Water For the 21st Century
A Return to Nature
by Ronald D.
Certified Nutrition Consultant
Water: Importance and Function
in the Human Body
Importance of Maintaining Proper
The Dangers of Acidosis: Causes,
Symptoms, and Solutions
Ionized Alkaline Water: Characteristics
& Benefits of Ionized Water
Ionized Alkaline Water - A
Water: Alkaline Water for Weight
Cancer and Water Acidity
Water: Uses for Acid Water
Ionized Alkaline Water produced
by a Water Ionizer has many of the same "living qualities"
as found in high altitude, free-flowing, spring-fresh mountain
Mountain stream water is
naturally purified and oxygenated as it passes over the stream
bed across rocks and terrain. This movement creates water that
is microclustered, that is, the water is formed into small clusters
of 5-6 water molecules.
It will inherently have
a negative Oxidative Reduction Potential (ORP), which gives it
the ability to neutralize free radicals in the body when it is
consumed. Because of minerals in the soil, mountain stream water
is naturally alkaline.
Ionized Alkaline Water produced
by the unique health appliance called the Water Ionizer, has
the same characteristics as water from a free-flowing stream:
- Purified through Superior
- Alkalinity through concentrate
- High levels of oxygen from
the ionizer process
- Microclustered to more
effectively hydrate deeply into tissues
- Antioxidant activity -
free radical neutralizer
This is why we call Alkaline
Ionized Water: "Water for the 21st century, a Return to
In the following chapters
you will discover the unique value and benefits of alkaline water.
It can give you greater energy, boost immunity, help you detoxify
your body and maintain proper pH balance.
Water: Importance and Function
in the Human Body
Water is necessary for every
body function and proper daily intake is essential for optimal
health. The average adult body contains over 40 quarts of water,
about 70% of body mass. Blood is: 83% water, muscles, brain and
heart 75%, lungs 86%, kidney 83%, and
Water is necessary for digestion,
absorption of nutrients, circulation, lubrication, and elimination.
It is a flushing agent and cleanser for all body liquids. Water
facilitates the transport of toxins away from cells and tissues,
and ultimate elimination through the kidneys. As a major component
of blood plasma, water is necessary in bringing life-giving nutrients
to every cell of the body.
If the body is dehydrated,
water will be allocated from less vital functions to critical
areas such as the cardiovascular, nervous, and muscular systems.
Over time insufficient water intake can lead to chronic dehydration,
imbalance your body's pH, and cause serious health problems.
How Much Water Should
Drinking sufficient water
each day is not only essential for life, but also a basic requirement
for maintaining optimal health. When evaluating the amount of
water you consume each day, you cannot include such liquid as
coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol. These liquids will ultimately
dehydrate the body as they cause a net loss of body water reserves.
The amount each person should drink depends on body size, climate,
and your exercise regimen.
A good rule of thumb is
to drink 1/2 ounce daily for every pound of weigh. For example,
a 150 lb. person would drink about 75 ounces of water daily,
or approximately 2.5 quarts. So it is recommended that you drink
a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water each day. It can be particularly
healthy to start your day with a glass of water to flush your
digestive tract and re-hydrate our body after a night's rest.
Maintaining Proper Body Acid /
Whether a liquid is alkaline
or acidic is determined by its pH, a chemistry term that means
"potential hydrogen". When we calculate the pH of a
liquid we are measuring the number of Hydroxyl (OH-) ions which
are negative and therefore alkaline-forming, as opposed to the
amount of hydrogen (H+) ions that are positive and therefore
Neutrality is measured as
7 on the acid/alkaline scale. The pH scale ranges from 0 (the
highest acidity) to 14 (the highest alkalinity). Chemists measure
the degree of acidity of a liquid by the level of concentration
of water-bound hydrogen ions, and the level of alkalinity by
the number of Hydroxyl ions present.
The following table shows
the pH of several body fluids:
7.37 - 7.43
7.2 - 7.5
7.5 - 8.8
The human body has several
complex systems for maintaining its critical acid/alkaline balance.
Lungs breathe out increased amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) when
there are excessive amounts present. When CO2 is dissolved in
liquid it forms carbonic acid. The kidney eliminates acid through
urine. The blood is also equipped with complex systems to maintain
proper pH. It is essential that blood pH be maintained at a level
of about 7.4 which is in the alkaline range.
When the body is unable
to maintain proper pH balance, there is danger that it will become
overly acidic. Acids will then accumulate and are deposited in
the body causing illness in the body.
Although it is possible
for the body to become overly alkaline, it is rare and usually
caused by metabolic disorders. The most common condition is a
tendency toward acidosis, caused by improper diet, environmental
toxins, and stress. In the next chapter we will examine the causes
and symptoms of acidosis and the dangers it presents to maintaining
The Dangers of Acidosis: Causes,
Symptoms, and Solutions
Acidosis can be defined
as the condition in which the acid/alkaline balance of the body
has shifted unfavorably, and the body fluids have become overly
acidic. Acidosis has been recognized as a contributing factor
in many health conditions including gout, heartburn, gastritis,
sore muscles, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin diseases, obesity,
frequent colds and flus, and more serious conditions such as
heart disease and cancer.
An acidic body state creates
an environment that can lead to disease, and speed up the aging
process. Disease thrives in an acidic condition; the more acidic
a person is, the more susceptible he is to disease.
Symptoms of Acidosis
Some of the symptoms of
acidosis can include lack of energy, constipation, digestive
problems such as indigestion and gas, gout, joint pain, chronic
skin rashes, allergies, high blood pressure, reduced immune functions,
and weight gain.
Causes of Acidosis
The causes of acidosis can
include: inadequate or improper nutrition, insufficient intake
of water, stress and too little or excessive exercise.
1) Nutrition and Acidosis
The over consumption of
acid-forming foods can be a major contributor to chronic acidosis.
Certain foods such as meats, dairy products, and fried foods
when consumed excessively can lead to an acid condition. Liquids
such as coffee and alcohol can also create acidity in the body.
2) Water and Acidosis
Insufficient intake of water
can be another cause of acidosis, as water is necessary to wash
acid wastes out of the body tissues. As we will see in future
chapters, the proper type and amount of water consumed can be
critical in maintaining proper pH balance in the body.
Both physical and mental
stress can lead to chronic acidosis. When the body is under stress,
body systems produce acids as a natural reaction. The adrenal
gland in particular is involved in secreting the stress hormones,
cortisol and adrenaline. These hormonal secretions lead to an
accelerated metabolic stage that increases acid levels in the
4) Exercise Level and pH
Lack of exercise can contribute
to the accumulation of acids in the body. When we exercise, the
body is stimulated to burn fatty acids as well as accumulated
acids. Increased circulation improves the elimination of acid
wastes from body tissues.
On the other hand, excessive
or overly intense exercise can result in the buildup of lactic
acid in the muscles. Your approach to exercise should consist
of moderate physical activity with a period of rest to allow
the lactic acid levels to return to normal.
5) Reversing Chronic Metabolic
In designing a program to
reduce acidity in the body and promote alkalinity, you mush remove
the direct causes of acidosis. Consume alkaline foods such as
fresh vegetables, green salads, and fruits such as bananas, and
melons; and reduce the intake of acid foods. Reduce stress and
Finally, the amount and
type of water You drink can greatly assist you
in reversing acidosis. We will discuss this important topic in
the following chapters.
Ionized Alkaline Water:
Characteristics and Benefits of Water Produced by a Water Ionizer
Ionized Alkaline Water is
produced by a unique health appliance called a Water Ionizer.
The Water Ionizer first passes the water from your kitchen faucet
through an advanced filter to remove pesticides, chlorine, and
contaminants. The water is then put through the ionization chamber
and electrically splits the filtered water into alkaline water
and acid water. This is done by running the pre-filtered water
over positive and negative electrodes.
A Water Ionizer has two
water chambers with positive and negative electrodes. The negative
electrode attracts positive minerals, which are the alkaline
minerals, to its chamber, while the positive electrode attracts
negatively charged minerals, which are acid minerals, to its
chamber. The two chambers are separated by a special membrane
with very tiny holes, so small that water molecules cannot go
through, but large enough to permit the ionized minerals to get
through. This ionization process takes place while the water
is running through the water ionizer. A stream of alkaline water
comes out of the stainless steel nozzle at the top of the unit,
and the acid water comes out of the back to drain off into the
sink. Approximately 70% of the water produced is alkaline and
30% is acid water.
The common alkaline minerals
concentrated by the water ionizer to produce alkaline water are
calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. The acid minerals
that are discarded include chlorine, fluoride, sulfur, phosphorus,
bromine, silicon and copper.
Water Ionizers were developed
in the late 1950's by several Japanese Agricultural Universities.
After the health benefits were well-researched and demonstrated,
the water ionizer was approved as a Health Improvement Medical
Device by the Health and Rehabilitation Ministry of the Japanese
The better quality Water
Ionizers have several levels of alkalinity. You can begin by
drinking mildly alkaline water, slowly increasing the alkalinity
over time. A water ionizer will typically produce water with
a pH between 7 and 10. Alkaline water in the 8.5 to 9.5 range
is sufficiently alkaline to produce the health benefits desired.
Characteristics of Water
Produced by a Water Ionizer:
- Better Tasting
- Microclustered for better
- Antioxidant Activity
- Increased Oxygen
- Ability to Detoxify
Our lifestyle with high
stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and poor eating habits,
overload our body's natural defensive systems against acidity.
The human body uses alkaline minerals to offset acids. When the
body does not have sufficient alkaline mineral reserves it will
pull them from other body organs and tissues like bones, the
heart, and the teeth. A water ionizer provides a rich source
of important alkaline minerals that the body can use to maintain
proper pH balance.
2) Better Tasting
A water ionizer produces
water that is cleaner, healthier, and better tasting. When used
in cooking, alkaline water helps bring out the natural taste
- Sweeter Tasting Juices
Using alkaline water to reconstitute your juices from concentrates
will result in a sweeter taste with less bite because the acids
will be neutralized.
- Better Tasting Coffee
As with juices, all your beverages make with ionized water will
be less acid tasting.
- Natural Colored Vegetables
Vegetables will retain a natural texture and color, bright greens
- Fluffier Grains
Rice and rolled oats will be fluffier after being boiled in water
from a water ionizer.
Water from a Water Ionizer
is "microclustered", meaning it is grouped together
in smaller clusters of 5-6 water molecules like clusters found
in natural flowing spring water, instead of the 10-13 found in
bottled or tap water. This makes it "microclustered"
so it will be more quickly and easily absorbed and will hydrate
cells and tissues more effectively.
The hexagonal molecular
structure resulting from electrolysis is what makes ionized water
"wetter" than tap or bottles water. It is up to 6 times
more hydrating than typical tap water. Therefore it permeates
cellular membranes quickly to provide a natural energy lift.
Ionized Water has two antioxidant
qualities - its negative charge and the presence of Hydroxyl
ions. All liquids have an Oxidative Reduction Potential (ORP).
Normal tap water has an ORP of +300 to +400 mv. It does not have
any potential for reducing oxidation because its ORP is positive.
Only a negative ORP can
reduce or negate oxidation. Water produced by a quality Water
Ionizer typically has an ORP of about -250 to -400 mv, meaning
it can act as an antioxidant that can reduce oxidation, neutralize
harmful free radicals, and retard the aging process.
Alkaline water acts an an
antioxidant, scavenging for and neutralizing free-radicals. Because
alkaline water has the ability to give up electrons, it can effectively
neutralize and block free radical damage to the body. Ionized
Alkaline Water seeks out free radicals and converts them into
oxygen which your body can use for energy production and tissue
5) Increased Oxygen
Water produced by a Water
Ionizer will contain a cloud of tiny bubbles in the water. This
is oxygen that is consumed to produce higher levels of oxygen
in the blood.
As Ionized Alkaline Water
is produced, Hydroxyl ions are created. These are oxygen molecules
with an extra electron attached to them. In the same way mountain
stream water passing over the surface of rocks picks up electrons
and oxygen, Alkaline Water has high levels of Hydroxyl ions and
In the body, Hydroxyl ions
scavenge for free radicals which are unstable oxygen molecules
that cause cellular damage. When the Hydroxyl molecule and the
free radical collide, the body is provided with high levels of
oxygen which improves energy levels. Energy derived from oxygen
is the best form of energy. It keeps us alert, invigorates our
bodies, and carries vital nutrients throughout the body. Drinking
Ionized Water on a regular basis will increase the levels of
oxygen in the blood. This can be especially important for cancer
patients who are often fatigued because their blood oxygen levels
are low after being depleted by the process of mutual destruction
between cancer cells and oxygen molecules.
6) Detoxification Benefits
Ionized Water flushes acid
wastes from the cells and tissues. Its greater permeability allows
it to penetrate more deeply into body tissues. The flushing action
provides an effective yet gentle form of detoxification. The
next chapter will demonstrate in more detail its ability to detoxify
Ionized Alkaline Water: A Potent
Water is essential for detoxification
of the accumulated acid wastes in the body. It is the means by
which toxins are flushed out of the body tissues for excretion
through the kidneys. Modern living exposes us to a broad spectrum
of toxins, including those we consume in the food we eat, toxins
produced naturally in the body as a by product of normal metabolism,
heavy metal exposure, and air pollution.
Common symptoms of excessive
toxins include bad breath, coated tongue, frequent fatigue, headaches,
digestive problems, allergies, and skin disorders such as acne
Toxins We Consume
Even the best of diets,
those from unprocessed organic foods, contain natural toxic substances
that need to be neutralized and eliminated. Common examples of
these natural toxins are glycoalkoloids in certain vegetables,
lectins in beans, molds and fungi found in grain, peanuts, and
Chemical and Additives in
It has been said that there
are approximately 3,000 additives in use in the commercial production
and preparation of foods including preservatives, stabilizers,
artificial coloring and flavoring. Large amount of chemicals,
pesticides, and insecticides are finding their way into our foods.
Antibiotics are used in meat products as growth enhancers which
eventually are found in meat and milk products.
In addition, common prescription
drugs and over-the-counter medicine contain substances that must
be neutralized and detoxified by the body.
Toxins Produced in the Body
The body produces certain
by-products during normal metabolic process that must be detoxified
and eliminated. A good example is the toxins produced during
protein digestion. Both urea and ammonia must be detoxified and
eliminated mainly by the kidneys, which need to be supported
by the adequate consumption of quality water.
Heavy Metal Detoxification
Common heavy metals such
as lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum are found in our environment
and can be absorbed by the body. Sources of heavy metals include
pesticide sprays, cooking utensils containing aluminum, cigarette
smoke, dental fillings, anti-perspirants, and antacid medication.
The absorption of these heavy metals from our environment take
place over long periods of time, resulting in a slow buildup.
However, the body must neutralize and detoxify these heavy metals
if it is to maintain good health.
of a Water Ionizer
The body can be detoxified
by the daily use of Ionized Alkaline Water. Acid wastes collected
in the body over years of improper diet, daily stress, and exposure
to environmental toxins can be neutralized and washed out of
Alkaline Water for Weight Loss
Nearly one in 3 American
adults is overweight, and about half of those are clinically
obese. Obesity in America has more than doubled between the year
1960 and 2000.
In his breakthrough book
"The pH Miracle for Weight Loss", Robert O. Young,
PhD, states that the cause of obesity in America "is a fundamental
misunderstanding of how and why the body stores fat".
What matters most according
to Dr. Young is keeping your body properly alkaline, rather that
acidic. His book reveals that keeping your body sufficiently
hydrated with Alkaline Water is critical in maintaining proper
weight. Weighing too much is not about fat according to Dr. Young,
but the overproduction and storage of fats produced by the typical
American diet and lifestyle.
Dr. Young writes: "Excess
acid in the body starts to break down cells in your tissues and
organs - pretty much the same way acidic steak sauces tenderizer
meat. Cell breakdown sends the body into self-preservation mode;
it uses dieting and body fat in a desperate attempt to protect
itself, no matter what the costs. Fat can bind up acids and sometimes
escort them out of the body. But fat is used primarily as
a way to store those acids. Ask any plastic surgeon: the
fat they liposuction out of their patients is brown and black
because of all the acids it contains. In the short term, this
is good news: your body is protecting itself from immediate damage
by those acids. The bad news: over the long term, those fat/acid
deposits create a whole bunch of health problems."
Dr. Young goes on to explain
that being over acidic causes you to be overweight. The excess
stored acid is protecting the cells, tissues, and organs. "The
body protects itself against the acids as best it can by binding
them up with fat and storing them away." His book presents
a program to restore balance to your body, thereby naturally
shedding excess pounds. Consuming alkaline foods and drinking
alkaline water on a daily basis can help you neutralize toxic
acids, and wash them out of the body.
Many holistic health professionals
consider cancer to be the result of major imbalances in the body.
They believe these imbalances are caused by metabolic acids that
in the blood and are released into cells, tissues, and organs.
Cancer cells are created
when the DNA and/or RNA of a normal, healthy cell undergoes mutation.
This can be the result of a number of factors including poor
diet and lifestyle choices, genetic abnormalities, radiation,
exposure to toxic chemicals, even the water we drink.
Cancer cells are present
in even a healthy body. But a healthy immune system can destroy
cancer cells before they buildup and create tumors. In 1964 only
1 person in 214 contracted cancer. Today the cancer rate is 1
in 3 females, and 1 in 2 males.
The food and water we injest
provides fuel for our bodies, and feeds us at the cellular level.
Our bodies are naturally alkaline with the exception of digestive
secretions and urine. If the food and liquids we consume are
excessively acidic, it can create an unhealthy cell environment.
The key to good health is
the maintenance of your body's natural, healthy alkaline balance.
Your body will go to great lengths to maintain the proper alkaline
balance and protect again acidic damage. Research has shown that
cancer cells thrive in an acidic, low-oxygen environment. Cancer
cells are acidic themselves, and surround themselves with acids.
When cells are deplete of oxygen they seek energy by converting
glucose (sugar) through fermentation, which produces more acid
and further lowers the pH of the cells. Healthy cells have a
slightly alkaline pH with a high oxygen content.
The human body is about
70% water, an ideal medium for allowing nutrients, oxygen, and
bio-chemicals to be transferred throughout the body. This water-based
medium can have either acidic or alkaline properties that are
measured by a scale called pH (potential hydrogen). A reading
of 1.0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and 7.1 to
14.0 is alkaline.
Blood must remain in a very
narrow alkaline range, around a pH of 7.4 to retain its oxygen.
When the body becomes acidic its natural mechanisms will pull
alkaline minerals from tissues and organs to maintain a balanced
pH of 7.4
When this occurs the tissues and organs themselves become acidic.
When this occurs, the cells themselves become acidic and their
ability to take up oxygen becomes compromised.
All regulator mechanisms
including circulation, respiration, and digestion serve the purpose
of maintaining proper pH levels by removing caustic acid residues
from body tissues. An acidic pH can result from an acid forming
diet, emotional stress, and toxic overload.
Cancer cells thrive in an
acidic body environment, reproducing and multiplying rapidly.
Both acidic conditions and a lack of oxygen are factors in the
development of non-malignant tumors into invasive cancers.
[The above information is
presented for informational purposes only and is not intended
to diagnose or treat any disease]
You should never drink the
acid water produced by a Water Ionizer. However, it has certain
characteristics that make it useful. Acid water has the ability
to kill bacteria on contact. It can be used on the skin and hair,
since both are slightly acidic. It can be used as a skin astringent
to tighten and cleanse.
Acid water can be used on
house plants as they thrive on water that is slightly acid.
Summary of Uses of Acid
- Skin Care
- Natural astringent for
improving complexions. Improves smoothness and elasticity of
the skin. It removes skin oil and greasy dirt with out harsh
- Helps heal cuts, blisters,
- Relieves chapped hands
and dry, itchy skin.
- Soaking in warm acidic
ionized water may improve healing for athletes foot, rashes,
nail fungus infections and insect bites.
- Provides excellent relief
from poison ivy and poison oak.
- Excellent treatment for
acne and eczema.
- Hair Care
- Use an a natural hair conditioner.
Hair feels great after rinsing in it.
- Highly antiseptic for cuts,
abrasions and wounds
- Use as mouthwash after
brushing teeth. Effectively removes plaque from teeth. (Not
to be consumed)
- Fruits and Veggies
- Wash vegetables, fruits,
meats and fish with it to kill bacteria.
- Plant Care
- Acid loving plants will
- Helps promote plant and
- Cut flowers last longer
- Reduces fungus on rose
Water for the 21st Century
by Ronald D. Nicklaw
Certified Nutrition Consultant
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