Alkaline Water & ORP Explained
an 20 Minute Read Worth an Extra 5 Years of Life?
Ian Blair Hamilton
It's a rhetorical question. We all know the
answer - but in my experience the only time such a question seems to
become important is when people don't actually have five years of life
It's often said that people spend
more money on their health in the last two years of their life than the
total of the rest of their life. In my experience this is so very true.
I don't want to waste time telling
you how naughty you've been to fail to learn about your own health. God
knows we are all so "busy" just surviving in this crazy world that
oftentimes health takes a backstage position until it fails. It's like
my son's car. He simply doesn't change the oil. He believes everything
lasts forever. At age 26, so did I.
I have been asked many times to
write down my understanding of acid and alkaline balance and its effects
on health. This has usually been asked after I have spent an hour
explaining it to someone, for the umpteenth time! So I'm going to give
you my grand theory of everything about acid/alkaline balance now, and
if you hear what I am saying, I know you'll understand and act upon this
most fundamental of all health secrets.
Why is acid/alkaline balance
'fundamental'? Because this is about what happens at the microscopic
level within our bodies; beyond the cellular level - at the atomic
level. It's all about electricity, and about what happens to create
energy in your body at the atomic level. It's about what doesn't happen,
what should happen, and what will happen if you follow what I am
suggesting. Most people I talk to already know that we are too acidic,
because of acidic foods, drinks, pollution, lifestyle, stress ... almost
everything is acidifying including watching the news at six.
We are told we need to alkalize,
but what does that really mean? Many of us think that acidic water is
just water with lots of acidic minerals in it, and alkaline water is
water with lots of alkaline minerals in it - calcium, magnesium,
potassium etc. But you can have acidic water with both acid and alkaline
minerals in it; just more acids than alkalis, so it's not quite as
simple as you may have thought.
Why am I explaining all this?
Because if you can really understand this, you can begin a new way of
thinking about your own and your loved one's health. The conventional
approach to alkalizing something like water has been to take tap water,
with its mix of acids and alkalis, then add more alkalis.
What's wrong with that? You're
drinking a chemical cocktail - just to get your alkaline water.
But in this twenty minutes we're
going to go far farther than this small point.
Let's assume that we have water
with no minerals at all; distilled for instance. Then we add some
calcium. Now we have alkaline water. The pH of this water may
have gone from a neutral pH 7 to an alkaline pH 8; ten times more
alkaline that pH 7. Most of us learned all this in chemistry class - as
long as you weren't looking out the window like me!
Do you know what pH stands for? It
comes from French, and means "per Hydrogen", which is a measure of the
amount of Hydrogen in a liquid. Note; we're not talking about the amount
of alkalizing or acidifying chemicals in a liquid. No, we're talking
about the amount of hydrogen atoms. The chemicals or minerals just react
with the water to create hydrogen atoms.
Why is this so important? Hydrogen
fuels us. Hydrogen heals us. Hydrogen is our most essential nutrient.
Hydrogen provides our life force! And pH equals amount of hydrogen in
liquid, so it's a measure, if you like, of available life force in a