The History of Water Ionizers

Alkaline water is made by a water ionizer by electrically splitting filtered tap water into alkaline water and acid water. This ionizer was first developed in Japan in the early 1950’s, and the experiments were first conducted on plants and animals. Full scale development started in 1954 by several Japanese agricultural universities on the effects of ionized water, especially acid water, on plants. Today, nursery farmers that supply cut flowers use acid water to keep flowers fresh longer before delivery to the flower shops.

Experiments on the human body took much longer because of the difficulties in maintaining the constancy of the experiments by the medical doctors in Japan, valuable data has been collected and it was concluded that alkaline water made by the water ionizer was non-toxic and alleviated many symptoms of adult diseases.

The first commercial water ionizers were available in Japan in 1958. Until then, the only water ionizer available were large units used in hospitals. In 1960, a group of medical doctors and agricultural doctors in Japan formed a special medical and agricultural research institute, and they have annual meetings to report their findings. Finally, on January 15th, 1966, this type of water ionizer was approved as a health improvement medical device by the Health and Rehabilitation Ministry of the Japanese Government.

Japanese-made water ionizers were first introduced to Korea in the 70’s, and today they are also approved as medical devices by the government of South Korea. Korean-made household unit water ionizers were introduced in the United States in 1985 and a toxicity test was conducted by an independent testing lab in LA on April 14, 1986. The test found no toxicity in the alkaline water generated by the water ionizer. This testing was done according to FDA specified methods.

Why Alkaline Water

There is a growing body of research which indicates that ionized alkaline water is the most superior drinking water available. Ionized alkaline water is electronically enhanced water that has been run over positive and negative electrodes and become ionized, which then is separated into alkaline and acidic water.

Many researchers believe that an acidic environment is a haven for disease and that our bodies need to be able to eliminate or buffer these acidic conditions through the electrolysis process, concentrating available alkaline minerals in the source water to aid the buffering systems in the body.

Proponents of ionized alkaline water believe that, through electrolysis, large tap mineral clusters are reduced from their original size and that the smaller cluster sizes achieved through this process foster better cell permeation, giving the water excellent hydrating properties. Alkalinity in drinking water as seen by many as a key component in neutralizing acidity caused by diet, stress, physical activity, toxins and other sources.

Sang Whang, Reverse Aging (Miami: Florida, JSP Publishing, 2005), 73.

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