Ozonated Water – Everything You Need to Know
WHAT IS OZONATED WATER?
Ozonated water is ozone gas dissolved in water. When ozone is bubbled through water it is able to be temporarily suspended among the water molecules. The colder and the purer water is, the more ozone it can absorb and the longer it can hold the ozone concentration. Drinking ozonated water is a great way to supply ozone to the upper gastrointestinal tract.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED?
Here is what you need in order to ozonate water with an oxygen fed ozone generator and an oxygen concentrator (for the oxygen tank option, scroll down):
1. Oxygen source (tank or concentrator) with a pediatric regulator
2. Ozone generator
4. Beaker (or humidifier), preferably with an attached destructor
A O3 water setup with a refurbished Respironics Everflo oxygen concentrator, an external low flow regulator, an ozone generator, a trap and a water bubbler or beaker with a destructor attached to it. Placing the water bubbler with the water well below the ozone generator is an extra precaution against backflowing water which could damage the generator.
1. Oxygen source:
Either an oxygen tank or an oxygen concentrator can be used which produces oxygen of at least 90% purity. Make sure your oxygen source comes with a low flow regulator. For a concentrator you will need an external low flow regulator. For a tank, you'll need either a CGA 540 or a CGA 870 regulator.
2. Ozone generator:
Ideally, you'll want an oxygen fed ozone generator. Most of the recommended generators on this page will do the job. The higher the maximum output of the generator, the stronger you can make your ozonated water. I suggest not to exceed concentrations of 100 to 120 mcg/ml.
serves to prevent water from flowing back into the generator and damaging it. It's essentially a small empty humidifier. When setting up your equipment, make sure you connect the tubing the right way. The line which transports ozone from the generator should connect to the “in” port on the trap which is the one connecting to the stem. The outflow of the trap is then connected to the beaker with the water.
4. Beaker or water bubbler:
This is where you pour the water in. Typically water bubblers have a small stone attached to their stem. When you pour water into the beaker, make sure that stone is covered. Instead of a beaker can use any type of humidifier, gas washing bottle, or simply an empty glass bottle, just make sure you protect yourself from the escaping ozone gas.
Above you see a 2,000 ml beaker or water bubbler from Promolife with an attached destructor. A destructor is very convenient. That way there is no ozone escaping into the room. You can also use any other glass ware like an old and clean glass bottle. Just make sure you leave the room while the ozone generator is on.
ALTERNATIVE SETUP WITH AN OXYGEN TANK AND A CHECK VALVE
HOW TO MAKE OZONATED WATER?
1. Plug the oxygen source (if it's a concentrator) and the ozone generator into the power supply. Connect everything as shown in the pictures above. If you're using a trap: make sure it's in the correct order: the stem of the trap should be connected to the ozone output of the ozone generator.
2. Pour water into the beaker.
3. Open or turn on the oxygen source. If it’s a tank: open the valve of the tank and the regulator to a low flow of 1/8 LPM. If it’s an oxygen concentrator: let the machine warm up for a few minutes, then adjust the external regulator to 1/8 LPM.
4. Set the ozone generator to the maximum ozone concentration. I suggest not to go higher than 100 mcg/ml.
5. If the beaker has an attached destructor, you don't need to do anything further. Just wait until the water is done. If you're using an open bottle to ozonate the water, leave the room as long as the ozone generator is running.
6. Once the water is done, turn everything off. Drink the ozonated water as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more ozone the water will lose. Hold your breath while drinking in order to prevent breathing in ozone gas.
1. What type of water is the best for ozonating?
If one wants to maximize the ozone retention and duration of the retention, the best water to ozonate is poor in minerals, cold, and acidic. So refrigerated distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water is ideal. The more minerals water contains, the less ozone it retains and the faster it loses the ozone charge. [Source]2. Can I make a larger batch of ozonated water, put it in the fridge, and drink it later?
You can, but keep in mind that even distilled water of 5 º C (41º F) loses more than half of its original ozone charge within 1 hour. So keeping ozonated water in the fridge will not prevent it from losing ozone, it will only slow it down somewhat. [Source]. Best is to ozonate water right before drinking it.
3. Can I ozonate alkaline water?
The more alkaline water is, the less ozone it retains and for a shorter amount of time. [Source] So, alkaline water is not ideal for water ozonation.
4. Do I need to buy an expensive oxygen fed ozone generator just to ozonate water?
No, you don't. If all you want to do is ozonate your drinking water or wash your foods, this type of inexpensive air fed ozonator should work just fine.
5. Can I just ozonate my tap water and drink it? Won't ozone remove all the bad stuff and make it super pure?
It's not recommended to ozonate tap water, since tap water can contain bromide which through ozonation can turn into bromate, which is a known carcinogen [Source]. It's better to use mineral water, but best to take either distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water.
6. I drank some ozonated water and now I experience bloating, cramps, and nausea. Why is that? I thought ozonated water is supposed to help with digestion.
Ozonated water can react with undigested food in your digestive tract. That's why it should only be drunk on an empty stomach, or 3 hours after eating. Wait 20 minutes after drinking ozonated water before you eat something again. That way you prevent bloating and cramping.
7. Do I need a fancy water bubbler for $150 in order to ozonate some water? I mean, that's crazy.
No, you don't need a fancy water bubbler at all. You can just take any glass ware, either bottle, beaker, or even just a glass, dip the ozone output hose into the water and run some ozone through. The drawback is that there will be a lot of ozone gas escaping while you do that and you should avoid breathing it in. So either do it outside, leave the room, or put a mask on which will filter out ozone, if you chose to stay in the room.
8. Do I need a special stone for ozonating water?
No, you don't need a stone. You can just directly dip the silicone output hose into the water. The stone is supposed to make smaller bubbles and so make sure that more ozone is dissolved in the water better. I have found though that it also works perfectly fine without any stone. You may need to ozonate your water for a bit longer, but it works.
9. How much ozonated water do I have to drink in order to get rid of Lyme disease?
Lyme disease tends to be a systemic infection which also requires systemic treatments. Drinking ozonated water is not a strong systemic treatment. It's mostly a local treatment of the digestive tract, although if done in sufficiently large amounts and by very sensitive people there may be some small systemic effect. In order to treat Lyme disease effectively a more intensive approach may be necessary with intravenous ozone or ozone saunas, additional insufflations, and possibly other interventions. It's unlikely that drinking ozonated water alone will eradicate the infection, although it may help with some symptoms to a smaller degree.
accidentally breathe in the outgassing ozone (which escapes the water and collects on the surface)
painful abdominal bloating and gas when the ozone water reacts with food in the intestines
hold your breath while drinking ozonated water
blow away the excess ozone on the surface before drinking
wait 3 hours after your last meal before drinking ozonated water.
after having ingested ozonated water, wait at least 15 minutes before you eat or drink anything
do not put anything else in the water. Just use pure water. Preferably mineral or reverse osmosis filtered water. Distilled water is fine as long as you supplement with minerals afterwards. Adding salt is ok, too.
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