Is your water bio-compatible?
It's more important for water to be bio-compatible than just purified. Water is probably valued more for what it removes from our bodies than what it adds. Water’s biggest function is that of flushing out toxins and waste.
A French professor by the name of Louis-Claude Vincent, who was also the Chief Hydrologist in his country during early 1900's, developed a measuring instrument called the B.E.V, or the Bio-Electronic Vincent. This device measures what is believed to be the three key components of the bio-compatibility of water for human consumption. The three components and their definitions follow:
· pH: a measure of acidity or alkalinity, i.e. the hydrogen ion concentration; pH of bio-compatible water can range from 4.0 to 6.9. This range is allowed because in extremely pure water it is very easy to affect the pH value—there are no other dissolved substances to buffer the solution. (Source: http://www.purewatersystems.com/bev.php)
Pure Water Systems' site explains perfectly why the "alkaline water" fad might be a dangerous one to hang your health on: "Many visitors to our site wonder why BEV values call for slight acidity in drinking water, while many websites promote alkaline drinking water. We find it fascinating that the very idea of the internal environment (terrain) being too acid was developed long before the Japanese and Korean alkalizing machines came to market.
We have carefully reviewed every publication available describing the supposed benefits of alkaline water, and in every case we've found there are significant gaps in the research. Describing pH is only one of the critical parameters for measuring the bio-compatibility of drinking water, and is the value most easily influenced. For example, none of the literature accompanying alkaline water machines explains why you would need an alkalizing machine if your tap water is already alkaline (as it is for much of the western USA.)
Further, none of the literature discusses the concentration of the alkaline solution. Alkaline water from an ionizing machine will be significantly different if the source water comes from Seattle vs. Tulsa. These water supplies have vastly different levels of dissolved minerals, yet the literature never mentions how these differences will influence the strength of the alkaline solution. Omissions like these reflect poorly on the credibility of the promoters of alkaline water machines." (Source: http://www.purewatersystems.com/bev.php)
· rH2: a value derived via the Nernst Equation and a linear function of pH provides an indication of oxidation/reduction potential (the amount of available electrons) that tells you the vitality or energy potential of the water. rH2 also has a scale similar to pH that measures from 0 to 42, with 28 representing the mid-point. Values above 28 are considered oxidizing, below 28 reducing. The best water for human consumption has an rH2 slightly on the reducing side of the scale originally 25 - 29, now more commonly accepted at 20 - 24 (Source: http://www.purewatersystems.com/bev.php)
· Resistivity: the opposite of conductance is used to measure the amount of dissolved inorganic solids, or TDS. The resistivity value should be as high as possible, indicating an exceptionally low concentration of dissolved contaminates. The higher the resistivity value, the cleaner your water and the better it is for you. (Source: http://www.purewatersystems.com/bev.php)
Here is a link to a Comparison Chart for the most accepted water purification methods and how they rank amongst one another relative to the contaminants they remove: http://www.purewatersystems.com/comparison_chart.php
So as you can see, it's just as important, if not more so, that water filtration and purification systems provide water that is as humanly bio-compatible as it is clean, soft, and decontaminated.
(Source for ALL facts/quotes/etc.: http://www.purewatersystems.com/bev.php)
Guest author of this blog article is Indigo Liggins, who is an avid health, beauty, and fitness research consultant. She is my daughter!