The various qualities of water used for drinking differ greatly from both the source, water treatment
and other additional considerations. Well water can be as varied as municipal water and both sources have the potential to be contaminated
to differing degrees. Our drinking water can have more or less life giving qualities depending on the characteristic nature of what we are
drinking. Optimal qualities are considered living water and then there is the opposite.
Even bottled water
has had recalls and in many brands at times are found to have unacceptable concentrations of a substance or
Some contaminants are not regulated or screened at all.
Most people would not dispute the overall importance of high quality or living drinking water but many would not really understand the quality
differences and how it pertains to the water they are drinking or perhaps to their overall health in general. It really is that important!
- Clean: This is one of
the more considerate of the water qualities. Contaminants in your
drinking water just will not be acceptable for optimum health or in
the extreme to life itself.
- Total dissolved solids(TDS) Referring to the amount of small suspended
particles and can be found in many forms.
- Hardness commonly
measured in grains of hardness and a lesser or greater amount of
alkaline minerals present in the water.
- pH level is a
measure of potential hydrogen but commonly refers to acid pH or
alkaline pH on a logarithmic scale from 0 to 14 with 7pH being
- Minerals:The amount
and type present in the source water. These minerals can be acid or
alkaline. Fluoride for example is a naturally occurring acidic mineral.
Water varies in the way the molecules are clumped together however
smaller groups are considered micro-clustered.
- Oxidation Reduction
Potential: Also known as Redox potential measured in millivolt of a
positive or negative charge of water.
- Dissolved oxygen: with
larger amounts favorable to helpful aerobic bacteria in the GI tract.
This extra oxygen may also be beneficial with the digestive process.
- Colloidal Aspect:
The amount of small suspended minerals in the water. It could be
viewed as similar to TDS but being very stable in nature.
Good Clean Water
This filter that comes standard with our water
ionizers 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 filtration of these substances. The
test results can be viewed in PDF format.
Reverse osmosis systems do a great job of cleaning or purifying water however 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 our Jupiter water ionizers. This allows for ionization and for giving
back live qualities to your drinking water.
It would only be fair to mention other home drinking water systems such as carbon block filtration and
similar filtration systems. These systems do a good job of cleaning drinking water in some cases however very hard water still remains a
problem in terms of scaling in the hot water heater, plumbing and plumbing fixtures.
However the qualities of live water go beyond clean.
Also it would be good to state that this web page is not intended to go into information about municipal water treatment plants etc. as this
would be beyond the scope of this web site. Suffice it to state that water treatment technology is very good and the
amount of water being processed is astronomical.
Then again too, the addition of chlorine, chloramines and fluoride are but just some of the current concerns
of our mainstream health conscious population. There are also seasonal changes in quality of municipal water from
runoff and sediment or from low water levels in the heat of summer that may result in algae blooms.
However rarely does city water have live qualities such as those produced by our
water filtration systems
Total Dissolved Solids
TDS refers to the suspension of all combined organic and inorganic compounds found in a
liquid as a colloidal, ionized or molecular form.
These suspended particles are generally less than 2 microns across. A vast array of solids, chemicals and contaminants
can be associated with TDS and can come from agricultural runoff to heavy rains bringing TDS to reservoirs.
Total dissolved solids are not necessarily contaminants or chemicals and may
not have adverse health effects. The quality of our drinking water can change greatly regionally due to TDS.
There is a vast amount of data not intended to be included here as this is only a brief description and how
it relates to water quality in general. Too much TDS can affect
ionization results with a water ionizer and the highest threshold would be 300ppm to maintain warranty. Reverse
Osmosis can clean many of these high TDS waters up and allowing use with a water ionizer.
Quality RO system with mineral cartridge
Too many alkaline minerals is considered hard water and the concentrations of these essential minerals change from one geographical
location to another. Hard water can cause scaling in home plumbing including hot water heaters. Water softeners are used to neutralize
these excess minerals and a common softening treatment system is the negative ion exchange water softener. These use salt in there systems
and in doing so add sodium. Another system that is less common is the potassium water softener which removes alkaline minerals.
Water Ionizers need alkaline minerals for the conductively in electrolysis. Too much can cause scaling and lower effectiveness. Water
softeners in general however, are not recommended for use with a water ionizer. Instead if the source water permits, the softener can be
bypassed or pre-filtration is required to remove excess alkaline minerals. The use of our reverse osmosis system with a
re-mineral filter are the best solution in certain situations. Please check with us first so that we may help you find the best solution.
Really this could be a lengthy subject but that is not the objective here. Rather it is just a brief overview and please note it relates to a
particular water quality and not the sum total of water qualities. The combination of highest qualities
will be covered at the bottom of the page.
pH means potential hydrogen and simply put, means the transfer of
hydrogen ions that would determine the pH of water in a given situation. The pH scale goes from 0 to14 and right in the middle is neutral at 7pH.
This is a logarithmic scale meaning that the difference for example between 7 and 8pH is ten times as alkaline. Our blood for example is ideal about 7.40pH.
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.
pH is similar to redox potential because both represent the exchange of ions and an intensity factor .
For example the greater capacity for ionization occurs when the difference between a negatively charged anion and a positively charged cation is
greater. It's sort of like the difference between a weak magnet and a very strong magnet as the exchange of electrons happen when the
attraction is great enough. With pH this is the sort of process that is characteristic of what occurs
rather than characteristic of a buffering effect.
Although we have self regulating bodies diet, lifestyle and stress often take there toll. Metabolic acidosis is a real condition and what
would happen say if you had a high acid diet or drank acid water day in and day out? Or lack assimilation of beneficial alkaline minerals like
calcium? Or would it make sense that an intake of an alkaline diet and water be conducive to better health?
Minerals come in many forms and can be alkaline or acidic. For example
fluorideis an acidic mineral and can naturally be found in water as can
Most water naturally has minerals in it and sometimes there is a healthy balance of them and other times
more often than not, there are too much of the wrong stuff. Nitrates can be an example of too much of
the wrong stuff especially considering they are prevalent in agriculture, a by product of septic systems, and very often run off into
watersheds or leech into ground water. This can be a problem for many water sources and adversely affect water quality.
Well water in particular
should be monitored for these sort of problems and it is a good idea to have a comprehensive
water test done to be sure of what your using and to address any water quality problems.
However too much of a particular mineral can be a problem from municipal sources as well,
even though our current water technology is very good.
For example too many alkaline minerals or very hard ward water has given the water softening business a firm hold.
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. Electrolysis within the water ionizer reduces the cluster to about half the size to 5 or 6 in a cluster.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance analysis clearly demonstrates the reduced cluster size by measuring the Hz frequency of both tap water and micro clustered water.
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
and there discovery led to a Nobel Peace prize in chemistry. It has been scientifically shown that
larger clumps of water molecules tend to slow movement of nutrients through them.
These aquaporins or water channels allow nutrients with water to pass through to nourish the individual cells.
However the significance of water that has a smaller cluster size begins in the duodenum and
small intestine where most of water and nutrient absorption occur. A
smaller cluster size allows nutrients to better flow through and to assimilate easier.(Ever notice a water droplet not going through a
hole?) Also at this juncture, paired with -ORP, excess acid may be more effectively
neutralized when a natural release of bicarbonate occurs. It would stand to reason that a higher quality
water would be more effective in the process described.
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 cation 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.
Oxidation is a process in which a molecule or ion loses electrons.
Reduction is a process by which electrons are gained. This former description is the process of antioxidants donating
the missing pair of electrons to a positively charged free radical and reduce it in electrical value and the potential for cell damage.
Of course there is so much more to it all but it really not the objective here to take it any further rather suffice it to state that a
negative oxidation reduction potential or -ORP and is a very
powerful antioxidant that reduces free radicals. It is significant to note that ionized water with a negative ORP has a much lighter atomic weight than more commonly known antioxidants like vitamin C. This lighter more soluble source of -ORP is quickly absorbed and utilized.
There can be no doubt that a great deal of dissolved oxygen is in every freshly poured glass of ionized water.
At first the water is clouded with oxygen and if one lets a glass
set for an hour or so the entire sides and bottom will be coated with tiny bubbles.
Given that we have beneficial aerobic flora in our GI tract then it stands to reason that ample
amounts of oxygen in ionized water would be very beneficial.
The concept of significant dissolved oxygen in our drinking water and the benefits that this
provides should be examined more closely. There are other factors in the process of
digestion and elimination that should be considered. There are many testimonials from improved GI health relating to the daily
consumption of alkaline and ionized water.
Small suspended particles in our drinking water can be very beneficial but not always. These small particles
are usually not filtered out because of there very small size.
Colloids are dispersed equally throughout the water when present and are not dissolved but suspended.
Beneficial alkaline colloids are very easily absorbed into the body and there has been much
research on this subject and most notably on this website reference to
Dr. Henri Coanda and Dr. Patrick Flanning.
The most desirable of all qualities of our drinking water really should be considered living water
because it is providing the greatest amount of potential benefit
to our health and wellbeing! Water is vital to our health and when we are drinking water with the
combined best qualities it stands to reason that our
health and well being would be optimized.
It is not to say that drinking ordinary tap, distilled, pure or bottled water is not indeed
giving us water that we do need. Instead a point is being made about the varying qualities of
drinking water and a point made that a higher quality of water with all of the desirable
living qualities should be the most effective in hydrating and promoting optimum health.