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Monday, December 13, 2004

High pH Water... What is it? And Why should I want to know about it?

What is pH? (Potential Hydrogen)

If you remember from your high school chemistry, the pH scale is from zero (0) to 14. With 7 being neutral and anything above 7 is alkaline and below 7 is acetic. The scale is logarithmic so 8 is ten times more than 7 and 9 is 100 times more than seven and 10 is 1,000 times more. Got the idea?

Just as our body temperature must be maintained at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, our blood is ideally maintained at 7.365 pH --very mildly basic. (A mainstream doctor would accept up to 7.4, but that's problematic, as we'll see later.) You can also measure the pH of the urine and saliva, but the blood is the most important and needs to stay within the tightest range. Different areas of the body have different pH requirements anyway. For example, the blood and tissues should be slightly basic, but the lower bowel should be slightly acidic, and the urine slightly acidic or neutral. Saliva tends to be erratic. The pH of urine can provide the best estimate of what's happening in the body's tissues but is not always accurate. Blood pH is more reliable, and thus a better indicator of internal conditions.

Physiological disease is almost always the result of too much acid stressing the body's pH balance, to the point where it provokes the body into producing symptoms of disease. (Disease can also be simply the toxic effects of an external source, but that is much more rare.) Symptoms can be the expression of that stress, but they can also be a sign of the body's effort to balance it. Depending on the level and extent of the stress, but they can also be a sign of the body's effort to balance it. Depending on the level and extent of the stress, symptoms may or may not be obviously noticeable. The kicker is that excess acid is something we do to ourselves, thanks to the choices we make. The good news, then, is that once we recognize that fact, we can make different choices.

All the body's regulatory mechanisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion, and hormone production) work to balance the delicate internal acid/base balance. Our bodies cannot tolerate extended acid imbalances. In the early stages of the imbalance, the symptoms may not be intense and include such things as skin eruptions, headaches, allergies, colds and flu, and sinus problems. As things get further out of whack, more serious situations arise. Weakened organs and systems start to give way resulting in dysfunctional thyroid glands, adrenals, liver, and so on. If tissue pH deviates too far to the acid side, oxygen levels decrease and cellular metabolism will stop. In other words, cells die. YOU DIE!

So a declining pH just can't be allowed. To prevent it, when faced with a lot of incoming acid, the blood begins to pull alkaline minerals out of our tissues to compensate. There is a family of minerals particularly suited to neutralizing, or detoxifying, strong acids, including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. When these minerals react with acids, they create much less detrimental substances, which are then eliminated by the body.

Now a Healthy body maintains a reserve supply of these alkaline minerals to meet emergency demands. But if there are insufficient amounts in the diet or in the reserves, they are recruited elsewhere, and may be leached from the bone (as with calcium) or muscle (magnesium)-- where they are, of course needed. This can easily lead to deficiencies-- and the many and varied symptoms that come with them.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. If the acid overload gets too great for the blood to balance, excess acid is dumped into the tissues for storage. Then lymphatic (immune) system must neutralize what it can-- and try to get rid of everything else. Unfortunately, "getting rid of" acid from the tissues turns out to mean dumping it right back into the blood, creating a vicious cycle of drawing out still more basic minerals from their ordinary functions and stressing the liver and kidneys besides. Futhermore, if the lymphatic system is overloaded, or its vessels not functioning properly (a condition often caused by lack of exercise), acid builds up in the tissues.

This imbalance in the blood leads to irritation and inflammation and sets the stage for sickness. Acute or recurrent illnesses result from either the body trying to mobilize mineral reserves to prevent cellular breakdown or emergency attempts to detoxify the body. For example,the body may throw off acids through the skin, producing symptoms such as exzema, acne, boils, headaches, muscle cramps, soreness, swelling, irritation, inflammation, and general aches and pains. Chronic symptoms show up when all possibilities of neutralizing or eliminating acids have been exhausted.

When acid wastes build up in the body and enter the bloodstream, the circulatory system will try to get rid of them in liquid form, through the lungs or the kidneys. If there is too much waste to handle, they are deposited in various organ systems, including the heart, pancreas, liver, and colon, or stored in fatty tissue, including the breast, hips, thighs, belly-- and brain. This process of acid waste breakdown and disposal could also be called "the aging process."

With this basic concept in mind, lets explore Water for a few minutes. Here's the thing: Water is of the utmost importance to becoming and remaining healthy. But water quality, already atrocious, will be inexorably deteriorating for the foreseeable future. Like the earth on which we live our bodies are 70% water and (our blood 94 percent). If we subsist on polluted water, imagine the devastation to our bodies. Come to think of it, you don't have to "imagine"-Chances are you are experiencing it right now.

The single most important thing you will learn from this information is to get your body plenty of pure water. And not just any water-- alkalizing or high pH water. Ideally, you will get at least four liters (about a gallon) of good water every day. It that sounds like a lot to you right now, don't worry: As you hydrate your body properly, you will develop more of a thirst for water. You should also note that food cravings are often the body's cry for water. You might already have more of a thirst than you even realize.

Getting liberal amounts of high pH (alkaline) water into your body, having a pH between 9 and 10 neutralizes stored acid wastes and, if consumed every day in conjunction with a good diet, gently removes the acids from the body.

I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that the water running from your tap-- even if you filter it(with the popular but not sufficiently effective Brita or other filtration systems)-- is not healthy. Most municipal water supplies are a disgrace,k especially those poisoned with chlorine and fluoride, which means most of them. Bottled water, though usually better-tasting, may also contain many impurities, or simply be dead from processing and storage. Commercial drinking water standards ignore thousands of potential pollutants. The EPA list around two hundred primary, major water pollutants for which municipal and commercial drinking water must be tested. There are thousands more unidentified, and thousands more that are variants or combinations (but not listed). No one can screen for all possible poisons in all water supplies. Some testing procedures are inadequate, and some are very expensive. Test for some of the worst contaminants run up to twelve hundred dollars for each separate chemical! And do not be fooled by taste, some of the deadliest pollutants are tasteless (one reason official standards can ignore them).
But don't despair. Plain tap water is out, but you can get good water right at your own sink through distilling or reverse-osmosis (RO) purified filtering and a new technology that will be available in 2005 called Radio Frequency plasma water treatment. With this process one will not only be able to kill all bacteria and viruses in the water but will also be able to increase pH to the 9-10 range and at the same time reduce the Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), the electrical ion content of the water to around -100 to -200. This water treatment makes the water wet'er which means it hydrates your sells far better than tap water or the best bottled water. This water, like rainwater, has more oxygen atoms or hydroxyl ions (OH-) and fewer hydrogen ions (HO+)(monomolecular). More hydrogen makes water acidic, so this way the water becomes a neutralizer and can help our bodies reduce accumulated acid wastes. Scientific explanations aside, with the right equipment installed under your sink, healthy water ready to drink comes right out of your tap. It is our understanding that this high pH water will be available bottled by early summer 2005 and a machine to make the water in your home will be available by the end of 2005. In the meantime, RO water is a multi-filter process that purifies water of toxic chemicals and large mineral deposits (sometimes minerals that you would like to leave in the water). Distilled and RO water have some of the above described characteristics and are available by several manufacturers today.

Another way to increase the pH of water is to add hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or chlorine dioxide (CIO2), five drops per eight to twelve ounces of purified water. Look for sodium chlorite (NaCIO2) at the health food store, or regular hydrogen peroxide at the grocery store.

When added to the pure, neutral water you drink, and thus added to your bloodstream, pH drops act as an oxygen catalyst, alkalizing, neutralizing, oxygenating, and pH balancing the body. Allow an hour or two after a heavy protein meal before drinking water with pH drops, so you don't interfere with the stomach acid digesting the protein.

Whichever method you choose--buying distilled water, distilling it yourself, reverse-osmosis, filters, drops--just stock your fridge or pantry with good water. And Drink up! Drinking high pH (9-10)water between meals is especially important. We like to squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice in our drinking water to boost its alkalizing effects (and it is tasty, too, of course).