What is Alkaline Water and what is pH?
Ever seen a glacial stream or an iceberg?
It`s blue with minerals. It tastes totally different. It seems to enter the body lightly and is easily absorbed. It presents no resistance and you don`t `bloat` like you may do with tap or bottled or even filtered water. And glacial water (after bouncing over rocks) not only contains the essential alkalizing minerals your body may lack, but also `holds` the real secret of glacial water; its antioxidant power. Strong, pure hydroxyl ions, actively seek out positively charged oxygen-free radicals already wrecking havoc on our bodies at a cellular level.
Glacial water is naturally occurring alkaline water. Now technology has delivered a `clean` answer to us in the form of alkaline water ionizers.
Water is split (in a water ionizer) into two separate streams of water - acidic waste water and drinkable alkaline water, rich in minerals. OH- One atom of oxygen and one atom of hydrogen negatively charged create the hydroxyl ion. These are abundant in the prized alkaline water that we drink and come to love.
This `splitting` of the water molecule clusters into smaller actively charged groups happens in a sealed ionization chamber, under exact control of a dedicated microcomputer, to ensure the exact result time after time. As pre-filtered tap water passes across specially designed titanium coated electrodes, it separates into the two components mentioned above.
We drink the alkaline water and we apply the acidic water. How simple and how wonderful!
So What`s all this about "pH"?
Fact: Almost all of us are negativelly affected by excess acidity.
Fact: This need not be. Help is at hand.
The pH scale ranges from 0 on the acidic water side to 14 on the alkaline water side and a solution is neutral if its pH is 7.
At pH 7, water contains equal concentrations of H+ and OH- ions. Substances with a pH less than 7 are acidic because they contain a higher concentration of H+ ions. The pH scale is a logarithmic scale, so a change of one pH unit implies a tenfold shift in the concentration of hydrogen ions.
pH 6 means you are ten times more acid than pH 7
pH 5 means you are a hundred times more acid than pH 7
The Importance of Balancing pH
Living things, including humans, are extremely sensitive topH. Blood plasma and other fluids that surround the cells in the body have a pH of 7.2 to 7.45.
A blood pH of 6.9 can induce coma and death. That is why all bodily systems are secondary in importance to the system of pH balancing. Your body will willingly shut down digestion, alter temperature, rob your bones of calcium, deprive your pancreas etc. just to maintain adequate fluid buffers of alkalinity to balance the `acid tide` we inflict upon ourselves through diet and stress etc.
However your body possesses numerous special mechanisms to aid in stabilizing these fluids so that cells will not be subject to appreciable fluctuations in pH. Substances which serve as mechanisms to stabilize pH are called BUFFERS.
Buffers have the capacity to bond ions and remove them from solution whenever their concentration begins to rise. Conversely, buffers can release ions whenever their concentration begins to fall, thus helping to minimize the fluctuations in pH. This is an important function because many biochemical reactions normally occurring in living organisms either release or use up ions.
Imagine now what a load is taken off your body if it's primary safety system of pH balancing can be `stood down` from a continual `full alert` because you now are alkalizing your body through reducing stress, eating healthier foods, avoiding harmful chemicals and drinking adequate amounts of clean, healthy water!
Tap Water - What It Is and Isn`t
On the pH scale of 0 to 14, typical tap water measures out at a little over a neutral 7 pH. In comparison, rainwater, most bottled waters, and water from a distiller or reverse osmosis system is very acid due to the lack (or removal) of the esential alkalizing minerals such as magnesium and calcium. The drinking water from a water ionizer ranges up to about 10 pH. This can easily be measured using a pH meter.
The charge in water can be measured with an ORP meter, and the redox (oxidation reduction potential) of tap, bottled, reverse osmosis and distilled water is typically between +300 and +500 mV. Because it has a positive redox potential, it is apt to acquire electrons and oxidize other molecules, and then rob your body of electrons in the form of energy.
Reduced Alkaline Water from a water ionizer, on the other hand, has a negative redox potential of approximately -250 to -800 mV. This means it has a large mass of electrons ready to donate to electron-thieving active oxygen. It is `Live Water`, similar in atomic structure to the waters that the Hunzakuts drink directly from glacial streams in the high Himalayas.
How Your Water Ionizer Unit Works
An AlkaViva water ionizer, with a footprint the size of a toaster, is an electronic water filter connected to your kitchen water supply to perform filtering and controlled low voltage electrolysis on tap water before you drink it or use it in the kitchen for cooking or cleaning. These ionizers have been used in Japan (and Asia) for over 30 years with an estimated 1 in 5 households in Japan now benefiting from a water ionizer.
A special attachment redirects tap water out of the faucet into your water ionizer unit. Inside the unit, the water is first filtered which helps to remove common pollutants found in city water. Then this filtered water passes into a chamber equipped with platinum-coated titanium electrodes. Here is where the electrolysis takes place.
Cations, positive ions, gather at the negative electrodes creating cathodic or reduced water. Anions, negatively charged ions, gather at the positive electrode to make anodic or oxidized water. By this electrolysis process the reduced water not only gains an excess amount of electrons (e-), but the H2O clusters are reduced in size from about 10 to 13 molecules per cluster to 5 to 6 molecules per cluster.
The reduced ionized water comes out of the faucet, and the oxidized water comes out of a separate hose leading into the sink. You can use the reduced (acidic) water for drinking or cooking. The oxidation potential of the oxidized water makes it a good sterilizing agent, helpful for washing your hands, cleaning food or kitchen utensils plus treating minor wounds and eczema.