Reverse Osmosis Water vs. Ionized Water

January 9, 2012  |  Alkaline Water, Ionized Water

What exactly is reverse osmosis and how is it applied to our drinking water? Will drinking water processed via reverse osmosis have any impact on our overall health? Is reverse osmosis processing of our drinking water any better or worse than ionization of our drinking water?

These are a few questions that are asked when pursuing the healthiest and purest water we can put into our bodies.

Reverse Osmosis Process

The reverse osmosis process involves applying pressure to a liquid, such as water, to force it through a membrane. The result is particles that left on the one side of the membrane, while the pure liquid resides on the other side of this membrane. To go even further in explaining how reverse osmosis is applied to drinking water, we can look at how a drinking water purification system in the home works.

These purification systems contain a sediment filter that traps elements such as rust and calcium carbonate. Occasionally, the system may contain a secondary sediment filter with smaller pores that enables the system to trap even smaller particles. An activated carbon filter is also used to trap chlorine and other man-made chemicals found within tap water.

After the water passes through these filters, it is then processed through the RO or reverse osmosis filter, which contains a thin film membrane. Finally, this water can then be further filtered through a second carbon filter that traps any chemicals that may have been able to pass through the membrane. The end result is water that has been highly processed and cleaned to give the purest water possible for drinking.

Ionization Process

Ionization of water works differently, and the end results are different from that of reverse osmosis processing. When using an ionizing water system, tap water is first filtered in the same way osmosis systems work – an activated carbon filter traps sediment and chemicals. Next, the filtered tap water is introduced into an electrolysis chamber. Within this chamber, the water is charged electrically, and the ions within the water become negatively or positively charged. These ions then separate, and the result is alkaline water and acidic water. Ionization of tap water produces two types of water than can then be used, as opposed to one type of processed water produced by reverse osmosis.

Additionally, ionized alkaline water contains molecules that are much smaller in grouping than reverse osmosis water. These smaller molecules result in water that is much more easily absorbed into the body’s system. With the added bonus of acidic water from this process, not only does the recipient benefit from clean and pure drinking water, but will also have acidic water to use for cleansing and sterilization.

The Final Analysis

Both types of processing give the consumer a much cleaner and healthier drinking water.  However, ionization not only produces healthier water, but it also creates water that is much more easily absorbed by the body’s system. In addition, ionization also produces a second type of water that can be used in day to day cleaning and topical applications.

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