A kilo of Sauerkraut a day …!
Drinking water, ‘RO’ or ‘Ionized’: is the difference only about pH!?
“R.O.” , which stands for water purified by means of the reversed osmosis hyper-filtration membrane technology, and water ionization, “ionized” and alkaline water made by the process of electrolyses, are often thought of as polar opposites in terms of their effect on the water.
Some statements as spread these days by promoters of alkaline or ionized water are:
– R.O. water is typically acidic and virtually mineral free while ionized water is high in pH and rich in alkalizing minerals.
– The negative impacts of more acid in the body are obvious and R/O does not help with this delicate alkaline balance.
– Furthermore, some health experts feel that mineral-free water can be harmful and actually lead to de -mineralization of the body. Pure water molecules attach to anything they contact and flush them from the body. The flushing that occurs could include beneficial alkaline minerals, which is detrimental to the alkaline balance.
Are these statements correct?
First the purified water made by RO tends indeed to decrease the pH of the treated water. If the pH of a city-tap-water is say 8,2 one can find after the RO purifier a pH of 7 to 7,5 and if the initial pH was 7,5 one could find a pH of 6,5 after purification. Thus RO water is rather neutral to slightly acidic depending mainly on the initial pH and mineral content and the mains water pressure. If the raw water is already acidic the RO process will bring it back to a neutral pH position. Also is RO water not mineral free as the process withdraws only an average of +95% of the initial mineral content; if the TDS (total dissolved solid content in mg/liter or ppm; also called dry residu) of a tap water is 500 ppm the RO water will have a content of 20 to 50 ppm depending on the type of minerals dissolved. One can find spring waters recognized by the medical authorities as ‘mineral water’ with as low mineral content as 20 ppm.
Note that ‘electrolyses’, the process used to ionize water cannot change the pH of pure water (with neutral pH 7,1); one should start already with a water sufficiently charged in minerals to get the, electrical current driven, exchange process going.
The idea that one must consume alkaline water and minerals to neutralize the effects of acidic foods is scientifically untrue. We get rid of excess acid from metabolism by exhaling carbon dioxide (lungs) and by excreting urea acid (kidneys). Read more on this topic in “acid-base balance ” by Yves Gillard M.D.
Further are there many other reasons and solutions to become or stay balanced.
If you do drink alkaline water, its alkalinity is quickly removed by the highly acidic gastric fluid in the stomach.
Also are the extreme parameters of ‘ionized’ water such, that the water should be considered as medicinal or therapeutic and only to be taken for a while as a cure on medical prescription and/or advice and this i.f.o. the specific disease.
Acid-base balance of human blood.
Or about the above remark: ‘The negative impacts of more acid in the body are obvious’
Within modern man the acid-base balance is indeed disturbed since decennia, but towards alkalinity, which corresponds with a deficit of protons. The average blood ph is too high, around 7.5 to 7.8 instead of 7.2to 7.35. The urine pH consequently evolved in the opposite direction 5.4 to 5.8 instead of the optimal 6.5-6.8. One should know that the urines pH reflects the intracellular pH, which normally is alkaline; so while bringing the urines pH up one regularizes at the same time the intracellular pH. Secretion of more or less acid or even slightly alkaline urine by the kidneys is one of the most important mechanisms the body uses to maintain a constant body-, thus blood pH. In a sick body more acids will be formed and the blood directs them to the fabrics; wherefrom the term ‘fabric over-acidification’.
Note: During sleep, decreased pulmonary ventilation causes respiratory acidosis. As a result, a first waking urine specimen is usually more acidic than a second sample taken say one or two hours later (take that in account when doing self-testing on pH). Read more on this topic in “biological terrain ” by Han van de Braak, BSc, LicAc, MCSP, MBAcC.
The other mayor difference between RO and Ionized water is their redox level or degree of oxidation-reduction potential (ORP). RO reduces only slightly the degree of oxidation of the treated tap water. When initially an average city tap water has an ORP of 300 mVolt and a pH of 7,5 and consequently an rH2 of 31,6 than an RO system might decrease it to 170 mVolt with a pH of 6,6 and thus a rH2 of 25. While electrolyses might turn the same tapwater (at the cathode side) into an ORP of -400 with a pH of or over 9 and as such an rH2 of around 11. Drinking daily liters of ‘electrolyzed’ water with extreme parameters as the latter is indeed ‘shocking’ and could be compared to eating daily 1 kilo of sauerkraut (similar redox but with the important difference that the healthy fermented sauerkraut will have a pH of less than 4!*). Moderation will be key also here as we are looking to stay in balance not to get into new maybe different troubles.
* Because the pH scale is logarithmic, a difference of one pH unit represents a tenfold change. Here thus the acidity of sauerkraut with a pH of 4 is 100.000 to a million times greater than that of ionized water with a pH of over 9. Acidity stands for life!
We believe it is also important to consider the resistivity (opposite of the degree of conductivity of a solution, here water) as a factor of’ ’osmolarity’. Indeed water rich in minerals will overload the interior medium, and at same time slow down the exchanges (drops in osmotic pressure). Water rich in minerals and carbonates will very quickly hydrate the kidney, but will only pass very partially in the tissue or fabrics, contrary to waters with high resistivity (low mineral content). Indeed the latter will implement by means of the osmotic pressure, an in-depth drainage of the fabrics, which will cause the evacuation of cellular toxins. Only thereafter, the charged fluids will take the direction of the kidney. Drinking water does not relate only to the kidney, but first of all, to the hydration of fabrics. One could highlight, as done by the Vincent bioelectronics, by energy calculations, the potentiality of the movements due to different physicochemical parameters between 2 mediums.
See therefore also the vast work of Dr. Jeanne Rousseau. Here is the basic spirit: Pure water equals ‘Movement’, while Charged Water equals ‘Stagnation’.
The resistivity of the treated tap water will increase dramatically within RO water and it can be described as ‘pure’, while electrolyzed waters will only stabilize or even decrease its resistivity and therefore are rather or extremely ‘charged’.
Healthy drinking water
A natural drinking water is important for what it takes from the body and not for what it brings as minerals. RO can be seen as a natural physical separation process where ionization /electrolysis as an artificial electrochemical process. RO water has a neutral to slightly acidic pH as most of natural spring waters. Electrolysis makes extreme alkaline waters, as almost unseen in nature. The RO process always create a more balanced result compared to tap or ionized water and this as well magnetically (measured by protons) as electrically (measured by electrons) while improving the dielectric values (resistivity measured in Ohm).
One should drink daily sufficient balanced water free of any unwanted substances; water able to dissolve waste products in the body and remove them all together.
Tap water extra purified by reverse osmosis remains a great if not the best choice.
More on drinking water and healthy living and aging in our book:
“EnjoyVity, Your full spectrum of life!” at www.enjoyvity.com .