“Life is water dancing to the tune of solids. Without that dance, there could be no life.”
― Gerald H. Pollack
In a world where longevity and graceful aging are important commodities, health conscious families are seeking cost-effective solutions for their water. They must decipher an unfair amount of data before making key decisions too. What are the truly relevant themes governing optimal fluid balances and the body’s preferred acid neutralization modes?
Listed below are typical sources of water used in most homes.
Water as a Commodity
For decades now, dishonest marketers have misinformed consumers into believing alkaline water (as a number value) is the same as alkalinity (mineralization). This same lobby has suggested that high-pH numbered water (for example 9.0) has greater health benefits than a lower number pH (7.0).
Listed below are the 4 most common mistakes made by consumers:
- Choosing a water based on a pH number
- Confusing an alkaline water “number” with alkalinity, and consequently--
- Buying water believed to be minerally alkaline that only fits a number regime--
- Ultimately neglecting the primary role of mineralization (trace minerals)
To clarify these points, consider that alkaline trace minerals are what guarantee alkaline benefits, not the water’s numerical value as a “popularized” parameter. This means the water’s original source must include inherent acid-neutralizing minerals (naturally) or that trace minerals must be added separately or artificially.
The pH Chart: 1 to 14
General health is a complex phenomenon reflecting chemical balances that are unique to every individual. At the center of this complexity is the simplicity and fluid dexterity of water’s H2O formula. For example, being hydrated is a key factor and assimilating organic trace minerals is essential for optimal health because certain foods and minerals exist in forms not easily absorbed by cells.
There are generalized truths about pH balance that are important despite unique individual chemistry. The digestive system’s finely tuned ecology is characterized by pH and interacts with the body’s hormonal system through its endocrine functions. Within this generalized function, blood-sugar stability is sensitive to pH dynamics. In digestion, acids are important to decomposition and alkaline water can inhibit the stomach’s natural digestive balance. The following pH chart depicts the importance of trace minerals along the standard numerical scale of 1 to 14, where water’s see-saw value with 7.0 at center separates acid from alkaline.
pH Number Is Not the Proper Guideline: Alkalinity as Trace Mineralization Is
Now that we’ve introduced the basic pH number chart, it is important to give it a proper context. Recall the 1970’s Duracell battery advertising slogan, “Alkaline Energizer?” This was a different type of cell, but electrochemical charge is the same principle in our body’s biological health. Alkaline water has become a household term, but what makes any water alkaline if it’s not the pH number? Trace minerals determining pH are even more crucial to alkalinity when viewed from inside our cells as opposed to outside our bodies in a glass of water. This is where methods of “delivery” to and through cell membranes become crucial aspects of health.
pH Delivery to Cells
At Vera Vita we are motivated to understand the complexities of pH inside and outside the body. If it were as simple as designating a number boundary separating acidity from alkalinity, any pH value above 7.0 would fit the bill for alkaline. While this may be true by the narrowest of terms (particularly outside your body in a glass of water) it is certainly untrue once inside the body.
When we drink a cold glass of water the physical and chemical components enter our body and influence the electricity inside the body. It’s the trace minerals that play a critical role in our health, carried into our cells and energized by the water.
Electrochemical charges focus on alkaline and acidic balances, where water’s universal intelligence plays a central organizing role. Such organization may allow “structured drinking water” to provide liquid crystal benefits via trace mineralization. The pH of the water alone is no guarantee of an alkaline balance inside the cells without these trace minerals to assist with membrane permeability and cell transfer protocols. Water has a unique material matrix (geometry) of clustered dynamics when energetically structured by trace minerals.