Nancy's Comments on Ozonated Water

by Nancy Hearn
(Livingston, MT, USA)

To be honest, I am undecided about the health benefits of ozonated water. And I usually don’t recommend (or NOT recommend) any type of drinking water or water filter that I have not used myself.

I have done extensive research about ozonated water and know of a few people who swear by it. But for some reason it just doesn’t appeal to me--and I am not motivated to try it for myself at this time.

Why? Partly because I am very happy with my medical-grade, alkaline water ionizer. In addition, I am not convinced that drinking ozonated water is advisable for ongoing use.

Thus, the articles I currently share on my site about ozonated water include research and references for your further study, but the information is not from my direct personal experience or conviction.

If I were motivated to give it a try, I would only consider using a medical-grade ozone generator, which costs about $3,000 or more. I need more incentive to make that kind of investment.

I do believe there is significant research to substantiate the benefits of other types of ozone therapy for disease recovery, such as using intravenous injection or blood transfusion.These therapies are being utilized in hospitals and medical clinics, primarily outside the U.S.

If I had a diseased condition in my body, I might feel differently about investing in a high-quality ozone generator and trying it because it does make some sense, for example, if one is trying to kill off cancer cells. Sure beats chemo or radiation.

I am leaning toward believing that ozonated water is relatively safe to drink in moderation. I am also leaning toward thinking that it should only be used periodically as needed for body cleansing and/or disease recovery, especially from cancer. But it just doesn’t make sense to me to drink it on a regular basis.

I truly hope that others who have more experience/knowledge with ozonated water will share their comments and enlighten us.

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Dec 29, 2015
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Alkaline and ozone water uses
by: Anonymous

Water, even in nature rarely gets to the pH of these ionized waters, which if drunk with food will neutralize the stomachs acid and suppress efficient digestion.

What do you think is going to happen if you introduce something with a pH of 9 into a stomach where the digestive acids are 3? You are going to take away what the stomach acid was supposed to do, be acid to break down food. If that doesn't happen, the undigested food goes through to the next stage of digestion causing problems.

Also, I have read that the ionized waters are high in pH, but lack the buffering capacity, meaning that the water is not truly alkaline, it is just high in pH (do a search to understand the chemistry/difference). So ionized water is not the best water to drink; it lacks the minerals to give it the buffering capacity.

Regarding ozone water, I believe that it should be used more like an oxygen supplement, rather than consuming quarts of it a day, maybe a glass or two to give the body the oxygen it needs and to kill off microbes, no reason to go overboard.

Ozone really has been proven more so than ionized water to be good for the body, and if one is going to drink alkaline water, do it between meals with an alkaline water that has the buffering minerals.

Nancy’s comments:

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Your statements make sense. However, I believe they are not all based on the actual science and clinical studies.

First of all, I agree with you that it is not the best idea to drink ionized water during meals since the water is alkaline. I have always recommended to people to drink neutral pH water (7.0 pH) with meals.

According to Ray Kurzweil, scientist and inventor, who has received twelve honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents and many other accolades, studied the viability and efficacy of ionized water.

He was interviewed after completing his study and one of the questions was, "How can alkaline water with a pH of 9 or 10 be expected to affect the body when the pH of the stomach is 2 or less."

He replied: "It is important to remember that large amounts of hydrochloric acid are present in the stomach primarily when food is there. There is only a small amount of acid in stomach when it is empty, and this can be easily overcome when alkaline electron-rich water is consumed. Therefore, in order to gain maximum benefit, we recommend drinking alkaline water in between meals. Water consumed between meals will very quickly pass through the stomach and the GI tract."

The water ionizers I recommend have the ability to produce various pH waters (from 2.5 to 11.5 pH, at the touch of a button). In fact, the 7.0 pH water on these machines is not ionized. It is simply filtered water that retains the natural occurring minerals in the source water (tap or well). The pH readings on these waters are accurate because I have been testing them for years with a pH testing liquid.

The alkaline ionized water does not "take away" the stomach acid as you stated, but there is a possibility that WHEN FOOD IS PRESENT, the alkaline water could temporarily reduce or neutralize some of the acids needed for digestion.

However, I know of many people who do drink alkaline ionized water during meals and claim they have no digestive issues.

As Kurzweil recommends, I myself drink neutral 7.0 pH water with food because I want to optimize digestion. But the bulk of my drinking water throughout the day is alkaline ionized water, ranging from 8.5 pH to 9.5 pH depending on how I am feeling.

Second, many of the clinical and scientific studies on ionized water that I have read over the past 10 years of my research have clearly shown that some of the most significant benefits of ionized water have to do with gastrointestinal health, just about everything from acid reflux to IBS to colon cancer.

Dr. Hiromi Shinya, Chief of the Surgical Endoscopy Unit, Beth Israel Medical Center, and also Clinical Professor of Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is one of the foremost experts on colon health. In fact, he invented a part of the colonoscopy procedure, which is called the "Shinya Method."

In his book "The Microbe Factor," Shinya writes: "I have a Kangen water® [alkaline ionized water] machine in my New York medical office, and this is the water I drink and give to my patients. In addition to filtering out pollutants, this Kangen water has strong reduction power [antioxidant potency] and helps keep the body at an optimal pH."

In your comment you stated that "ionized water is not the best water to drink; it lacks the minerals to give it the buffering capacity."

That is simply not true. Ionized water is alkaline because of the naturally occurring minerals in it. The alkalinity comes from the alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium.

Kurzweil also addressed the buffering issue of ionized water:

"Another benefit of drinking alkaline water is that it assists in the absorption of minerals. We know that if the body is not absorbing enough minerals, it will rob minerals from the body's mineral reserves, chiefly calcium from the bones.

"It is well known that many chronic diseases result in excess acidity of the body (metabolic acidosis). We also know that the body tends to become more acidic due to modern dietary habits and lifestyles and the aging process itself. By drinking high negative ORP alkaline water, you combat metabolic acidosis and improve absorption of nutrients.

"The blood is carefully buffered to keep it in a narrow range between pH 7.35 to 7.45. The body keeps blood pH stable by utilizing alkaline buffers, chiefly bicarbonate, to neutralize acidic liquids (such as colas, which have a pH as low as 2.5) and other acidic products and by-products. But as the blood stream receives these acidic substances, the alkaline buffers get used up."

Kurzweil concludes, "Drinking alkaline water helps reduce the burden on the limited alkaline buffers which are needed for the body's natural detoxification processes."

Regarding your comment that ozone "should be used more like an oxygen supplement, rather than consuming quarts of it a day," I definitely agree.

However, saying "ozone really has been proven more so than ionized water to be good for the body" is untrue. For one thing, ionized water and ozonated water are completely different in their properties.

Ozonated water is acidic and oxidizing, making it good for killing unhealthy microorganisms, but it is not recommended for daily use.

Ionized water is beneficial to drink on a daily basis because it contains alkaline minerals and has a high antioxidant potency. And it has been proven clinically to provide numerous health benefits.

I am working on an article that includes a summary of some of these studies with references. So I hope to post it on my site in the near future.

Again, thank you for visiting our site and giving me the opportunity to respond. Happy New Year!

Dec 24, 2011
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Alkaline water ionizer
by: Ong Hean Boon

I am currently using an alkaline water ionizer and drink the alkaline water daily and this has benefited me in reducing my high uric acid level which I have been suffering for about 10 years without being able to reduce it even with strict dietary control.

Since I was recommended alkaline water about 8 years ago, my uric acid level has been under control without any need for dietary control.

Then I heard about ozonated water so I would like to try it out if there is any recommendation for a reasonably priced good unit.

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