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The following questions and answers have been very kindly compiled by author and researcher Karl Heinz Asenbaum over the last 12 years (!) and these are continuously updated and extended. These FAQ’s and a few more dealing with the subject of water and water treatment can be found in German on his knowledge database.

The most important FAQ's

The transfer of hydrogen onto aged food

Water drinking. Yet it can also be avoided if you were to share Heinz Erhards’s opinion. One should also have a water ionizer. An important characteristic of alkaline activated water is its high content of hydrogen gas dH2. With a good flow-through water ionizer this lies at a pH value of 9 and at room temperature between 1200 and 1300 micrograms/l. You should drink this water with a pH value of up to 9.5, which means, depending on which ionizer, 1250 to 1450 micrograms/l. If the water ionizer can reach higher pH values, for example pH 11, which should not be drunk long term, is a dH2 value of 1800 micrograms (1,8 mg) also possible. This can only be used for the transfer of hydrogen to other foods. Since hydrogen is very willing to give off its electrons, a reduction of the ORP occurs, which signals an increase in electron availability.

 

EAW Book Manfred Hoffmann %22Vom Lebendigem ins Lebensmittel%22

The nutrition researcher Prof. Manfred Hoffmann claims in his book “From Life in Foods”, that a sinking ORP of respectively 18 mV means a doubling of the electron offer and that the difference in quality of a certain type of food is best measured objectively by measuring the ORP: The lower – the better!
A lower ORP is mostly seen in organic food. Yet it highly depends on the freshness. For the ORP, and with that is meant the hydrogen content in the cell tissue of our nourishment, is very volatile. Hydrogen is the smallest of all elements and as a volatile gas can escape from organic structures virtually without any hinderance.
The decisive factor is that, by soaking foods in alkaline activated water, the hydrogen content is increased and is therefore “refreshed”.

EAW Apple hydrogen transfer

We love freshness

The apple freshly picked from the tree, the gherkin freshly picked from the field – that is how we most enjoy the taste. Yet the apple from Australia and the gherkin from Spain have lost a lot of their vital energy on their long journey before we can take a bite. A lot of water loss can be avoided by cooling and vacuum packaging. Like that the produce still looks fresh and not wilted when we buy them. But the loss of hydrogen cannot be stopped so easily this way. What we see is apparent freshness. Most people can certainly taste and smell the difference of freshly picked fruit from the tree or field and food that has had a long journey.

But freshness can be objectively measured: The Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)

Left an example:

Half an apple (Braeburn variety) is laid for 1 hour in alkaline activated water pH 9,5 and an ORP of (-) 395 mV (CSE). The other half is not, only measured.

Output measurement of the apple: (+) 328 mV (CSE)

Final ORP of the apple (+) 232 mV (CSE)

Absolute ORP difference 88 mV
The electron range of the apple doubled almost five times by soaking it for 60 minutes in alkaline activated water!

The reason is the dH2 which permeates the apple and allows the ORP to sink.

EAW ORP gain red currants

How much ORP gain is possible?

Mostly a short immersion in electro activated water is sufficient, especially if the food has a soft skin or shell, like red currants or apricots.

An example of red currants immersed for 30 minutes in alkaline activated water pH 9,8 with ORP (-) 413 mV (CSE)

ORP of red currants:                          (+) 068 mV (CSE)

Final ORP:                                            (-) 250 mV (CSE)

Absolute ORP difference:                        318 mV

Half an apricot is immersed for 20 minutes in alkaline activated water pH 9,9 with ORP (-) 429 mV (CSE). The other half is only measured.

Untreated half:                                    (+) 348 mV (CSE)

Treated half:                                         (-) 209 mV (CSE)

Absolute ORP difference:                         557 mV

With skinless foods, such as raw meat or fish, is an immersion of just 2-3 minutes enough for a substantial effect to take place.

orp contactless activation

 

The so called “contactless” activation

When it was not known that migrating hydrogen gas was responsible for the redox potential’s waste in neighbouring fluid systems, all sorts of theories were discussed about a “contactless” activation. One cause of the “contactless” discussion was a trial that showed how a latex condom filled with electrically activated alkaline water was able to, inexplicably, transfer its negative ORP to the water that it was immersed in. Later it was realized that a condom is maybe not as watertight as one had thought.

The intestine is known to be porous. I have shown how well alkaline activated water transports hydrogen as well as the additional minerals in the body. To illustrate this I filled a sheep’s intestine, usually used for Weisswurst, a Munich sausage, and filled it with alkaline activated water pH 9.5 and ORP (-) 349 mV and laid it for 10 minutes in a physiological saline solution (blood substitute) pH 7.03 and ORP (+) 194 mV.

The absolute ORP gain was 480 mV, almost 0.5 Volts.

Since it is again and again falsely claimed that inorganic calcium from hard water is not absorbed by the intestine, I decided to measure the hardness of the 3 liquids:

• Physiological saline solution: 0 mg/l CaCO3

• Alkaline activated water in the intestine 445 mg/l CaCO3

• Saline solution after 10 minutes: 225 mg/l CaCO3

It shows that calcium has migrated effortlessly, like hydrogen. Minerals in water can be wonderfully absorbed.

EAW Hydrogen transfer through packaging

Hydrogen transfer through packaging

The quick mobility of dissolved hydrogen in alkaline activated water has its limits when in packaging made of thick glass and stainless steel. These are ideal for storing hydrogen rich water. Plastic wrapping is especially permeable, so it can be used to “activate” liquid contents like juices.

A high quality carrot juice was improved by pouring it into a freezer bag and immersing that for 20 minutes into alkaline activated water (pH 9,9 ORP (-) 423 mV (CSE). The ORP improved by 241 mV.

This corresponds to a 13 times doubling of the electron range.

Probably the most surprising results came from 0,5 l fresh, full cream milk in its carton, immersed for 30 minutes:

The ORP improved by 97 mV. I like to describe this procedure in my presentations as: “the cow in the fridge”.

The pH value, with all these examples, only changes positively by a tenth of the value. OH- ions are slightly inhibited by many barriers.

EAW Eggs in alkaline water

Eggs in alkaline water

Almost anyone can see, taste or smell if a cracked open chicken egg is fresh. But should eggs be thrown away or fed to the Easter bunny if they are slightly out of date?

If you place raw eggs 30 minutes in alkaline activated water, you will see it, taste it and smell it. Rotten eggs, where bacteria has already made its way in, cannot be saved. Even very fresh eggs gain a lot from this procedure.

Two fresh, organic eggs from the same carton were separated into egg white and egg yolk and evaluated according to their ORP:

Untreated egg:

Egg white ORP:    (+) 59 mV (CSE)

Egg yolk ORP:    (+) 34 mV (CSE)

Egg immersed for 30 minutes in alkaline activated water:

Egg white ORP:    (-) 56 mV (CSE)

Egg yolk ORP:    (+) 14 mV (CSE)

Absolute ORP gain: egg white 115 mV – egg yolk 20 mV

An end to juice shops

EOS-Revelation-II-Untertisch-Wasserionisierer

With the distribution of water ionizers are the end of high cost and environmental damage from the bottled water industry already foreseeable. But do we still need chain stores for fruit and vegetable juices, even for lemonades?

From coke to orange juice: looking at it more closely, most local beverage manufacturers are not producers, instead they are bottlers for concentrates produced somewhere in the world to which they just add water and, if necessary, sugar or carbonic acid. Environmental politicians have long demanded to decentralize the mixing of concentrates with water and other additives and leave it up to the consumer. Almost all professional chefs use their own mixing device in their restaurants.

Initial approaches to reduce expensive hauling of bottles on the motorways were already instigated. Yet it is not that easy to get, for example, an apple or orange juice concentrate for the household to mix oneself. Surprising, since you find apple and orange juice “made with concentrate” in abundance in the supermarkets.

Are “syrup” times a forgotten bygone, where a fresh juice was not even affordable? Or is it fear of frowning upon tap water, which is trusted less than the water used by the bottling enterprises to dilute the imported concentrates?

With a water ionizer and its first class, built in pre filters, you can produce a purer and higher quality water than the beverage industry. I will now demonstrate to you that even the result from mixing juice concentrates is measurably better, a huge improvement.

Armin K.: Why do you still need to measure the redox potential of the alkaline activated water when you have already determined the pH? The Nernst equation can be used for the conversion?

The redox potential or ORP (oxidation reduction potential) in millivolts with a reference electrode is a measure of the willingness of an aqueous solution to be electron attracting (+ mV) or repelling ( – mV ). Acids attract electrons (oxidize) because of the H + ions , bases because of the OH – ions give up electrons (reduce). The whole thing is an exchange process, which is called a redox reaction. Such redox reactions also take place at the measuring electrode that is either oxidized or reduced, which is then displayed to us as mV value.

Since, in a redox reaction in an aqueous solution acids and bases neutralize, by means of H + and OH- make water, there is also, thanks to the Nernst equation, a calculable relationship between pH values and the redox potential:

ΔΕ = -0,059 V (pH1 – pH2)

Further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nernst_equation

The Russian researchers V. Prilutsky and V. Bakhir have found that the calculated redox potential, according to the Nernst equation, of electrolytically treated water does not coincide with the actual measured during the relaxation time. It is much greater than calculated in the anode chamber and much smaller than calculated in the cathode chamber. (Electrochemically activated water: anomalous properties, mechanism of biological action, Moscow 1997)

This “anomaly” of activated water during the relaxation is actually a very crucial feature, based on its exceptional properties. It is therefore, as the subtitle of my book on electro-activated water indeed states: “An invention of extraordinary potential”. Because of this “anomaly” can the measurement of the redox potential not be spared by arithmetic.

A real anomaly, i.e.: an inexplicable miracle, it is not. The presence of dissolved hydrogen gas and the simultaneous absence of dissolved oxygen gas is the cause of the unusual redox potential in alkaline, and with reverse gas ratios in acidic activated water. As a consumer, of course you do not have to measure, especially since the ORP is not easy.

The activated water’s particularity has long been known and is tested and other peculiarities of the water are not constantly tested, for example whether lakes really always freeze over from above.

Strong negative redox potentials of activated water can also be used for removing rust, as illustrated here using the example of a rusted iron chain that has been inserted 30 minutes into alkaline activated water.

Rusty chain 1Rusty chain 2Rusty chain 3

Excerpt from the book “Karl Heinz Asenbaum: Electrically activated water – An invention with extraordinary potential.”
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www.euromultimedia.de

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Hermann K.: Alkaline water, alkaline activated water, ionized water, electro-activated drinking water, electrolyte water, Hydrogen-Rich-Water…. slowly I don’t know my way around. Which water do you recommend and what is what?

  • Since the nature of electro-activated water was not understood up until recently, since 1931 over 50 different descriptions have emerged, which can be drunk very well. Originally, the inventor Alfons Natterer spoke of acidic, alkaline and neutral electrolyte water. Decisive is, since then, the electrolytic production as opposed to, what I like to call, “chemical water ionizers”. A full overview of the singular descriptions and procedures you will find on the E-book DVD ROM of this FAQ book www.wasserfakten.com
  • Since in Japan because of other cell construction, initially only the alkaline and acidic variety were produced, the term “Alkaline Ionized Water” was developed for the drinkable alkaline part. This is an unclear definition since it expresses the same twice. The water becomes alkaline due to a part of the molecules splitting into acidic and alkaline ions. So the water is separated by electrolysis into its ions H+ and OH-. On one side of the membrane, alkaline water (from OH- ions) results and on the other side of the membrane acidic water (from H+ ions) results. The counter term of alkaline activated water is acidic ionized water. Often it is referred to as oxidized or oxidizing water.

Redoxspannung TemperaturChart

  • The term “ionized water”, brought up by Dr. Dina Aschbach in a book,  is an unfortunate choice of words because it only brings the water ions to the foreground. The electric activity of the “activated water” does not found itself directly on the alkaline or acidic character, which is produced from the OH- and H+ water ions, but rather on the enrichment of dissolved oxygen in acidic water and the enrichment of dissolved hydrogen in alkaline water. Due to these dissolved gases a very high (positive) oxidation reduction potential (ORP) is reached, up to 1200 mV (SHE =Standard Hydrogen Electrode) on the oxygen side and an extraordinarily low (negative) oxidation reduction potential, up to (-) 800 mV (SHE) on the hydrogen side. These are the values that can be measured with a SHE electrode (standard hydrogen electrode). Since in practice one almost only measures with CSE electrodes (common silver/silverchloride electrodes), are the values up to + 993 mV (CSE) on the oxygen side and from -593 mV on the hydrogen side. These are values measured at 25º C, where the difference between the measurement method and SHE measurements amount to a difference of + 207 mV. The relationship with other temperatures is illustrated in the following graph.

By electrolyzing water in an electrolytic cell with a diaphragm membrane it doesn’t only form both water ions H+ and OH- from water molecules. Oxygen and hydrogen is also released, the difference in both sides is explained by the fact that oxygen gas and hydrogen gas possess different dissolving powers.

 

Solubility of oxygen mg/l at 1 atmospheric pressure 101,325 Pa

15 degrees C 2,756
20 degrees C 2,501
25 degrees C 2,293
30 degrees C 2,122
35 degrees C 1,982

 

Solubility of hydrogen mg/l at 1 atmospheric pressure 101,325 Pa

15 degrees C 1,510
20 degrees C 1,455
25 degrees C 1,411
30 degrees C 1,377
35 degrees C 1,350

 

With electrolysis 2 water molecules H2O release the following gas quantity:

2H2O —> 2 H2 + O2

There is always double the amount of hydrogen gas compared to oxygen gas.
O2 can, however, at 25 degrees C dissolve 1,6 times better in water. So whereto with the clear surplus of H2?

The Hofmann Voltameter is one of the favourite school experiments of chemistry teachers and students. Thanks to its clever design the equation can be clearly demonstrated. In any case the Chemistry teacher has to “trick” in order to show that both gases are formed with the ratio 2:1. If the water is not saturated by both gases, then a ratio of 1:2,5 results with the different dissolving powers and the dissolving speed (oxygen to hydrogen).

 

At the end of the experiment we obtained pure oxygen and hydrogen for the beloved detonating gas effect, but also acidic water with saturated oxygen and alkaline water with saturated hydrogen, depending on air pressure and temperature.

So why does the ORP sink in alkaline, hydrogen rich water to very high negative values?

 

CSE-SHE WerteVergleich pH

One should keep in mind that ORP values are not measurable. The ORP is always the value of an electric current between two chemical reacting partners, so a relative size. H2 hydrogen gas is defined as a standard potential E0.

. As opposed to a hydrogen electrode (SHE), gold has, for example, an ORP of + 1680 mV, whereas lithium shows – 3040 mV. Due to the voltage difference one could make a lithium-gold battery with 4720 mV (4,72 Volts). A minus value means that an electron surplus is present, a positive value means a tendency to accept electrons.

The water molecule H2O is composed of two reacting partners, H2 and O. Oxygen (O) has a positive ORP with + 1230 mV compared to H2, so “greedy” for electrons. This voltage difference of 1230 mV is constant with all pH values and measuring methods, even if the values of both reacting partners with increasing pH values sink.

Alkaline activated water contains more hydrogen than oxygen. What is missing, very plainly put, are the +1230 mV: the ORP has to sink.

With drinkable alkaline activated water, with a pH 8,5 to 9,5, is the standard potential of H2 has sunk furthermore from 0 to ca. -450 to -550 mV. Therefore it has the low ORP values. Since many free OH- ions are available due to the alkaline character, it can reach the following electron releasing reaction:

2 H2 + 4 OH- ———> 4 H2O + 4 e-

This reaction creates water, full of energy: alkaline activated water.

So there are three basic parameters which define the value of alkaline activated water:

 

  • A maximum saturation with dissolved hydrogen
  • A higher surplus of OH- ions
  • A possibly complete removal of oxygen gas

 

These 3 basic parameters compliment each other. Their simultaneous availability is exclusively reached with an electrolytic water ionizer with diaphragm electrolysis. Neither chemical water ionizers or electrolysis devices without a diaphragm or Hydrogen Rich Water generators cannot reach the compliance of these parameters.

The first person, to my knowledge, who used the term “alkaline activated water” journalistically in Germany was Engineer Dietmar Ferger in his 2006 published book: “Alkaline Activated Water – how it works and what it can do.” The extended version of this book is also available in German, with the title: “Jungbrunnenwasser” (Fountain of youth water). The activity of water is better reflected, since it isn’t just a simple “alkaline water” with a high pH value. Dr. Walter Irlacher and I used this definition in our book “Service Handbuch Mensch” (Service Manual for Humans), which also first appeared in 2006.
In 2008, together with Ferger, we delved deeper into the topic with the book and documentary “Drink yourself alkaline – a guide to alkaline activated water”.

In 2008 the interest was dominated by an electrochemical measure and, which alkaline activated water, alongside its increased pH values, also possesses: The negative ORP. The Russian researcher Vitold Bakhir believes to have proven, that the ORP is abnormally low and not explainable with the classic ORP chemical equations. The ORP of the acidic activated water was also abnormally high and seemed to also be unexplainable. It was assumed what the main causes behind this unusual redox potential were for the effects of alkaline activated water (antioxidant) and acidic activated water (oxidative).

In 1997 Sanetaka Shirahata had hypothesised that only atomar hydrogen can be the cause for the antioxidative effect of water. He could establish such an effect with types of water, which didn’t have an abnormally negative ORP yet contained atomar hydrogen. Yet the research of Shigeo Ohta and many other researchers showed worldwide since 2008, that also the molecular hydrogen, the hydrogen gas in water, which causes the low ORP, causes the antioxidant effect. Since this, the research of hydrogen rich water is part of the highly promising new field in medicine. You get an overview under the key words “medical gas research” and in this FAQ book under the key words Hydrogen Rich Water.

With the new discoveries on how important H2 (hydrogen gas) is in alkaline activated water, it places the focus on the question as to how it should be stored and durability. If we were still in the times of the ORP debate, then one wouldn’t use metal containers for storing the water, so that the electrons don’t flow off. Nowadays metal containers, for example a double walled stainless steel bottle, is the first choice for storing alkaline activated water efficiently. Also with thick glass, (especially blue glass), do you prevent the loss of hydrogen and therefore the loss of the antioxidant effect. Whereas hydrogen flows out of plastic bottles very quickly, meaning the water relaxes faster and reduces the maximum use of the pure alkaline effect.

Why is hydrogen important in activated water and not oxygen in the OH- ions, like Sang Whang believed? Hydrogen is the fuel, oxygen the burner. We can supply ourselves with plenty of oxygen through the lungs. A supply of hydrogen is only possible with eating. Each ingestion serves us to gain H2, the source of energy, found at the end of each metabolic process. With alkaline activated water, this source of energy can be simply drunk.

With oxidation, hydrogen does not become a free radical after releasing the energy, instead it becomes water. Thus, hydrogen is not only the smallest antioxidant, but also the most elegant.

Excerpt from the book “Karl Heinz Asenbaum: Electrically activated water – An invention with extraordinary potential.
Copyright 2016 www.euromultimedia.de

General questions | Water

Hermann K.: Alkaline water, alkaline activated water, ionized water, electro-activated drinking water, electrolyte water, Hydrogen-Rich-Water…. slowly I don’t know my way around. Which water do you recommend and what is what?

  • Since the nature of electro-activated water was not understood up until recently, since 1931 over 50 different descriptions have emerged, which can be drunk very well. Originally, the inventor Alfons Natterer spoke of acidic, alkaline and neutral electrolyte water. Decisive is, since then, the electrolytic production as opposed to, what I like to call, “chemical water ionizers”. A full overview of the singular descriptions and procedures you will find on the E-book DVD ROM of this FAQ book www.wasserfakten.com
  • Since in Japan because of other cell construction, initially only the alkaline and acidic variety were produced, the term “Alkaline Ionized Water” was developed for the drinkable alkaline part. This is an unclear definition since it expresses the same twice. The water becomes alkaline due to a part of the molecules splitting into acidic and alkaline ions. So the water is separated by electrolysis into its ions H+ and OH-. On one side of the membrane, alkaline water (from OH- ions) results and on the other side of the membrane acidic water (from H+ ions) results. The counter term of alkaline activated water is acidic ionized water. Often it is referred to as oxidized or oxidizing water.

Redoxspannung TemperaturChart

  • The term “ionized water”, brought up by Dr. Dina Aschbach in a book,  is an unfortunate choice of words because it only brings the water ions to the foreground. The electric activity of the “activated water” does not found itself directly on the alkaline or acidic character, which is produced from the OH- and H+ water ions, but rather on the enrichment of dissolved oxygen in acidic water and the enrichment of dissolved hydrogen in alkaline water. Due to these dissolved gases a very high (positive) oxidation reduction potential (ORP) is reached, up to 1200 mV (SHE =Standard Hydrogen Electrode) on the oxygen side and an extraordinarily low (negative) oxidation reduction potential, up to (-) 800 mV (SHE) on the hydrogen side. These are the values that can be measured with a SHE electrode (standard hydrogen electrode). Since in practice one almost only measures with CSE electrodes (common silver/silverchloride electrodes), are the values up to + 993 mV (CSE) on the oxygen side and from -593 mV on the hydrogen side. These are values measured at 25º C, where the difference between the measurement method and SHE measurements amount to a difference of + 207 mV. The relationship with other temperatures is illustrated in the following graph.

By electrolyzing water in an electrolytic cell with a diaphragm membrane it doesn’t only form both water ions H+ and OH- from water molecules. Oxygen and hydrogen is also released, the difference in both sides is explained by the fact that oxygen gas and hydrogen gas possess different dissolving powers.

 

Solubility of oxygen mg/l at 1 atmospheric pressure 101,325 Pa

15 degrees C 2,756
20 degrees C 2,501
25 degrees C 2,293
30 degrees C 2,122
35 degrees C 1,982

 

Solubility of hydrogen mg/l at 1 atmospheric pressure 101,325 Pa

15 degrees C 1,510
20 degrees C 1,455
25 degrees C 1,411
30 degrees C 1,377
35 degrees C 1,350

 

With electrolysis 2 water molecules H2O release the following gas quantity:

2H2O —> 2 H2 + O2

There is always double the amount of hydrogen gas compared to oxygen gas.
O2 can, however, at 25 degrees C dissolve 1,6 times better in water. So whereto with the clear surplus of H2?

The Hofmann Voltameter is one of the favourite school experiments of chemistry teachers and students. Thanks to its clever design the equation can be clearly demonstrated. In any case the Chemistry teacher has to “trick” in order to show that both gases are formed with the ratio 2:1. If the water is not saturated by both gases, then a ratio of 1:2,5 results with the different dissolving powers and the dissolving speed (oxygen to hydrogen).

 

At the end of the experiment we obtained pure oxygen and hydrogen for the beloved detonating gas effect, but also acidic water with saturated oxygen and alkaline water with saturated hydrogen, depending on air pressure and temperature.

So why does the ORP sink in alkaline, hydrogen rich water to very high negative values?

 

CSE-SHE WerteVergleich pH

One should keep in mind that ORP values are not measurable. The ORP is always the value of an electric current between two chemical reacting partners, so a relative size. H2 hydrogen gas is defined as a standard potential E0.

. As opposed to a hydrogen electrode (SHE), gold has, for example, an ORP of + 1680 mV, whereas lithium shows – 3040 mV. Due to the voltage difference one could make a lithium-gold battery with 4720 mV (4,72 Volts). A minus value means that an electron surplus is present, a positive value means a tendency to accept electrons.

The water molecule H2O is composed of two reacting partners, H2 and O. Oxygen (O) has a positive ORP with + 1230 mV compared to H2, so “greedy” for electrons. This voltage difference of 1230 mV is constant with all pH values and measuring methods, even if the values of both reacting partners with increasing pH values sink.

Alkaline activated water contains more hydrogen than oxygen. What is missing, very plainly put, are the +1230 mV: the ORP has to sink.

With drinkable alkaline activated water, with a pH 8,5 to 9,5, is the standard potential of H2 has sunk furthermore from 0 to ca. -450 to -550 mV. Therefore it has the low ORP values. Since many free OH- ions are available due to the alkaline character, it can reach the following electron releasing reaction:

2 H2 + 4 OH- ———> 4 H2O + 4 e-

This reaction creates water, full of energy: alkaline activated water.

So there are three basic parameters which define the value of alkaline activated water:

 

  • A maximum saturation with dissolved hydrogen
  • A higher surplus of OH- ions
  • A possibly complete removal of oxygen gas

 

These 3 basic parameters compliment each other. Their simultaneous availability is exclusively reached with an electrolytic water ionizer with diaphragm electrolysis. Neither chemical water ionizers or electrolysis devices without a diaphragm or Hydrogen Rich Water generators cannot reach the compliance of these parameters.

The first person, to my knowledge, who used the term “alkaline activated water” journalistically in Germany was Engineer Dietmar Ferger in his 2006 published book: “Alkaline Activated Water – how it works and what it can do.” The extended version of this book is also available in German, with the title: “Jungbrunnenwasser” (Fountain of youth water). The activity of water is better reflected, since it isn’t just a simple “alkaline water” with a high pH value. Dr. Walter Irlacher and I used this definition in our book “Service Handbuch Mensch” (Service Manual for Humans), which also first appeared in 2006.
In 2008, together with Ferger, we delved deeper into the topic with the book and documentary “Drink yourself alkaline – a guide to alkaline activated water”.

In 2008 the interest was dominated by an electrochemical measure and, which alkaline activated water, alongside its increased pH values, also possesses: The negative ORP. The Russian researcher Vitold Bakhir believes to have proven, that the ORP is abnormally low and not explainable with the classic ORP chemical equations. The ORP of the acidic activated water was also abnormally high and seemed to also be unexplainable. It was assumed what the main causes behind this unusual redox potential were for the effects of alkaline activated water (antioxidant) and acidic activated water (oxidative).

In 1997 Sanetaka Shirahata had hypothesised that only atomar hydrogen can be the cause for the antioxidative effect of water. He could establish such an effect with types of water, which didn’t have an abnormally negative ORP yet contained atomar hydrogen. Yet the research of Shigeo Ohta and many other researchers showed worldwide since 2008, that also the molecular hydrogen, the hydrogen gas in water, which causes the low ORP, causes the antioxidant effect. Since this, the research of hydrogen rich water is part of the highly promising new field in medicine. You get an overview under the key words “medical gas research” and in this FAQ book under the key words Hydrogen Rich Water.

With the new discoveries on how important H2 (hydrogen gas) is in alkaline activated water, it places the focus on the question as to how it should be stored and durability. If we were still in the times of the ORP debate, then one wouldn’t use metal containers for storing the water, so that the electrons don’t flow off. Nowadays metal containers, for example a double walled stainless steel bottle, is the first choice for storing alkaline activated water efficiently. Also with thick glass, (especially blue glass), do you prevent the loss of hydrogen and therefore the loss of the antioxidant effect. Whereas hydrogen flows out of plastic bottles very quickly, meaning the water relaxes faster and reduces the maximum use of the pure alkaline effect.

Why is hydrogen important in activated water and not oxygen in the OH- ions, like Sang Whang believed? Hydrogen is the fuel, oxygen the burner. We can supply ourselves with plenty of oxygen through the lungs. A supply of hydrogen is only possible with eating. Each ingestion serves us to gain H2, the source of energy, found at the end of each metabolic process. With alkaline activated water, this source of energy can be simply drunk.

With oxidation, hydrogen does not become a free radical after releasing the energy, instead it becomes water. Thus, hydrogen is not only the smallest antioxidant, but also the most elegant.

Excerpt from the book “Karl Heinz Asenbaum: Electrically activated water – An invention with extraordinary potential.
Copyright 2016 www.euromultimedia.de

Lydia O.: In your “Service Handbuch Mensch” book you wrote, that you have been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 45. That was 14 years ago. Has the alkaline activated water let you survive?

  • Maybe. But my doctor wouldn’t have agreed on that, even though the measurable cancer test results have been diminishing continuously and apart from drinking alkaline activated water, I didn’t allow any other therapeutic methods. He also said:” There are no healthy people – most just weren’t properly checked up!” Because everyone gets cancer constantly since body cells permanently degenerate. The question however is, how much can our immune system keep in check? And its capability seems enough for me. It is for sure however that the often mentioned Warburg hypothesis on growing cancer cells cannot spread in a alkaline environment is wrong, since the tumour can protect itself with specific enzymes. Therefore I consequently refuse to support any thesis on fighting cancer with alkaline activated water, also if only used for prophylaxis. At least when the cancer, like in most cases of a cancer diagnosis, has afflicted the cells in a non-irreversible measure.
  • In the book “Trink dich basisch”, we therefore refused to include healing reports and wrote that alkaline activated water can be a grain against cancer but only many grains together can build a castle.
  • It is well known that in some Japanese cancer clinics patients get to drink alkaline activated water as part of a conventional medical treatment.  Prof. S. Shirahata spoke in an interview on WDR of even drinking 4-6 litres daily. One reason might be that after a radiological or chemotherapeutical treatment of Prof. Shirahata, firstly proven “radical catcher functions” of alkaline activated water seemed highly welcomed by doctors.
  • On the other hand one of the discoveries of the Russian activated water research was that alkaline activated water could act as radiation protection. Its application could be therefore downright counterproductive in radiation therapy. Doctor and patient here should always work and agree on closely together.
  • In the book “Ionisiertes Wasser” by Dina Aschbach, tumour-inhibiting attributes of alkaline activated water have been shown in an animal study.
  • Prof. Ashot Kathatryan Papikovich developed a special cancer treatment plan with activated water (Source: http://eng.ikar.udm.ru/sb/sb43-3e.htm , there you can also find images). Treatment progresses of breast –and skin cancer in the third and fourth stages with metastases were presented here photographically. Accordingly, the therapy lasted 24 days and worked with catholyte and anolyte with a specific pH and ORP.
  • These activated liquids can be drunk, given as an enema for intestinal cleansing with repopulation of bacteria and as infusions. Alkaline water mixed with oxygen will be drunk. There are baths in acidic and alkaline active water as well as covers with anolyte and catholyte. Short-term improvements are clearly visible on the pictures; however, medium –and long-term improvements or even cures with final images do not exist according to the best of my belief.
  • D. Aschbach confirmed in her book (Ionisiertes Wasser, Hochheim 2010, p.171) at least the reproducibility of this method. This book is now only available second hand in Germany.
  • V. Prilutsky and V. Bakhir (a. a. O. p112) reported of cancer treatment trials by the Russian inventor D. I. Krotov, which starts for the first three days with a “shock dose” of highly oxidative activated water (anolyte) and then followed by a drinking period of highly antioxidant activated water (catholyte). So far, I couldn’t identify any information about the success of this treatment.
  • During a Korean animal experiment with skin cancer infected mice, it showed that mice that were given alkaline activated water had a reduced tumour growth and lived significantly longer. The effect is based on the radical catcher ability of alkaline activated water (Lee, K-J., u.a. Anticancer Effect of alkaline reduced water).
  • There are also examples of cancer infected animals: Animals soaked in alkaline activated water always have smaller tumours than the control groups soaked in tap water (links from pictures originating from Youtube videos on the photos).
  • However, I have never seen the disappearance of a tumour in one of those animals documented.  The same applies for cancer treatments in humans. There are quite impressive evidences on tumour inhibition, but no evidence of a curative effect on cancer.
  • Sanetaka Shirahata and others found out in a basic research study (Telomere Shortening in Cancer Cells by electrolyzed reduced water, Springerverlag 1998) that alkaline activated water can shorten the chromosomes and thus the lifespan of tumour cells significantly. This would be a possible explanation for an anti-cancer effect; but this is just basic research and still far away from actual cancer therapy.

FAQ Cancer mice in alkaline water

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Kangen® Water and activated water – what ist the difference?

  • Kangen Water® is the registered brand description for activated water of the Japanese traditional company EnagicTM, existing since 2005, which is produced by an ionizer device made by this company. In Europe, for example, these devices under the description LevelukTM offered by multi level marketing companies are similar to other devices in the assembly and the electrolysis performance. The description Kangen® Water in the operating instructions is only used for activated alkaline water with a pH 8,5, pH 9, pH 9,5 and pH 11. Filtered and acidic water is not described as Kangen® Water. Kangen® Water is high quality alkaline activated water.
  • pH 11 water is no drinking water. Therefore “Strong Kangen® Water” (>pH 11) has a warning sign not to drink it. One can remove persistent, greasy stains with it, rinse fish, meat and vegetables with it and use it to clean the floor.
  • There is a special feature to the LevelukTM devices: To create “Strong Acidic Water” (Anolyte) and “Strong Kangen® Water” (Catholyte), these devices are equipped with a liquid tank which has an „Electrolysis Enhancer for producing strong Acidic Water“ made exclusively by the Enagic Osaka Factory, which upon choosing the operating level will mix the correct dosage of water to it.

FAQ Difference Kangen water Leveluk

  • This liquid electrolysis enhancer differentiates itself from a usual saline solution (NaCl) in water due to the fact that it also contains sodium hypochlorite (NaClO – hypochlorite acid or also „Eau de Labarraque“). Sodium hypochlorite is, for example, the active component of disinfecting and bleaching household cleaning agents and is also promoted as “active chlorine”.
  • I cannot detect a necessity for this supplement, since mixing common salt to any water ionizer through the supply pipe for salt crystals anyhow creates big amounts of hypochlorite acids in the anode chamber. Hypochlorite acid is the decisive active agent of anolyte, in terms of disinfection power of oxidative water. I presume, that hypochlorite additives in the “Electrolysis Enhancer” are especially used for the saline solution to keep it stable in a germ free condition. The small bottles also have no sell-by date.
  • Also industrial devices used to create anolyte work with liquid salt (Sole), since it can be dosed more exactly with a so called “Venturi-pump” compared to the addition of salt crystals, which dissolve in varying amounts and varying speeds in water.
  • As distinguished from industrial devices, which have an exact flow rate control of the feedwater at their disposal, the LevelukTM devices cannot regulate the water flow rate exactly, since a real-time display is missing.
    So you have to guestimate with the water tap, since the device can only be connected with the diverter faucet.
    The problem can be solved with an alternative water connection, which is in exact alignment with the flow rate and therefore guarantees constant results.

FAQ Difference Kangen water ProFlow

In 2016 a similar alternative device for private and professional use was developed by the Korean company “Ionia”, a pioneer of water ionizers.

The AquaVolta ECA plus. (ECA means electro-chemical-activation).

It hast two water outlets on top, one for normal alkaline activated water, another for functional acidic or alkaline water (pH 2,5 and 11,5) with salt injection before electrolysis.

It is safer to keep them separate to avoid people drinking the strong acidic or strong alkaline water.

 

The AquaVolta ECA plus works with separate electrolytic cells: One with nine electrodes for the normal alkaline activated drinking water. The other with 7 electrodes for the tap water with saline injection to generate functional ECA-Water. The efficiency of this new device in all measurable water paramters (pH, ORP, dissolved hydrogen) in all my tests was much better than any of the Kangen® water devices.

Also the descaling system works better and the display shows all necessary information, especially a realtime flow-control which a modern water ionizer must have. So it´s time for the japanese Enagic® company, to update their old-fashioned and not state-of-the-art Kangen® devices.

Another point for the AquaVolta ECA plus is the price. For it is offered by normal distributers and not by a multi-level-marketing system, it is much cheaper, although it is obviously better constructed.

Only the dimensions of 376 x 185 x 435 mm could be a counterpoint. This is due to the two big pre-filter cartridges in the device.

The first filter contains activated carbon granules. The second filter contains a calcium acid and a hollow fiber membrane which is the gold-standard of filtration today.

 

AquaVolta EOS ECA Plus Water Ionizer

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Ulrich K.: Japanese ionizers are usually much more expensive than Korean or Chinese ones. Are they better, because the Japanese have much more experience making water ionizers?

  • Similar to Germany, Japan is a high-wage country so the production costs in Japan are higher than in South Korea and even Taiwan, China or Malasia, where these devices are manufactured. The final assembly occurs only because of image reasons in Japan.
  • Decisive is not the production, but the engineering. Even though the Japanese manufacturers are older than the Korean ones, no technological breakthrough has been seen so far. Quite the opposite: The most expensive Japanese domestic device available in Europe in 2013, from the traditional company called Enagic® (Leveluk SD 501), has a technical feature missing; the flow through rate indicator, which is very necessary for the adequate running of a water ionizer. Also, there is no modern Flow-Change to decalcify, because in Japan they hardly have hard water.
  • Also the connection technology of Japan’s high-end device Leveluk SD 501 is for European kitchen design too primitive. There are devices from China, Taiwan or Malaysia that have modern features.
  • Also the legendary durability of Japanese devices has, in my opinion, fallen back because of the overall industrial trends. The German distribution has granted the devices of the South Korean company AlkamediTM up to 15 years guarantee, where as the competition from other countries can only offer 2 – 7 years guarantee. (Since August 2013)

FAQ Japanese connection technology

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When comparing filter coffee with a pH around 5 and soluble Arabica coffee with a pH around 6, that is quite a difference. Can you tell me if it makes a difference filtering the coffee with alkaline activated water?

Manfred M.: In your book: “Service Handbuch Mensch”, you show in a drinking comparison chart that coffee is an acidic drink. From filter coffee at ca. pH 5 and soluble Arabica coffee at ca. pH 6 the difference is quite vast – yet I don’t want to drink a soluble coffee! Can yo tell me if it makes a difference filtering the coffee with alkaline activated water?

 

Kaffee espresso

  • These are for many people downright existential questions, because they want to give up everything, just not coffee. I receive a lot of questions regarding this subject and I would like to give a detailed answer.
  • Yes, coffee is sour, as well as varied. Robusta coffee beans, which are mixed into filter coffee blends – these are cheaper – are the sourest, Arabica coffee is more alkaline than most mineral water. Regarding the acid/alkaline balance one should opt for the more expensive Arabica bean.
  • I am speaking of basic black, unsweetened coffee. Additives like milk, cream or sugar can change the values of your special properties.
  • Also the method of preparation plays a role with the pH values. The most acidic is Turkish coffee/Greek mocca. When the coffee powder mixes with the boiling water and does not get separated, most of the acids go over to the water. Since this mix is usually offset with sugar, the acidic taste is masked. Also filter coffee has a relatively long contact time with the powder, so it is correspondingly acidic. The least contact time is with Espresso/Café Crema, and has a correspondingly low acidic burden. Instant Arabica Espresso is mixed by experts optimally and dissolves immediately. The pH level varies according to the used water.
  • If you use alkaline activated water, you can marginally push the pH value up with each preparation method, since coffee is a strong acid buffer liquid, which through water, similar to stomach acids, hardly gets disrupted when acidic in character. There are a couple of other points that speak against cooking coffee with alkaline activated water: Fresh alkaline activated water is rich in minerals and harder than regular tap water. Therefore you have to decalcify your kettle or coffee maker more frequently because if not, when heating more minerals fall out. Also when heating normal tap water minerals fall out as limescale.
  • More sensible would be to mix the fallen out minerals with the coffee powder. With a small trick you can buffer up the activated water stronger, in which a neutrally tasting, calcium rich mineral powder (1/2 teaspoon) is mixed with it. The result, for example is a Café Crema from the Espresso machine with a difference of 0,5 pH in favour of the buffered coffee powder. Also the Crema gets stronger. There is no discussion about the taste, yet coffee connoisseurs know that calcium is a wonderful taste and aroma carrier and therefore and prefer, contrary to tea preparations, hard water. Especially if they have very soft water at home, then the trick with the mineral powder helps.
  • The answer to your question is thus actually done, but I allow myself pointing out that acidification is not even the main problem with coffee. Because coffee, in the worst case, is not as acidic as most other daily, favourite drinks and is not consumed in such large quantities, such as cola, fruit nectars, lemonades or beer. We even know that a single cup of coffee can bring the salivary pH down, but this is also quickly compensated if you continuously drink not more than 1 to 2 cups a day – best espresso.
  • The real health issue when it comes to coffee is its antioxidant content. Although by roasting the green beans there is a loss of a lot of antioxidants, but there still remain plenty of antioxidants during the gentle and slow roasting of the more expensive varieties.Americans are not known for their healthy and balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables as a supplier of antioxidants tend to be more of an exception in their diet. Therefore, there is according to a study in 2005, actually coffee is by far the most important source of antioxidants for the population. In Europe there is fortunately a health orientated food culture, so that coffee can only be regarded as a luxury and doesn’t lay a role as an antioxidant supply.The antioxidant power of alkaline activated water can be seen, like with coffee, because of its low or even negative ORP. With various coffee samples we have measured values between + 157 mV (espresso macchiato cup from the refrigerated section) and – 285 mV (instant coffee, alkaline activated water pH 9.5 / -350 mV, heated by a microwave). In an ordinary heating method (electrical stove, coffee maker, kettle), the use of alkaline activated water does not cause a reduction of the ORP in coffee, as all heating methods destroy obviously faster the redox potential compared to the coordinated water molecules of a microwave. Nevertheless, with an electric espresso machine we have prepared freshly ground Café Crema – no matter with which water we used to prepare it – we measured an average of  -70 mV ORP.
  • If you just want a cool, caffeinated soft drink, I recommend my method: Two cups of espresso with 1/2 teaspoon powdered mineral additive (like calcium carbonate) produced in the machine. Place fresh alkaline activated water in the soda machine to carbonated it. Pour the Espresso into a glass with the 0.5 liters of activated soda water. Add some ice cubes if you wish. Delicious, very rich in antioxidants, lightly carbonated, sour, bitter and aromatic. This is anything but “cold coffee”, rather Coke for coffee lovers! For me, of course, without sugar or sweetener.

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  • PPM means Parts Per Million. With a conductivity metre you can measure the number of all dissolved particles. Often the conductance is also shown in microsiemens. He says something about the amount, not the quality of the water components. 5 ppm lead, quicksilver, uranium or cadmium can be catastrophic, 1000 ppm calcium in comparison is perfect! Whoever wants to judge the quality of water with a measurement of conductance, is either completely uninformed or purposefully does not tell the truth, for to advertise —> reverse osmosis, I refer to this in another section.
  • Where does the increase in ppm come from, even though the water before electrolysis is filtered and like that the contaminants are removed? In the cathode chamber minerals build up from 2 litres of water in 1 litre alkaline activated water. Aside from some filters also adding —> calcium, because it is good for us and for the buffering of activated water. That is why it has mostly more ppm, yet fewer contaminants, which can be measured in alkaline activated water.
  • Last but not least I have to point out that with the conductance solely electrolyte, hence ions can be measured in the water, electrically neutral atoms cannot.
  • Furthermore you should consider, that the very bad contaminants like lead, quicksilver or uranium, also hormones and antibiotics in minimal amounts are very harmful. Heavy metals are measured in micrograms, whilst the good metals like calcium, magnesium or potassium are measured in milligrams, so the order of magnitude is a thousandth bigger. If a filter can remove ppm from the water, it does not mean by a long way that the “evil” ones were removed.

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Frieda S. : With your recommendations for water ionizers you always state the hardness levels in °dH (degree of German water hardness). In the analysis of my water provider these are stated in mmol/l. On mineral water bottles it is written in mg/l. How can you compare these classifications?

  • You can investigate. As a consumer you have the right to information. I really don’t know how this terminology jumble can be useful to consumers. It is like with the international standardisation and makes most uncertain. Maybe the drinking and mineral water industry doesn’t want people to compare straight away. For self help, here an aid:
  • The prior indication that was usual for the contents in mg/l (miligrams per litre), which can still be found on mineral water bottles, differs from the modern description with mmol/l (=milimole per litre). To be able to compare your drinking water with mineral water, you have to multiply the stated value in mmol/l with the below shown molar mass of the corresponding atoms and then you obtain the value in mg/l.
  • Sodium (Na+): 22,99
  • Potassium (K+): 39,1
  • Calcium (Ca2+): 0,08
  • Magnesium (Mg2+): 24,31
  • Iron (Fe-II): 55,85
  • Manganese (Mn2+): 54,94
  • Ammonium (NH4+): 18,039
  • Hydrogen carbonate (HCO3-): 61,017
  • Chloride (Cl-): 35,45
  • Sulphur (SO42-): 96,066
  • Sulphide (S2-): 32,07
  • Nitrate (NO3-): 62,004
  • Nitrite (NO2-): 46,005
  • Phosphate (HPO42-): 95,974
  • Silica (SiO2): 60,088

The conversion of the hardness of water results as follows:

 

Some water providers limit themselves to not publish a complete analysis. You only receive it when requested.

Swiss water hardness ranges

 

Many state solely the hardness of the German Washing and Cleansing Agents Act from 2007. Only 3 hardness ranges are in this act.
In Germany you have water hardness over dH 30. In the past, the stronger subdivided upper half above dH 15 was phased. So no one has to still claim that hard water was delivered.

Water hardness chart Germany England France USA

 

Yet this difference still exists in Switzerland. In Switzerland you differentiate the hardness range according to 6 hardness levels in French degrees, respectively mmol/l as follows:

Hardness range chart Millimol Calcium Carbonate per litre dH

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Sigrun F.: Should anyone use alkaline activated water for intestinal cleansing (enemas) as well?

With respect to the redox potential in the colon, there is a Russian research paper (Vorobjeva, N., Selective stimulation of the growth of anaerobic microflora in the human intestinal tract by electrolysed reduced water, Med Hyp 2005. 64 (3), pp 543-546 ), an indication that anaerobic intestinal bacteria multiply only in a potential window from -97 to -197 mV ORP. In an imbalance of the colon bacteria (too many aerobes), alkaline activated water is recommended, to drink for sure. This seems even more practical, because with a direct introduction into the colon as with a Colon-Hydromat, it is likely that only alkaline activated water with a Redox value between -97 and -197 mV will be used. The precise control of these values is likely to be as difficult as the heating process of the water, since the customary colonic hydromats do not have the redox potential friendly heating options.

FAQ Intestine cleansing with alkaline activated water

Most studies deal with the positive effect of drinking alkaline activated water on bowel functioning. There is also a Russian therapy program for the treatment of ulcerative colitis using alkaline activated water (Prilutsky / Bakhir. P.123).

Intestinal cleansing affects the environment of the colon, which at the end is always still alkaline. Upon entering the large intestine, the stool has an average pH of 5.5, so still acidic. In “advanced” countries the stool reaches then in the rectum even values just above pH 7 (average pH 6.5). Here are measurement examples from my laboratory:

Stool from (human meat eaters): pH 7.16
Stool from (human vegetarians): pH 6.45
Stool from (human omnivores with 4 Actimel® Probiotica vial: pH 6.30

For what reason should the intestinal cleansing with alkaline activated water cause the pH environment in the entire colon to rise? A premature increase of the pH value in the colon passage promotes the growth of undesirable spoilage bacteria, particularly in meat-eaters. Whose growth is effectively inhibited by the presence of acidifying Bifidobacterium. Therefore, I also dissuade from enemas with alkaline water. Water for the intestinal cleansing should be neutral in my opinion, in order to not disturb the delicate environment of the bacteria.

FAQ Intestinal cleansing computer image

In our book “Service Handbuch Mensch” Dr. Irlacher and I consider the “Bad Füssinger Darmzottenbad” as the best method for bowel cleansing. Rinsing and cleansing is carried out with neutral water and oxygen. The oxygen disables the anaerobic decay of bacteria most effectively. Alkaline activated water is drunk, which comes through the small intestine and not from the rectum like with an enema. With these favourable redox conditions you create a balanced germ mix, optimal for living and multiplying. To the delight of the immune system!

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Uli S.: Can it be that at some point, if all acid is flushed out, that the urine should transition to alkaline?

The dead do not pee. Without acid excretion I would be seriously worried about you. Acid in the urine is a very complex issue. You could, for example, be highly acidic and still have an alkaline urine.

Not all acids get to the kidney. Therefore, the urine test for the acidic diagnosis  is less useful than generally claimed. The saliva test would be wiser, although it does not show the overall situation, it only indicates a section which has manifested in the interstitial fluid. After all, a large amount of liquid and more than that little urine.

There are urine interpreters in Internet forums, that claim that a glass of alkaline activated water makes the urine even as antioxidant as a serving of broccoli. Never have I measured an antioxidant value in the many urine tests I have done, although I have been drinking activated water for 10 years. This seems to me absurd. Why should the body flush electrons voluntarily into the toilet?

The measured urinary tests ranged between +6 and 91 mV (CSE). The single antioxidant human body excretion according to my measurements were breast milk and semen, with values between -27 mV and – 78 mV. Here the electron donation makes sense, since it is addressed to their own offspring.

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The brand name Aquavolta® derives from the Latin term for water (aqua) and the name of the inventor of the battery, Alessandro Volta. It stands for electro activated water.

  • In Germany one originally spoke of electrolyte-water, afterwards of “activated water”. In English it is often referred to as „reduced“ or „ionized“ water.
  • The characteristic of AquaVolta® is that a negative electrical tension with a measurement electrode shows a so-called negative redox potential.
  • The lower the redox potential, the higher the willingness water has of giving off electrons. Per 0,018 Volt (18 Millivolt) lower redox potential does the willingness double. AquaVolta® has an about 400 to 800 Milivolt lower redox potential than tap water or
    mineral water from a bottle.
  • Because of its high willingness to give off electrons, AquaVolta® is also described as antioxidant water.It is not only used by doctors for therapy, it has also established itself because of its good taste as a modern day to day drink.
  • Responsible for the antioxidant power of AquaVolta® according to the current scientific view is the content of dissolved hydrogen, or DH2. The AquaVolta® Hydrogen Booster was developed to enhance this.

Mario M: How much alkaline activated water should I drink to lose weight?

The inventor of the pH diet Dr. Robert O. Young is preaching for years, fat is nothing but a self-protection of the body from metabolic acidosis. Fat cells, which are nothing but fatty depots, which are outsourced from the metabolism as excess acid. Sangh Whang said bluntly, fat is acid. And he invented the ambitious attempt where he put pieces of beef fat alternately into acidic and then into strong alkaline activated water. Lo and behold, in the activated alkaline water the fat gradually disappears, it literally “melted” away. While both of this is true, however, it does not prove by any means that alkaline water helps to lose weight. Sang Whangs attempt could also say that the fat that we eat can be absorbed more easily using alkaline water. Anyway, how is the water that we drink supposed to even reach the fat deposits in our bodies unless we get them surgically removed and then soak it in alkaline water. It seems just from drinking the alkaline water a direct impact is impossible. But what speaks for an indirect, systemic action? Alkaline water with its active contribution to the metabolism inadvertently builds up acids because the reduction of fat leads to increased amount of acids. However, this can only take place if the condition for a fat reduction is given as it would be with a diet below the required calorie intake.

There are many examples of how people could reduce their overweight alone by drinking alkaline activated water without fundamentally changing their eating habits. This simply happens because they managed to let go of high energy drinks and, therefore, changed to a low-calorie state – while still eating the same amount of solid food. A quantity formula of maximum 0.3liter (pH 9 to 9.5) per 10kg of body weight has proven good results. If someone is on medications with a diuretic effect, the treating doctor has to prescribe the water intake according to the performance of the heart.

The reason for losing weight by drinking water is most likely that by drinking water (0 kcal/litre) the commonly underestimated calorie intake of sweet drinks is reduced without actually eating less. A good example of the influence of soft drinks on obesity are the Mexicans. Today they have managed to get to the top of the world’s obesity statistic, even though they eat less solid food than ever before. However, per capita they are drinking a staggering amount of 160 litres of high-calorie soda each year. (Source: ZDF Morning Magazine 2. 7. 2013). In his lectures, Dr Walter Irlacher regularly points out it is easier do acidify your body through drinks than it is with food. He states that it is quite easy to drink 2 litres of strong beer at the Munich Oktoberfest in only 2 hours. However, it is impossible to eat 2kg of pork at the same time. (http://www.dr-irlacher.de/publi.htm)

Frequently I get feedback like this: “My notorious cravings for sweets- done! I still can eat sweets but less and most of all I can stop whenever I chose to :). And equally, in stress situations, where previously my stomach acid literally was coming up, suddenly I’ve got it all under control. Still my mind recognises the problems, but not my body. For me, these are new horizons.” This seems to be a psychosomatic reflex: Food makes you tired and initiates a resting phase. Therefore, many people use food as a substitute for happiness because it deflects them from stressful situations at short notice. Especially sugary foods increase the level of the so-called happiness hormone serotonin at the expense of the stress hormones. Therefore, sugar can become a drug and because of its high calories also becomes a fattener. As soon as one only thinks of food, the cephalic (head) phase of the digestive system starts to work. The stomach begins to lower its resting pH of about 4 and the secretion of stomach acids begins. Now, if instead of addictive sweets you only drink water, the filling state of the stomach is increased for a short time. However, there is nothing to digest so that the cephalic phase of the digestion comes to its final state without the intake of any calories. Thus, the stomach goes back to its resting pH. The stomach acid does not occur in stressful situations anymore.

The rapid coupling of the intake of alkaline activated water (see also tags —> redox potential, —> hydrogenation) into the bloodstream, with the major water consumer, the brain, is better supplied as well. This is the primary reason for the “little hunger in-between (snack).” The need for rapidly absorbable minerals and water. Due to the minerals in the water, satiation without the intake of calories takes place.

If you drink alkaline activated water shortly before a meal, this will lessen the pressure on the stomach walls and even when genuinely starving it will reduce the cravings for large amounts of food because the satiating feeling is achieved much faster. There is a “stomach-is-full” reflex which triggers a cascade of hormones that suppress the feeling of hunger. A deactivation of digestive enzymes by pH increase does not take place. —> Stomach acid. Fizzy drinks increase bloating through the stomach volume, which suppresses the natural satiety during its continuous use. Alkaline water contains no active flatulent carbon dioxide. It flows through the upper part of the stomach bag directly through the gatekeeper in the duodenum – if the stomach is empty.

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Marcus S.: For 4 months I have been using an ionizer to produce alkaline activated water. While using this appliance, I measured strong electric fields directly at the device (approx. 1500V/m). Does this E-Smog have any negative impacts on the activated water? Since water can store information, I assume that a large quantity of the exposure goes into the treated water and therefore reverses its positive health aspects. On you website, you wrote the following (excerpt): In addition, they produce “electric smog”, where its effects on the water have been discussed inconclusively. A measurable difference in the produced activated water in terms of power supplies is not apparent.
Are there any new discoveries? Are there devices that do not generate any high and low frequencies during the operation?

I talked about this question briefly generally in part 1 of this book. Since the electric fields radiated by built-in transformers in the device were much weaker than whatever prevails at the interfaces of the electrodes, it seems likely, that they won’t have any influence on the activated water. So far, there has been no difference in the resulted water.

In the German market, for example, the appliances of Kangen, Aquion, Nexus and Ionquell are equipped with transformer power supplies. I have measured around 1 Gauss magnetic field in some. The modern appliances on the other hand are supplied with switching power supplies and therefore no magnetic field can be measured. If in doubt, these device structures are preferable, especially since they also consume less power.

The opinions about electric smog are controversial, however, there is mutual agreement, at least among scientists, that only a permanent exposure of electromagnetic alternating fields can be debatable as the cause of negative physiological effects. Since the water ionizer will be used only for a short time, the operation risk of devices with transformers compared to other household appliances, are almost not available.

In order to make the esoterics also happy, a company sells a so-called electric smog protector for your devices, but shows no effect at all according to my measurements. These “effects” were “confirmed” by using a kinesiology method, which allows you to “prove” anything you want in my opinion. Thus, my advice is not to buy any of those pseudo devices.

The information storage capacity of water is mainly restricted to temperatures between 0 and 4 degree Celsius and certain interface zones of hydrophilic neighbours, where water prepares itself with exclusion-dissolved salts to the freezing phase or separates itself from foreign particles. In the meanwhile, crystal-like structures are being formed, where basically information can be stored.

In particular, according to the researches of Gerald Pollack about the area of hydrophilic interfaces, there are also exclusion zones in normal water that are powered by radiation in the infrared range with crystallization energy required for this purpose. These floating-like crystals constructed exclusive zones have ice-like hexagonal structures, but differ clearly in the structure of the layers.

Under boundary surfaces Pollack understands interface structures, meaning a kind of adapter that the water develops, in order to interact with  different kinds of matter. Only in the area of the surface and at the edges of the container where the water is (which may be the size of a mocca cup up or up to the size of an ocean) there are actually “surfaces”. In this respect, the term “boundaries” of Pollack is somewhat unfortunately selected because many in water-dissolved substances are surrounded by – in this case – rather spheroidal exclusion zones.

As fascinating the research on exclusion zones (“EZ-water”) at temperatures above 4 degrees Celsius is: It is only a vanishingly small amount of water in relation to the ever-restructuring mass of water lapping and generating the exclusion zones (” bulk water “).

It is also by no means clear whether the by Pollack illustrated EZ-water phenomena can derive their energy exclusively by infrared radiation. Pollack has only demonstrated that infrared radiation represents one of many ways to allow the water to separate when dealing with other matters.

Through pressure, resonance, sound waves and / or strong electromagnetic fields or a number of other technical measures, one can create such structures temporarily also in high temperature ranges, which is being discussed in the basic research of information science, but is not yet on the technology threshold.

One thing is certain: None of these hexagonal states dominated the physical condition of drinking water that we consume. Especially because the water drinkers in the moment of drinking, have a much stronger infrared emitter compared to its surroundings and thus the size and number of exclusive zones radically changed with every sip. Liquid water can depict “information” in very fragile and tiny structures. But each water drinkers is a much stronger eraser than anything that could be stored previously in flowing crystalline mini structures.

Incidentally, the absolute super-eraser got involved even before drinking electro-activated water: Because there is hardly a more suitable method for deletion of information in the water than electrolysis, in which all the structures that are responsible for storing information are completely torn. Think about formatting a hard disk, which only takes seconds compared to describing it. One can describe water from a water ionizer as completely cleared of information with certainty. Derive a homeopathic preparation through an electrolytic cell – if it still works then, you have to tell me why!

The health aspects of alkaline activated water are attributed to the impact of H, H2 and OH as well as the anion emigration and cation immigration during electrolysis in the cathode chamber. None of these 5 factors is influenced by external electromagnetic fields in the range of transformer radiation since, as already explained above, the field forces are incomparably higher in the electrolytic cell. A minimal interference would only theoretically be possible whilst filling up the water, however, the field forces of transformer power supplies through the distance are already so low that they are being under –and overlaid with our natural and technical fields of our unseen environment. Details about this topic and the underlying laws of nature can be found, for example, in the still fundamental book “Unsichtbare Welt ” or “Elektrischer Strom als Umweltfaktor,” both by Prof. Herbert L. König.

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I have bought myself a water ionizer and am very taken by the taste of the water. Up until now I have always taken a combination tablet with organic minerals. Should I continue doing this?

  • In principle there are no organic minerals since these due to their chemical properties are naturally inorganic and also remain as such. What many mean by this is that the calcium in milk, magnesium in vegetables, potassium in potatoes is easier to absorb than from drinking water. These vitally important minerals are found in cows, in vegetables and in potatoes also only from their water solubility. The easiest to absorb are the minerals straight from water, because we don’t have to extract them from the chyme with digestion.
  • Mineral tablets are often acidified by the industry and therefore loose their alkaline effect, even turn into acidifiers, like the example of a calcium tablet illustrates. pH loss from 7,44 to 4,72 with one tablet!

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Michael W.: Can small water clusters be better absorbed by the cells than water with bigger cluster formations?

Water cluster 5-8

No.
This often cited assertion by advocates of alkaline activated water, like Dr. Robert O. Young, is naive (“small slips through better”) and does not correspond to biological processes.
Aquaporins are channels in the cell membrane that bring water to the cell.

 

All living things with cell membranes, from single-celled bacteria to human beings, possess these channels. Water clusters are electromagnetic clumps of dipolar water molecules (hydrogen bonds) that are torn apart by the more powerful electromagnetic and chemical forces of aquaporins. So only individual water molecules enter the cell through a clearly aligned channel. The separation and arrangement of the water molecules from clusters is of vital importance for the cell because otherwise over the Grotthuss mechanism (H + -Hopping via hydrogen bonds) is the proton gradient within the cell displaced and thus the energy production of the cell would be stopped.
It is often claimed that alkaline activated water is small cluster water. Due to the low stability of hydrogen bonds, are snapshots of the magnetic resonance imaging, used to show such clusters, not of relevant evidence. Here a certain influence of the measurement method should not be ruled out. Nevertheless, many manufacturers give a lot of money for these scientifically questionable measurements to produce spurious arguments for the marketing department. It is a scientific joke, but almost all follow the herd.

There are serious theories about water memory, so temporarily stable clusters in water. These set the presence and action of forces, which prevent the constant reorganization of the dipoles of the water molecule, for example, magnetic fields, low temperatures or pressure factors. The longest theoretically discussed stabilization method of water memory is 300 days at 1° degree Celsius. But under physiological temperatures 36,6° C. is the water memory present for only 24 minutes. (Vysotskii, V. et al, Applied Biophysics of Activated Water, Singapore, 2009, p.21). In the cell passage through aquaporins is any “water memory” reliably destroyed. So it is useless to argue with”water memory” in the context of drinking water.

A certain type of water memory at body temperatures exists in theory. This theory however, has long been in place in all physiological processes: radiation in the infrared range, which also emanates  from our 37 degrees well-warmed body, affects water at its border areas to a hydrophilic ( “water-loving”) environment and produces very tight hexagonal clusters that all excrete solutes, so a kind of distilled water is produced in a thin interface zone. The membranes of our body cells are made up of lipid (fat) layers, which are hydrophobic, i.e.: water repelling. Therefore, they are not in danger of bursting through the intake of too much hexagonal ultrapure water. The cell membrane consists of aquaporins, these allow a precisely required amount of pure water to pass. And separate ion channels arepart of a cell. These are specialised in absorbing the minerals dissolved in aqueous solutions in the needed dose.

This should have fully answered your question: small clustered water arises always routinely through aquaporins of the cell membrane. No matter what you drink: Whether you consume a stupid energy drink, breast milk or alkaline water – only water passes through the aquaporins into the cell. Therefore you also don’t dehydrate so easily when you drink a bottle of vodka, which contains only 60% water. The problem arises only with the other 40%, with your liver needs to handle ….

Other ways are used by the ion channels to serve themselves from the beverages and the food that you consume. Ion channels absorb on completely different paths the needed minerals into the cell. But even if you want to compensate the liter of mineral poor vodka during a recovery breakfast with 1 liter of mineral-rich tomato juice: your liver still has to deal with the alcohol.

What is the background of the whole cluster jabbering? Pure marketing tactics from manufacturers. Theories have no scientific ground to stand on. You should drink alkaline activated water for quite different reasons.

What are the real reasons that speak for this? A lot of the “milieu”, the environment of interstitial fluid in the spaces between the blood, lymph, intestines and the target cell is waffled on about. A little abstraction does well here: food (hydrocarbons + oxygen + mitochondria, the cell power force, produces chemical energy (hydrogen) + waste gas (CO2). The environment is disturbed mainly by too much carbon dioxide (CO2) which through breathing is not disposed of quickly enough. (Chemists might be astounded at this popular terminology, but sorry, I am a trained journalist and am sworn to expressing the simple truth).

The key question to any healthy metabolism is simply: where to put the waste CO2? (Remember, that our entire planet has this problem and politicians meet at climate conferences. Yes, our planet is a living organism! You didn’t know that? No problem – it will only affect the next generation …). Rubbish is a health problem everywhere. Only with ourselves can we not postpone to the next generation! If we in our bodies can not solve the dominant metabolic problem of CO2, which we so easily exhale through our main disposal organ, the “lungs”, what happens for example with acetic acid, which is produced from the breakdown of alcohol from the vodka? Where does it accumulate? Or the even worse, phosphoric acid being inorganic requires its expulsion from the metabolic system when mixed with sugar or apparent sugar from the cola mixer? Great: We even have two kidneys for that!

Do you really believe that your kidneys are built for this? How long can these people hold out their non-water drinking  path?

A part of the kidney produces the stress hormone adrenaline. Today’s lifestyle has a strong demand on us. So much so that many of us – myself included – cannot produce enough. Any serious allergy sufferers – like myself – always carry an adrenaline injection. Does this ring any bells? How does one relieve the kidneys? Of course, by avoiding stress. Great if you do that – I have not managed that yet. But I give my kidney less of a burden when I drink alkaline activated water. Like this I avoid acids from food and beverages. For alkaline activated water is, thanks to a phrase coined by Dr. Walter Irlacher, “the Perpetuum Mobile of deacidification”.

It always depends on one drinking enough water – in whatever form, which can also be from an orange or a beef broth. The aquaporins in our cells are like filters: they let nothing impure in. But our body, with its frontier organs like the tongue, nose, lungs and skin is a kind of borderless “Schengen Area”: We let pretty much everything in before we are allergic or throw up.
Would you prefer the problem be solved psychologically because you respond better intellectually? Well, it’s really a question of attitude. If you think that it does not matter what you drink, then no doctor, but only a psychotherapist can really help you.

But be careful: psychotherapist is not a well protected occupation title … Psychological problems arise, in my opinion, mostly because you can hear so many voices inside that one cannot deduce any kind of clear action which would bring you further. This is as if, you as a journalist only did research but never write an article therefrom. I am “only” a journalist. My experience: indecision after collecting all the facts does not give you a beautiful life. Life requires decision making.

You have chosen to ask me about “small clustered water” from a water ionizer. I have told you what matter is, in my view: it is pseudo-scientific nonsense. For every water is much faster than any cluster measurement technology. This is backed up science! Water clusters are not stable because they are environment-dependent variables. All who might have measured stable water clusters – and I have researched this a long time, do not specify the environmental variables.
The measurements are pure Milli snapshots without relevance to someone who wants to drink water. Within fractions of a second after the measurement at the outlet hose does alkaline activated water change, because its relaxation time commences immediately. Its duration depends on how quickly you drink it in its original form after electrolysis.
By drinking this water you create a completely different reaction environment for it, than if you were to fill it in an open carafe. Do you prefer to drink the water if it has already been processed by the air in your home?

Does this negative opinion on small cluster claims from manufacturers discourage you from drinking alkaline activated water? With all of the other advantages that have been proven? Then, either stop reading this book, or read on. I have many arguments that you have never come across.

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Naturopath B.: It could be difficult to find a good solution for little money. In this respect the Twister is still better for patients with little money instead of not doing anything, even if the same water can be produced. With it the water obtains a better structure, better crystal pictures are made and even the blood is improved, which is also proven like with activated water.

Twister

Your statements of this device are not accurate. Therefore it is not an alternative solution to a water ionizer. A water swirler, like a Twister and similar “Vortex” devices which follow Viktor Schauberger’s philosophy, does not give off any electrons and therefore no liveliness to the water, even if it runs with batteries or has a plug, like a water ionizer. The advertising message on the box has been cleverly chosen. “Biologically disturbing or unnatural electromagnetic impressions” are therefore corrected. The correction needs of the Twister not, since water can only keep electromagnetic impressions when frozen. The Twister is not designed to crush ice.

No device in this world, except for an ice machine, will make water maintain its structure. Ice crystals are not water. Photos of these do not state anything about the quality of the water.

A similar, pretty swirl could also be magically created in the water with your electric whisk. In essence the swirlers mix air into the water, it adds something to the water. If the air is clean, then this doesn’t harm, yet comes to no use to us because we are not fish. We need oxygen gas in our lungs, not in our stomach.

Now there are contemporaries that sell water ionizers and recommend to the clients, as an accessory, a type of swirler attached to the outlet for alkaline activated water. The sensible ones have quickly dismissed this concept, since they realised that the —> redox potential deteriorates, it becomes more positive. This signals a loss of electrons, which leads some people back to believing that the swirler parts are made of stainless steel and apparently conduct the electrons. The Twister runs with batteries without electromagnetic smog and the swirling screw is made of synthetic materials. No conduction takes place.

It lies with the swirling itself, since the kinetic energy destroys the delicate framework of hydroxide ions and hydrogen in activated water. This can be shown with the help of a Twister, if it is filled with alkaline activated water with -204 mV (CSE): After 2 minutes of “Twisting” we have lost 228 mV of the negative redox potential.

TwisterTwister

  • Additionally the minerals fall out —> calcium and magnesium of the activated water and the water becomes softer. This can be seen in the picture below: on the left side are 4 hardness indicator fields, measured in alkaline activated water before twisting. On the right side 2 hardness indicator fields are lost after twisting. So the water has lost half of its original calcium content.

Twister Härte

The twister cannot land in the residual waste bin, it must be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Anyway, it’s better to drink water from a twister than drinking no water because the blood viscosity is improved. Because too many people are not sufficiently hydrated.

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Daniela G.: I read in Dietmar Fergers book “Jungbrunnenwasser” (Fountain of Youth Water) that it is not recommended “to drink alkaline activated water at the beginning of a pregnancy, as it can possibly lead to acid surges in the body from the detoxification effect which can harm the foetus”. On the other hand, it is “ideal if a pregnant woman begins at least 6 months before her pregnancy to drink alkaline activated water for the health of the adolescent foetus”.

Amalgam poisoning

Again and again alkaline activated water is brought in connection with the subject of detoxifying. There however, this connection should not be made and you should not be surprised if experts shake their heads at alkaline activated water to which such absurd effects are attributed.

Dietmar Ferger is an author who has written a long time about activated water. Next to Dr. Walter Irlacher and myself is he a coauthor of the first edition of the 2008 published book “Drink Yourself Alkaline”. The there worded statements I can sign today. On this issue however, I have a different opinion.

Many websites and books falsely claim that toxins can be flushed out by bases as well as acids. But for example, highly toxic heavy metals are even so called base builders. They can by no means be released with the help of alkali, but rather require special acids, so-called chelating agents such as EDTA or DMPS, which make heavy metals soluble in water and can be excreted in urine.

Alkaline water can, with the scope of its mineral buffering – deacidify. It cannot detoxify in the toxicological sense, unless there are poisons that are acidic in nature. These would be everyday toxins such as alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. The topic detoxification is nowadays a playground on the Internet for amateurs who can not distinguish a poisoning from acidosis and recommend deacidification agents for detoxification.

Mercury, one of the worst poisons lurking in amalgam dental fillings slowly seeps out as a cation through acidic saliva and acidic foods. Amalgam also passes through the air, due to smoking and by improper drilling out of amalgam fillings through the intestines and the olfactory nerve to the brain.

Toxicology is a clear matter in medicine. That within this field charlatans can romp around is because very few people are actually poisoned, it is only suggested to them. Such “imaginary invalids” are also very easy to detoxify, if they take a Cat’s claw remedy, administer electric shocks or they can swallow anything magical.

Particularly popular are bio-resonance or the kinesiological box of tricks with which you can apparently documenting every healing, especially with burdens which by the same method were used before to convince the patient of being ill.

The widespread internet claims about the detoxification effect of chlorella algae are well known to me. I wonder why a living being that – as we are, unfortunately – absorb heavy metals, should also do this with a powdered preserve? Is there not rather a risk that it is contaminated precisely because it also absorbs?
Heavy metals after the uptake phase are stored in target organs and play a very minor part in the metabolism. Heavy metals are even stored in hair. The elimination there is so low that the half-life of the expulsion takes decades. I am not familiar with an investigation in which a hair analysis or a tissue sample from target organs would have improved the alleged detoxification effect by taking algae preparations or other oral agents.

About Hulda Clark’s methods of detoxification: Her basic theses of parasitism in her thick books are more than questionable. Dr. W. Irlacher does per year, more than 1,000 vital blood tests and finds more than 30-40 with parasite infections, as shown below. Mrs Clark claims the fact that almost everyone is affected. I think that is targeted scaremongering.
Nevertheless, we continue to find numerous “detoxification testimonials” in the reports of active water drinkers, which in my opinion materialised because the producers of water ionizers in their manuals suggest these as potential reactions (placebo effect).

Parasite infection blood cells

An example of such a reaction: “It looks as if an extreme detox started, even more strongly than I have experienced it when I switched to raw food years ago.” Obviously alkaline activated water has a certain “raw food” effect, because it rejuvenates aged or denatured foods.
This is not a detoxifying effect in the true sense, but the experience of converting to, because of hydrogen, an electron rich and alkaline rich intake which these water dispensers offer: Those who deacidify and energize can cope much more easily with a detoxification!
Fergers statement “that this can lead to acid flooding” when drinking alkaline activated water is likely to be more of an advertising ploy in favour of water ionizers. From the technical perspective it is in fact illogical: How should an alkaline trigger an acid tide? An alkaline can always mobilize only as many acids as it can neutralize.
Due to the low buffering of alkaline activated water no alkaline flooding in the body is to be expected, even if – what is not to be expected – all acids were neutralized, which is impossible.

Breast feeding

Now to the strange statement that one should not start by drinking alkaline activated water during pregnancy: It is known and evident that pregnant women with the additional metabolism of the foetus have a significantly higher acid load than non pregnant women. Finally, the acid residues of two organ systems must be discharged by a single disposal system. That is why it can be very useful in my opinion, even during pregnancy to begin drinking alkaline activated water. Of course, also applied here is the Drinking Water Ordinance with a maximum pH value of 9.5 (in some countries, pH 9) as the measure of all things, which should also apply in pregnancy.
It can be assumed that the electron excess of the alkaline activated water affects pregnant women and foetuses more positively than negatively. Most other drinks are oxidative and may increase in pregnant women the already existing oxidative stress.

What I can report from my own experiments is a transfer of a negative redox potential, so antioxidant hydrogen, after birth to the mother’s milk. I measured breastmilk with values between -5 mV and -70 mV. When I gave a breastfeeding mother 2 liters of alkaline activated water (pH 9.5, ORP -280 mV), the negative redox potential of her breastmilk doubled within 24 hours. More electrons for the baby!

By storing breast milk in a breast pump it loses its negative redox potential. After keeping it for about 12 hours it has the same values as baby milk powder and becomes oxidative.

Baby milk powder can have almost the same values as high quality breast milk if mixed with fresh, alkaline activated water. Read more under the heading: milk.

In terms of food quality, according to Prof. Hoffmann this could be interpreted as improving product quality. Because of my small database, these tests would have to be reviewed by a university research institute for the methodology and reproducibility and I would, at most, currently voice a private recommendation.

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Rolf G.: My doctor told me after a blood gas analysis, my blood buffer would be perfectly fine, I was not in the slightest over acidic and would not need to drink alkaline water.

Blood buffer oxygen pressure

Then your doctor probably measured your standard content of bicarbonate in the blood, which should be for a man from 22.5 to 26.9 mmol / L. Bicarbonate or hydrogen carbonate, HCO3 is the most important buffer to maintain the pH level of the blood. If the measured value is below standard, the doctor would certainly not give you alkaline water to drink, but a blood buffer solution as an intravenous drip to stabilize acidosis.
Alkaline activated water is not drunk in order to combat an already present acidosis in the blood, it would not be strongly buffered enough, even if it were made of very mineral rich water. After all, an adult has about 5 liters of blood in circulation – if these 5 liters were acidic, you would need to drink a tremendous amount to correct that. Alkaline activated water you drink best with a “subclinical” acidosis, so before serious incidents occur.
The alkaline characteristic of alkaline activated water is used, with a phrase coined by Dr. Walter Irlacher, as a “Perpetuum Mobile for deacidification”. He means of course, only in a figurative sense. The many bases in the water when consumed regularly, especially in the tissue fluid, ensure that no acidification can build up which is in the end strong enough to acidify 5 liters of blood. As an emergency medicine for hyperacidity is alkaline activated water unsuitable. Yet it is the ideal replacement for acidic beverages.

 

Especially with high standard bicarbonate values one should check whether perhaps there is a chronic tissue hyperacidity. Sometimes the blood “hoards” buffer substances in order to be prepared for strong acid attacks, such as extreme binge drinking.

Interesting for your doctor may be to do a comparative blood gas analysis before and 45 minutes after drinking 1 liter of alkaline activated water. In my experience, this improves regularly some core values which your doctor can see in the example above. Perhaps this will convince your doctor of the effect and recommends this to one or the other patient, which more and more doctors do worldwide.

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Hildgard F.-K.: I want two weeks of fasting for purification. As well as alkaline water should I also take Glauber’s salt or any dietary supplement?

You should check with the doctor or therapist who monitors your fasting period. Only he or she can tell you whether laxatives such as Glauber’s salt or food supplements are useful for you, if you want to detoxify. I can only give you general advice here.

The term “detox” is a broad term used by experts which can be quite probably controversial. Some mean a colon cleansing, others include, for example, a haemodialysis as a dialysis, others even consider it esoteric nonsense (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detoxification_(alternative_medicine)).

The fasting Doctor Buchinger introduced the term whilst fasting. He probably came into connection with alkaline activated water with Dietmar Fergers translation of Sang Whangs book “Reverse Aging”, in German “Der Weg zurück in die Jugend”. Ferger translates the term “acidic waste” to “acidic slags”.

In our joint book “Drink Yourself Alkaline” (with to Eng. Dietmar Ferger and co-author Dr. Walter Irlacher) we have in the chapter “From acidosis to slagging” coined the term “De-acidification waste” which to me still appears to be the best term because Whang’s term “acidic waste” actually doesn’t means acid, but a more or less a neutral salt which is an acid that has arisen from a buffered alkaline. However, we also expect a uric acid crystal which has arisen from a mineral buffering of uric acid, or an atherosclerotic plaque in which amino acids and fatty acids have combined with calcium to form a solid structure this also belongs to de-acidification waste. Even stone formations such as kidney, bladder, gall bladder or faecal stones can be expected depending on their composition for this de-acidification waste.

Following the lack of food intake during fasting, the low sugar supplies of the liver are rapidly depleted. After that, necessary calories for the functioning of the body are obtained by from combusting body substance, i.e.: from muscles and the fat supply. As early as the second day of fasting is fat combustion outweighed.

By abundant drinking of alkaline activated water is the degradation of acids generally supported. We have documented in “Drink Yourself Alkaline” why there are fewer “fasting crises”.

If you have generated with Glauber’s salt, enemas and similar procedures an artificial diarrhea, you have probably lost not only a lot of water, but also a large part of your friendly roommate in the intestine . Since these “good” bacteria of the colon appreciate a low redox potential, is the drinking of alkaline activated water along with a balanced intestinal flora an excellent starting point for their resettlement and the development of a healthy immune system. At least in my laboratory experiments these cheap, intestinal Omniflora cultures grew in alkaline activated water much faster than in normal tap water. If these thereby survive the passage through the stomach better, is still to be researched.

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Andrea W.: When I told my doctor that I now take alkaline activated water against my hyperacidity, he literally laughed at me. If I was too acidic, he would long ago have admitted me to hospital, and with water one can not de-acidify at all, since it is not buffered, so water ionizers are completely worthless and just used for profiteering. Now I’m totally confused.

Even doctors do not always agree. When Dr. Walter Irlacher in “Service Manual for People” calls alkaline activated water as the “Perpetuum Mobile for de-acidification”, he wanted to surely not call for its use in emergency medicine for acute acidosis, meaning if 5 liters of blood in the body are already so acidic that it cannot carry enough oxygen. In such a case, highly buffered alkaline solutions must be introduced directly into the blood cycle. Above all, the emergency patients will get to breathe pure oxygen. There, alkaline activated water would be far too late and could not be administered in required amounts in order to level several liters of blood out of hyperacidity.

Even in conventional medicine one distinguishes different types of acidity (acidosis) as acute, chronic, metabolic and respiratory. Also, the location of acidosis (blood, lymph, saliva, urine, cells …) plays a role in their medical judgment. In the stomach no reasonable person would speak of acidosis at very low pH levels, but many complain of an “over acidified stomach”, which in reality is perceived as gastric juice being pressed up into the oesophagus which is not adapted to withstand such strong acids. This is often done by fermentation processes with flatulence in the intestine or in pregnancies that lead to an elevated diaphragm which thus pushes the stomach upward.

Now we come to the buffer argument, which you will always find in articles that position themselves against alkaline activated water. It is always repeated that water is an unbuffered substance which every chemist knows.
This ignores that, unlike pure water which the chemists talk about, alkaline activated water is highly buffered. It not only contains a high number of free OH – ions corresponding to its pH level, but also even compared to the original tap water, a significantly increased number of cations, i.e.: minerals which can form alkali, in short, buffer substances.

You can definitely agree with your doctor that the lung is by far the most important de-acidification organ of humans, which is why respiratory failure leads to death by acidosis within a few minutes. In the documentary “Drink Yourself Alkaline” we demonstrate how 0.2 liters of alkaline activated water with pH 9.5 for a full minute buffers the acid load of the air exhaled by an adult man.
Maybe your doctor can hold his breath for a full minute to break down carbon dioxide in the body. But if he is not a trained diver, he will breath out as soon as possible so as not to lose consciousness. The buffer capacity of alkaline activated water is by no means as low as that of chemically pure water or water from a reverse osmosis system!

When mineralized water is alkaline, one can unequivocally assume that it can also neutralize acids. However, the pH value is a pure ratio value. One can nicely illustrate in a car race, where two vehicles of the same design and horsepower, driving in the opposite direction on a circular racetrack cruise at full speed. At first you will meet always in the same place. But at some point one of the cars will stop, namely the one with a lower tank capacity. Until the tank is empty, the vehicles are traveling at the same speed. A 0.2 liter glass of alkaline activated water is a small tank for over 5 liters of blood in the body. After 1 minute, it is empty, as we have seen. So for example, to neutralize a glass of coke with pH 2.5, you need 15-30 glasses of alkaline activated water with a pH 9.5. It depends on how many mineral buffers the activated water contains. Adding calcium to soft water increases the buffering of activated water, something which already occurrs in modern water ionizers mostly from the filters.

For example, stomach acid is strongly buffered and a glass of alkaline activated water with pH 9.5 would hardly influences this. Nevertheless, many advertising messages place the “alkaline force” of activated water in the foreground, which compared to other effects is only secondary.

You can not also de-acidify your body by suppressing an acid production pharmacologically: Just as the lung regulates the blood pH, each organ system has its own pH window. If the proton pump produces hydrochloric acid (HCl) from common salt (NaCl) and water for the acidic gastric juice, at the other end alkaline bicarbonate is transferred to the pancreas and blood. If I take a proton pump inhibitor, I therefore block the production of alkaline pancreatic secretions, especially after prolonged use. If you were to take sodium bicarbonate, there is an acidic-rebound effect, i.e.: the stomach buffers the invasive sodium bicarbonate in the wrong place with an increased acid production whilst simultaneously the pancreas increases its own production of sodium bicarbonate. This can eventually lead to total exhaustion of both organs.

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Marianne S.: The people of Hunza are ancient – though they almost exclusively drink mineral poor glacier water. Do you really believe that mineral rich alkaline activated water is better?

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Yes, because I stick to the facts.

Nowhere has the high average age of the Pakistani Hunza people been documented. The myth comes from the son of the Swiss Muesli inventor Bircher in an ancient book entitled: “Hunza – The people that knows no disease”.

In fact, there exists a rather early mortality rate. Infant mortality is extremely high, with a mortality rate of 30% before the age of 10, 10% of adults die before the age of 40. (Source: Ensminger, A., Concise Encyclopaedia of Foods and Nutrition, 2nd ed 1995, p. 619).

Just because the Hunza at 2500 m above sea level do not have a good mineral-rich water, but mainly meltwater, they have become known for their relatively high-quality Himalayan Crystal Salt, which they themselves consume with this water to survive. Since this consists mainly of common salt (sodium chloride) and trace elements, minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium are missing. Perhaps one reason for the low life expectancy.

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Richard T.: Although I have drunk daily 2 liters of alkaline activated water for a year and my diet is healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables, my body analysis scale always shows me to be below 55% of body water. Do I need to drink more water?

Body water

The World Health Organisation indicates 60 – 65% body water for men, for women 50 – 55%, for children 60 – 75%. Now apparently due to the measurement with bio impedance scales, or a body fat meter, you suspect to be dehydrated. I think this is very unlikely, since these scales are usually very inaccurate. Talk to your doctor about this suspicion, he can tell you shortly without scales if you are not supplied with enough water.

If you actually are, he will not necessarily advise you to drink more. Perhaps he has prescribed, because of high blood pressure or heart failure, diuretic medication to keep the body water deliberately low. Maybe you have more of a female body with more fat tissue, where 50 – 55% is optimal. Or you are overweight.

Sometimes a vegetarian diet is so low in salt that your body cannot hold water. Then a pinch of salt in your water is sufficient to improve this deficiency. Already Batmanghelidj has recommended this kind of water drinking.

All these questions can be briefly cleared by your doctor. I can only say that you definitely do not drink too little alkaline activated water. Either, you don’t have a problem, or the problem has a different cause.

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Joachim M.: How big are the water clusters in the individual water ionizers recommended by you?

Water cluster

In the electrolytic cell of each water ionizer large and small water clusters are torn by the prevailing forces inevitably apart, because only individual water molecules and not clusters participate in electrolysis. Individual water molecules are torn out of existing hydrogen bonds when they come into the vicinity of the cathode. The overall analysis for residual water in the electrolytic cell thanks to the magnetic resonance representation can ascertain that the overall cluster size is reduced when the water comes out of the electrolytic cell. When water runs out of the outlet of the ionizer do the normal rules apply: Immediately after electrolysis can mostly smaller clusters be measured, because the bigger ones still need to form. But larger ones form in a fraction of a second, before you can drink the water. Because the changing in teraseconds of the cluster structure of water molecules depends primarily on the temperature. The warmer you are when you drink alkaline activated water, the bigger the water clusters become inside you. For only you determine, because of your thermal energy, the size of the water clusters you have drunk.

What occurred in the water ionizer and is depicted in the photos or graphics of the manufacturer, took only a terasecond and is long gone when you drink the water. It’s easy: with increasing temperature, the water clusters are getting bigger, until they disintegrate into their component parts during evaporation. Conversely, this means that up to the freezing point, they are smaller and stop at the well-known hexagonal shape of snowflakes and ice crystals.

Of course I know that you ask me this because a water ionizer salesperson told you the ionizer would provide particularly small water clusters and this water would be good for you because it can be absorbed better. I regret to say that this seller is completely incompetent, because the smaller cluster size of water molecules would reduce the absorption of water more.
It is not so, as Dr. Robert Young, an American de-acidification author has stated: “The smaller the cluster, the better they can slip into the cells.” The opposite is the case! That is why our body functions at an operating temperature of about 37 degrees Celsius. Only at the prevailing higher temperature do large water clusters ensure a good water supply to the body. I still reproach this today, that I have so uncritically cited Dr. Young’s completely false statements in the book: “Drink Yourself Alkaline”. Here Dr. Young is unfortunately, completely wrong. The still not eradicated statement, that small water clusters are one reason for the positive effect of alkaline activated water, is in scientific terms still far below the statement that the earth is flat. Why?

The best water cluster reduction machine is working constantly in every one of your body’s cells. Please look up the keyword: Aquaporins.

Aquaporins are the sluice systems that transport water exclusively as a single molecule, and never as a chunk (cluster), to the cells of our body. Why should aquaporins take water molecules from small water clusters, if very large and loose water clusters at higher temperatures are available, which require less of a force to extract individual molecules?
This is simple physics! With larger water clusters less energy is required to detach a single water molecule. Smaller water clusters, that due to the laws of nature would not find their way from the ionizer to the body anyway, would be highly unbeneficial for hydrogenation.

That alkaline activated water hydrogenates cells better, is not yet a proven fact. I could thermographically show that it promotes better blood circulation compared to an excellent mineral water, but an increased blood flow does not mean better hydrogenation of cells outside of the blood. But very plausible theories could be set up:

1. First: cluster sizes play no role in the absorption of water into the blood, since prior to absorption by the blood the temperature is increased to body temperature and thus the clusters also have a temperature-dependent identical cluster structure.

2. Alkaline activated water is better absorbed by the blood compared to other aqueous solutions because it is more alkaline than blood and thus the blood and the whole organism welcomes it. It can push minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium to the impoverished organs. An argument against that, that the mineral buffering of alkaline activated water is relatively low. But it is at least twice as high as that of tap water with a total hardness of dH 16, as I was also able to show in experiments.

3. Alkaline activated water is absorbed so much better than any other aqueous solutions because the redox potential is much closer to blood (-5 to -120 mV (CSE) according to our measurements from the vein) than any other beverage. In general, the redox potential of alkaline activated water is even 100 to 300 mV lower than that of the absorbing blood. It brings a significant electron asset with it.

4. Alkaline activated water carries dissolved hydrogen gas with it. This is the absolutely indisputable minimum consensus. Japanese researchers around S. Shirahata also postulate even the existence of atomic hydrogen. Both are maximum effective antioxidants, which the body has a constant need of due to its aerobic metabolism, which is not adequately covered in many health crises and diseases.

Point 4 does not mean that water penetrates faster into the cells. For “carried on” hydrogen is much faster than the aqueous solution, to which it hangs on to in a very volatile adhesion, according to current theories of Shirahata (“Mineral colloids”). It rushes through the body much faster than water itself, which in this case one should correctly name: “waste alkaline water” because it has lost its “active component”. After all, this “residue”, which consists of an excess of hydroxide ions in the body, is more welcome than any acidic aqueous solution, which is the standard model of our current world-wide drinking culture.

Chart alkaline ionized water for water clusters

Therefore, I oppose both convincing studies discussing hydrogen supplements from the molecular-hydrogen-foundation:

1. H2 enriched saline solutions for infusion, as discussed by the, since 2007, published  work on “Hydrogen as a healing gas”. They bring no alkaline advantage and are therefore of limited use.

2. H2 inhalation applications. Because the lung is a major excretory organ for non-consumed hydrogen, as it is exhaled especially by anaerobic bacteria excess in the colon (immune system). The lung is less geared to take in hydrogen. The intestine can achieve much more here. Therefore, hydrogen-rich water is more useful there than in the lungs.

I want to again express my very important answer to your question.

More detailed: Water clusters (water molecule chunks, heaps, ordered collections) thanks to hydrogen bonds are geometrically ordered water molecule associations. Hydrogen bonds need about a trillionth of a second.

Therefore, measurements of cluster sizes are only snapshots without any kind of claim of a different kind of hydrogenation, which can be naively imagined with smaller clusters.

Alkaline activated water pouring from a water ionizer is still subject to numerous relaxation processes in which i.e.: Hydrogen gas escapes. These turbulent swirls may contribute to alkaline activated water vibrating in lower frequencies than normal water in nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. Stable or even useful cluster structures are not derivable.

Hydrogenation of cells does not take place because of water clusters, but because of individual water molecules passing through aquaporins. Merely freezing water leads to a permanent snapshot of water clusters, which is why every snowflake looks different. But since frozen water has no physiological occurrence, the structure of ice crystals may also not have a physiological effect or even a “memory” of water. Water, to use a statement from an earlier presentation of mine, is: “the whore of the universe”, having imposed on every event in the Milky Way. With the help of electrolysis we can force water to stay on Earth.

That’s just a picture, and some will not like it. But before I continue to reflect alone for another 12 years on how to improve this world with water, I prefer to find provocative statements. If you think something is wrong with my theory: I would love to go into detail. Here you can reach me.

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Use | Storage | Durability | Electro activated water

How should activated water be stored?

Herbert F.: The new water ionizer is being used for the last few weeks in our accountancy office by our co-workers. I even offer our clients a carafe of water as an alternative to coffee, tea and fruit juices during consultations. The glass carafe now has a milky white stain which is mainly at the bottom. A co-worker has already asked me what kind of a sediment that is. I also discovered, reading in between the lines, that the main question was: is the water really as healthy as he has proclaimed? Having a few sceptics in the business this is grist to their mills since they question the well intended gesture. I would like to answer competently the questions that have been posed. How should the glass carafes be cleaned to let the purity of the water shine through or are there more appropriate containers for presenting the water?

 

  • It is clear that a seminar on the importance of calcium cannot be held with each of your clients. That is why the question about presenting the water is completely correct, even though, sadly, very difficult to answer.
  • For your own knowledge: the white sediment is a calcium and carbonic acid compound. Not harmful, yet also not very useful. The moment it shows, the active water has overstepped its relaxation period and should be replaced.
  • The more contact the water has with air, for example, in an open container like a carafe, the shorter the relaxation period is because carbon dioxide from the air is absorbed as carbonic acid into the active water and flocculates as calcium carbonate. That is why a filled to the brim, air tight bottle is favoured for the conservation for water. A more economic option is violet glass, followed by blue glass or brown glass. These bottles are the best for extending the relaxation period.
  • The best solution are stainless steel thermal flasks. They can keep the dissolved hydrogen and ORP value for two weeks, if closed and filled to the brim.
  • Storage containers that have not been decalcified encourage the relaxation period to be shortened, because they offer the calcium carbonate a crystallization core. They drain the negative Redox Potential almost as much as a – forbidden with alkaline activated water – metal bottle. So always decalcify all containers.
  • Acidic water from a flow-through ionizer is usually not acidic enough to remove a layer of limescale. It is best to use a spray bottle with a natural, unproblematic citric acid, and spray this into the bottle until the sediment is released. Then rinse it with tap water and it is ready to be used again. It can be a bit tedious, yet there is no other way. It is best to drink alkaline water immediately after the carafe has been filled. This is obviously not possible in your office.

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For how long can I drink activated water? How long is it activated? When does it loose its benefit?

  • It is different from place to place, water to water and climate dependent. It is particularly difficult to foresee this.
  • Alkaline water, compared to acidic water which keeps for years under cheap circumstances, has a very short relaxation period from a few seconds to a few days. It has a use, as long as the index parameter of the Redox Potential still behaves abnormally and still looks for a reproduction of the thermo dynamic balance. This is the so called metastable state.
  • The fastest parameter: H2 – molecular hydrogen – hydrogen gas – strongest antioxidation: In flow through ionizers, where the water is ionized in a pressure tight electrolysis cell, excess pressure is created with the hydrogen gas, since under normal conditions only 1,6 mg/l hydrogen gas can dissolve in water. So hydrogen bubbles are formed when the acidic water flows out of a water ionizer, which after a few seconds disperse into the atmosphere, as long as they are not drunk together with the fresh alkaline activated water.
  • With absolutely pure water, which was mixed with hydrogen gas, a negative Redox Potential occurs up to minus 600 mV. The hydrogen gas makes quite a lot of anti oxidative “steam”. According to a long disputed theory with drinking water, that a “gas reserve” in the form of a normally volatile H- transfers with the cations, which gradually reacts with the protons of the autoprotolysis to H2-gas and sinks the potential. This is one of the most exciting areas of water research, which as a research journalist offers many sources, yet also more unanswered questions.
  • Indisputable and easy to measure is the discovery made by Vitold Bakhir, that activated water when alkaline or acidic has abnormal properties, which can be observed when in its relaxation state. For example; the ORP of an activated solution is not calculable with the help of the Nernst equation because of the chemical redox series of diluted particles. Activated water is a substance temporarily outside of the thermodynamic balance. It swings, so to say, the energy input of electrolysis so long until it comes to a standstill because of the resistance of its surroundings. He discovered, beginning of the ‘70s, the abnormal properties of a water solution achieved electrolytically and established with that the theoretical fundamental understanding of the phenomenons and effects, previously only observed by pragmatics from Germany and Japan.
  • One of the most interesting questions is that of activated hydrogen, with which Hidemitsu Hayashi, one of Japan’s top researchers, employs his time with. Also the molecular biologist, Sanetaka Shirahata researches on the forefront of this field. The German biologist U. Warnke speaks of “H-minus-water” (Source: Interview in praxis: nature 4/12). With this you understood the normally highly unstable hydrogen anions H-. You can hardly measure that quickly, how its excess electron is given to a much larger reaction partner or, at least, to a hydrogen cation H+. Yet the indications increase, that hydrogen anions with strong cation clusters, so called mineral colloids with a positive charge, can temporarily park. The theory of this hydrogen mineral colloid does come closer to the explanation of the peculiar behaviour of alkaline activated water. Evidently more cations are collected at the beginning as in the long run with this water. Hydroxide ions are not known to be volatile, for the chemical lyes made by them are over a long period of time stable. The excess electrons keep longer and are not responsible for the abnormally low Redox Potential of alkaline activated water. Yet hydrogen is very volatile, it can even escape most storage containers. If short term hydrogen anions, created with electrolysis, really have a “parking time” with mineral cations, then this would be a plausible explanation for the fall out of cations with a time range of 0 – 36 hours, which can mostly be observed. What is interesting, is that certain minerals from slate tunnels, like in Nordenau, apparently can contain the active hydrogen, without a noticeable Redox Potential predominating. So far the reasons for this from research literature is not clearly evident.
  • Back to your question and my empirical values after thousands of measurements of Redox Potential: Biggest use when you drink immediately. Big use when you drink within the first 3 hours. High use up until  36 hours. Good use until 48 hours. Afterwards the water has mostly returned to normal electrochemically, the ionized mineral excess has visibly fallen out and the water is softer. It is still a useful water, but you should use it rather for tea or watering the flowers.

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What is the difference between electrolyte water and activated water?

Engelbert D.: At an event a doctor showed me the unique effect of Kangen® water. Now you write in your book “Drink yourself alkaline” only about alkaline water”. What is the difference?

  • The original German term for activated water was coined by the inventor Alfons Natterer and was called “electrolyte water” up until the 1980’s, since it is made with electrolysis. In the introduction of this book I have named various other terms which are in use as well. All these terms refer to alkaline, acidic or neutral water types, that have been treated with electrolysis. The hallmark of electrolysis is, that a molecule and ion separation takes place in the water when a continuous electric current is fed. Nothing is added to the water, something that happens when a chemical water ionization takes place.
  • The first publication that used the term was in the book by Dietmar Ferger: “ Alkaline activated water – How it works and what it does”, Lörrach 2006. Since then activated water has become a mainstream term in Germany. Kangen®Water, Aquion®Activated water, etc. are copyrighted brand names of different companies, since the German Patent and Trade Mark office declined patenting the term.
  • The main point of activated water is the length of its activity, known as the relaxation time. During this time it displays abnormal properties, which can be used medically and technically, so it is described as functional water.

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Johannes R.: How long can I drink the alkaline activated water? How long is it active? When does it lose its usefulness?

This question concerns the duration of the relaxation time, which can be regarded as a core concept for electro-activated water. It concerns the period in which alkaline activated water retains its antioxidant properties. After the relaxation period, it is only alkaline water, not activated water any more.

Dating back to the researchers Prilutsky and Bakhir (electrochemically activated water: anomalous properties, mechanism of biological action, Moscow 1997) one understood the period in which an exceptionally low redox potential in the alkaline activated water can be measured under relaxation time. This is different from place to place, from water to water, in all climate conditions. It is difficult to predict. Ultimately you don’t get around to an empirical measurement.

Alkaline activated water can, compared to acidic activated water, keep for years under favorable conditions, it has a very low relaxation time of a few minutes up to a few days. This is a so-called metastable state. Hydroxide ions and the hydrogen content contribute to this index parameter directly. Also, the nature and quantity of the cations plays a role.

The most volatile parameters are the H atoms generated at the cathode, their antioxidant capacity one can demonstrate, for example, by reduction of tungsten trioxide. Hydrogen atoms unite quickly to H2 – molecular hydrogen – hydrogen gas. Both are very powerful antioxidants.

Since the year 1997 Sanetaka Shirahata (Shirahata et al., Electrolyzed reduced water scavenges active oxygen species and proteins ECTS DNA from oxidative damage. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 234, 269174, 1997) has also constantly discovered atomic hydrogen in activated water and it has been discovered and proven that this atomic hydrogen on a DNA level protects against oxidation from free radicals.

Also since 1997 different hypotheses have developed about where and how long these hydrogen atoms “park” before they bond as hydrogen gas. For example, Dietmar Ferger represents the hypothesis of the so called alkaline nano mineral colloids, which is neither contradicted nor proven. Quote: Ferger, “Jungbrunnenwasser”, Weil am Rhein, 2011, p. 71.

“There is virtually an ‘electron cloud’ that surrounds alkaline minerals and hydrogen and binds them together. So also the hydrogen is negatively charged and activated, and therefore > activated hydrogen < is produced." If the aforementioned borderline scientific explanation for the behaviour of alkaline activated water is actually correct and needed, is doubtful. For also the antioxidant properties of water, which is merely enriched with hydrogen gas, fulfil my expectations as an adequate explanation of the phenomena. It is quite clear that the hydrogen saturation is entirely responsible for the negative redox potential. If the somewhat more difficult to measure hydrogen content decreases, then the the redox potential (ORP) also decreases. So it is ultimately irrelevant whether one or the other value is determined. In flow through ionizers where the water in a pressure tight electrolysis cell is ionized, in the cathode chamber a relief of hydrogen gas is produced, since under normal conditions there is only a maximum of 1500 microgram/l hydrogen gas in water, although during the electrolysis substantially more will be created. Therefore, when flowing from the outlet hose of a water ionizer hydrogen gas bubbles are formed and after a few seconds evaporate into the atmosphere, provided that they are not drunk with the very fresh, bubbling alkaline activated water.

With a non-pressure-tight batch ionizer, activated water can be fully saturated with hydrogen gas in the cathode chamber. The formation of bubbles and the outgassing of the surplus hydrogen already takes place during the longer electrolysis process.
Both with a batch ionizer as well as with a modern 9-electrode device I was able to produce with alkaline activated water with a complete hydrogen saturation and over saturated water up to 1800 microgram/l , but within minutes it falls back to the normal saturation.

Since the beginning of 2007, research of Shigeo Ohta can hardly be doubted that hydrogen gas (H2) is the decisive share of the antioxidant capacity of alkaline activated water. (Overview: Ohta, P., molecular hydrogen as a novel antioxidant: overview of the advantages of hydrogen for medical applications, Methods Enzymol. 2015;555:289-317).

It is therefore essential to ensure that a water ionizer must be designed so that in the event of a drink the ideal pH values of 8.5 to 9.5  are reached with as much dissolved hydrogen gas in the water. Compared to the model of Nihon Trim, which Shirahata used in 1997 and therefore reached in the drinking pH range a hydrogen content of only between 200 and 350 micrograms/l, here between 2010 and 2015, significant performance increases were reached with more than 5 times those amounts reached. Other new techniques have already as a  prototype have reached the complete hydrogen saturation of 1500 micrograms. For further issue of hydrogen saturation please read the FAQ hydrogen rich water.

A decisive factor is the extension of the relaxation time by preventing the outgassing of hydrogen. For we cannot always drink freshly ionized alkaline activated water immediately. This shows a clear advantage in the combination of a very dense materials such as stainless steel and thick blue glass when storing the bottles horizontally after having completely filled the bottles, no air bubbles. We have tested the following materials and after 19 hours of horizontal storage (except crystal carafe) they have been measured again in the Refrigerator:

FAQ Relaxation time chart bottles percentage

One of the most interesting questions is of the active hydrogen which Hidemitsu Hayashi, a top Japanese researcher who works extensively in the field of alkaline activated water. Also, the molecular biologist Sanetaka Shirahata is at the forefront in this area. The German biologist U. Warnke speaks of “H-minus water”. (Source: Interview in practice: nature 4/12).
This means the normally highly unstable hydrogen anion H-. You can hardly measure so quickly, how it gives off its excess electron H + to a much bigger reaction partner, or at least a hydrogen cation. However, there is growing evidence that hydrogen anions alongside strong cation clusters,  known as mineral colloids with positive external charge, could temporarily park there.

The theory of hydrogen mineral colloids comes closer to understanding the strange behavior of alkaline activated water. For clearly in the beginning there are more cations gathered than what can be kept in this water.

Hydroxide ions are not known to be particularly volatile, because chemical lyes are stable for a very long time. Their excess electrons are kept  longer and therefore cannot be responsible for the abnormally low redox potential of alkaline activated water.

Hydrogen is extremely volatile, it cannot even be contained in most storage vessels. If during electrolysis quickly produced hydrogen anions actually complete a “Park”time with mineral cations, this is a plausible explanation for the falling out of cations in a period of 0-36 hours, which is usually observed.
It is interesting that certain minerals from slate studs like in Nordenau, Germany, can apparently hold activated hydrogen, without a noticeable redox potential prevailing. So far, the reasons for this are not clear from the research literature.

Back to your question and my experience after thousands of measurements of oxidation reduction potentials: you get the most benefit from drinking it immediately. Great benefits within the first 3 hours. A high benefit up to 36 hours. Good benefits up to 48 hours. After the water has normalized electrochemically, the ionized mineral surplus has been visible and the water is softer. It is still a useful drinking water, but you should use it for tea or watering flowers.

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Installation of a water ionizer

Which connection method do you recommend for the water mains?

 

  • I still have not seen a flow-through ionizer that can’t be connected, as a standard, with the delivered diverter valve (diverter aerator). This is therefore the standard method. With it, in a few minutes a layperson can connect the supply hose (feed hose) of the water ionizer. You just adjust the lever and instead of water flowing out of the tap it now flows through the feed water hose through the water ionizer.
  • Disadvantages of the faucet aerator: It cannot be connected if a low pressure water boiler is connected. The adjustment of the flow rate requirement comes down to a certain sensitivity. The feed hose connected to the tap disrupts kitchen work and is aesthetically unpleasing to western standards.
  • Advantages of the faucet aerator: If you own a mixing tap, you can produce not only cold activated water but also lukewarm water.  Attention: Since most flow-through water ionizers are sensitive to hot water (diaphragm melts), you have the danger of overheating and damaging the device. So always allow the water to flow through the tap and test the temperature. The water cannot be warmer than hand-warm (37° C). The manufacturers provide different maximum temperatures, which have to be followed strictly.
  • With some devices, which I have named low pressure ionizers, the faucet aerator is the only means to connect it. These devices do not have a built in valve, so the water flows through without hinderance. Therefore they cannot be connected directly to the water mains but need a tap to switch in between, so that the water can’t flow continuously. You can recognise these devices because of soft supply hoses with a diameter of more than 7mm.
  • Since 2006 there are also pressure resistant water ionizers, which have a built in valve, so that you can directly connect it with a tee-connector to the angle valve. The water supply of these devices comes through a high pressure hose. To begin with you had devices on the market with a magnetic valve, which did show a few problems.
  • A magnetic valve only switches the water flow on or off, it cannot regulate the amount. With pressure fluctuations from the water mains, which can happen any day frequently, you have the possibility of regulating the flow in the ionizer. Since it is decisive that the goal of the flow rate is to reach a certain pH level, this method is aesthetically pleasing yet technically unpleasing. Furthermore, a magnetic valve that is powered electromagnetically is expendable. You have this technology with devices that only offer a 2 year warranty. Since I have extensive experience with these devices I advise against them.
  • Preferable are pressure resistant devices with an incorporated dial regulator for the water flow. This allows, like with standard water fittings, a guarantee of 5 – 15 years. Pressure fluctuations can be easily equalised with a flow rate display. This is aesthetically and technically a good solution and then at the height of technology.
  • Under the kitchen counter water ionizers mostly have a magnetic valve technology and for other reasons are not recommended, I have nicknamed them, which I have described further on.

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Gert G.: My wife refuses despite having a better insight. She just doesn’t want another kitchen appliance standing around on her kitchen counter. Why are you so against under the counter water ionizers?

  • Because I still have a horrible hole in my kitchen counter where I have placed and tested all current under the counter models. Not one works longer than 1 year! The technical problems of these devices have until now (2013) not been satisfactorily solved. For needed spare parts for test devices, costing over 2000 €, I am still waiting over 5 years to no avail. The following is to understand the problems:
  • Alkaline activated water is not hostile to life, rather life friendly. Only acidic water kills germs. So you don’t let alkaline water stand around, instead drink it as quickly as possible after producing it. Just therefore, because in the relaxation period a part of the minerals fall out, which come into contact with carbon dioxide which leads to calcification.
  • With established over the counter devices, all of the water flows out after production. Water residues remain in the filter, where they are protected from contamination.
  • With an under the counter device, neither the alkaline or the acidic activated water can flow out after production, since the outlet hoses are above the water ionizer. So with the alkaline outlet there is always a relaxation column with alkaline activated water which stays until the next time water is drawn. With hard water especially, it calcifies in very short time, for carbon dioxide can reach the water from the tap unhindered. Furthermore, a kitchen sink has a massive amount of germs constantly on the go. They really do look forward to the open water source!
  • Besides, you also have the electrical controls which have to be installed to a separate operating unit, always a problem. The newest device from Rettin has a touchscreen console, similar to a smart phone, which connects to a pivoted double outlet hose for alkaline and acidic water. If you evaluate your smart phone: how long do you think it will work? Would you place it continually next to your kitchen sink?
  • In the spring of 2013 I had discussions about design proposals with the boss and co workers of the Korean manufacturing company Alkamedi, Dr. K.-W. Kim. The hygiene problem can be solved with a drainage pump. With the control unit I still have big doubts. If it has a defect or a software problem, for example, a power failure or operating errors, the water possibly does not circulate or stop running. Often a sensible decalcification possibility is not at hand and the performance is not sufficient for harder water. Because of the high price and the many problems I advise against these.
  • Both problems of under the counter ionizers (calcifying outlet hose and germ contamination risk) can be solved with the conceived operating process from Engineer Yasin Akguen. After drawing water you switch to the acidic level for a few seconds. Regarding the problems, unproblematic lime-free and non contaminated water rest in the outlet pipe. I myself have tested an Allsbon Dion under the counter ionizer for 6 months at home. There are no problems whatsoever despite hard water.

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Filter change | Descaling | Maintenance water ionizer

My water ionizer has a fully automated descaling system. Why do I also have to descale it manually?

  • A baby needs nappies, a dog has to go for walks, a coffee maker and an ionizer has to be descaled. It goes with the system. The manufacturers sadly use the term “automatic descaling” very widely. Therefore I will give you some background information: Limescale deposits in water ionizers always originate at the negative pole, the cathode, which gives off negatively charged electrons into the water. Positively charged calcium-ions are attracted and stick to the metal in thicker layers. This reduces the surface of the cathode, so the total production of the electrolysis cell is diminished.
  • Additionally, the cathode side of a diaphragm can calcify. These deposits have to be eliminated by the decalcifying system. For that there are different systems on the market.

FAQ Calcified electrodes left

  • Method 1: Upstream decalcification: To start with the drawing of water the electricity is reversed for 30 seconds. With this, the cathode becomes the anode, the positive charge repels the calcium. During the pole reversal the device will give warning indications, that the water from the alkaline outlet is not drinkable. In the long run it only runs perfectly if the water is tapped for only 30 seconds after switching the electricity back. Usually it is tapped longer, so that the cathode builds up a limescale layer. The disadvantage: The user has to wait 30 seconds until one gets activated alkaline water. The advantage: Warmed up stagnation water from the water pipes and the pre-filters flows out. The average user would still wait until the water flows out cold.
  • Method 2: Downstream decalcification: At the end of drawing water the device still holds some water in the electrolysis cell for a few seconds and reverses the polarity like in Method 1. Subsequently the run off water flows through the drain pipe directly to the acidic water outlet. The advantage: No waiting time. The disadvantage: Only a few seconds of electricity current reversal and when first drawing water you will get warm stagnation water from the water pipes and pre-filters. Until the water flows out at a cool temperature, it takes time, in which a limescale layer can build up. Conclusion: Worse than Method 1.
  • Method 3: Cyclic decalcification: The polarity of the electricity will be reversed after a certain rate of flow or a certain amount of time (usually 12 hours) for a 30 second cleaning cycle with alarm signals. The advantage: Technically easier than Method 2 and therefor cheaper. The disadvantage:  Especially when drawing water frequently in small amounts a day no decalcification will take place, even though a big amount was produced. So a higher predisposition of scaling and a lot of manual post decalcifying is necessary. Annoying: Even if for 12 hours no activated water was produced, a decalcifying cycle takes place with current reversal.
  • Methode 4: Flow change – Polarity change and drainage reversal: After drawing water the previously used cathode chamber used as a cell chamber becomes the anode chamber, in which the polarity is changed and the drainage is channelled to the other outlet. Like this a permanent self-descaling process takes place. The advantage: With smooth electrode manufacturing, (electrolysis cells), this method protects the cells reliably from calcifying. This method was patented by the Korean company Alkamedi (European brandname Aquion®). The disadvantage: As a rule only alkaline activated water flows exclusively out of the upper outlet and never acidic water. Since alkaline activated water starts to relax immediately after being produced, (relaxation period), minerals will be isolated when leaving the cells, which can constrict the outflow. So here with a decreased outflow a manual decalcification is necessary. Just not that often.

  • Method 5: Manual decalcification. When the achieved pH output noticeably diminishes with the same water flow amount or if the flow capacity of alkaline activated water is less compared to acidic water – The same amount of activated acidic water should flow out, never more than alkaline water – then you have to decalcify manually. Most manufacturers provide fixed intervals for hard water. Premium devices even indicate automatic guidelines for a due manual decalcification. Please follow these indications and don’t forget to unplug your device.
  • Please carry out the manual descaling with the included descaling pump, also available as an accessory. The pump should run at least an hour (up to 12 hours) with the descaling agents. It should not get warmer than 35°C.
  • With heavy calcification – for example when citrates (lime salts from the descaling agent citric acid) fall off as white crystals or the descaling agent turns yellowish, you should replace the descaling solution. Please do not forget, after the descaling process, to rinse the pump thoroughly with clear water, since it can get blocked because of incrustations.
  • An incrusted pump, that does not start, usually runs again when you soak it in clear water for an hour. After the manual decalcification set your water ionizer on “Purified” (filtered water) and let about 10 litres of water flow through to rinse. This is not drinking water and can still contain traces of the descaling agent.

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How often do I have to change the diaphragm of my batch water ionizer? Does the membrane of a flow through ionizer last longer?

  • The diaphragm, a semi permeable membrane, which separates the anode chamber with the electrolysis cells from the cathode chamber, reduces the rate of ion exchanges, because by laws of nature the hydroxide ions attract the protons, respectively to the anode, through the diaphragm and the immediate execution is hindered.
  • Whole water molecules, as opposed to water ions, do not go through the pores of the membrane. The membrane is also gas tight, so the hydrogen being released from the cathode does not unite with the oxygen being separated by the anode to make water again.
  • With a batch ionizer you see the membrane right in front of you. With simple devices it consists of a piece of cardboard or fabric, sometimes baking paper is used or greaseproof paper. These simple diaphragms show wear and tear quickly, this you will recognise, for example, when water flows through. Then you have to change it immediately. The same is necessary when it gets dirty, when algae or mould is present, when germ traces can be seen through a biofilm – in principle, when any colouration is noticed: replace.
  • A diaphragm should be dried once a day. A diaphragm that has limescale traces can be descaled with citric acid.
  • A diaphragm from a domestic flow-through device is made of a durable artificial membrane, mostly based on polymers. As opposed to the membranes of the batch ionizers, these are heat sensitive and lose their pores and clump up because of a thermal strain. Usually these membranes cannot resist over 40° Celsius. Like the electrodes they have to be regularly freed of the limescale traces. Here you can see a slightly calcified membrane of a flow-through ionizer from a scanning electron microscope taken at a 1000 times magnification. One can already see crystalline scales on the polymer.

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FAQ Calcified membrane

  • The durability is assessed differently. I myself have seen membranes that after 8 years of use have no signs of wear and tear. Manufacturers that offer a modern descaling technology with reverse flow give up to 15 years guarantee. Others only 2 years.
  • If such a membrane is damaged in a closed electrolysis cell, without a visual inspection this can only be diagnosed if the output of the device is clearly reduced, even though there is no calcification and no electronic defect.
  • Industrial devices also have a ceramic diaphragm, that even survive a cleanse with citric acid. Yet these are mainly used for the production of anolyte, highly acidic activated water from a saline solution.
  • Even household devices with electrolysis cells without a diaphragm are on offer. The advantage is: You can run hot water through it and even have a shower with activated water. In 2013 a German institute tested such a model for a German import company. But with a water flow of 1,6 litres/minute the achieved pH value increased to  0,7 pH. Devices with a comparably similar price with diaphragm cells gain an increase of up to 2 – 3 pH levels. The diaphragm cells with more layered electrodes are by far still the best technological solution. (Published September 2013)

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Is there an increased calcium content in alkaline water?

Eberhard P.: In your video presentation “The Redox-Revolution” you speak of an increased calcium content in alkaline activated water. You also see this in the bottles when after some time a white sediment settles. I am really convinced about drinking activated water but is there a danger of arteriosclerosis if I drink it constantly?

  • Iron is good for the blood, but you can also make cannons from it and go to war. It is the same with calcium. You can build houses with it or prisons. The police is not to blame for the crime. In our body we have the “wonder weapon” calcium: calcium is a butter soft earth alkaline metal, that just loves to bond with acid, so it practically isn’t seen pure.
  • Limestone (CaCO3 Calcium Carbonate), for example, is a bond of calcium with carbon dioxide. When carbon acid rain seeps through limestone, it dissolves and releases, among other things, calcium into the water. The most limestone in our surroundings comes from the coral of the prehistoric seas. We do not need to buy coral calcium from Okinawa island. Coral calcium is already found in our tap water. Please note: Just because it comes from coral does it not mean that it is an organic or bio-calcium! The nature of minerals have and always will be inorganic.
  • Calcium ions build, together with phosphate ions, our skeleton or regulate the nerve signals. Calcium ions are vital. In our body we have roughly 1 kg of calcium. Calcium is the mineral that we need the most, for in a house without walls you cannot place any furniture. This is why in the drinking water supply there is no top limit. If there is too little calcium in the water, the water works are obliged to add calcium.
  • Calcium ions are also our most powerful reserve troop against the Lord of acidity. It saves the vital alkaline body environment, when the much smaller infantry division of potassium and magnesium is exhausted. To eliminate excesses of acidity, capture it with your electric ion power. But what to do with all these prisoners, if the capacity of the prison camps is no longer enough because of the year long war with hyperacidity? Each organism deals with this differently.
  • Fatty acids and amino acids captured by the calcium can contract the blood vessels, (arteriosclerosis) or lead to growths (f.e.: shoulder calcification). The fault is the over accumulation of protein and fat in the blood. In an emergency it can only be reduced with a buffer substance. The biggest one at hand as a buffer substance is calcium. So over acidity consequences are perceived mostly because of a calcium slag.
  • Calcium captured by uric acid can develop gallstones. Usually the fault from alcohol misuse or certain blood pressure sinkers is preventing the passing of uric acid, not the calcium.
  • Only when you remove the bound acids, does the calcium become a free ion and can be, in the watery solution, a wonder weapon put to good use for the body. Because of this and many other reasons 100 million people drink alkaline activated water.

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Roman R.: I have read that the electrodes should always be dry after use. How so?

  • This is with all counter top ionizers. Would activated water still remain there, this is subject to the rules of the relaxation time, that is, among other things, that minerals like calcium fall out which would ultimately hinder both electrolysis and the flow of water through the outlet hose.
  • The reason why I recommend so far only one model of under the counter ionizers, lies precisely in this: The activated water cannot flow and forces in calcareous water which leads to unreasonably frequent manual decalcifying procedures.
  • Corrosion is not an issue in this question. An electrolytic cell in a modern water ionizer is corrosion resistant for decades, as long as the plated platinum layer is not damaged. In case of inadequate filtration, iron particles that come to the anode build up an oxide layer on the platinum layer, which reduces performance. One can scrape off the oxide layer and have the platinum plate clean again, yet for that you must disassemble the electrolytic cell.

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Opposed views alkaline water

In an article by Mrs Jan Roberts, in the Nexus Magazine, issue 19, it is claimed that drinking alkaline water causes health problems. Is this true?

  • The quoted article from the Australian pharmacist Jan Roberts, from 2008, is titled: Is alkaline water healthy? It appeared before in English in the magazine Informed Voice and quite surprised the water ionizing branch, since this was the first big attack on this technology from a pharmaceutical perspective. It was investigated and it became clear that Mrs Roberts was employed for a filter company and therefore must have seen a rival product in alkaline water, an interest that she had kept secret. It is still worth it to deal with her arguements seriously, since you can reflect on what the manufacturers and distributors of water ionizers have placed and are placing thoughtlessly into the world. Historically seen, the article of Mrs Roberts has contributed to a conceptual clarification and education in Germany of the nowadays established definition “alkaline activated water”. I would like to go through the article point for point, even if my reasoning should repeat itself or overlap. I will cross reference where useful.
  • Mrs Roberts begins with a criticism of the inaccurate definition “alkaline water”, which back then was dominant. Since the English speaking world was in tune with the Japanese inventors and researchers about “alkaline water”, many sales representatives had ignored a quickly growing market, everything that can make water alkaline. Even though this all depends on its composition, most think only about minerals. Gases do influence the pH value in liquids much more. The solubility of these gases depend on the temperature. Acidic carbon dioxide has practically disappeared from the water when at more or less 60 degrees, so that a hot bath is mostly alkaline, an “alkaline bath salt additive” is not needed. Most of these additives don’t make water alkaline at all, yet rather acidic.
  • To professionally measure the pH value of water, it should be, as a rule, degased beforehand. This does not happen when reviewing water ionizers, so you don’t have an absolutely correct pH value. This criticism is objectively correct, yet, as a result, doesn’t change much, since tap water, which is used as a measurement comparison, is also not degased previously. Furthermore, consumers usually don’t degas drinks beforehand. Acidic gases do not play a role when assessing drinks.
  • Moreover Mrs Roberts makes a reference, that a pH value is a relative value between acids and bases, so a relative strength of two counterparts, yet says nothing about their individual endurance, which is called buffering capacity. Without a buffering capacity a pH value in water means nothing. This is correct, as well as completely trivial. Mrs Roberts calls the buffering capacity of alkaline water low, as opposed to a strongly buffered hydrochloric acid. This is also correct and with regard to alkaline activated water was already analysed scientifically in the 90’s. An alkaline activated water practically does not sink the pH value of an active stomach. But Mrs Roberts neglects to ask the question, where does the buffering capacity really lie with alkaline water. This also depends on the grade of mineralisation, for there is very soft alkaline activated water and very hard alkaline activated water, which features a higher buffer. It also depends on which type of minerals are ionized together with the activated water.
  • Yet Mrs Roberts simply wrote the unevaluated sentence, which has been heard countless times from advocates of reverse osmosis, in which she untruthfully claims: “The mineral content of common tap water is negligible. The alkalinity effect is too small, to be measurable.” (Page 13). It really seems to be like that in Mrs Roberts Australian home land, for there one is mainly instructed to use rain water cisterns or one uses desalinated sea water. It seems though, that Mrs Roberts has never grappled with the facts of European drinking water analysis.
  • Lets take the water of the three biggest cities in Germany and observe the 4 most important buffering relevant minerals:
  • It is quite obvious that from drinking 2 litres daily of common tap water in the 3 biggest cities of Germany you have an intake in quantities of alkaline generating minerals, which with calcium are one seventh to one fifth of the daily recommended allowance. Mrs Roberts considers this not measurable and negligible. Nevertheless you reach a noteworthy calcium gain, without biting into a calorie rich, fat cheese!

FAQ Mineral content 5 German cities

  • We still have not talked about alkaline activated water, who’s mineral content during the procedure of electrolysis at the cost of the acidic water gets compressed. A controlled measurement in Munich with freshly produced alkaline activated water pH 9,5 from tap water has a gain of 30 mg calcium and 10 mg magnesium!
  • One entry from one of Mrs Roberts quoted keywords “Gesundheit” and “Basisches Wasser” (health and alkaline water) in Google gave on the 23rd July 2013 around 9000 results. The entry of the same keywords in English “health” and “alkaline water” lead to 1,51 million results. One has to ask how long did Mrs Roberts research for her article. Thereby the term “alkaline water” due to its inaccuracy is not the term one should be looking for. If you type in today’s standard terms in quotation marks, you obtain following results:
  • Even the term “activated water” delivers before the release of this book 5500 extraordinarily interesting hits.
  • Yet Mrs Roberts asks on page 14 of her article the rhetorical question: “Is there scientific evidence?” Yet she doesn’t engage herself with the 117.000 results, which Google, on the 16.9.2013, shows under the search terms “alkaline water”, “studies”, “scientific”. Alone in the year 2013 there were already 258 results in Google from the term “scholar”. Mrs Roberts ignores those plain and simple and talks about the “statement of the manufacturers”.

FAQ Search results Jan Roberts

  • The same ignorance is illustrated by the quoted American bestseller author Andrew Weil on page 15, who is mistaken or is consciously lying when he says in 1999: “This mindset is not supported by any kind of scientific analysis”. Even the many studies from many Russian water researchers through Prilutzky and Bakhir with 165 scientific sources; these statements were published 2 years before Mr Weil’s testimony in English. —> Russian research. Also the Japanese and Korean research was known in the USA since 1990 from the book “Reverse Aging”, by S. Whang, which today is still a bestseller in many countries. Also the German electrolyte water therapy – since 1938 registered in Germany as a specialty medicine – was already published in English in an article by Albert A. Riedel. Mr Weil had only to read the sources. For some time we haven’t heard anything from him about this topic, yet his statements from 1999 are still eagerly quoted by opponents of water ionizing.
  • A further authority is quoted on page 14 by Mrs Roberts, the “Health Department of the University of Columbia, USA”. This claim could not have done without a certain amount of boldness. Should one research the given source (http://tinyurl.com/6x82j5), then you do not stumble on to an official statement, but rather on to a blog of a certain “Alice” from 9.6.2006, who describes the whole procedure of acid/base balance with school textbook level to a healthy person and doesn’t even go into activated alkaline water or chronic hyperacidity.

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Andrea G.: Yesterday a representative was at my house and measured the water of my water ionizer. It definitely has more ppm than tap water! I thought the filter removes all contaminants! Now the man says it could be more and he recommends a reverse osmosis system.

  • PPM means Parts Per Million. With a conductivity metre you can measure the number of all dissolved particles. Often the conductance is also shown in microsiemens. He says something about the amount, not the quality of the water components. 5 ppm lead, quicksilver, uranium or cadmium can be catastrophic, 1000 ppm calcium in comparison is perfect! Whoever wants to judge the quality of water with a measurement of conductance, is either completely uninformed or purposefully does not tell the truth, for to advertise —> reverse osmosis, I refer to this in another section.
  • Where does the increase in ppm come from, even though the water before electrolysis is filtered and like that the contaminants are removed? In the cathode chamber minerals build up from 2 litres of water in 1 litre alkaline activated water. Aside from some filters also adding —> calcium, because it is good for us and for the buffering of activated water. That is why it has mostly more ppm, yet fewer contaminants, which can be measured in alkaline activated water.
  • Last but not least I have to point out that with the conductance solely electrolyte, hence ions can be measured in the water, electrically neutral atoms cannot.
  • Furthermore you should consider, that the very bad contaminants like lead, quicksilver or uranium, also hormones and antibiotics in minimal amounts are very harmful. Heavy metals are measured in micrograms, whilst the good metals like calcium, magnesium or potassium are measured in milligrams, so the order of magnitude is a thousandth bigger. If a filter can remove ppm from the water, it does not mean by a long way that the “evil” ones were removed.

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Hendrik L.: My medical practitioner says that as soon as alkaline activated water comes into contact with the stomach acid, it is immediately neutralized and is ineffective and that due to alkaline water the stomach acidifies even more and as a result the entire intestine becomes over-acidified as well. Please shed some light on these statements.

Gastric acid

Some naturopaths read the magazine “Nexus” and in this regard are unsettled by an article by the Australian pharmacist Jan Roberts, who has made these claims. Please read more in detail under this link.

The fact is that neither the gastric pH is significantly reduced by drinking alkaline activated water in the recommended pH 9.5 range nor is the pH window for the effectiveness of digestive enzymes out of range.

Also contrary to Sang Whangs allegations, no additional acid production is boosted. The latter can, however, occur at pH values above 10.5, which Sang Whang has inexplicably recommended. This is completely contrary to alkaline activated water and is outside natural pH ranges, as is reflected by the drinking water regulations.

A so-called acid rebound, a provocation of gastric acid, on the other hand happens very quickly in case of prolonged ingestion of mineral-based alkali powders.

When alkaline water enters an empty stomach, it virtually doesn’t react. Instead the water glides away over the so-called gastric canal – quickly through the pylorus into the duodenum, where it largely arrives unmixed with the gastric juice.

Only a part of the negative redox potential is transmitted to the gastric juice.

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Hiltrut G.: When staying many years ago in Bad Fussing I learned at a lecture by Dr. Walter Irlacher about alkaline activated water and acquired a water ionizer. I drink alkaline water regularly ever since and have also recommended this water to others and even given it away. Now my son in law came across an article on the Internet: “Alkaline water – a business idea with harmful consequences” published on 09.11.2013 by VISION AQUA by Hans-Peter Bartos, in which alkaline water is depicted as unhealthy and harmful. We are now totally confused whether we can continue to drink alkaline water.

On the mentioned website that you visited, Best-Water distribution, I was not able to find this article. Such sniper actions against activated water by advocates of reverse osmosis and swirlers have a certain tendency to migrate, since they could also be prosecuted under competition law because of their false allegations.

Nevertheless, I know this article, because it was also repeatedly sent to me with a similar request. I have already gone into detail with the core arguments in the articles: Tödt, Roberts, Mister Water,Twister, and reverse osmosis. I now will certainly only grapple with new arguments presented by German Engineer Hans-Peter Bartos.

I can’t blame Mr. Bartos that he deals critically with “alkaline water”, since newly so many inflationary terms have flooded the market terminology. He says in his article quite rightly, that everyone could produce such a water without expensive electrolyzers very cheaply even by admixing pure water with a few crumbs of caustic soda or caustic potash.

But the alkalinity is just the saturation side dish of electrochemically activated water and certainly not what is on the main menu. Also a lye, like the one Mr. Bartos wants to make with caustic soda, one could refer to as “alkaline water”. But there is something missing in this equation: Activated Water. This arises solely from electrolysis.

Bartos continues: “Tap water contains naturally, depending on the area, other substances such as calcium sulphate (gypsum), which is then decomposed by electrolysis into calcium hydroxide (slaked lime) and sulphuric acid.”

Here Bartos overlooks that gypsum and hydrated lime are solids, while calcium cations and sulphate anions are a completely normal part in an aqueous solution in many German mineral, medicinal or tap waters. You can find this on practically every bottle of mineral water when you look up anions and cations in the content.

Yet this has nothing to do with water ionizers! The ions are only the means to an end, to produce a very high surplus of electrons, an ORP in the water which is therefore called activated water, or “electrochemically activated water” (ECA).

Bartos does not recognise what is involved with activated water when he writes: “It is even argued that a liter of treated “alkaline water” has the antioxidant power of ten lemons, even though lemon juice is not at all alkaline, on the contrary extremely acidic (pH 2,4). Such a comparison is not convincing but rather proves the opposite.”

Bartos has indeed understood that a lemon is not alkaline (alkaline acting foods). But because lemons contain citric and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), they are very rich in antioxidants, although not nearly as rich as alkaline activated water.

But he has confused sour lemons with rusty screws. Because the antioxidant power of alkaline activated water is in a class of its own that is completely independent of the alkaline character of water. Using electrolysis you can even produce an acidic or neutral water with antioxidant properties . So Bartos has not understood at all the basic idea of alkaline activated water, that it can be alkaline and antioxidant simultaneously.

The core of Bartos’ thesis structure lies in his following statement: “Why “alkaline water” is not healthy.” An alkaline effect would not even go beyond the stomach, because the digestive juice of the stomach is highly acidic and would neutralize the alkaline water immediately. Rather this would weaken the gastric acid and the body would have to respond by producing more stomach acid.

To this end, I wish to highlight: Our stomach, when it is not busy digesting a meal, has a pH value of 4 which is less acidic than a glass of orange juice. Only the gastric juice, which is injected into the stomach only during food intake, has a pH of about 1,5. It is therefore about 10 x more acidic than a soda with a pH of 2,5. However, this gastric juice has a high acidic buffer so it is hardly changed by neither neutral tap water nor alkaline activated water.

This has been thoroughly researched in Russia in 1997 and confirmed scientifically. (FAQ: Russian research, stomach acid). Blocked protein digestion, pepsin inactivity, parasite promotion – everything Bartos lists, according to current scientific knowledge, has been proven wrong.

Alkaline activated water for drinking has mostly a pH of  9,5 , which the German Drinking Water Ordinance permits even for tap water. Natural waters, for example long mountain rivers such as the Inn, are often very alkaline. Water with this pH can not remotely disturb the production of gastric acid, unlike certain agents such as Alka-Seltzer or proton pump inhibitors do.

It is important that our drinking water is preferably alkaline and that we can replace the many harmful acidic drinks. This is an important, constant step towards beating hyperacidity.

Precisely for this reason are electrolysis cells in a water ionizer for drinking purposes designed, so that they produce an antioxidant alkaline water. You could also create an antioxidant neutral or acidic water, but the experience, the physiology and the flavour speak for alkaline water. But primarily with alkaline activated water its about the energy wealth in the form of a negative ORP.

If Bartos writes about the redox potential, it shows his whole misunderstanding of the relationships. The core concept of relaxation time is not even familiar to him. That alkaline activated water does not have a permanent antioxidant effect he considers a disadvantage. But precisely this is its attribute, because a fresh apple is also healthier than an old one. So its redox potential also has a relaxation time, albeit longer. Just like us when we age. With alkaline activated water we can evidently extend this process of ageing.

About the erroneously illustrated relationship by Bartos, in the context of minerals in the water and risk of heart attack, as well as the WHO assessment, please read further details under the headings: risk of heart attacks and stomach acid.

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Sandra P.: On the webpage www.misterwater.eu I had 3 “secret water reports” sent to me. In the third part of the secret report it advises heavily against drinking alkaline activated water. Besides it I also found a 10 page report about ionized alkaline water, which dissuades heavily from drinking it.

  • Such exclusive information freebies can have various reasons for being sent, for example, to gain addresses of potential clients, avoiding the publications of forbidden healing statements of own products and unpunished defamation of the competition. The website belongs to the EM Wassertechnologie GmbH, which is represented by the manager Erich Meidert. In the aforementioned secret report 3 it is about the evaluation of water filters. The company philosophy of Misterwater reveals itself on page 32. The company doesn’t sell a ready made filter system, but rather configures one from different filter components after the requirements needed on site.  This is also done by water ionizer suppliers.

An optimum drinking water according to Misterwater needs:

  1. Germ immunity
  2. High oscillation energy
  3. Neutral to lightly alkaline pH-values
  4. Oxygen-rich
  5. Low mineralisation availability to cells
  6. Highest chemical purity
  7. Freedom of physical contaminant information
  • On page 33 of his secret report, Meidert speaks of the improvement of the redox potential, yet doesn’t claim, how this occurs. This can be ascertained on the webpage. There we see:
  • The offered filter systems are called “Futura with organic energy”, “Futura with Joana Energy”, “Cortesia with organic energy”, “Direct Flow New Generation”, “Bio Energie”, specifically “Joana Energy” and costs (published July 2013) between 1595 € and 3199 € without installation fees. The filter change flatrate is between 179 and 219 €. Along with the filter system with a germ barrier and a separate withdrawal pipe, the systems also receives an “energy-module for subtle preparation according to homeopathy” as well as a “water Alchimator device for optimal mineralization”.
  • In addition Misterwater offers products named “Frequator”, frequency carriers between 830 € and 11.400 €, which in the shape of rings are laid around the water mains and frequency carriers in the shape of the symbol “flower of life” painted coasters made of aluminium-silicon called “Vivalisator” for 100 € to 209,25 €. Quote: “The Vivalisator can bring life back into your food and drinks, prolong its shelf life and make it an intensive taste experience”. “It transfers the stored natural and vitalising information to all drinks and foods that come into contact with it”. Since this might sound a bit odd to those who are not usually bustling through an esoteric trade fair, in the small print you can read that the facts are not accurate: “that the effect of the Vivalisator according to scientific criteria cannot be measured.” Audacious is the claim: “Foods can store more biophotons”, for biophotons are very scientifically measurable. Such a measurement is not put forward by Misterwater for the Vivalisator.
  • On the webpage http://www.misterwater.eu/allgemein/so-wird-aus-einer-trueben-bruehe-klares-wasser.html is the application of, for example, with dialysis machines a usual super fine filtration described and then executed: “The generated water and its purity can only be compared to very few natural springs”. I have to contend that. Not one natural spring has such technically pure water. Also, what for?
  • The “preparation of subtle materials” takes place with theories from Wilhelm Reich, Viktor Schauberger and George Lakhovsky, documented by water crystal photos in the style of Masaru Emoto. Water crystals don’t actually exist – they are called ice crystals – but one could have the idea that ice is completely different to drinking water. To illustrate this better please read under the article heading Töth, Ewald. Luckily here objective evidence is not missing, that none of the preparation methods lead to measurable scientific effects.
  • On the page another of his pages, now not online any longer (http://www.misterwater.eu/datenblaetter/alchimatorwasser.pdf)  you discover how the redox potential of water is meant to change with a device called the Alchimator. The Alchimator is a device in which water is swirled into a funnel shape, similar to a device called the Twister, which we have described in another section. It looks like a household blender which swirls water likewisely. Performance numbers like revolutions/minute etc. are not published. By swirling hexagonal structures, which are made up of 6 symmetrically arranged water molecules. About that Misterwater claims: “and exactly these structures are the ones that pass best through the water channels – aquaporins – of the cells.” (Page 11). This is a fairytale. Magically shown by Masaru Emoto’s pretty 6 edge ice crystal photos, the author seems to have completely overlooked that such a 6 edge cluster, which is a sign of very cold water, would be too large for the water channels in cells.
  • These water channels, which Misterwater means, so called —>aquaporins, measuring 0,3 nano metres, are so fine, that only single water cells can pass through. They don’t give —> water clusters any kind of chance and dissolve hydrogen bonds in the water, to singularly channel the water molecules in an aligned electromagnetic field into the cell.
  • On page 23 it would be: “The Alchimator delivers a neutral to alkaline water, which is still soft. The minerals, which the water absorbs during the Alchimation with the mineral ring, are big and indigestible like minerals from tap, mineral or alkaline water, instead because of the transformation of the swirling at high speeds they are small, alive and energetic.” The water swirler, as well as the swirling motion, adds minerals to the water with a mineral ring. Misterwater doesn’t specify which minerals are being dealt with and especially, why these are “big and indigestible” like “minerals from tap, mineral or alkaline water”. One would rather like to believe that water, which has worked longer than the 6 – 8 minutes in the swirler with the solution of minerals in anions and cations – natural water has had weeks to millions of years – has rather few minerals, for the full solution of minerals in water takes a substantially long time. Why certain minerals are “indigestible”, and others not, is not stated by Misterwater. Minerals are by definition a non organic material and it makes absolutely no sense to speak of indigestiblity in these terms. (Please see also Organic availability).
  • On page 19 he speaks of a correlation with chelating and believes, with bioavailability the chelating of minerals is meant. Yet chelating is a method that makes non soluble materials, like heavy metals, soluble. Alkalinous and alkalines earth minerals are, as a general rule, completely soluble and therefore appear as an ionized form in water. They do not have to be chelated at all. They are already maximally bio-available, because they already exist in an ionized form!
  • The proof, that Misterwater-Alchimator water fulfills the complete conditions of the drinking water regulations, is not delivered. Yet it is very unlikely, that in the aforementioned ultra filtered water, that from swirling with mineral rings so many minerals are continuously absorbed so as to reach the requisites of the drinking water norm. How many minerals dissolve when the swirler of the Alchimator is running for 2 minutes, what is to be expected with 8 minutes activity? Since minerals dissolve with varying speeds in water: Which ones are used first, which ones last? Is the Alchimator germ safe with its mineral rings? How does the Alchimator stay sterile? Misterwater still owes us these answers.
  • You have learnt something of the principles of the offers from Misterwater. Neither micro filtration nor swirling is new. Water vitalization from esoteric sources have a mere entertainment value and a fairytale character. One can transmit, theoretically, binary and analogue information with water, for very short intervals it can be stored in hydrogen bonds, but definitely not in the framework of drinking water.
  • Also post mineralisation for highly filtered water is very frequent. On the following webpage from Misterwater, ionized alkaline water is described as harmful: (published 28.7.2013)  http://www.misterwater.eu/datenblaetter/ionisiertes_basisches_wasser_schaedlich.pdf. The cited arguements lead to Misterwater-Alchimie, yet are polemic, illusory and the main point is based on a magical world view.
  • Next to the picture of a desperate looking man, sitting on the lavatory, Misterwater writes: “The Japanese health authorities, which recently still recommended drinking alkaline water from water ionizing devices, have distanced themselves from this recommendation, after many stomach and intestine problems arose from drinking this artificial and extremely treated water. “This is in all sorts of ways untrue. The Japanese health authorities have never recommended the drinking of alkaline activated water, this would be a highly partial statement in contrast to the rivaling pharmaceutical industry. Yet with extensive safety tests for treatment for stomach and intestine complaints it was permitted, not recommended. (Source: Bulletin of the Monitoring and Guidance Dept. of the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, Pharmaceutical Monitoring Vol. 57, issued on October 19, 1992)
  • This water for medical treatment, for which doctors in Japan are still responsible, after another regulation, devices have to be produced by a certified medicinal device manufacturer. That is why most water ionizer manufacturers, at least in Japan and Korea, have the certification and produce the devices according to the determined norms and consumer protection. About the qualification history of water ionizers in Japan, please see: http://www.3aaa.gr.jp/english/alkali/hs.html or in my book “Activated Water – an invention with extraordinary potential”. In Germany activated water was named Hydropuryl® already in 1938 and was entered in the Gehes code of pharmaceutical specialities.
  • The Hydropuryl® Water was not only available in the 80’s as neutral and demineralized water but also as acidic and alkaline (base) activated water from the factory of the inventor Alfons Natterer. It’s effect was for a long time in Germany categorically analyzed and well known, before Soviet, Japanese and Korean researchers started to thoroughly go over this subject. In the USA until today no scientific explanation took place with the German invention and the activated water only found approval with Doctor Fra Albertus, who in the 60’s already tried to contact Alfons Natterer.
  • On page 3 Misterwater repeats the same fairytale of the alkaline acting lemon and fantasizes with the trend of the esoteric scene about organic minerals. (Alkaline acting foods). On page 4 Misterwater plays with the term chelation. Chelation means to make water-insoluble substances with certain chemicals water soluble. Mineral substances have to be absorbed by the body yet don’t have to be made soluble, since they already are from the beginning. Also the minerals from our organic food are not dissolved by chelation, but rather by the water in the food itself. In water, minerals are the easiest and have the least digestion effort for absorbtion, because water is the main mineral transporter. So when Misterwater writes (on page 3): “Humans are designed according to their digestive system, minerals are meant to be obtained from food and not from their drinking water”, this can only be referred to as absurd.
  • On pages 4/5 Misterwater presents chemical specialist terms: “In this alkaline water you have bonds like calcium hydroxide (= limestone… its main application is normally for mortar in the building industry or for its corrosive effect as a fungicide in fruit farming…), sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), potassium hydroxide (caustic potash), magnesium hydroxide (used medicinally for neutralising the stomach acids and as a laxative)”. Lay persons are astonished, yet the specialist is not surprised , for these substances are found in nearly all drinking water. However Misterwater did forget to include the abbreviation “(aq)”, with which you refer to substances not as salt, but rather are present in an aqueous solution and are therefore completely normal and harmless, even health promoting. Withheld is the main feature of alkaline activated water, namely the existence of an abnormal redox potential outside of the thermodynamic balance. –> Relaxation period.
  • Caustic soda and caustic potash, according to Misterwater’s strong statement on page 5, tend to “store themselves in the tissue and joints”. A truly interesting pathology, which seems to have come from the script writer of a CSI episode, yet has nothing to do with the physiology of humans.
  • From page 6 onwards the talk is about juice and weak water instead of the electron richness. This water can evoke cardiac muscle damage. The background to this I have explain under the keywords: Jan Roberts.
  • Incomprehensible is the reference of Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, a Japanese doctor and water researcher, who through his clear articles has contributed a lot to the dissemination of alkaline activated water. His work was taken on in Germany by Dietmar Ferger and extensively featured in his book “Jungbrunnenwasser” (Fountain of Youth Water, 2011).
  • The well known advocate of the exclusive reverse osmosis scene, the Frenchman L. Vincent, has unsustainable theories about water hardness, which are linked to Misterwater with a theory about the disruption of “celular redox signaling molecules”. This is based on the network marketing of ASEATM and “redox signaling molecules” is a scientifically unheard of, invented term.
  • Point 8 on page 9 is, in the light of Misterwater’s filter product range, naturally no surprise. The internal filters of water ionizers are completely insuficient with over 2000 potential contaminants. This is, first of all, pure scaremongering, for potential contaminants dont harm you, only real ones and in Germany and central Europe they are more controlled than anywhere else in the world. Secondly, when in demand of a filter you can, at any time, choose a special filter or switch beforehand. The pre filter issue is an inappropriate criticism of water ionizers. Real and more detailed filter problems I have described under the keyword —> Filter. A complete con is Misterwater’s sentence: “Exactly like with the activated carbon filters, with ionizer devices the ppm values are too high.” Briefly: There are no “too high ppm values”. The extended version of this is under the keyword —> Conductance. The faked equation of ppm values with contaminants is a typical feature of —>reverse osmosis sales persons.
  • Misterwater’s statements are in the German language the most fierce attacks on alkaline activated water. In English there are pages, which might have served as a model, for many, which so far were sales people for reverse osmosis devices and similar devices, are in the meantime have changed sides to water ionizers. There is also a battle between the manufacturers of such different systems. There they often roll up ones sleeves. Yet I have never seen an argument that starts with a man with his trousers down sitting on the loo.

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Yesim D.: I am irritated, if I am drinking the right water, your statements are different to that of the manufacturer’s.

  • Where you start doesn’t depend on the chosen levels but rather on your taste. The level is also never the gauge, unless a competent expert has set the water ionizer according to the water flow correctly for your water.
  • To illustrate the point here you have an example: If you set your device in Aachen, Germany, to level 3 with a water flow of 2 litres/minute, you will obtain alkaline water with a pH value of 10. If you do the same in Würzburg, Germany, you will obtain a value of pH 8,5. The result always depends on the water source, the water flow rate and the chosen level.
  • For this reason some manufacturers have placed symbols next to the operating buttons, like cooking pots, a drinking glass, pastry bowls, etc. Very misleading, since the exactly desired pH value gives the information of the water its purpose. Since most manufacturers are not bothered with the European market, these annoying pictures, which are tuned to Japanese and Korean soft water levels, are a nuisance and dum down the consumers.
  • To really know what comes out of an ionizer, the delivered indicator drops for —>pH measurement is a very important utensil after the first assembly. You can ascertain how your water reacts to the device with the different levels and the different flow rate.
  • For the preparation of activated alkaline drinking water a general value of pH 8,5 and 9,5 is recommended. Normal drinking water is usually at ca. pH 7,5. If you raise it to pH 8,5 it is 10 times more alkaline (10 x more OH ions), at pH 9,5 it is 100 times more alkaline. Sometimes tap water only has a pH of 6,5 or already pH 8,5. That exists in certain areas everywhere.
  • Therefore you should simultaneously always measure your tap water with the drops and compare it to the ionized water. 90 % of people are enthusiastic if already at the beginning they drink 2 colour levels above the usual water. 10 % are more sensitive and prefer to drink 1 colour level higher. Let your sense of taste decide in the beginning, when you start. Yet never drink activated water above pH 9,5 without a doctor’s recommendation, for this is not suitable as drinking water.

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Product related questions and answers

Heinrich H.: The U.S. researcher Tyler LeBaron writes that the content of dissolved hydrogen is the sole therapeutic advantage of activated water, even if “mildly alkaline water” from a water ionizer from the same drinking area as you, say between pH 8 and 9, is certainly recommended. If I am not too acidified, because I move a lot and am healthy and eat alkaline foods, why should I then buy a relatively expensive water ionizer and not one of the new electric Hydrogen Rich Water Makers, which are much cheaper and specifically geared to replenish the water with hydrogen gas?

Your question is understandable. But it is, first of all, not a question of price. Because good electric HRW Makers are nothing more than batch ionizers that, usually much smaller versions for small quantities, are much cheaper than the trendy HRW devices. If you must drink the water necessarily in the neutral pH range, because you don’t want it alkaline, then just remove from a cheap batch ionizer the diaphragm and you then also produce the same HRW. Because batch ionizers work usually even faster with more power.

After 2007, since the state of research on the therapeutic benefits of HRW exploded, I would not contradict you and Prof. Le Baron, that HRW obtained by electrolysis without a diaphragm can be usefully applied and secured in many therapies.

The first effect complies with the 1937 medicinal product marketed by the German engineer Alfons Natterer. Hydropuryl N, which he created in the middle chamber of a 3-chamber cell without a diaphragm membrane.

Only in the 60’s was this neutral electrolytic water of the varieties Hydropuryl S (sour/acidic) and Hydopuryl A (alkaline = basic) pushed back. For the same effect can be achieved by back-mixing A and S. Therefore, for decades no 3-chamber cells are needed, and the 2-chamber system has prevailed.

You can create with each flow through water ionizer HRW, by bringing together the alkaline and the acidic outlet during filling. The yield of hydrogen and oxygen is much greater, because the electrolysis cells are trimmed to high performance. Such devices are of course more expensive, but also offer the advantage of a built-in pre-filter, which is recommended often for our tap water, especially if we want to ionize it for drinking.

An HRW Maker is a one-cell electrolysis device. The water is thus not only enriched with hydrogen from the cathode, but also with oxygen from the anode. With hydrogen we have a desired effect with therapists because of its antioxidant character. Oxygen on the other hand, is the opponent of hydrogen and thus oxidative, but the oxidation of hydrogen (2H2O) is not immediate, and happens with detours, so that both gases remain reasonably stable and separated in the water and do not react to water.

Still, after 14 hours even with multiple HRW production is everything over, as you can see in my readings below in a HRW device called SUSOSU Plus (Identical to Arui Hendy) with Munich tap water.

By pressing the button 1 time, a 3-minute electrolysis process occurs in which one sees both oxygen and hydrogen bubbles rising. In addition to pH and ORP I have the TDS value, the conductive particles measured in ppm. This device also has a small ring filled with minerals, the use of which worsened the result. It is intended mainly for very soft water, as it prevails in Japan and Korea, so in these parts of the world does not count for much.

So what could now be said of such a product? Oxygen has a slight flavour enhancing effect. Everyone who has tried swirled or levitated water knows this because a water vortex is nothing more than an ORW-Maker (Oxygen Rich Water) by swirling oxygen from the air. But swirlers usually have no powerful prefilter and if at all, they are mounted before the swirler, which really is not recommended with our polluted and often germ-laden air. Therefore, an HRW Maker, which is filled with filtered water, is definitely preferable, in my opinion, to a swirler. Incidentally, they also increase the ORP by catapulting hydrogen and carbon dioxide and simultaneously mixing in oxygen. With the loss of carbon dioxide the water does become slightly alkaline. This also happens in a HRW device, because here during electrolysis carbon dioxide is expelled. Also activated water that is mixed back from a batch or flow through ionizer is usually slightly more alkaline than the tap water.

By pressing 8 times, i.e. 24 minutes production time you get 779 micrograms. This value no longer increases with 60 Minutes Production time (20 x 3 min) or 75 minutes (25 x 3 min). The maximum point in the water used settles at 828 micrograms / l. This is slightly more than half of the highest amount with this kind of water with a diaphragm – ionizer measured by myself with a maximum value of 1577 micrograms / liter . So you need to drink about twice the amount of water in order to benefit from the same amount of hydrogen as with this Susosu HRW device . That’s basically not bad, because you are supposed to drink a lot of activated water, instead of the usual strong oxygen and carbon dioxide-rich everyday drinks. But who likes to drink water constantly! I therefore think the alkaline water from a diaphragm – ionizer is significantly better than the water from a HRW device.

What is the reason for that? The explanation is, in my view, from the counter effect of oxygen and hydrogen in a non-diaphragm electrolysis separated redox process between the simultaneously produced hydrogen and oxygen. This has not yet been fully explained for electro activated water. Nevertheless, the basis of an explanation is simple and over 200 years old, in the research guessed already by the founders of electrochemistry Alessandro Volta and Johann Wilhelm Ritter and the ingenious discoverer of electrical activation of water; Alfons Natterer. The great chemist Nernst, with his seemingly all-explaining pH / redox potential equation had only viewed the substances dissolved in water, but not the water itself that gets new properties through the process of diaphragm electrolysis. Only Vitold Bakhir in the 1970’s had perceived this, but was not able to explain it.

Water molecules are known to consist of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. These are in a mutual redox equilibrium, which can be expressed in millivolts and is in a specific dependence of the pH value.

If now, the same as with water electrolysis without a diaphragm, oxygen and hydrogen gases out of the water, the redox equilibrium changes, depending on which gas leaves the water faster. This in turn entirely depends on the complete composition of the tap water, how much of these two and other gases were already dissolved in the water prior to electrolysis.

Described on the penultimate page are the SUSOSU measurement examples which show that a 3 minute electrolysis showed the lowest redox potential. It has thus achieved at this stage more dissolved hydrogen in water than oxygen. This ratio then changed at the 7 x 3 = 21 minute long electrolysis, because the redox potential rose again. After 14 hours the water was back, approximately equally balanced between oxygen and hydrogen, like before electrolysis.
In diaphragm electrolysis, oxygen is removed from the cathode water, whilst it accumulates only in the anode water. The hydrogen in the cathode water, however, has no redox partner and the water gets a very low redox potential.

So when it comes to actually producing hydrogen rich water, diaphragm electrolysis is fundamentally superior. Abundance of hydrogen is like someone going shopping with a lot of money: You do not know if the buyer pays for everything with a credit card or whether that person really is so rich. The fact is that you can also buy sensible things on credit.

In this sense, the hydrogen produced in a HRW Maker by single electrolysis makes sense, just as more than 500 serious studies with such water show. You can find clear and up to date information on the website: http://www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org/

Of course, no one will want to give up, if like me you have been drinking alkaline activated water for 11 years at pH 9.5, the alkaline part of activated water from diaphragm electrolysis.

As soon as with ca. 45 years, for unknown reasons, the alkaline buffer of bicarbonate in human blood tilts, I stand by Dr. Walter Irlacher: With age and lifestyle come the spa and hyperacidity diseases. His concept of de-acidification we have presented together in the Service Manual for Humans since 2006 scientifically and hitherto have been unchallenged by tens of thousands of readers and patients. I am still completely convinced: oxygen does not belong in the water, but in the lungs and into the blood.

And a maximum of saturated hydrogen-rich water possible should pass through your digestive system. That’s why we should drink it.

What is the role of hydrogen in our body? It is just the basic currency of all energy processes in the body. In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1937, Albert Szent-Györgyi expressed it like this: “Our body really knows only one fuel, hydrogen. Our food, carbohydrates, is basically only a hydrogen package … and the main event during its combustion is the elimination of hydrogen.” Simple and no better way to express it. Chemically, it is very complex.

Back to your question: I admit that what I eat is not always healthy and I am doing too little exercise. For this I argue with the usual acidity diseases such as diabetes, allergies and cancer for supremacy in my body.

But for all-round healthy people, who are actually not too acidic, I see in HRW water already as an alternative to get away from the really overacidified drinks and waters.

Because even switching from soda to plain tap water reduces the acid load in the body more than any change of a diversified diet to vegetarian. This is even more the case when you change to very slightly alkaline HRW, if you do not need to jump to the right alkaline activated water.

Although it is only half the effect in the alkaline area. Anyway, better than the cascade of acidosis syndromes to acidification disasters – like the uninformed others – to slide further into an age of suffering and disease. I myself was on this path, until I started to think more thoroughly.

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Patricia G.: For years we were convinced by reverse osmosis water and payed a lot of money for such a device. Since, we have realised our mistake. It is actually logical! But can the available device be used as a pre-filter for a water ionizer so that extremely clean water is ionized?

  • This is a question of economy. Filters from reverse osmosis devices are usually not cheaper than those for water ionizers. They filter more out, not only the pollutants but also the valuable minerals, which would be added later with further filter cartridges. I have tested most of these post mineralisation cartridges. The result is not viable, since these cartridges are unusable after a short amount of time, for the minerals dissolve in variable amounts and you have every time different results and you constantly have to calibrate the ionizer. Just calculate that. It is not worth it.
  • You can add only salt to reverse osmosis water before ionizing, then it lets itself be ionized. With the Enagic Leveluk SD 501® a brine (“electrolysis enhancer”) is added. This is similar, like with salt crystals, to water ionizers that have a salt compartment. But because this then has an unpleasant alkaline taste, one uses the procedure in a praxis to produce hygiene technical alkaline and acidic activated water. After drinking water regulations it would not be approved as drinking water. It is useful to laboratories, not for domestic use.
  • Reverse osmosis water is, in principle, no more a natural matter than alkaline activated water, since both are not naturally occurring. Both are functional waters invented by engineers. Alkaline, antioxidant and highly mineralised water exists separately, yet this intelligent combination is nowhere to be found except from a water ionizer. Reverse osmosis water was invented for batteries and further developed for astronauts to make drinking water from their urine. This water does not even exist in parts*** in the natural world. Ask a spaceman if he gladly drank the urine water of his crew!
  • When buying a reverse osmosis device you probably fell for the usual sales gimmick with –> conductance, in which the statement was said to you, the more conductance, the more pollutants. The trick lies in the mix up of quantity with quality.
  • In the reverse osmosis field there are many recondite arguements bustling around, all these could almost be a book in itself. Even the citation from mineral water and activated water fans often seems funny: reverse osmosis water is acidic and therefore dangerous! This is absolute nonsense! Reverse osmosis water in itself is absolutely pH neutral. But it is, since it doesn’t contain any ions, acidic from the carbonic acid gas, for it doesn’t contain any kind of alkaline resistance and acidifies like rain water which falls through the air.
  • A mineral deficiency in water can, of course, be compensated with plentiful food, weight gain with that for free. The website www.whiskey.de writes for the use of a mix drink: “Stilecht is exclusive Scottish still water. Good to use as well are still, poor frenchmen. And if you don’t have either at hand, simply use distilled water. Warning: Never drink large amounts of pure, distilled water. The deficiency of ions in distilled water can severely disrupt your own mineral balance in your body and can even be life threatening. For this reason always pour a corresponding measure of Single Malt Whiskey into your glass of distilled water. ;-)”
  • In Israel, because of the water shortage, until the year 2020 they are forced to provide 72 percent of the cities water suppliers with de-ionized water from desalination plants and reverse osmosis facilities. Since this would dramatically reduces the mineral supply of the inhabitants, the local legislator has issued that the water has to have at least 50 mg/l calcium carbonate admixed, supplied from limestone. (Source Brenner, A. Mineral Balance of mineral quality standards for desalinated water: The Israeli experience; in Bhattacharya, amongst other things metals and related substances in drinking water, London 2012, page 114)

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Andrea G.: I sent my alkaline activated water to a laboratory, just to see, if pollutants still remain. The parameters were good, yet I wonder as to why the water hardness was 5 German degrees less than our tap water! Does the filter remove the hard salts, like calcium and magnesium, or does that happen during electrolysis?

  • No. Alkaline activated water is initially always clearly harder than tap water from which it was drawn. Nevertheless your laboratory made no mistake, for surely it did not examine alkaline activated water, since the relaxation period already elapsed once the analysis took place and the hardness forming minerals were no longer in the water. In addition, the gas composition in the water and the lime-carbonic acid balance has changed. The increased hardness and thereby the higher mineral content can be tested by you immediately after producing this water, if you hold a hardness test strip into the water. (These you get from aquarium shops).
  • If after a few days the hard salts fall out, then the relaxed activated water is in fact, softer than the tap water before. Why this is so, would here go too far. The reduction in hardness can be monitored with two hardness test strips. (Aquarium shop). Tea lovers, who prefer to have soft water, can use the relaxed activated water very well, to produce streak free black tea.
  • Activated water should be drunk cold and untreated. It still contains a mineral surplus then. The hardening salts calcium and magnesium belong to the minerals which are vital to humans. Natural calcium and magnesium compounds contribute to the good taste of the water. With coffee connoisseurs is the calcium rich water a better aroma enhancer. For technical purposes like washing can hard water be cumbersome. Sensible would be to soften only warm water. So not drinking water. In Austria, for example, such warm water softening is recommended firstly over 18° dH carbonate hardness according to the ÖNORM M 6245 normative. However, also after the chemical softening (Codex chapter B1 Drinking Water) should a minimum hardness of 8,4° dH show (equate to 60 mg/l calcium).
  • If you also want to soften your cold tap water, then the taste of your alkaline activated water might not be to your liking any longer. With the usual water softeners, by means of an ion exchange, calcium is removed from the water in favour of sodium. The result is by all means in higher pH areas a slight sodium flavour. Apart from that, sodium is an element which we consume more than enough in our diet, whilst calcium as a bulk element, of which we contain from 1 to 2 kg in our body, is practically always needed.

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Durability of ORP from a self produced alkaline water concentrate

Sahra W.: In your book “Drink yourself alkaline”, you wrote how alkaline water concentrate can be made with a batch ionizer. How long does the Redox Potential/ORP keep?

  • After many tries with keeping and diluting alkaline water concentrates, I advise against it, even the home made one. Even if you make it from a balanced mix of sodium, potassium and distilled water, in the end you only have a diluted caustic potash and caustic lye, which has no taste and only contains a chemically produced negative Redox Potential, which becomes uninteresting when diluted. The relaxation period of electric activation with diluted concentrates doesn’t hold longer than with ready to drink alkaline activated water.

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André H.: My activated acidic water doesn’t really get acidic when I set my ionizer to “acidic”. Yet when I sample the acidic water from the run off water pipe during alkaline water production, it is, at least, a little bit acidic.

  • Sadly, this producer didn’t listen to me and constructed the water separation in such a way, to not waste any water, that the ratio of acidic water and alkaline water is at 2:1 instead of 1:1. We use up to 4 – 9 litres of water every time we flush the toilet, much more water used than what flows through a household ionizer. Because of the narrowness by the outlet of the electrolysis cell, what flows out of the acidic water outlet pipe is stronger and more concentrated depending on the setting. If you choose acidic water on the setting key, you will get a stronger alkaline activated water from the outlet pipe than when the normal setting is selected.
  • That acidic water in most European areas doesn’t really get acidic is normal. We have a lot of carbonic acid and few acidic ions in the water. If you add salt to the feed water, that is something different!

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What should I keep my eyes open for when buying a water ionizer when regarding electrolysis cells?

  • The outer size or volume of the cell(“as big as a video cassette”) is relatively unimportant. What is important is the electrode surface, which comes into contact with the water flowing through. Ask your sales person not only about the amount of electrodes, but also about their size. The more square centimetres of contact area there are with the platinum surface and the water, the higher the performance possibility of an ionizer. Hard water requires more output than soft water. Water that is rich in hydrogen carbonate increases the performance requirements. The usual domestic cells have between 400 and 2000 cm2 contact area. The surface is only a sales pitch with hard water. There are other factors.
  • The wattage of the power supply is of little meaning, since this is the maximum wattage, which should always be enough, because the power supply units are adapted to the electrode surface. The actual used electricity is mainly determined by the content of electrolytes in the water. The water “demands” the maximum amount from the power supply. Besides, one can also maximise the performance of a small electrode surface with expert electronic automatic control. Some devices even have an electricity supply with transformers. Because of their low electrical efficiency they use up more than modern switching power supplies. Additionally they also create “electrosmog”, of which the impact on water is still being widely discussed without results. A measurable difference with activated water regarding the power supply does not exist.
  • The standard for electrodes in domestic ionizers is platinum coated titanium. The precious metal platinum is affixed to the contact surface as a catalyst, so that the oxygen separation is increased with the output of the anode and to prevent the corrosion due to oxidation. The choice and quality of this material prevents metal ions being bypassed from the anodes into the water, like with the so called sacrificial anodes, which slowly dissolve. On the other hand the cathode does not suffer this corrosion. Yet with modern water ionizers the electrodes are used as a cathode and as an anode for descaling, so the cathode is also platinum coated. With this type of coating you get different qualities: sprayed platinum – galvanic dipping – galvanic dipping followed by being baked in an oven. Mostly you see with the guarantee period, which procedure was used. Sprayed electrodes have mostly the legitimate minimum guarantee. Serious suppliers will provide the coating thickness (up to 0,3 μm) and information on the surface structure of the electrodes.

FAQ Corroded electrodes

  • You must ask about the shape of the electrodes. If they are not formed the same way and have a flat surface, a local calcification can occur due to an asymmetrical electrical flux, which builds up layers that press on the diaphragm and perforate it. This happens with “mashed” electrodes, that mostly have slanted slits, with perforated electrodes and especially with so called honeycomb electrodes. Devices with such electrodes work efficiently, in my opinion in soft water areas. Any irregularities have a negative effect with calciferous water, even when a calcification safety system following the reverse flow principle is built in. The calcium oxide quite easily finds niches, where a reduced current dynamic dominates and splays out from there.
  • The best kept secret of electrolysis cells are its current dynamics. How is the water led like this  through the cells, that most of the water molecules reach the high voltage field of the electrode surface? With flow-through ionizers the contact time of the flow rate through the cell is clearly under one second. If the water is poorly drawn, then only the edges of the water flow will be ionized. Even the best software for tension control can not offset engineering mistakes with such a flow rate. That is why some devices achieve better results with a small electrode surface as with a bigger one. In the end the ultimate consumer only has the direct comparison with the same output water and the same flow rate. For an objective comparison the pre-filters have to be bridged, since some manufacturers trim the mixed chemicals upwards (—>chemical water ionizing). To avoid such comparisons and rule out the use of other filters, some manufacturers have moved on to equipping the filters with electronic surveillance chips. If the chip expires or is not available, then the electrolysis cell is not supplied with electricity. There are possibilities to avoid this, yet it does require technical skill.
  • A layperson can easily check an important feature of the current dynamic: If more alkaline water flows out compared to acidic water, then the output of a cell cannot be exhausted. This “output limitation” happens because the bigger amount of alkaline water does not have as much contact time with the electrodes as the smaller amount of acidic water. This means that a device with 7 electrodes and 1039 cm2 contact area, with the same water flow and neutral conditions, only reach a pH value of 9, whilst a device with 665 cm2 even reach pH 9,8. Prospectuses like to palliate this, in which they claim to have higher amounts of alkaline water or less “acidic water waste”. Nonetheless, one can adapt such bad designs by selecting the acidic water button and you broach the alkaline water from there. Sadly, you hear many annoying warning indications from the sound chip. For that, with water ionizers that have asymmetrical water distribution you tap into stronger alkaline water. The most natural ones are water ionizers that proportionately separate the water in half because of the symmetrical assembly of a classic electrolysis cell. It makes sense to save on waste water when flushing the toilet, showering, washing, dishwashing, and anywhere, where a lot of water is used: Since we do not usually need more than 3 litres/day of alkaline activated water, is the saving of 1 to 2 litres of acidic waste water completely useless. Reverse osmosis filters use more waste water, even though they don’t even produce water fit for drinking!

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Which salt should I add to my salt shaft in my water ionizer to have the redox potential boosted optimally?

  • Whilst producing alkaline activated water you should ask yourself if you really want that. Except for people who have an extremely poor sodium diet, most of us have a sodium excess from their diet. So why add sodium chloride (salt) to the water?
  • Please also check beforehand if your drinking water provider doesn’t use an ion exchanger, which changes sodium for calcium ions, to make the water softer. Also a glance at the drinking water analysis of your water provider wont harm at all. Is there already more than 50 mg/l of sodium in the water? If that is the case, then the activated alkaline water will not really taste good with the salt addition.
  • In most cases the salt addition only to create acidic, hygienic Function water (Anolyte) is useful, which is not apt for drinking. Also you don’t need a special salt. Table salt, bath salt, mill salt or sea salt is enough. Chloride is in everything and after electrolysis works as a strong hypochloride acid which disinfects. It would be senseless to waste gourmet salts like Fleur du Sel or Himalaya salt on this.

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I would like to get my wife a water ionizer as a present for our silver wedding anniversary. Whilst searching I found a price range from 40 € to over 3000 €. Is the cheapest one the worst and the most expensive one the best?

  • The definition “water ionizer”, which appeared around 30 years ago, originally defines electrolysis cells with a diaphragm, with which at least two sorts of electrolyte water can be produced, which today refer to alkaline and acidic activated water.
  • These electrolyte waters were registered in Germany as specialty medicines, but one didn’t know why they worked. There was also only a small plant that produced it.
  • As the technical production improved and the domestically capable electrolysis devices were distributed, pH metres were used, to demonstrate the change in water from the devices to the clients. With electrolysis, water molecules are divided into water ions H+ and OH-, so people started to talk of water ionizers. The ratio of both water ions is determined by the measurable pH value.
  • Among experts “alkaline ionized water” was the talk, whilst in everyday life the cation part of the electrolysis water was simply termed as “alkaline water”. Many sales people argued the term always with pH measurements and especially in Japan the talk of over acidifying was popular. With that, the words “water ionizer” were gradually associated with the production of “alkaline water”, without differentiating it from a chemical lye. This is how we reached today’s product confusion.
  • Alkaline water can be produced very easily, even without diaphragm electrolysis. To that, no acidity is extracted from the water, a chemical is added, which makes the water alkaline. The diversity of these running board products, which are also offered as water ionizers, I have labeled and analysed under the heading —> chemical water ionizers.
  • The term “water ionizer” cannot be registered and is therefore used, contrary to its purpose, for the chemical water additives, which thanks to its skilled packaging gives the impression of bestowing a device. The experts endeavour a more exact conceptualisation, for no agreement prevails. I have formed the artistic concept for an electrolytical water ionizer Hydrionator® and have had it registered. Every manufacturer of such a device can receive from me a free right of use. I don’t see any other kind of way of eliminating the confusion in the market.
  • What you should give your wife as a present is a water ionizer based on diaphragm electrolysis. There are simple —> batch ionizers with two electrodes and flow through devices with built in pre-filters and an —> electrolysis cell with numerous —> electrodes. Comfortable devices with automatic de-calcification and year long guarantees cost around 2000 € (as of 2014). I would not pay more. So the most expensive is not the best.
  • Let yourself be advised by an expert who doesn’t have any other water preparation techniques up his/her sleeve. By means of a drinking water analysis, your connection situation and the financial possibilities, an optimal solution will be found for you. With a flow through device you should watch out for an exact rate of flow display showing in real time. This is the most important prerequisite for the device to operate efficiently.

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Why do you not recommend a mineral water ionizer that works without electricity?

Hans-Christian L.: Why do you not recommend any water ionizers that do not work without electricity? They are much cheaper and reach, according to Dietmar Ferger’s book “Fountain of Youth Springwater” (page 66) values up to pH 10 and a Redox Potential of -400mV, so even higher than the pH 9,5 and the -350mV that you recommend. Besides, this water of a mineral water ionizer should taste to the connoisseur round, full and warm, whilst that of an electric water ionizer is described as “cool, clear and technical”  (page 77).

  • I don’t only not recommend the mineral water ionizer, I also dissuade people from it. They don’t create recommended alkaline activated water, but rather chemical lyes, alkaline solutions.
  • Ferger reports in his book “Jungbrunnenwasser” (Fountain of Youth Spring Water, Weil am Rhein, 2011, page 65) very accurately the difference between chemical lyes and activated water: “Electrolytically produced alkali and acids have at the same pH level a respectively lower or higher Redox Potential”. This is the deciding factor: Without electric activation the Redox Potential corresponds to the ratio of pH levels of the Nernst equation. It can be calculated with a formula and it doesn’t need to be measured. Only with the electrolytic process does it reach the abnormal Redox Potential, first discovered by Vitold Bakhir. (Prilutzky, V. / Bakhir, V., Electochemically activated water: Anomalous properties, mechanism of biological action, Moscow 1997). The abnormal Redox Potentials are meta stable, that means, they disappear during a certain relaxation period. Only during this relaxation period do the extraordinary abilities of activated water show, which allow it to work as functional water.
  • Ferger’s statement is more incomprehensible, when on page 72 he explains loud and clear: “Important for the biological effect, is that alkaline activated water and acidic oxide water are physically produced solutions. This means, that the pH value occurs on a physical level and not a chemical level with the addition of chemicals, more specifically, minerals. The OH- respectively, H+ ions are therefore “free”, they have no “corresponding” chemicals in the water. He illustrates this point also with a caustic soda lye (NaOH), which the stomach acid HCI neutralises when it comes into contact with it, in which a saline solution NaCI and water is made with the formula NaOH + HCI + < =>Na+ + Cl- + H2O. Whereas “with a free OH- ion the stomach acids remain intact, since the chlorine can’t make salt with an OH ion. OH- + HCl < =>OH- + H+ + Cl- < => Cl- + H2O”. (Page 72). So on this chemical path with help from minerals can no organic goal be achieved. The mineral water ionizers are biologically pointless.

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  • Sadly the term water ionizer is not patentable and scientifically not clearly defined. Originally in Germany the term electrolysis device was used. Since 1979 in Japan the definition “Alkaline Ionized Water Apparatus” worked its way into society, which then from the marketing of different companies has been shortened to “water ionizer”. The definition is fundamentally not wrong, since by electrolysis the water molecule H2O is really divided into water ions OH and H+.
  • Indeed, this degradation of water molecules in ions can lead to added minerals,  also in the water. However, only when a corresponding chemical in the shape of an ion is available. Depending on what type of mineral it is and where it stands on the chemical Redox scale, does its pH value change because of the chemical and the corresponding Redox Value according to the Nernst equation.

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  • With naive observation the same occurs with both processes, for example with the alkaline water: The pH value rises, the Redox Potential sinks. The question is, by how much?
  • Both can be named “water ionizers” correctly. An incredible abundance of such mineral mixes that come as powders, filters, “Alka-Streamers”, pots, sticks and rods fill the market with the promise of an “alkaline balance”, “anti-oxidative”, etc., without mentioning that only with electrolytical water ionizing does the Redox Potential in relation to the pH values change so extraordinarily, that a special period of use arises. The imprecision of the definition water ionizer has caused me to waiver the term “ionized water” and I now systematically use the term “active water” or “Activated water”, for activated is not the chemical variation of water ionizing.
  • Mainly, these mineral ionizers are not adjustable. One has to remeasure the minerals each time because they are not indicated in the water in a controlled amount. The top results of the Redox Potential indicated by Ferger I was only able to measure with one of these mineral water ionizers and only in the first week of operating it. Afterwards the performance sank rapidly. I have tested most of these products. Most ensured after one week with Munich tap water (dH 15,5) only minimal, hardly measurable pH values and Redox Potential alterations. You must use measuring metres if you have bought one of these devices. At least the pH has to be constantly controlled since the manufacturer’s data is mostly very exaggerated.
  • The taste verdict from Dietmar Ferger’s quoted connoisseurs is not sufficiently proven. Was the water compared with the same pH and Redox values? Hardly, because this is physically not possible with these different ionizing methods.
  • The most varied offers of mineral mixes are swarming around the market which trick the consumer into believing that he or she is drinking alkaline activated water. Sometimes as a tea infuser, sometimes as a flow-through filter, as a water shaker or as a magic wand.

FAQ Tea strainer

  • The composition which mineral water ionizers use for admixtures and filter materials doesn’t appear to be subjected to any kind of control or regulation. Exact indication of quantities can hardly be found with the “devices” on the market. In bio-ceramic filters the materials used with tourmalin and acid reducer zeolite powder is an aluminosilicate to burn the ceramic pellets, of which potassium, calcium, magnesium, silver, iron, zinc, copper, molybdenum, manganese, lithium and other substances are added, frequently even the semi-conductive, poisonous, in Germany prohibited food supplement, germanium (Ge).
  • Also metallic magnesium (Mg) is admixed, a material that is also used in fireworks. When dissolved in water it sinks the Redox Potential and raises the pH value.It is a simulated effect, which exclusively is based on the position of magnesium elements in the electrochemical series (Redox Potential) and has nothing to do with water activation. Hydrogen is released according to the formula Mg + 2H2O -> Mg (OH)2 + H2. Because the hydrogen (H2) during the long soaking time of the mineral cartridges evaporates and the metallic magnesium doesn’t work evenly, it is rendered useless. The most well known product of this kind is Hidemitsu Hayashi’s Hydrogen Rich Water Stick. Read the user comments on Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Original-Hayashi-Hydrogen-Rich-Water/dp/B002PIJ63C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429616581&sr=8-1&keywords=hydrogen+rich+water+stick)

 

 

 

  • When opening one of these mineral cartridges, the awful view is something like in the picture.  How safe the germ contamination is by lots of use remains to be seen.

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  • I hope I have illustrated clearly why I advise against mineral water ionizers. Their efficiency (for example with  – 80 mV (CSE) by pH 8,07) is not only low but also biologically uninteresting. So what can be done when on holiday and you would like to drink alkaline activated water? I personally always have room in my suitcase for a small batch ionizer. I buy local still mineral water and ionize it.
  • There are also electric mini-electrolysis devices on the market, which even fit inside a handbag. What you have to remember is: There is no alkaline activated water without the use of electricity and without draining the acid water. Just by adding small pellets you will not get activated water with an abnormal Redox Potential and a relaxation period, merely a normal, chemical lye like the one pictured below.
  • With the small IonyTM, below left, the acid water gets sucked into the hollow space inside the rod and the activated alkaline water appears in the glass. On the silver wire used as a cathode you can see the hydrogen bubbles. Even if this handbag ionizer needs 3 hours for normal values (-222 mV (CSE)) in a glass of water and in the long run isn’t the most hygienic when operating it, the comparative values of the same output water show with the Redox Potential the clear differences: Here we didn’t ionize chemically and we see an abnormal Redox Potential in proportion to the desired pH values.

FAQ Electrolysis deviceFAQ Kathode hydrogen bubblesFAQ Electrolysis device measurement

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The incorporated indicator drops that come with a water ionizer are too imprecise for me. Which electric pH-metre do you recommend?

  • Hardly any manufacturer gives the consumer more than the pH measuring drops. Strictly speaking these are adequate. To display the effect of ionization, you only have to observe the difference between the coloured tap water and the alkaline activated water with the different colour indicator. It doesn’t depend on the absolute pH value after the decimal point, instead, that the difference amounts to maximally 2 colour levels, depending on how strong you want your water. Tap water is mostly green, light alkaline activated water is blue and the stronger one is purple.
  • Teststrips are relatively expensive, since you cannot use normal indicator paper. It has to be coated so that when pulling the strip out of the water the result is not distorted by the air.
  • Electric pH-metres are cheaper and available for 20 €. With today’s guarantee rules it is not given as an accessory, since they would survive few measurements of activated water, especially in the hands of amateurs. This is the case with expensive as well as cheap pH-metres. The electrodes break quickly in activated water and they can only be exchanged in the expensive metres.
  • If you can cope with the maintenance efforts, storage in special liquids and calibrating with every use in new calibration liquid, because you want to measure exactly: you need at any rate a calibrable device with an exchangeable electrode. I have already worn out hundreds of them.
  • Never buy a combination device with a redox measurer if the redox electrode cannot be calibrated.
  • Buy plenty of bags with calibration liquid and with storage liquid and don’t forget that you always need distilled or deionized water for cleaning.
  • The best option is to buy the metre in a specialised aquarium shop nearby, where you can buy the necessary accessories again and where you have experts who are informed should there ever be a problem.

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Kevin J.: Is it worth it to get a pH / ORP dual function meter?

Redox measurement

The known dual function meters are in the redox measurement range and are “work calibrated” and cannot be re-calibrated, which is actually needed with every measurement of activated water. Do not buy!

A redox meter is more expensive than a pH meter. Yet the same limitations apply as described under the key word —> pH measurements.

So far the most stable ORP electrode I found in a device from “American Marine Pinpoint”. But, like I have said, this is for specialists and one has to exchange the electrodes frequently for a lot of money, since especially the acidic activated water attacks them very quickly.

To determine exact values it is absolutely necessary to polish the electrodes after every measurement with the mostly not delivered and very expensive polishing strips. If you forget to do that you will obtain completely wrong measurements.

The measured redox potential with the usual redox metres (CSE = Common Silver Electrode, sometimes also called Ag/AgCl) do not correspond with the scientific standard Eh (sometimes also SHE = Standard Hydrogenium Electrode). When comparing the measurements you have to indicate which electrode reference is used. There are also electrodes with mercury or gold, for which there is no abbreviation. These also have to be indicated with the measurement. If not, the values hang in mid-air, for ORP values are only a reference value to a certain electrode.

Conversion: CSE (mV) + 207 mV = Eh and reversed Eh (SHE) mV – 207 mV = CSE. The reference temperature amounts to 250 C. Good devices register the temperature and correct the corresponding measurement. Besides, there are also reference electrodes of a particular kind with other conversion parameters, but CSE and SHE are the most used.

The safest would be to have the measurement of dissolved hydrogen which determines the relevant ORP. These specific measurement devices are very expensive and belong in the hands of specialists.

A simple homemade verification of the negative redox potential of alkaline activated water is, for example, the iodine test. Alkaline water does not turn brown with one drop of iodine.

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On the 16.07.16 Oswald B. asked: What do you think of the Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water system with natural mineral water on the website http://www.ekpt.com/product.htm ?

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System White Pearl Black Pearl

This is a typical OXY-Hydrogen device based on membrane-less electrolysis with 12 V/1,5A.
Additionally, magnesium (metallic) dissolves in water when hydrogen is released. This must be regenerated periodically with acidity because it oxidizes.

Atypical is the simultaneous swirling of water and a magnet with 5400 Gauss.

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System mineral ring

The following measured values are stated by the producer:
http://www.ekpt.com/images/lab-test_dissolved-hydrogen-level_a.png
The maximum hydrogen saturation of 1,2 ppm is reached after 10 minutes of operation.

The pH value of water rises by about 2 pH due to the chosen minerals and the outgassing of carbon dioxide during electrolysis.

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System ppm chart

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System pH values

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System composition

Simultaneously, a mineralization and chemical ionization of water takes place thanks to  magnesium, FIR ceramic balls and calcium beads. The exact composition is cited as a “manufacturing secret”. Unusual, compared to chemical water ionizers, is a small swirling jet above the mineral ring which should distribute the minerals more effectively in the water.

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System ORP comparison

The ORP decreases especially because of the dissolved hydrogen to circa – 200 mV (CSE)

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System cluster width

This relationship changes with a magnetic resonance measurement. The results are certainly very unstable and do not allow for a conclusion to be stated about smaller water clusters, since these change constantly within split seconds. These amounts are pseudoscientific. Both clusters are relatively big. This is due to the abnormal drinking temperature of 27 degrees C.
http://www.ekpt.com/lab_test_cluster.htm

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System clustered water

The pseudo scientific character is also reflected in a depiction of a water canal in the cell membrane. Aquaporins, these water canals, do not ever allow water clusters to pass into the cell, only single water molecules.

http://www.ekpt.com/lab_test_cluster.htm

Again, the pseudo scientific character is also revealed with the statement of hexagonally structured water which is created by this device. The cancer research of Dr. Won H. Kim is cited in a completely wrong context. It relates to water with calcium ions, that shows more hexagonal rings as it has a greater number of exclusion zones. This does not make the water as a whole, hexagonally structured.

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System water crystal photos

Equally unscientific are the before and after pictured ice crystals from Masaru Emoto. These deal with Emoto’s own statements about a free, artistic choice of photos. Ice crystals are always hexagonal. Depending on the phase of freezing when the photographer presses on the shutter release are different photos made of that. This has nothing to do with drinking water.

http://www.ekpt.com/lab_test_hexagonal.htm

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System Kirlian photos

The integrated 5400 Gauss magnet could have an improving influence on the water during electrolysis after the electromagnetic induction principle. This could result in an improved solubility of minerals, hydrogen and oxygen. The results ultimately show this. The Kirlian photographs of fingertips presented here cannot be attributed to that. These simply show an increased energy emission in the extremities after drinking water caused by the improved blood circulation which can be proven with other methods. These photos can also be made without a magnet.

http://www.ekpt.com/lab_test_energy.htm

Vital Water Plus Hydrogen Rich Water System vital blood

The manufacturer also claims to illustrate how “Hydrogen Rich Alkaline Reduced Water” is produced by the device with dark field microscopic vital blood photos. This is, however, insufficient, for all forms of water drinking thin the blood.

In the second photo you can still see that some of the blood cells still do not repel each other, meaning that a deficiency of cell voltage occurs. Only more liquid is available. To truly demonstrate the effect, the test person would have to drink a certain amount of another kind of water at the same time and being in the same condition, on an empty stomach. The blood sample would have to be controlled after drinking at the same time, preferably 10 minutes after drinking. Only like this can you prove that one water has a better effect than the other. This has already been proven for alkaline activated water and is also presented in my book “Electro-Activated Water”. However, I used alkaline activated water from a diaphragm ionizer. Wether OXY-Hydrogen Water, which also contains oxygen, is clearly better than mineral water, is not verifiable with these two photos.

I urge you to understand the differences between OXY-Hydrogen water (Knallgas water) and alkaline activated water from a water ionizer:

  • Without water separation is there also no gas separation of oxygen and hydrogen. With its oxidative potential is the antioxidant performance of hydrogen equalised, compensated, so the healing performance is minimal.
  • Therefore also no unusually low ORP occurs.
  • With one chamber electrolysis in an OXY-Hydrogen device, no anions are withdrawn, like chloride, sulphate, nitrate. Merely more alkaline minerals are added, like magnesium and calcium.

OXY-Hydrogen water, which can also be produced with gassing of hydrogen or chemical reagents,  has only been researched for the past 8 years. Alkaline activated water has been researched since 1931 and there is significantly more knowledge and information about it.

Yet it is surely better to drink water from the Vital Water Plus than regular water. These kind of devices with their simple technology are comparatively cheaper to produce than a classic water ionizer based on the diaphragm electrolysis.

In any case I believe the better solution amongst these mobile devices is the variety with a 5 V battery, because they enable you to produce a better water anywhere and when en route. I present you with a detailed video of a such a device, used and tested in person. https://www.aquacentrum.com/shop/aquacentrum-blue-700-hydrogen-water-maker-hrw/

Having performed appropriate trials I consider the swirling and use of a permanent magnet to be a marketing blunder. The adding of minerals is not necessary with Central European mineral and tap water, it is already sufficiently loaded with these. A small amount in powder form can be added if required.

Julia M.: I don’t have room in my studio flat for a flow through water ionizer, I travel a lot and don’t want to drink more than 1 litre of alkaline activated water a day because I eat a lot of fruit. Which batch ionizer do you recommend?

  • The advantage of a batch ionizer is that they cope with each water batch because you can programme the time to your will, in which both electrodes in the pot act on the water. In the worst case it starts to boil and the pot melts. I yet have to see a burnt one. In any case I warn against devices from the internet which don’t appear to be subjected to any kind of electrical safety standards like CE. Many have melted. Therefore please buy a device with a timer and a CE approved declaration of conformity. Your insurance will eventually not cover the damage if you don’t. For a long time in the EU batch ionizers are available, that are produced with reliable safety standards, in Germany under the name “Aquaphaser ® Classic”, produced by a family business in Lithuania.
  • And the bigger model Aquavolta BTM 3000 complies with European safety standards.Aktivwasser-Ionisator-BTM-3000

Aquaphaser

  • The third disadvantage lies exclusively with convenience. Since a batch ionizer is not a machine, it is similar to an Espresso portafilter, which has to be cleaned, rinsed and dried after every use.
  • In spite of everything – especially to get to know activated water, with young singles with a limited budget, or also in old people’s homes without the possibility of connecting to the water mains in their rooms, is a batch electrolysis device an acceptable solution. Much better than a chemical water ionizer.
  • The disadvantage of batch ionizers lies in the not so ideal alkaline activated water. Since the pot doesn’t offer a pressure chamber, hydrogen and oxygen escape during electrolysis. The relaxation begins during the process and minerals are depleted, before the water can be drunk. The sales persons describe these mineral sediments on the bottom of the pot as fallen out pollutants. This is not quite right, for there are also fallen out “healing substances”, which the water cannot hold because of the heating with the continuous process requirements.
  • Batch ionizers should not run with unfiltered tap water, since ionized contaminants can be dangerous. This second disadvantage in comparison to flow through devices connected to the water mains can be eliminated with an added external water filter or in which unobjectionable mineral water is bought and used to fill the pot up. Though this strains the previously saved budget in the long run, this is why I only recommend this only when traveling.

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Heinz O.: We have a water ionizer with a Flow-Change-System, where you can obtain alkaline activated water immediately. Sadly, first it comes out of the device warm. I want to let the water flow for a while until it is cold. Should I unplug it for this or can I let it ionize beforehand?

  • You should let the stagnant water flow out until it is cool. For stagnant water doesn’t only have more pollutants from the piping system but also stores, due to its higher temperature, fewer electrons in its redox potential. If you want to unplug it or leave it running for 1 minute, this is merely an ecological or economic question, since you might waste a bit of electricity. I would not advise to waste 1 – 2 litres of water. You can use the stagnant water for cleaning or to water the plants. I would not give it to pets. That would be mean. When flushing the toilet you waste 4 -9 litres of water. Why should you not treat yourself to optimally prepared water by “wasting” 1 – 3 litres?
  • Warm stagnant water should drain better. But for how long? That depends on the housing situation, if you live on the first or fifth floor. You can recognise the fresh water because it is noticeably cooler than the stagnant water. So just hold your finger under the tap.
  • Another possibility to reduce stagnant water, is to shower in the morning or to use the toilet flush. If you also want to let water flow through the ionizer, then it only has to flow for a short time – then you are rid of the stagnant water, which is still in the connecting pipes. You will recognise this because it is again cooler.

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Before you used to recommend devices without pre-filters, if you had no objections with the tap water. Why do you now want to convince me to buy a pre-filter? Do they also have a risk of germ contamination? What should be watched out for when choosing filters?

  • A drinking water without pollution is truly nowhere to be found in Central Europe. The limits of the Drinking Water Directive are often seen critically, even though they are lower than with mineral water. What is important: a contaminant like led or cadmium continuous to be a contaminant, if under the limit, therefore only a poorly contaminant water should be activated. For this reason each flow through ionizer has a built in pre-filter to create drinking water.
  • The main reason as to why I used to recommend devices without pre-filters depends on the purity of the water in some places – which is affected due to the pollution of our environment. Besides, many people already have a drinking water filter in use, before they buy a water ionizer. Since the cartridges for external water filters are much cheaper, than those of a water ionizer, it is in the interest of the user to connect a water ionizer to this to avoid buying the expensive manufacturer’s cartridges. Sadly there is a trend, to equip the manufacturer’s cartridge with an electronic chip, which doesn’t allow a bypass of the original filters to be exchanged.
  • Germ contamination risk occurs mostly with standard water filters, which are in direct contact with air. The filter cartridges in water ionizers are airtight and integrated into the water stream. The risk is no higher than with tap water itself. Since all the integrated filters known to me are manufactured with more or less high quality activated carbon, partly sprayed with antimicrobial silver, a germ contamination is very unlikely because the properties of activated carbon are germicidal. Nevertheless, the operating life of activated carbon should be followed closely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A non official exchanged filter is surely a risk to germ contamination. You also wouldn’t want to delay the due oil change of your car, since you are at risk of damaging the engine.
  • Once an activated coal filter comes into contact with water, the manufacturer’s countdown starts of the use (usually between 6 – 12 months). It doesn’t depend on wether 1 litre or 10.000 litres have flown through. You should also watch, that when in use you do not overstep the filter capacity (3000 – 16.000 litres, depending on manufacturers and cartridge size).
  • A filter should also stay a filter, so contaminants should be filtered out and chemicals should not be added, to improve the pH values or the Redox Potential. That this type of chemical water ionizing is completely pointless I have already mentioned before. The only supplement, which I consider important, is the addition of calcium and/or magnesium in soft water areas, as long as the water ionizer doesn’t have it’s own calcium port.
  • With a generally good water situation is an activated carbon granulated filter. With organic – chemical contaminants in the water from agriculture, pharmaceutics and industry should a buyer place more value to an activated carbon block filter.
  • With the presence of dangerous heavy metals, also under the limit, the filter should include additional KDF-filtermaterial or a corresponding special filter installed under the counter. There are also devices with 2 built in pre-filters, which are configured correspondingly.
  • Disputed is, whether to use with a microbial contamination instead of silver steamed activated carbon the added ceramic filter elements (bio ceramic filters). These are definitely an alternative to the sometimes unwished for silver steaming. Essentially the silver steaming has become a standard with activated carbon granules. Since it deals with nano layers of silver, a damaging effect on the water is not to be considered. Even fridges are steamed with silver, to counteract the effects of germ contamination.
  • Reverse osmosis filters are not suited as pre-filters for water ionizers, since they also filter minerals and therefore do not produce drinking water.
  • With problematic water that has fluctuating quality you can also use ultrafiltration – hollow fibre membrane filters, which are many times finer than activated carbon filters.
  • Waste water you will recognise from any drinking water analysis of the water supplier. Especially in the field of cations you should watch out for, that no pollutant is close to the limits of the measured values, since with electrolysis more cations are present in alkaline water. If you live in an old building then you should also do the heavy metal analysis with the water sample that you can test from home.
  • Not all producers offer filter test analysis, as in laboratory documents, which shows the performance of the pre filter cartridges. Since a universal polluted water does not exist, such analysis are gotten from unclean water with all sorts of pollutants in it. Of the percentages of the filtered pollutants can then the efficiency level of the filter be read with each individual pollutant. Please be aware with such tests if ionized water was measured, or water that was only filtered. The values of ionized water are usually better, since the electrolysis cell offers an added filter effect, in which it repels anions into the acidic water chamber. Like that the content of anion nitrate is reduced, something a normal filter would hardly be capable of.

Excerpt from the book “Karl Heinz Asenbaum: Electrically activated water – An invention with extraordinary potential.”
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