How We Can Produce Acid and Alkaline Water Through Electrodes
Basic or alkaline water detoxifies and purges the body. However, you can’t produce alkaline H2O from the tap without a process called electrolysis. Therefore, all ionizers have an electrolysis chamber in which an electrochemical process takes place, this splits the water into acidic and alkaline H2O.
During the process, fluid passes between charged electrodes. One electrode has a positive charge and the other is negative. The negatively charged electrode, which is also called a cathode, emits electrons into the water. Alkaline water is formed around this electrode, along with OH- ions and hydrogen, which are charged negatively as well.
Where a positively charged electrode, or an anode, is located, the anode attracts electrons and rips them off the H2O molecules. This produces H+ ions and oxygen. In this part of the chamber, acidic water is created. The more H+ ions present in a liquid, the more acidic it becomes and the lower the pH value will be – take a look at our article on pH for more information.
The ions dissolved in the water are attracted to different poles because of their own polarity. An ion is an electrically charged molecule or a single atom, which is either positively charged through missing an electron, or negatively charged by having an electron too many. The positively charged anode attracts negatively charged ions. The same goes for sulphur, chlorine, phosphorus and nitrate ions. Sulphur, chlorine, phosphorus and nitrate are removed from the tap water and placed with the acidic H2O, which is discarded as waste through the sink. The negatively charged cathode, on the other hand, attracts positively charged ions such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and charges them negatively. This H2O can be drunk up to a pH of 9.5. The process also adds calcium, magnesium and potassium to the alkaline solution, so the end result has more minerals than plain tap water.
The creation of water with a pH of 5.5, which is slightly acidic and good for the skin, or of 8.5, 9.0 or 9.5 which is basic and good for drinking, happens through the process of electrolysis. If the device creates strongly acidic solutions for disinfecting or strongly basic solution for cleaning, then sodium chloride, i.e. a saline solution, is added. This results in a chemical process which lowers the pH value at one electrode (strongly acidic) and increases the pH of the other electrode (strongly alkaline). This allows the unit to simultaneously produce highly alkaline water for cleaning, as well as strongly acidic fluid for disinfecting.
Why Is Electrolysis So Important for Boosting Water Quality?
What’s wrong with drinking tap water or spring water from bottles? Well, if we consider that electrolysis produces alkaline and acidic water, and the more acidic it is, the more H+ ions are present. The alkaline water, on the other hand, has OH- ions and creates electrons. The major advantage of alkaline H2O, is that it counteracts over-acidification and provides electrons which allow the body to trap free radicals.
Alkaline ionized water forms small hexagonal molecular clusters, which are ideal for the transport of substances, the supply of cells, and their detoxification. So, the quality of your tap water at home is optimised! You can connect an ionizer to the faucet where it will direct the flow through electrodes for ionization. The acidic part will drain into the sink, or it can be used for watering plants, and the alkaline part is ready for drinking.
Should Tap Water Be Filtered Before Ionisation?
It’s certainly useful to filter out toxins prior to ionization. You can choose a large charcoal filter located inside the ionizer to remove unwanted substances, or go for a pre-filter attached to the ionizer, which removes specific toxins like fluoride. Using this method, you will get filtered, active, ionized, alkaline drinking water directly from your tap!
With a healthy alkaline solution available at home, you don’t have to bring back plastic bottles from the supermarket ever again! Moreover, you won’t ingest any plasticizers from disposable bottles and you’ll be doing your bit to reduce plastic waste.