Water and Life

Water sustains all forms of life, including human life. The Chinese character “sea” consists of three parts: water, man and mother. In other words, sea is the mother of mankind. Although water is all around us, it is one of the most mysterious substances on this planet. Scientists are still discovering amazing facts about water. Most substances are lightest in the gas state, heavier in the liquid state and heaviest in solid form. However, water gets lighter in its solid form than in its liquid form. That is why ice floats in water. If water did not have this mysterious property, lakes and ponds would freeze from the bottom up in the cold of winter, killing all living things within them. One can appreciate the great wisdom of the Creator in the preservation of life. Water not only sustains life but also protects it.

More than 70% of our body weight is water. That means the average person weighing 120 pounds contains roughly 10 gallons of water. It is very important to have a good understanding of water and to drink the right kind of water. Water is a strong solvent which carries many invisible ingredients: minerals, oxygen, nutrients, waste products, pollutants, etc. Sea water is salty because, through eons, it dissolved minerals and salts from the mountains and carried them down stream to the ocean. Inside the human body, blood (90% of which is water) circulates throughout the body distributing nutrients and oxygen, and collecting wastes and carbon dioxides, delivering them to the disposal organs. If water was not a strong solvent, it could not perform these functions.

Water molecule is H2O. That is two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom stuck together. The shape of the water molecule is like a Mickey Mouse face. The head is oxygen and the two ears are hydrogen1). Since oxygen is electrically negative and hydrogen is positive, the water molecule is electrically polarized. For this reason, a water molecule cannot exist independently. It must combine with other water molecules to form a five- or six-sided structure called a water cluster2). In lower temperatures, most of the structures are hexagonal. This is why snowflakes are hexagonal.

In distilled water at room temperature, one out of 10 million (1 in 107) water molecules is ionized. When a water molecule is ionized, it is split into hydrogen ions H+ and hydroxyl ions OH-. Neutral water means that the number of hydrogen ions equals the number of hydroxyl ions in a container. The number is 10-7 times the entire number of water molecules in that container (that number we will call N). We abbreviate this by saying that the water has a pH value of 7 2).

Acid water has a larger number of hydrogen ions than that of hydroxyl ions. For example, the number of hydrogen ions in acid water, with a pH value of 4, is 10-4 times N, and that of hydroxyl ion is 10-10 times N. The law of nature is such that the exponents must add up to 14 (4+10). The number of hydrogen ions in alkaline water with a pH value of 9 is 10-9 times N, and that of the hydroxyl ion is 10-5 times N. Note that 10-5 is larger than 10-9 by 10,000 times and, again, 5+9 is 14. Because the exponents must add up to 14, pH value of 7 is considered neutral. Since the value of pOH is 14 minus the value of pH, we do not measure nor mention its value. It will be known once the pH value is known. For that reason, there are only pH meters and no pOH measuring instruments3).

Since alkaline water has more OH- molecules than it does H+s molecules, there are more oxygen atoms in alkaline water than in neutral water. That is why alkaline water is sometimes called oxygen rich water. In the same manner, acid water is oxygen deficient water. An interesting trivial fact is that there are approximately 1025 H2O molecules in a 10 ounce glass of water. If that water has a pH value of 10, there are approximately 1021 hydroxyl ions (OH-) and approximately 1015 hydrogen ions (H+). The number of hydrogen ions is one millionth of that of hydroxyl ions, which is negligible.

It is this abundant amount of hydroxyl ions that neutralizes acid hydrogen ions in our body to reduce the accumulated acid wastes, thus reversing the aging process.

– From the writings of Sang Whang. For more information about Alkalife products for pH balance developed by Sang Whang, please visit our homepage at Alkalife.com.