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What is the measure of good quality drinking water?

Updated on October 27, 2012
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The Properties of Good Drinking Water

Water is that amazing substance, so essential for life that we regularly take for granted. In fact, a good part of the world suffers from a lack of water and the inability to have regular access to clean water. In the world of water purification, the common mindset is that good drinking water is free of impurities like chemicals and bacteria and dirt. Some even think that the purest water is also devoid of minerals (distilled water). It is true that good drinking water should be free of chemicals like chlorine, bacteria, dirt, antibiotics, and bad minerals like lead and mercury. But it is also not true that water should be devoid of all minerals. This is actually unhealthy.

What few people know is that in addition to a healthy balance of minerals in water devoid of impurities, there are other important properties of good life giving water. Water is capable of being either an acid or a base depending on what is in the water or not in the water. Tap water tends to be in the 5 range on the PH scale, which means it is acidic. Glacier water (some of the purest water on earth) tends to be basic at around a 7-8 on the PH scale. While PH itself is not going to have a significant impact on your health in and of itself, it is a piece of what makes water excellent.

But what really differentiates glacier waters from most is the presence of the negative hydrogen ion in the water. This ion contributes to the PH and to the ORP (antioxidant) value of the water. In fact, glacier water is found to have a high antioxidant value compared to other water sources.

Research in water also finds that both sunlight and air affect water. The molecular composition of the water can be altered by exposure to sunlight, air, and even in city pipes and drains. This is often referred to as the memory of water.

So, when considering good water, you want to consider the ability to remove impurities from the water, but also ways to increase the negative hydrogen content in the water, along with giving the water basic properties instead of acidic properties. Acidic water has its uses, just not for drinking. It will taste a lot a like bleach.

Liquids ARE NOT Water

Our culture is obsessed with drinking just about every liquid they can except water. The most popular drink on the markets today are Pepsi and Coca Cola flavored sodas. Fake fruit juices also abound, and they have now even bottled sugar flavored water. There is no drink on earth more healthy for you than water. It is the one drink on earth that it is impossible for you to be allergic too. It is the one drink on earth that hydrates you, keeps your skin fresh and young, and sustains your life. Soda dehydrates you and that's only the beginning of the list of things it starts to do to you. It's a slow killing poison and I still can't figure out how they managed to get those concoctions approved for massive sale by the FDA.

The point is, just because you are drinking a liquid doesn't mean you are being hydrated. Water hydrates you. It should be what you drink to hydrate. You shouldn't drink any of the other stuff. It's not just the acid in the sodas that are bad for you. It's the sugar in all the drinks that lead to chronic disease, loss of eyesight and hearing in old age, and certain death before your time (either literally or figuratively when your old and can't think and lose your personality)

Drink good water. When we are born, we are over 90% water inside our bodies. When we die, we are well under 70% water. Sure, we all die. But you can speed that up by drinking junk, or you can have life and vitality by drinking water with the right properties.

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