Friday, July 30, 2010

CNW: Is structured water different?

A friend of mine is all jazzed about getting a structured water device, but her son is very skeptical. That's fine, but it made me think ~ for someone who is skeptical, what proof is there that structured water is very different from tap water? So I came up with three easy checks that anyone can do with no elaborate equipment.

I more or less did these checks myself, before and after installing the CN structuring device. It was fun to see the "objective" difference in my own tap water once it was structured. Otherwise, just take samples of any old tap water or bottled water and compare it with water that's structured.

Here's what you do:

#1: Structured water is pH balanced. So get some litmus paper, which comes with a colour chart, and check out the acidity of your water samples.
  • Tap water and bottled water may be acidic, so it's possible they're in the 6pH range.
  • Structured water will be 7pH at normal temperature (around 77F), as is natural water (rainfall, waterfall water, fast-flowing streams).
  • If you have a water structuring device combined with some kind of filter as well, then you'll lose a little of the pH balance.
Granted, if the water coming from a CN water structuring device is pH balanced, it doesn't prove it's structured, only that it's pH balanced. But it does indicate that it meets one of the characteristics of all structured water anywhere in the world. And if the tap water was acidic before you connected the device and now that same tap water is pH balanced, it certainly confirms that something interesting is happening.

In my case, the tap water gave a reading of 6.4pH before installation of the CN device; once filtered it was 6.8-7pH; and after installation of the CN device, the reading of the tap water running straight through the CN structured device (unfiltered, in other words) is: 7pH. Ta-da!

#2: Structured water is "soft" ~ like rainwater, it has less surface tension than non-structured water. So take a piece of cardboard and put a drop of your samples, one by one, on the cardboard. Put a drop of alcohol, too. If they are soft, the drops will lose their shape and will sink in; if they are hard (high surface tension), they will retain their shape and sit there for longer than the "soft" samples.

This experiment isn't conclusive, but structured water not only has that "soft" taste, it also acts "soft," doesn't retain its shape and is therefore easily absorbed. As a point of comparison, look at the figures on surface tension of tap water, bottled water, alcohol and structured water:
  • City water & much bottled water: 72-78 dynes per cubic centimeter (pcc)
  • Alcohol: 28 dynes pcc
  • Structured water: 43 dynes pcc
What's the big deal? The tension of our cell walls is 46 dynes pcc. So for us to absorb water, the surface tension of the water needs to be less than 46 dynes pcc.

#3: Structured water doesn't leave streaky marks on your dishes, your windows or your car; non-structured water does. So take a look at your car after you've cleaned it with structured water, or your windows or your kitchen plates ~ are they shiny clean or are they blotched?

Kids might enjoy doing these experiments! They'll learn a lot about water in the process, too.

Goodnight! Time for bed.