Does Electrolyzed Reduced Water (ERW) sound too good to be true?
It is rational to be skeptical. Being skeptical means you aren’t easily sold, which is good because there are claims (both good and bad) about this particular technology which are nothing but hype. Most people who are skeptical want to see more evidence so they can form an educated opinion. So, for the skeptic in all of us, here is a brief history of the technology, how some of the claims came about, why so many dissenting opinions abound, and what researchers are doing to set the record straight.
Water ionizers have been around since the early 1900’s. Research began in the ’30’s and continues today. Every time researchers thought they knew all about it, something else was discovered; the most important discovery didn’t even happen until the 21st century.
Most of the misinformation that still expounds today is a result of evidence that ERW was healthier than normal water, but not having a good explanation why. Like the various “healing springs” around the world, ERW has an alkaline pH, so most people assumed it must be beneficial to drink alkaline water.
But alkaline water can be good or bad, depending on where the alkalinity comes from and what is does when it reaches the stomach. For example, drinking water made alkaline by adding baking soda is a common home remedy for heartburn, yet the baking soda neutralizes the stomach acid in a potentially damaging way, and wrecks havoc on digestion over time. Because of this, many doctors and health practitioners will advise not to drink alkaline water.
ERW has an alkaline pH (a great way to protect tooth enamel), but it does not have the capacity to neutralize stomach acid. Just watch what happens when a drop of soda pop is added to Kangen Water.
But then…how does it work?
Further observation discovered ERW also has a low ORP (-ORP). -ORP indicates the potential to be an antioxidant under the right conditions. This is important, as free radical damage leads to poor health, aging, and disease unless we consume enough antioxidants to balance them out.
But again, -ORP can be good or bad, depending on where the -ORP comes from and what effect it has on the body. Vitamin C is one of the best known antioxidants in the world, and has a -ORP. But aluminum also has a -ORP, and aluminum is certainly not an antioxidant…it can have the opposite effect!
So -ORP doesn’t guarantee healthy water, nor does pH.
Thanks to recent research, we now know something about how ERW works that we never knew before.
Properly made ERW is full of Molecular Hydrogen.
Molecular Hydrogen (H2) has recently been found to demonstrate antioxidant activity in the body, neutralizing harmful hydroxide free-radicals and helping the liver create its own detoxifying antioxidant, glutathione, as well as the antioxidants catalase and superoxide dismutase, which are all many magnitudes more powerful than vitamin C at protecting against free radical damage. It’s the concentration of the H2 that makes this a healthy drink, with a remarkable potential for benefits above and beyond other waters.
Imagine being able to effortlessly make an unlimited quantity of antioxidants at home!
We have looked into several different ionizer brands and would be happy to share what we’ve found. Like so many things in the health world, the cheapest option is often worse than none at all. We chose our brand of ERW ionizer because of the quality of components and manufacturing process, the ability to clean the machine so it lasts for decades, and the compassion and customer focus of the company.
Low quality ionizers may have small or easily damaged ionization plates which may produce water without much or any H2, and may even leach harmful metals into the drinking water, undetected by the drinker.
It is important to understand how the technology works, because ionized water can be faked. Just think, if an unscrupulous company added salt and aluminum to any old water, it would be alkaline and have a -ORP, but you would be getting health deficits instead of benefits! This is especially true for bottled water touting a -ORP, because H2 is so small it easily passes out of the plastic or glass, so it cannot be readily bottled and stored. That long-lasting -ORP might be coming from something else.
Remember, there’s still a lot we don’t know, and research is ongoing. Anyone who claims to have all the answers is probably misinformed, and doesn’t know what they don’t know. There are several clinical studies showing promising health results with this technology, why not take a look and decide for yourself?