In 1990, I participated in the first Water Symposium held in Washington State (in the US). About sixty scientists and inventors participated in a discussion of the question, “What is good water?”
Most people approached this from the point of view of physics: they talked about the pH, oxygen content, molecular size, purity, conductivity, surface tension, and so on. These are all things that can be measured and put into numbers.
In general, the pH of natural water is 7, and the oxygen content is 8 ppm (parts per million). But when water is polluted, oxygen level drops, and fish cannot survive.
People might not be so familiar with issues of water molecular cluster size. Water molecules do not exist independently: they cluster together. The average cluster size is about 100 molecules.
Purity can relate to mineral content; it can also relate to the presence of heavy metals, bacteria, and so on.
But these numbers do not give us a clear understanding of what makes water good.
In general, tap water, when it has been properly processed, should not be an issue, though in some places this is not true.
Similarly, in general, bottled water should not be a problem – although advertisements for special kinds of water — alkaline water, oxygenated water, small-cluster water, and mineral water — while they may seem to make sense, are actually not so believable.
For example, alkaline water has a pH of about 9. But is this really good for the body? Does it even make a difference? The pH of the stomach is about 1.5 to 3.5, so as soon as alkaline water hits the stomach, its pH will change.
Mineral water has only a minuscule amount of minerals compared to the mineral content of foods. For example, a cup of water may be 10 units, but mineral content of foods is 1000 units. Adding 10 units to 1000 units does not make a significant difference.
High-oxygen water has a similar problem. When the oxygen content exceeds 8ppm, the oxygen is not stable: as soon as the bottle is opened, the oxygen will depart.
It’s true that small-cluster water is more dynamic: but manufacturers do not report their molecular cluster sizes: they just say that the clusters are smaller.
In terms of purity, distilled water is the most pure, but distilled water has lost a good deal of its energy.
People also talk about energy and information water: but there’s no way to check their claims. You either believe the advertising or you don’t.
In other words, advertising is not reliable: we should rely on common sense.
It’s clear that really good water, like mountain spring water, is likely to be better – but is there an objective way to judge whether water is good?
There is. Since everything has three aspects – matter, energy and information – the energy and information are expressed through the form or matter aspect.
But since this article is long enough already, we will say more about this in our next posting.