      Fixing it up right now buddy, thanks for letting me know.


  19. Dale Jay Reply

    Yes Fantastic item, Sadly far too expensive,this kind of technology needs to be available to everyone,like those who give their disabled child 24 hr care.
    At this price only the elite & those with high paid salary will be able to enjoy as if they did not have more than enough already,very disappointed =(

    • Ross Reply

      Hi Dale

      I understand your frustration, so I have gone to great lengths and expense to provide an interest-free payment plan to try and make the product more accessible.

      I hope this helps

  20. Deborah Reply

    what about flouride? and chlorine?