alkaline water

Can understanding the significance of the pH of drinking water help you choose better water for you and your family?  Yes.  When you are choosing between bottled, tap, filtered or not, or distilled vs. purified water, understanding the role that water plays assisting your body in its quest to maintain proper pH at 7.365 is critical.

The pH level of a substance tells you whether it is an acid, a base, or neutral.  On the pH scale, which is 0-14, things with a pH of 7 are neutral, higher than 7 are basic, and lower than 7 are acidic.  If you have a pool, you already understand the importance of keeping that waters pH level at 7 or above.  Water is often considered neutral, with the normal range for surface water systems ranging from 6.5-8.5. At the proper pH of 7.365, your body is not only hydrated, but is better able to flush out toxins and waste products.  Now think about how important the pH level of the water you consume must be.

Water with a pH lower than 6.5 is acidic and “soft.”  While soft water is great for getting soaps and detergents to lather, it can be a sign that your water contains metals such as iron, manganese, copper, lead, and zinc, all of which can be harmful when ingested in large quantities.  Water with a very low pH often tastes metallic and can leave blue-green stains on sinks and drains.

Water that has a pH higher than 8.5 is basic and “hard.”  Hard water generally doesn’t pose the same health risks that soft water can, but it can taste bitter and make it difficult for soaps and detergents to lather.

When considering pH, it is also helpful to consider water’s alkalinity.  Alkalinity is a measure of the capacity of the water to resist a change in pH that would typically make the water more acidic.  This resistance to change is one of alkaline water’s benefits.

Along with the pH level, it also helps to understand the difference between distilled vs. purified water, because things like minerals found in the water can have an effect on its pH.  Technically, distilled water is a form of purified water, but it is differentiated by the method used to remove impurities.  Distilled water is heated until it boils and turns into a vapor, and then the vapor is cooled until it again reenters a liquid state.  During this process, virtually all impurities are left behind when the water turns to vapor.  This creates very pure water, but because it has no additives, it tastes awful, and can actually pull minerals from your body when you drink it, so it shouldn’t be used as drinking water on a regular basis.  Purified water is water that has gone through any form of purification process, often some form of filtration.  Because the methods of purification are varied, the pureness of the water also varies greatly.

To make sure that you are drinking the best water for your health, a purified water system that provides alkaline water in your home as well as removes harmful substances from your drinking water is your safest and most economical solution.

Want to learn more?  See a live webinar every Monday evening at 9 PM EST to learn more about the pH level of most common drinking water consumed today.  Contact us for the link to the webinar.  Send an email to Robert@berryenvironmentalservices.com requesting the link and you will be amazed at what you will learn.  It’s not intended as a sales pitch, but as a learning tool to educate you on what might be in your water and how healthy the water you consume might be for your body.  See you there.

 

We all know water is essential for life.  Water is absorbed by the body to fuel cells, transport blood, remove wastes, and support almost every other vital function.  Dr. Peter Agre was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 “for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes” jointly with one half to Peter Agre “for the discovery of water channels” and with one half to Roderick MacKinnon “for structural and mechanistic studies of ion channels”.

Dr. Agre called the water channel “Aquaporins”, “the plumbing system for cells”.  Every cell is primarily water.  “But the water doesn’t just sit in the cell, it moves through it in a very organized way.  The process occurs rapidly in tissues that have these aquaporins or water channels.”

For 100 years, scientists assumed that water leaked through the cell membrane, and some water does.  “But the very rapid movement of water through some cells was not explained by this theory,” said Agre.   Agre said he discovered aquaporins “by serendipity.”  His lab had an N.I.H. grant to study the Rh blood group antigen.  They isolated the Rh molecule but a second molecule, 28 kilodaltons in size (and therefore called 28K) kept appearing.  At first they thought it was a piece of the Rh molecule, or a contaminant, but it turned out to be an undiscovered molecule with unknown function.  It was abundant in red blood cells and kidney tubes, and related to proteins of diverse origins, like the brains of fruit flies, bacteria, the lenses of eyes, and plant tissues.

Agre asked John Parker, his hematology professor at the University of North Carolina.  Parker said, “Boy, this thing is found in red cells, kidney tubes, plant tissues; have you considered it might be the long-sought water channel?”  So Agre said that he followed up Parker’s suggestion.  If aquaporins could be manipulated, it could potentially solve medical problems such as fluid retention in heart disease and brain edema after stroke.

How does the water channel work? A question of form and function

In 2000, together with other research teams, Agre reported the first high-resolution images of the three-dimensional structure of the aquaporin.  With these data, it was possible to map in detail how a water channel functions.  How is it that it only admits water molecules and not other molecules or ions?  The membrane is, for instance, not allowed to leak protons.  This is crucial because the difference in proton concentration between the inside and the outside of the cell is the basis of the cellular energy-storage system.

Selectivity is a central property of the channel.  Water molecules worm their way through the narrow channel by orienting themselves in the local electrical field formed by the atoms of the channel wall.  Protons (or rather oxonium ions, H3O+) are stopped on the way and rejected because of their positive charges.

**. Passage of water molecules through the aquaporin AQP1.  Because of the positive charge at the center of the channel, positively charged ions are deflected.

Scientific researchers theorize that ionized water slows down aging by reducing free radicals in the body because of its negative oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) – a measurable negative electrical charge that gives the water antioxidant properties.

To maintain and improve your health, drink at least two liters a day (or ½ ounce or more per pound of body weight) in order to gradually change from an acidic constitution to a slightly alkaline constitution.  Drink two to three cups of water first thing in the morning to rehydrate the body and improve bowel function.  By drinking the “correct” water, the tendency of your body to accumulate metabolic acid waste can be gradually corrected to enable it to maintain a slightly alkaline constitution.

“Correct” water is Living Water.  Compared to tap water, Living Water has no unpleasant odor, no chlorine taste, tastes and feels lighter, smoother (silkier), and has a pleasant and refreshing clean taste.  Compared to bottled water, Living Water is alkaline, is an antioxidant, and is environmentally friendly.