REVIEW – Have you ever felt like you don’t drink enough water? You’re not alone – dehydration can make us feel hungry, tired, and worse. I have even noticed that my blood sugar levels are higher when I’m not drinking enough water. Could drinking electrolyzed water be even better than drinking ordinary tap water? Well, the folks behind the WEO water bottle which electrolyzes water sent me one, and I’ve been using it for the last couple of weeks. Read on to find out what I discovered!
What is it?
The WEO water bottle is a glass bottle that has built-in technology that can electrolyze water. What the heck is electrolyzed water? Weo says:
“While WEO’s electrolysis process is unique in its patented approach, electrolyzed water has actually been in use since the 1930s, originating in Russia, and used mainly in Japan. Essentially, water electrolysis breaks down the H2O molecule, augmenting the properties of water – and Weo’s unique approach to electrolysis has been perfected over 20 years.
WEO Water Electrolysis: WEO’s proprietary biotechnology evolves water by using electricity to create a chemical reaction at a molecular level. Filtered tap water flows through electrodes coated with a thin layer of man-made diamond and boron, a naturally occurring element.”
They go on to say that drinking electrolyzed water from the WEO bottle will boost immunity, support anti-inflammation, generate cellular energy production, clean and stimulate red blood cell function, enhance blood vessel flexibility, attack pathogens, and benefit the microbiome. Wow, that sounds incredible and also a bit snake oil-ish, right? So I asked them for studies to back up the claims of the benefits of drinking electrolyzed water and they provided them.
See these studies conducted by WEO Chief Health Officer, Dr. Kelly Halderman, detailing the potential benefits of WEO Water on Breast Cancer, Immunity, and Eczema. Dr. Halderman is finalizing additional research to be published on WEO Water in early 2023.
What’s in the box?
- WEO water bottle
- Bottle sleeve
- USB-C charging cable
- Quick start guide
Design and features
The 22-ounce capacity WEO bottle is made of glass with a removable plastic cap and a removable bottom module that houses the electrolyzing mechanism with the built-in battery, charging port, and power button. The WEO bottle weighs in at a hefty 1 lb 10 oz. (735 kg) when empty and 3 lb (1360 kg) when filled with 22 oz. of water. I work from home, so the weight of the bottle is not an issue for me, but I wouldn’t want to carry it around in a bag.
Included with the WEO bottle is a silicone sleeve. I think the idea behind the sleeve is that it provides more grip to the smooth glass bottle. The problem is that this sleeve is a huge pain in the butt to put on. It’s like trying to pull on a pair of pants when you’ve just gotten out of the shower and haven’t dried off. So, I don’t use it 😉
The cap at the top of the bottle is a bit unusual because it unscrews to provide venting, but you have to actually remove the cap in order to drink from the bottle.
I think it would be nice if the cap was redesigned to allow for drinking through it.
To remove the cap from the bottle, you have to unscrew it so that you can grip the edge with your fingers to then pry it out of the bottle like a cork. It’s kind of awkward and annoying. I usually just leave the cap unscrewed for convenience.
The bottom of the WEO bottle can be unscrewed and removed so that you can wash the bottle and cap either by hand or in a dishwasher. But you should not put the electrolyzing module in the dishwasher or wash it with soap.
To clean the module, you will need to use the WEO app to run a 5-minute cleaning session from time to time.
The base of the WEO bottle has a power button…
… and a USB-C charging port.
You will obviously need to charge the WEO bottle before you can use it. When the bottle is connected to power, LEDs in the base will slowly blink to show that the batteries are charging. Note that the bottle should work for up to 72 hours with up to 6 electrolyzing sessions (30 seconds each) per day before needing to be recharged.
Let’s electrolyze some water!
With the WEO bottle charged and ready to go, the next step is to fill it with filtered water instead of tap water. This bottle is designed to be used only with water so you can’t use juices or other liquids. The instructions also mention using room temperature water for best results (FYI: you should not add ice to the bottle).
There are 2 ways to electrolyze the water in the WEO bottle. You can use the WEO app or you can manually start the electrolyzing process by double pressing the button on the base of the bottle.
The WEO app not only allows you to tap a button to start a session, but you’ll need the app to start the cleaning session as there doesn’t appear to be a way to do that without the app. The app will also sync with the bottle via Bluetooth to track how much water you’ve drank during the day, week, or month. It also shows the bottle’s battery level. Note that I’ve had mixed luck with the app. It’s a little annoying to use it because you have to wake up the bottle to have it sync the data and the battery status in the app will show widely different levels when checked multiple times per day.
The bottle makes some noise during the electrolyzing process and the LEDs in the base blink. You can also see bubbles rising from the module in the base.
The water looks a little cloudy after the session completes, but that goes away in a few minutes. At this point, you can drink the water or you can put the bottle in the refrigerator to chill the water if you like.
Can I taste any difference in the water after electrolyzing it compared to non-electrolyzed water? Nope. I think the water feels slightly tingly on my tongue, but this could just be my imagination based on seeing the bubbles.
According to WEO, a bottle of electrolyzed water will retain its benefits for 24 hours. If the bottle is sealed and refrigerated, the sample can hold its properties for up to 5 days.
See it in action
Am I superhuman after drinking electrolyzed water for a couple of weeks?
My friend Bill has always told me that I’m an alien due to my various health related adventures, but so far I’m not able to tell any big differences from drinking water from the WEO bottle. WEO says that first-time users may notice heightened thirst, increased urination, and mild nausea which should dissipate quickly as these phenomena are simply a reflection of the body’s adjustment to targeted hydration. I may have noticed being thirstier and yes, have been going to the bathroom more often. But other than that, I’m not noticing any differences good or bad.
Without testing various health markers before and after consuming this water, it’s extremely difficult to know if drinking electrolyzed water provides increased health benefits. If you’re feeling more energized or healthier after drinking this water, it could be a placebo effect.
Note: Each WEO bottle’s system has a minimum longevity of three years, depending on the number of times water is electrolyzed (typically 3-6 times per day).
What I like
- No consumable purchases are required (filters, etc.)
- Easy to use
- App tracks water consumption
What I’d change
- Redesign the cap so you can drink from it
- Add an option in the app to have the bottle blink to remind you to drink
- Improve the weight of the bottle – it’s heavy
The WEO Bottle is an innovative and convenient solution for those who want to stay hydrated with electrolyzed water on the go. Although I can’t prove that the health claims of drinking this water are true, the studies cited above, do have me intrigued because I have issues with inflammation and am a survivor of breast cancer. If drinking electrolyzed water can help me, I’m inclined to try it especially since there doesn’t appear to be a downside to doing so other than the price of purchasing the bottle. That said, I’ll continue to use this bottle daily and will report back with an update if I notice any benefits or problems going forward.
Where to buy: WEO
Source: The sample for this review was provided by WEO.
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