I have spent the afternoon crafting and reflecting on ads for my brave heart womenâ€™s site. In that process I have discovered the importance of linking key words and the content of the ad. As a member of brave heart women, I am grateful for the nourishment I receive from others as it keeps the energy flowing in my life. In reflection, the two words that come to me as important are â€œnourishmentâ€ and â€œflow.â€ These words seem particularly important when applied to the topic of consumable water.
As most of us know, water is the most common liquid on earth. It is in fact the single most important element for nourishing our bodies. Survivalists have long held the body can go for weeks without food, but only days without water. That is due to the fact that brain tissue is composed of 85% water, muscle tissue about 75% water; even bones are 22% water. Every function of the body is related to the flow of water to ensure the transmission of energy, transportation of nutrients and the removal of waste products.
Water is more than just a solvent or a delivery system for minerals and other nutrients. Water can be thought of as a highway or a transportation system that delivers electromagnetic currents to fuel cellular metabolism. Water works to set up a â€œresonateâ€ field through which all cells communicate. As women, we are acutely aware that our menstrual cycle is influenced by the cycle of the moon that influences the ebb and flow of the tides on the planet and subsequently fluid exchanges in the human body. It seems to me that if we wish to nourish our friends and loved ones, we need to consume the purest water possible. There are several important considerations regarding the quality of water we consume.
The pH of Water
In pure water the concentration of hydroxide ions (OH-) equals the amount of dissolved hydrogen ions (H+). This relationship is defined as neutral and corresponds to a pH of 7 on a scale of 1 to 14. The pH scale is logarithmic so a change of one pH unit implies a 10 fold shift in the concentration of hydrogen ions. This means a pH of 8 is 10 times more alkaline than a pH of 7; a pH of 9 means the water is 100 times more alkaline than a pH of 7.
In other words, pH is a measure of â€œpotential hydrogen.â€ Lower pH levels create a condition known as acidosis which is the underlying cause of nearly all chronic conditions in the body and has been associated with a high prevalence of cancer. Diets composed mostly of meat, potatoes, fried foods, soft drinks and sugars build up acid salts in the body that may be stored in organ systems including the heart, pancreas, liver or colon. The build-up of acid waste is now believed to be the cornerstone of aging. Excess acidity forces the body to borrow minerals including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium from vital organs, bones and teeth. If we truly wish to nourish our bodies we need water with a high pH reading as it will be the most alkaline. To find water with a pH greater than 7 one needs to find a system which ionizes water.
Ionized water systems
Ionization, also referred to as â€œelectrolysisâ€ requires that the water flow across plates which have an electric current running through them. The electrolysis process separates the hydroxide ions from the hydrogen ions creating water that is acidic on one side of the system and alkaline on the other. Acidic water can be used like a mini first aid solution to kill bacteria and microbes on contact. Highly alkaline water is used as a cleaning agent to replace laundry detergent, window cleaners and as a stain remover. Slightly alkaline water in the range of 8.0 to 9.5 is best used for drinking, making soup and steaming vegetables. Creating alkaline produces the greatest number of active hydrogen ions which reduces the process of oxidation in the body. Oxidation is similar to rusting of a metal container left in the rain. Oxidation is associated with harmful acidic wastes that create free radicals in the body. That fact alone reflects the current interest in â€œanti-oxidantsâ€ such as alkaline water, acai berries and green tea which serve to reduce the effects of oxidation.
In order to measure oxidation, a specific meter is used to record the ORP of a given water sample. Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) is a basically a measure of voltage. A reading of mV indicates the millivolts of hydrogen electrons in the water available for bonding with free radicals. When water is measured with a positive millivolt reading it is proton rich and life depleting; when measured with a negative millivolt reading it is electron rich and thus life enhancing.
Micro-Clustered Water (also known as â€œstructuredâ€ water or â€œhexagonalâ€ water)
Electrolysis produces a greater number of hydrogen atoms for bonding, thus micro-clustering single water molecules. Clustered water is hydrogen rich, an important factor in reduction of oxygenation and removal of free radicals. The increased prevalence of hydrogen, in turn, creates both oxygen-hydrogen bonds and hydrogen covalent bonds (sharing of the same electrons). This makes the size of a clustered water molecule more compact meaning it is better able to penetrate the cell membrane. A compact clustered water molecule is thus able to carry nutrients into the cell and remove cellular toxins. Understanding the workings of the cell membrane is critical in health as chronic conditions always result from rigidity of the cell membrane.
Chlorinated or Fluoridated Water
Many are concerned with chlorine in our drinking water because chlorine kills bacteria and living organismsâ€”even that which is good for us. Chlorine is absorbed through the skin as well as the large intestine. Whether chlorine enters the body through bathing or drinking, chlorine causes massive scarring of the arteries. Regardless of how much cholesterol you have or donâ€™t have; cholesterol will attach itself to the site of arterial scarring and begin the clogging process which restricts arterial blood flow.
In addition to chlorine, many US cities also have high levels of fluoride. According to the Centers for Disease Control at least 22% of American children now have dental fluorosis. Fluoride is toxic; it is a product of super phosphate fertilizers. Dr. William Hirzy, Vice President of EPA headquarters in Washington D.C. reports fluoride to be a hazardous waste product for which, contrary to public perception, there are no health benefits. Fluoride is not an essential nutrient; it is listed as an â€œunapproved drugâ€ by the FDA and as a â€œcontaminantâ€ by the EPA. Fluoride has also been found to leach lead from old water pipes which has resulted in high levels of lead showing up in consumers of fluorinated water.
Water filters are just thatâ€”they are designed to filter contaminants that have leached into sources of drinking water. Filters are primarily designed to remove heavy minerals such as lead, mercury, iron and arsenic. While some micron filters may reduce parasites and chlorine, most will not remove fluoride, heavy metals or change the quality of water. Care must be taken in selecting carbon filters as some recent studies suggest that carbon â€“ nothing more than charred wood â€“ may in itself be carcinogenic.
Informed health conscious consumers have looked to bottled water to avoid the chlorine â€“ fluoride concern. Yet many do not realize that bottled water is acidic and is not even as good for the body as tap water. Bottled water has been banned in most of Europe and currently 3 states have begun to outlaw bottled water. There are two concerns with bottled water. First, the water itself may not be as pure as tap water. Secondly, because bottles are composed of plastic which is a petroleum product, the chemicals leach into the water, particularly when the bottled water is left in a hot/warm environment.
Distilled water is created by boiling water, capturing the steam and allowing it to condense back to a liquid form. Since it is made using tap water it will contain many of the components of the tap water. However it is devoid of minerals and should be used minimally and only for detoxification.
Reverse Osmosis water
Reverse osmosis water may remove some of the hardness making the water feel â€œsofter.â€ Some nitrates, lead and copper may be removed, however Reverse Osmosis water has a low mineral content and the pH is usually on the acid side. It also tends to have a positive ORP reading.
I would love to share with you my discoveries about water. I invite you to join me in this quest for â€œnourishing-the-flowâ€ in our lives.