Water and Ions

Water and Ions

Oxygen in WaterThere are substances called ions that support the formation of hexagonally structured water. Ions are minerals dissolved in water. In the past, as water from rivers or streams flowed down mountains to reach water sources, necessary minerals were picked up from minerals in rocks and soil by the water flow. Many of these ions were readily available in water.

As societies have become “industrialized” and more water was needed to supply growing populations, our water sources have become less pristine.  Water treatment by municipalities further reduces the quality of our water and often negating the benefits of existing ions. 

Ions affect the properties of water in various ways.  While some strengthen water’s hexagonal structure, others weaken the structure.  Beneficial minerals that support water’s hexagonal structure are calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, copper and silver.  Other minerals found in water which break down hexagonal structure are chloride, fluoride, sulfide and aluminum.   making water molecules less stable.

Chloride is a compound of chlorine which is used to kill bacteria that may be present in a municipal water supply.  Fluoride is another additive used in water treatment.  During rainy seasons, aluminum sulfide is added to the water treatment process to reduce turbidity (water cloudiness).  All of these things are done in the name of  “health” and, no doubt, with the best of intentions.  The sad fact is that all of these things work to break down the hexagonal structure of our drinking water.

Many diseases that affect the elderly have been linked with mineral (ion) deficiencies.   Some studies have shown a link between calcium deficiency and high blood pressure.   Results have shown that cardiovascular disease was significantly reduced in patients that drank water with a high concentration of calcium.   It’s not surprising to hear reports from alkaline ionized water drinkers  of  lower blood pressure and improved circulation.  Calcium ions affect the body in two ways: directly by affecting biological functions, and indirectly by affecting the structure of the water.

Thinking “Bottled Water?”  Think Again…

Did you know that most bottled waters go through a process called reverse osmosis that eliminates all ions?  While the RO filtration process removes contaminants and things like chloride, aluminum and sulfide, it also removes structure supporting minerals like calcium, magnesium and sodium.

Some bottled water will have minerals added back in but the nature of the water itself has been changed.  Most bottled waters are at least slightly acidic and will have few structured molecules.