I was listening to a couple of ladies talking over lunch this afternoon. Their conversation turned towards health as they discussed Alkaline Water and pH (a big health craze thats slightly misunderstood/mislead and I’ll tell you why). Their conversation turned towards the benefits of drinking alkaline water, and though they used some technical jargon like alkaline and pH, it was clear they knew very little about what they’ve been sold on.
Their talk degraded into speculation. "Its supposed to detox the body or something." Of course I expected to hear that. It is what convinced them to purchase this water in the first place. The seemingly infallible scientific concept that the product is based on. But what did they actually purchase? Do they understand what its doing? Is it doing anything? Is it the righteous upliftment we all feel when we eat, drink, or take something we think is good for us. (placebo effect-which by the way is a perfectly valid effect-more in another blog).
They didn't know how alkaline solutions behave inside the body, but they know that someone said 'alkaline is good', and they feel great about their water choice.
What is alkaline? What is pH? What is the mechanism behind pH in water, food, and our bodies? Lesson 1:
Take a moment to integrate that. pH is a measure of voltage in an aqueous(liquid) solution.
But voltage is measured from a battery, right? We get voltage in our homes, and cars. We measure that stuff from wires. Thats electricity! What is it doing in water?
Great question, I’m glad you asked. Because since I was a kid, I didn’t get the concept of electrolytes in gatorade, and why we had to replenish with them. Electro. . . . Doesn’t that mean electricity? Why do athletes drink electrolytes? Lesson 2:
Electricity describes the behavior of charged particles. Charged particles are EVERYWHERE in the universe! (more on that in another blog). Electrons are negatively charged. Protons are positively charged. Electricity is used as source of energy.
We don't know what electricity IS but we sure as hell know enough to use it.
We are used to measuring voltage (think of that like potential electrical pressure) as it exists in wires to power our devices. Thats conductive electricity. The flow of this voltage is called the current. One electron excites the neighboring electron and so on down the line until it hits your toaster. Like a particle orgy without the wine. Lesson3:
We are used to measuring solutions (liquids) as pH. Which is just a math equation, superimposed on another math equation to make it easy to understand. See the pretty colors? Simple right? So simple that even Wikipedia doesn't mention voltage anywhere when they describe pH.
In solutions, the behavior of particles is different than what we see in wires. Instead, there is the opportunity for the solution to either be an electron donor, or an electron stealer. A good pH meter can read in millivolts (mV), or display the values we are used to seeing, 0 through 14. Just like rulers can read inches or centimeters depending on what side you use. Its just a difference in scale, both measuring the same thing.
If the solution is an electron stealer, you put a + sign in front of its value. If it is an electron donor you put a - sign in front of it. If it reads +400mV it is an electron stealer, or pH=0, its an acid. If it reads -400mV it is an electron donor, which is the same as pH=14, its a base. If its neutral it is pH=7. Just like the ruler, we are using different scales to measure the same thing. In this case Voltage.
*Very few health articles mention pH as a factor of voltage. They persist on explaining everything through the lens of chemical reactions only, leaving us to continue believing only in the paradigm of mechanical (surgery), and chemical (drug) solutions to issues. We are missing a HUGE component to the model of our bodies, health, and the universe!*
**They don’t teach you this shit in school everyone, because even the teachers don’t get it, or at least didn’t get it when I went to school. Thats what made me a pain in the ass. Is your head feeling alright? Me too. I had to leave the room and walk around at this point when I learned this. "pH is a measure of VOLTAGE? That changes EVERYTHING!" This new understanding is a called a paradigm shift. Regardless of whether its been there and understood for over a century, its new to you, and probably just blew your mind. Take a deep breath, lets continue.** Lesson 4:
Biological cells are designed to run between -20mV and -25mV
That means pH of 7.35 to 7.45. Do the math and you get -20mV to -25mV for a cell to work. Theres a shocker! Cells need energy to work, thanks. (Just incase there are some geeks out there reading this, I am aware that you get -90mV when you measure across a cell membrane in a petri dish with one electrode inside and one outside. But we don't work in a petri dish, and the environments are HUGELY different I'm sure you'll agree.) Whats MORE, if a cell needs to repair it needs twice the voltage, because its going to make a new cell, duh. So -50mV is required, along with the basic components of the cell itself. Just like building a house. Components, and then energy to make it run. (more in another blog)
Coming back to water. Now that you're schooled about what pH is, you might have a better understanding of why some smart asses decided to sell you charged water.
But thats NOT what they said when you were sold on it
Most likely someone pointed out studies showing cancer cells that thrive in an acidic environment. (NOW you know what acidic means-but THEY probably don't). You've heard that drinking alkaline water improves digestion, and reduces inflammation, and the body works better if it's alkaline. Sounds like all the things you'd want for your health. But questions arise:
Why can't my body balance its own voltage the way it was designed to? (more in another blog post) Aren't certain areas of my body designed to have different voltage levels? Were these studies conducted in a petri dish? (Because I now know that doesn't mean much). Do I really need special water to increase voltage, if I decided it helps me? What other ways can I give my cells the voltage they need?
GREAT QUESTIONS, and I'm glad you replaced pH with the word VOLTAGE! You learn fast grasshopper. Very few health articles mention pH as a factor of voltage. They persist on explaining everything through the lens of chemical reactions only, leaving us to continue believing only in the paradigm of mechanical (surgery), and chemical (drug) solutions to issues. We are missing a HUGE component to the model of our bodies, health, and the universe!
Well, the jury is out on the whole 'alkaline water' thing and its direct effects on health, so its down to you to make an informed decision. However we DO know that the water in our bodies has special properties. Its actually not H2O. Inside our bodies is H3O2, the 4th phase of water called E-Z water or exclusion zone water. Guess what. It holds a negative charge! Sound familiar? (more in another post-because they didn't teach THAT in school either) You see why some teachers would have been frustrated by my questions? They were GOOD QUESTIONS at the time, but they had no answer for them. Hint: their model was wrong
So the hypothesis is, if we can give our body the voltage it needs to sustain cells, and repair cells, then our toasters work. But let me clue you in on how the body does this on its own, and why we might be losing precious voltage that is our birthright. (yes there will have to be another post about it too.)
Here are 3 things you can do to increase voltage:
Thats right. Stop taking those stupid oxygen pills! Thats the dumbest thing I've ever heard to buy, especially when most of us don't F-ING BREATHE! Its the smartest thing to sell because no one takes advantage of this free resource, so you'd be stupid not to market it in pill form.
BREATHE everyone! I want you to take a moment, stand up if you can, and if you can't, put a nice arch in your spine, pull your shoulders back and take 3 deep breaths. Feel light headed? Tingly? Thats the spirit! You're accessing your birthright, and charging your body. Accessing hormones you might not touch on a weekly or monthly basis. You wanna be alkaline (create voltage)? All you have to do is breathe. Its why I implement this modality in my classes. Posture certainly affects the quality of your daily breath, so realignment techniques are foundational, but a few rounds of deep breathing will actually increase voltage in your blood. No special water needed. Take THAT to your local pHountain store!
Yes it requires breathing, but what you MAY NOT know, is that your muscles generate electrical current. You're electric people, plain and simple. Bones and muscles are piezo electric (look it up), collagen and fascia are semiconductors (look it up), so when you don't move, you're not charging efficiently. Your muscles act as one of multiple battery packs in your system. Exercise is about more than looking toned, and attracting your partner. Quality movement plays a HUGE role you already know about, because you experience it in the field! Feeling low on energy? Exercise! Its what you do with your car, and if you leave it in the garage without running it for a while, you come out to a dead battery. Grandma knew what she was doing when she slapped you upside the head saying 'get outside and play'. KEEPING YOUR BODY CHARGED! The benefit list is endless. Get out and move.
3. Eat Green Food
Ready for this one? Veggies help bring you charge because they get it from the SUN! Thats right, the sun is ELECTRIC! (more in another blog). Its no mystery that we presently use it for power, but you can't get charge from a bonfire. Thats because the sun is more like ball lightning. It is plasma, created by charge, and plants use it to create energy too. When we eat the plants, we take on the charge. Remember grade school science? Chlorophyll is a prime component for plants to synthesize light/electricity into energy for the plant. Its why there is a link between the green foods, alkaline water, and health benefits. You now know. . . . They hold CHARGE!
Put down your pencils. Test is OVER.
I know I dropped a few brain scramblers in this blog. Study Hard. You'll do just fine. The final is next week. But seriously, research, and field testing is a GOOD THING. If you're going to buy a product, make an informed UNBIASED decision, and quantify all of the results. In the very least you'll learn something new. You might even end up like me. . .
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