What a claim to make! It might be a statement that seems confusing at first, how could one water be more hydrating than another water? As you read this article you will understand the simple reasons why ionized water is not only a higher quality, better filtered, more alkaline water than any other – but it really is more hydrating too this is scientific fact.
How Ionized Water is More Hydrating
When You Drink Ionized Water You Can Feel It!
I want to keep this really simple, but I know there are a lot of you out there that will want to know the scientific facts too. So I am going to explain this twice! The first explanation will be the simple explanation and the second will be the scientific explanation!
The Simple Explanation
Ionized, microclustered water is fundamentally different to conventional water, bottled water, distilled water, filtered water, reverse osmosis water or plain old tap water (click here for a full comparison of these water types).
The size and shape of the water molecule changes when the water is ionized – it is ‘microclustered’. This means that the water molecules are simply made smaller so that the water can better penetrate and hydrate the cells of the body and can more easily permeate the walls of the cells.
A huge secondary bonus of this, is that whatever is in the water we drink is better absorbed also – so if you’re drinking green drinks or other supplements with the ionized water – these supplements will be better absorbed and more effective!
Think of your cell walls as being a fine mesh with tiny gaps. When we drink tap water that has approximately 12 molecule clusters, the water molecules are too large to be able to get through. But when the water is ionized and ‘microclustered‘ it only has approximately 4-6 clusters and it can therefore more easily pass through the fine mesh cell walls.
A good, tangible representation of this can be seen with brewing tea. When you use microclustered, ionized water the pigment of the tea dissolves rapidly after ionized water is poured onto the bag is added and the fragrance of the tea can be smelled.
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Because alkaline ionized water has smaller water clusters, the tea molecules dissipate quickly. The water molecules quickly penetrate the tea bag, the same way they would your cells, hydrating your body more efficiently.
When you first start drinking ionized water is it an incredible feeling as parts of your body that have been dehydrated for so long are now being reached and saturated in antioxidant-rich, alkaline water.
The Scientific Explanation
Starting at the start, a water molecule, expressed in the chemical symbol H20, consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.
Standing alone, the hydrogen atom contains one positive proton at its core, with one negative electron revolving around it in a three dimensional shell. Oxygen, on the other hand, contains eight protons in its nucleus with eight electrons revolving around it.
The single hydrogen electron and the eight electrons of oxygen are the key to the chemistry of life, because this is where hydrogen and oxygen atoms combine to form a water molecule, or split to form ions.
Hydrogen tends to ionize by losing its single electron and form single H+ ions, which are simply isolated protons since the hydrogen atom contains no neutrons. A hydrogen bond occurs when the electron of a single hydrogen atom is shared with another electronegative atom such as oxygen that lacks an electron.
So, What is Microclustered Water?
Water molecules come in clusters rather than single molecules. Tap water has very large clusters (10 to 13 molecules per cluster), whereas ionized water uses electrolysis to reduce large tap water clusters from their original size into microclusters (5 to 6 molecules per cluster). The smaller cluster size gives the water excellent hydrating properties, high solubility and good permeability and is potentially up to six times more hydrating than normal tap water.
How Does The Electrolysis Occur?
The water enters the ionizer and passes into a chamber equipped with a platinum-coated titanium electrode. This is where the electrolysis takes place.
Cations, positive ions, gather at the negative electrodes creating cathodic or reduced water. Anions, negatively charged ions, gather at the positive electrode to make anodic or oxidized water.
By this electrolysis process the reduced water not only gains an excess amount of electrons (e-), but the H2O clusters are reduced in size from about 10 to 13 molecules per cluster to 5 to 6 molecules per cluster.
So when you ionize water, you change it’s molecular structure. The hexagonal molecular structure resulting from electrolysis is what makes water more hydrating than tap or bottled water.
These smaller “hexagons” of water molecules are half as large as the water molecule chains that come out of your regular tap (approximately 12 molecule clusters). Microclustering will help minerals and other alkalizing supplements absorb quickly and more efficiently.
So there you have it!
Ionized, microclustered water is more hydrating than tap water! Please ask below if you have any questions – I am more than happy to answer them.