Electrons and Antioxidants in Alkaline Water Your body runs on electricity, on electrons. In fact, the more electrons present in your body's fluids the more easily energy can flow, the more energetic you feel.
The most effective way to refresh you energetic potential is with ionized water. Here's why:
A quality water ionizer will alter the water's Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP, also referred to as "Redox"). Most leading water researchers from Asia agree that in ionized alkaline water the elevated pH is good, but that ORP is even more important. Alteration to the ORP is what causes the micro clustering, antioxidant and oxygenating effects.
ORP is a "potential" energy that is stored and ready to be put to work. It's not necessarily working, but we know that the energy is there and we can measure it. Another way to think at this potential might be to consider the air pressure in a balloon. As long as the balloon is closed, the pressure remains and can be measured. When released, this potential energy becomes kinetic energy and is released.
In electrical terms, potential energy can be measured. When we use the term "potential" in describing ORP, we are actually talking about electrical potential as expressed in millivolts. In this way we're talking about energizing your alkaline water.
This potential is measured in water with an ORP meter which measures the very slight voltage in the H2O. When we do this we are actually measuring the presence of oxidizing or reducing agents by their specific electrical charge, thus Oxidation Reduction Potential. High pH (alkaline) water has more "reducing" agents (negative [-]ORP) and low pH (acidic) water has more oxidizing agents (positive [+]ORP).
Oxidation is what turns an apple brown after it is cut or causes metal to rust. Rust weakens metal and signifies the deterioration of the apple. The process of oxidation "steals" electrons from the surface being oxidized. And so it is with our bodies, we oxidize, which causes us to age. When we measure something's oxidizing potential, it is expressed in +ORP and measures the concentration of OH+ ions or oxidizing agents. So you can see why a water ionizer that can beneficially alter the ORP can have anti-agining effect on the water.
A "reducing" agent is simply something that inhibits or slows the process of oxidation. Ionized alkaline water does just that. The water becomes a reducing agent, which slows the oxidation process by "donating" an electron. When we measure something's oxidation reduction potential, it is expressed in terms of –ORP and measures the concentration of OH- ions or reducing agents.
In its most basic form a reducing agent is an "antioxidant" ~ reducing oxidation. The ORP of most tap water in the USA is between +200 to +600mv and so is an oxidizing agent. High pH ionized water demonstrates a –ORP and so is a reducing agent or "antioxidant". Most bottled waters are very acidic (low pH) and also have higher ORPs (over +400mv).
So a pH Miracle approved water ionizer not only filters your water and raises the pH, but it energizes the water, making it a powerful antioxidant agent. And this water's energy potential will stop the aging process of oxidation, and leave you feeling energetic and healthy.