Magnets & Water Bioavailability | Natural Health Newsletter

Date: 11/04/2002    Written by: Jon Barron

Magnetizing Water

Note: in the following article I refer to "magnetizing water" and "magnetized water." This does not mean that the water has acquired a magnetic charge, only that the water has been subjected to a strong magnetic field, which has changed certain properties of that water.

It is always amazing to me what people are drawn to. Ever since I published Lessons from the Miracle Doctors, I have probably received more questions on one topic than on any other. In the chapter dedicated to water, I devoted three paragraphs to using magnets to increase the bioavailablity of water. For some reason, those three paragraphs have probably elicited more questions than anything else in the book. So let's explore this topic in a little more detail

The Need for Water

Water is essential for life. It is the primary solvent and transport system in our bodies. All nutrients and fuel are carried into our cells on water. All waste is carried out on water. Our blood flows because of water; our nerves transport electric charges via water. Water is fundamental to the existence of all life. But not all water is created equal.


Although all water consists of the same basic H20 molecules, water nevertheless varies according to how these molecules bond together to form "water molecule groups." To put it simply, it is in the size of these groupings that water differs.

The smaller the groupings, the more bioavailable the water is -- the more easily it is able to pass through cell walls, to transport nutrients and remove waste, to facilitate all of the the communications systems in your body, and to pass through your body as a whole. The larger the groupings the more inefficient water is at performing these same functions.

What holds water molecules together in clusters is surface tension. This is what you see when you wash your car and the water beads up in droplets on the hood. When washing your car, you use detergent to break that surface tension -- which breaks apart the large molecular clusters, making the water wetter and better able to clean. Obviously, you can't use detergent to "improve" the bioavailability of your drinking water. But you can use magnetics.

Magnetizing your drinking water breaks its surface tension, making it wetter and more useable by every cell in your body. In addition, there's a strong secondary benefit. Applying a magnetic field to water can not only make it wetter, but it can also raise its pH (up to a full point, depending on the water).

The difference is not subtle. Over the past couple of years, Kristen and I have had at least 100 people over our house who have taste tested the water. First they take a drink of the water that comes from our filter. Then they taste the same water that has been magnetized. NOT ONE of those 100 has failed to notice the difference. The standard comment is, "It tastes wetter." The difference is that pronounced.


The ratio of small cluster water to large cluster water changes over time in your body. When you are born, there is a high percentage of small cluster water present. As you age, however, that percentage steadily drops -- eventually becoming almost nonexistent.

One of the problems is that small cluster water is not stable. (The electric charges inherent in water continually cause the small clusters to bind together into larger and larger clusters. And to make matters worse, the process is accelerated when water is exposed to air and light.

Water On the Market

Recently, in health food stores, I've noticed that they are now selling small cluster water in little bottles for large prices.

It's not that the water is not good. It is. Small cluster water significantly enhances your body's ability to absorb nutrients (including all of the vitamins and minerals). And it also aids remarkably in any detoxification programs you run. (As a side note, it also makes any prescription drugs you take more "effective" for the very same reasons -- something to keep in mind if you use such things.)

But the bottom line is why would you want to pay inflated prices for small amounts of clustered water when you could have as much as you wanted for FREE?

Instructions for Magnetizing Water

Take a large sun tea jar and use epoxy glue to attach several ceramic disc magnets (800 gauss or better) to the jar. Make sure that north is facing in for all of the magnets that you attach. You can find disc magnets almost anyplace that sells magnets. We used the magnets off of an old Nikken mattress pad. We used 10 magnets -- 5 on each side of the jar. They worked great. You could easily taste the fact that the water was "wetter," and they raised the pH of the water a full 1/2 point. Water placed in this jar will fully magnetize very quickly -- in 5-10 minutes, or less.


    Submitted by Jean on
    March 16, 2011 - 10:18am

    Good day sir, Thank you for sharing your experience qith cluster water. I have two question: - How long does it take for the water demagnetize ? - What do you think about super ionized water ?  Thank you in advance, J.

    Submitted by David Reynolds on
    January 26, 2012 - 4:06pm

    Interesting topic to learn about

    Submitted by Brendat on
    April 20, 2011 - 3:40pm

    Besides changing the structure of the water raising the PH, does it change the ORP levels when you use the magnets?

    Submitted by Guest on
    May 2, 2011 - 4:34pm

    Once water has been magnetized will it lose its charge if used to make tea or coffee?

    Submitted by Ed on
    January 8, 2019 - 1:24am
    Martinsburg , West Virginia

    Telomere are lengthened with coffee consumption and many more health benefits and I suspect this will also aid in the digestion of the coffee. I use dehumified water with a silver quarter and now am adding magnets! Vegan practices have me not drinking fluoridated water.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    April 26, 2011 - 4:55pm

    Hi Brendat,

    Yes, raising the pH will raise the oxidation-reduction potential of the water. However, keep in mind that even though raised, the ORP of ionized of magnetized water is fairly weak. Compared to a water chemically treated with baking soda, for example, even when the pH is equivalent, the chemically treated water will have the potential to neutralize more acid than ionized of magnetized water. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Considering that you are planning on drinking upwards of 64 oz of that water a day, you want the ORP spread out through those 64 oz to minimize the chances of becoming too alkaline.


    As for time, it depends on the strength of the magnets and the amount of water passing within their fields. As it says in the newsletter, for a sun tea jar set up as directed, Water placed in the jar will fully magnetize very quickly -- in 5-10 minutes, or less. Magnets placed around a one quart plastic water bottle will alter the water in about a minute. And strong magnets located at the neck of a bottle will change the water even as it flows past when poured. Devices of this type are sold for use on wine bottles. As for ionized water, check out Jon’s newsletter on alkaline water.

    Submitted by DonW on
    May 11, 2011 - 8:57am

    You say to put the North pole of the magent toward the water. Please define the North pole you want to use. The North pole that is marked on the standard bar-magnet is NOT the same North pole used in medical magnets. It gets a little confusing defineing the correct pole to use for a certian purpose. The medical-North pole is called the south seeking pole or the pole that points to the south when supended from a string. Which pole do you use when you make magnet water?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    May 16, 2011 - 5:36pm

    Jon deals with this question in some detail in his answers below the blog: Incidentally, the test Jon recommends only works in the Northern hemisphere.

    Submitted by Rodney on
    July 11, 2011 - 11:13pm

    Would you get the same benefits if you put a large Speaker magnet in the bottom of your Waterco gravity water purifier ?

    Submitted by Sonia on
    October 15, 2011 - 7:47pm

    This is fascinating. I've long been interested in various electro-magnetic therapies but hesitated. This however looks simple, cheap and harmless.

    If the two N sides are facing each other than aren't you really de-magnetizing the water? As if something between them would be levitated or suspended by the resulting field?
    Are there cases where N/S or S/S pole water would be beneficial?

    Submitted by erdwin clausen, Jr on
    January 1, 2012 - 11:13pm

    One side magnetizes water for human consumption, The other side magnetizes water to help multiply cell growth and that means you dont wanna drink it cause it will cause tumors/cancer to grow faster in your body BUT will help plants grow at an incredible rate.

    Submitted by billy noah on
    December 15, 2011 - 3:14pm

    i use an RO storage tank in my water filter system (NOT an RO system - the reason being that my filter line is run through a flow restrictor capillary in order to filter water slowly and maximize filter effectiveness). The Tank is made from steel and is lined with some sort of post cured "rubber" diaphram for the pressure. DO you think I could magnetize water stored in the tank? If so, it would be very easy since any magnet will hold itself to the tank. thanks for the info!


    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    December 16, 2011 - 11:20am

    It would probably work, as long as the water spends enough time in the magnetized environment before being drawn off to use so that all the water can be exposed to the field over time. Best way to test, though, is try the water magnetized in a jar first and identify the difference in taste between that and water that has not been exposed to a magnetic field. Once you can taste the difference, you’ll know what to look for in the RO storage tank water. If the taste matches the jar water, it works. Another possibility, of course, is to place the magnets at the tank’s exit point, where it would most likely be easier to make sure all the water leaving the tank is exposed to a field just before use.

    Submitted by Guest on
    March 19, 2012 - 5:11pm

    Does the type of water you use (ex: tap, bottled, mineral) affect how strong the magnetic force of the water will be?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    March 23, 2012 - 4:46pm

    The more minerals there are in the water, the more it will be affected by the magnetic field. However, if you want to notice the difference, you probably don’t want the taste of mineral water confusing what you notice in your mouth. We checked with Jon and he says he’s done this successfully with both filtered tap water and bottled water.

    Submitted by Guest (verified) on
    March 20, 2012 - 10:46am

    hey that's a good questin! PLEASE ANSWER IT. I really want to know. I was also wondering: How do you measure the pH of the water to see how magnetized it reall is?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    March 23, 2012 - 4:47pm

    pH and magnetic fields are different things. And the water is not “magnetized” like a magnet. Rather its structure is changed by exposure to a magnetic field. If you have access to laboratory equipment, you will see that the water that has been exposed to a magnetic field has a reduced surface tension. That is the best objective measurement you could make.

    Submitted by Mr. O'Hare on
    March 20, 2012 - 10:49am

    Thanks for the information, ma'am. Very helpful

    Submitted by Danilla Frye on
    March 23, 2012 - 8:21am

    After you magnetize the the magnets run out of magneticity? ok i know this sounds weird and maybe makes no sense but PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION. you seem to have a problem with anwering questions quickly from what i can tell :) ok im sorry just please

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    March 23, 2012 - 4:47pm

    Again, water exposed to a magnetic field doesn’t become “magnetized” like a magnet. Rather the structure of the water is changed, which can be experienced as a wetter taste in the mouth, or measured as reduced surface tension using a tensiometer.

    Submitted by GreenGo on
    July 11, 2012 - 10:28pm

    I have been studying magnets for 5 years now. I have done magnet effect on hydrocarbon fuel. That was easy. The hard part is magnetized water effect on human body external and internal. It seems that negatively magnetized water consumed will reduce your body fluid. Meaning when you consume negative water, your body will naturally reduce its water content. You will consume less food. You will have a lean body but there are other complication involve. Its not a straight road and test subjects are not that easy to find. For general consumption, a neutral charged water is preferred. It helps your digestive system and body regeneration. Specific charge either negative or positive is for special purposes and must be apply in a certain way.

    Submitted by maleen on
    February 26, 2013 - 11:56am

    can we use magnetized water to make magnetized water vapour? is it possible to magnetize water vapour?
    does the change in state of water cause the properties of magnetize water to change

    Submitted by David on
    March 31, 2013 - 7:07pm

    Great read,
    I'm about to get started on making one of the DIY.
    I have a Berkey water filter (gravity) which is basically a stainless steel can with a diameter of 8 1/4". There are filters that sit in the water at all times. Would it be as easy as attaching the correct sized magnets to the outside? Am I missing the point? Would it need to be a glass container?
    Thank you for writing the article. Found it in a most interesting place!

    Submitted by Aundria Knight on
    July 27, 2013 - 7:23am

    Is it okay to magnetize your water and put baking soda in it to make it alkaline or do you only need to do one or the other. Would doing both make it too alkaline? And what about making tea and coffe with it.What order of steps should I make for making tea and coffee with this water?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 27, 2013 - 2:09pm

    Magnetizing water and adding things to it are not mutually exclusive. As to doing both being too much, that has no meaning. It depends on how much water you’re talking about and how much baking soda you add. That said, Jon is not big on using baking soda to alkalinize water because of the high sodium content. As I’m sure you noticed in the newsletters where Jon frequently talks about it, he recommends potassium based alkaline drops such as AlkaZone Alkaline pH Booster Drops

    Submitted by Vicky Thornburgh on
    August 29, 2013 - 7:40pm

    Can you use it to make tea,coffee,soup, etc?

    Submitted by Chad on
    May 7, 2014 - 1:36pm

    If you're going to write articles then can you please learn how to form a sentence, and maybe perform at least a cursory spell check?

    Many of your sentences are just really poorly constructed, but some things that stood out:

    "Note: in the follow article ..."

    "the same basic H20 molecules"
    It's H2O, not H20 (H Twenty).

    "The standard comment is, "It tastes wetter.""
    This sentance blew my mind. What exactly does "wet" taste like? I am quite surprised that 100 out of 100 people knew what the taste of "wet" is. I feel like you have some terribly gullible people visiting your house.

    "The ratio of small cluster water to large cluster water changes over time in your body. When you are born, there is a high percentage of small cluster water present. As you age, however, that percentage steadily drops -- eventually becoming almost nonexistent."

    Let me just get this straight, from how I understand what you're telling me, a "cluster of water" is a droplet. Infants are born with a relative ratio of small water droplets, compared to larger water droplets, or just larger bodies of water in general... Is this what you're trying to tell me?

    I am a chemistry and biology major and I am just curious if you have ever heard of the term Hydrogen Bonding?

    "Recently, in health food stores, I've noticed that they are now selling small cluster water in little bottles for large prices."
    Prices can't be "large," they can however be "high."

    "You could easily taste the fact that the water was "wetter,""
    So now you can also taste facts...

    Honestly, I'm not impressed. I won't be reading anything you've written in the future.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    May 8, 2014 - 3:27pm

    Actually, Chad, the article was first posted 12 years ago, and some of your complaints are based on changes and reformatting that happened when it was transferred through multiple versions of the website—long after it was originally written. The H2O is an obvious example.  We fixed them now that you have pointed them out.

    Most of your comments, however,  are a bit petty. Let’s cover some of them.

    Instead of spending a couple of dollars to pick up some magnets to see for yourself whether you could taste or feel any difference in water exposed to a magnetic field, you chose to pass judgment on people who actually did and based their comments on experimental evidence. While they may or may not be gullible, you certainly would qualify as closed minded and unscientific.

    As for water in the body, you did not get it “straight.” Jon was not talking about “droplets.” He was talking about how water molecules are structured at the molecular level.  Although all water consists of the same basic H2O molecules, water nevertheless varies according to how these molecules bond together to form "water molecule groups." To put it simply, it is in the size of these groupings that water differs. Ordinary water has electric charges that cause it to clump together. We see this expressed at the macro level as surface tension that causes water to bead up on the surface of a car. At the molecular level it causes the water molecules, which are normally arranged in tetrahedral structures to clump together in large groupings containing many tetrahedrons stuck together. The size of such a grouping is measured in Angstroms—not droplets. What Jon says is that as we age, the balance shifts from smaller groupings to larger groupings, which means they have a harder time penetrating cell walls. In other words, even though you may drink the same amount of water as you age, the cells of your body tend to dehydrate.  But again, we are talking about Angstroms, not visible droplets. Incidentally, since you don’t seem inclined to actually want to check things out for yourself, an Angstrom is one ten-billionth of a meter.

    Now as for the use of the word “large,” it’s very important that if you’re going to complain about someone else’s use of the English language that you know what you’re talking about. The definition of large is not limited to size. It also includes number and quantity as in:

    • Large--very big: comparatively big in size, number, or quantity, or bigger in size, number, or quantity than is usual or expected

    Thus the use of the word in the article, although unusual, was not incorrect—and was obviously chosen for its parallel construction: “little bottles for large prices.”

    Sorry you weren’t impressed, Chad, but that now appears to more on you than the article.

    Submitted by Naeemah on
    December 21, 2016 - 7:38pm
    Humble , Texas

    Your reply is hilarious and polite, thank you for not responding in kind. Thank you for replying to questions after so many years the article was written in 2002 your continued reply to commitments is beyond the call of duty, thank you.

    Submitted by Apo on
    October 25, 2018 - 12:31pm



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