What are pH and Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)? They are measurements of some of the most important properties of drinking water. Learn about how pH and ORP influence the quality of water, and what kind of water an water filter makes.
Negative ORP is a measurement of an aqueous substances’ ability to reduce oxidation A positive ORP will increase oxidation Water can have either a negative or positive ORP water filters are used to make alkaline water with a negative ORP
Rust is the oxidized form of metal Oxidation happens when oxygen destroys a substance by stealing electrons from it Free radicals are oxidants Acids are also oxidants
pH stands for “Potential Hydrogen” it measures the acidity or alkalinity of a solution
A pHof 7 is considered neutral, a pH above 7 is alkaline, below 7 is acidic
Alkaline water has a pHof 8 (threshold limit prescribed by Dubai Municipality for public distribution of Bottled Drinking Water).
Effect of pH on the human body
The human body contains both acids and bases. The body maintains the pHof blood between 7.35 and 7.45. The pH level of the urine varies, so Doctors often measure urine pH to evaluate the pH level of the body. Low urine pH has been associated with Metabolic Syndrome, the symptoms of which are:
High blood pressure
The tissues and tissues of the body have varied pH levels, some are alkaline, and others are acidic. Some studies point to a link between acidity in the body and health problems. Learn about how acidity may affect the body. The body regulates the pH of blood in a steady range of 7.35 – 7.45, if blood pH gets too low, the body has three ways to raise it: Breath – Excess acidity can be exhaled in the form of carbon dioxide Urine – Acidic wastes are filtered by the kidneys Bone – The body takes calcium from the bones to neutralize acidity Research suggests that bone density may be compromised by a ratio of high protein (acid forming) consumption to low vegetable (alkaline forming) consumption (Sellmeyer, D. E.)
Metabolic syndrome has been described as a “constellation of physiological screw-ups” which include:
High blood pressure
Insulin resistance Effect of pH on the human body High Cholesterol
Research performed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center links the symptoms of metabolic syndrome (above) to an excessively acidic urine pH. The study shows that the lower your urine pH is, the more symptoms of metabolic syndrome you are likely to have.
Acid reflux is a painful condition that occurs when acidic stomach liquid backs up (refluxes) into the esophagus, causing irritation, inflammation and damage to the lining of the esophagus. Acidic foods are considered to be one factor in acid reflux.
Proper hydration is essential for good health. Get the facts on hydration including how much you should drink. Athletes benefit from proper hydration as well. Studies on hydration have shown that as little as 2% dehydration impairs athletic performance.
Hydration and Your Health Did you know? A glass of water an hour before bed can prevent a heart attack or stroke! Proper hydration helps prevent your blood from becoming too thick, which makes it easier for your heart to pump.
Hydration is critical for athletes who want to be at the top of their game. Athletic endurance falls with as little as 2% dehydration.
Harvard Health says that water is best for hydration. Harvard recommends going easy on the coffee, sodas, fruit drinks and even milk! According to Harvard Health’s The Nutrition Source, your best bet is water. (Harvard School of Public Health)
Alkaline water has lower surface tension than regular water. Lower surface tension makes water easier to absorb via cellular osmosis. A Montana State University study on water made alkaline with a supplement showed that the alkaline water hydrated 17% better than plain water. Another reason that alkaline water hydrates better than plain water is that one of the primary channels in your cells that allow water to enter – called Aquaporins – is controlled by pH! Water with an alkaline pH is allowed to pass but acidic water is not. The discovery of Aquaporins in 1992 by researcher Peter Agre led to his receiving the Nobel Prize in 2003.
Try this simple hydration test: Lay your hand flat on the table. Pinch the skin together about one inch behind a knuckle on your hand. Your skin should spring back into place in about a second. If it takes a longer time to spring back, you are dehydrated.
Two Kinds of dehydration :
Temporary dehydration – You can become temporarily dehydrated when you work out if you don’t drink enough water. This kind of dehydration makes you feel thirsty.
Chronic Dehydration – When you don’t drink enough water on a regular basis, your body can remain in a dehydrated state. Chronic dehydration can lead to poor health. Warning: You can be chronically dehydrated and not feel thirsty!
Hot, red, skin with no sweat
Dry, chapped lips Salty, white residue around lips Fatigue DANGER: Get medical help!
Alkaline water tastes better than plain water, it’s slightly sweeter and more refreshing. Think about it: If you are trying to improve your health through better hydration, better tasting water will make it easier. Many of our customers tell us that they prefer the taste of their alkaline water to other beverages. This makes staying hydrated a snap!
Acidic water has a pH of below 7. Acidic water is used externally, for hair and skin rather than consumed. Strong acidic water can be used to sanitize kitchen counters, cutting boards, and other surfaces. Acidic water (often referred to as electrolyzed water) is water with a potential hydrogen (pH) of less than 7. pH refers to the amount of hydrogen mixed in with the water. pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14; 7 represents “neutral,” where the water is neither alkaline nor acidic; 0 through 7 indicates acidity; and 7 through 14 indicates alkalinity.
Signs of acidic water include:
Blue stains on copper fixtures or pipes
Blue or green stains in tubs or basins
pH test showing less than 7 is considered acidic
A sharp or chlorine smell at the tap Private water sources that have a pH level of less than 5.5 may corrode plumbing and appliances. The EPA mandates the pH of tap water to be a pH of at least 6.5 to prevent corrosion. Like the Richter scale for measuring earthquake intensity, the pH scale is logarithmic. A solution with a pH of 8.0 is ten times more alkaline than a solution with a pH of 7.0. A solution with a pH of 9.0 is 100 times more alkaline than a solution with a pH of 7.0.
Acidic water obtained by electrolysis of dilute salt water solutions is an effective treatment of dermatosis in when applied or sprayed several times at the initial stages of the dermatosis. Medical and Dental offices can use acidic water to destroy micro-organisms, as well as a sterilizing hand wash. Skin care: Using acidic water to wash your face can improve the complexion of your skin as it works as a natural astringent help relieve dry and itchy skin and removes dirt and oil without the use of chemicals. Acidic water made with dilute salt solutions can expedite the healing process of cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, blisters, acne, eczema, blisters, and poison oak/ivy irritation. Hair Care: Acidic water is a miracle hair rinse, it works better than the popular apple cider vinegar rinse! Its great for your scalp and leaves your hair feeling soft and looking naturally shiny. Antiseptic: Acidic water can be used as an antiseptic for abrasions, cuts, and a mouth wash to assist in removing plaque from teeth. Food: Wash your fruits, vegetables, and meats to effectively kill bacteria. Plant Care: Watering your plants and vegetables with acidic water will promote growth and reduce fungus. Cut flowers will last longer in acidic water.
Alkaline water has been consumed in Asia for decades to improve health. Discover the facts about alkaline water based on the latest research, and learn what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it.
Alkaline water is water with a pH of greater than 7. In nature, water gets alkalinity from the minerals it absorbs. The most common minerals found in alkaline water are calcium, magnesium and potassium. These minerals are commonly found in tap water as mineral carbonates such as calcium carbonates and magnesium carbonates. Tap water rich in mineral carbonates is considered to be hard water.
Did you know? Hard water with it’s mineral carbonates can also be alkaline water if it has a pH of greater than 7. But it’s not the same kind of alkaline water that you get from an water filter or Antioxidant Fresh water!
water filters make tap water more alkaline by separating the minerals from the carbonates. Once freed of the carbonates, the minerals chemically combine with hydroxyl ions taken from water molecules – to form mineral hydroxides. These mineral hydroxides – calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide are recognized by the FDA for their contribution to human nutrition (FDA GRAS)
The technology that makes alkaline water from an water filter has been been studied and consumed in Asia for over 50 years.
Good, Clean Water Biostone Filter: This standard filter that comes with water filters is highly effective at cleaning contaminants but still leaving beneficial alkaline minerals. A certified metal scan before and after filtration through the Biostone filter clearly shows highly effective filteration of these substances. Reverse osmosis systems do a great job of cleaning or purifying water, however they lack the overall qualities of live alkaline and ionized water. When water becomes too contaminated then an RO system would be the system of choice especially for larger home applications. An alternative is an under sink installation of our RO system that has a pre-filter for adding essential alkaline mineral back to the pure water and has been specifically designed for use with water filters. pH Levels: Acidic water might be good for your skin but not desirable to drink. Alkaline water helps to balance the body out incrementally by providing beneficial anions and alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium which need to be assimilated into our bodies. This assimilation in turn gives the body the essential alkaline minerals necessary for releasing appropriate amount of buffering bicarbonates to neutralize excess acid and further benefits of absorbed anions.. Not only do water filters produce a good range of alkaline water but in conjunction with the other qualities they give the alkaline water a synergistic effect. Alkaline minerals also are a buffer in the duodenum and small intestine naturally produced as a bicarbonate by the body. Minerals Most water naturally has minerals in it and sometimes there is a healthy balance of them and other times more often than not, there’s too much of the wrong stuff. Antioxidant Fresh Water is made with the right mix of minerals for optimum benefits. Micro-clustering Essentially micro-clustering refers to smaller groups of water molecules rather than a typical arrangement of 10 to 13 water molecules in a water cluster. The process reduces the cluster to about half the size – about 5 or 6 in a cluster. This is significant because of better and quicker absorption, and the fact that our cells take in one molecule of water at a time. There are conduits into a cell that are known as aquaporins, and their discovery led to a Nobel Peace prize in chemistry. Importantly, the significance of water that has a smaller cluster size begins in the duodenum and small intestine, where most of water and nutrient absorption occurs. The water smaller cluster size allows nutrients to better flow through and to assimilate easier. Oxidation Reduction Potential Also known as redox potential or ORP and refers to the ability to acquire electrons and be reduced. For example a positively charged anion or ion can be reduced by acquiring electrons from a negatively charged anion. This reduction potential can be measured in millivolt units and strong ionized water can have a -815mV ORP and is a powerful antioxidant because of the action of donating electrons to free radicals and thereby neutralizing them. This negative ORP is what makes water and antioxidant in nature, reducing potential cell damage and destroying free radicals. Summary water can be considered living water because it provides the greatest potential benefit to our health and wellbeing! Water is vital to our health and when we are drinking water with the combined alkaline and antioxidant qualities it stands to reason that our health and well being would be optimized.