Whether you're interested in a water health ionizer or an air purifier ionizer the principle behind it is the same: namely the effect of positive and negative ions on your body.
In this brief article we'll be covering the pros and cons of ionization for better health.
An ion is a charged atom or molecule. By charge we mean the number of electrons do not equal the number of protons in the atom or molecule. An atom can acquire a positive charge or a negative charge. This depends on whether the number of electrons in an atom is greater or less then the number of protons in the atom.
When an atom is attracted to another atom (because it has an unequal number of electrons and protons) we call it an ION. If the atom has more electrons than protons, we call it a negative ion (also called ANION). If it has more protons than electrons,it is a positive ion.
Q:So how does this equate to water, air, and the body?
IN AIR: In an air ionizer (to clean the air) electricity is used across plates or grids to attract pollution in the air. Since most pollution is positively charged the negatively charged plates attract this pollution.
IN WATER: Ionized water is water molecules that have been run across electrical plates to increase their ion load. This increase in ions has the effect of changing the Hydrogen level (or pH level) of the water making it more alkaline.
IN THE BODY: Negatively charged air molecules have a positive effect on lung tissues and absorb into the body - improving brain function. Alkaline Water, made so by adding ions, has a positive effect on the body - primarily by having an anti-oxidant effect. Junk food is highly acidic, whereas vegetables are primarily alkaline. Alkaline foods provide a basis for better health, as does anything offering an anti-oxidant effect.
Three primary certification standards exist which can help you determine the quality and design of electrical components in a water health ionizer:
UL Certified - Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (www.ul.com) is an independent lab that writes testing standards and tests products for safety and certifies them.
CE Certified - The European Commission describes the CE mark as a "passport" that allows manufacturers to circulate industrial products freely within the internal market of the EU. Most products covered by New Approach Directives can be self-certified by the manufacturer and do not require the intervention of an EU-authorized independent testing/certifying company (notified body).
ETL Certified - A product bearing the ETL Listed Mark is determined to have met the requirements of 200 prescribed product safety standards.
What I especially like about the ETL certification is the mark indicates that "the manufacturer's production site conforms to a range of compliance measures and is subject to periodic follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance".
The fact that most water ionizers are made in the Orient means that safety can be a issue, as their standards are much lower than ours.
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Because there are so many similarities amongst water health ionizers on the market you're probably wondering:
Q: Are they any different?
Q: Are the $2-5,000 models as good as ones which cost $1,200?
A: Most water health ionizers are largely the same. However there are several newer technologies coming in at lower prices. The distinctions I look for, that is the ones that matter, include:
1 - Price/Value Comparisons
2 - Safe Plastics
3 - Ease of use (skipping all the bells and whistles)
4 - Overall Quality (electrical components, plating, etc.)
5 - Replacement Filter Costs
6 - Ease of Hookup
7 - Feedback from Consumer and Expert Reviews
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