What is pH?
pH describes the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. A low pH indicates acidic conditions and a high pH indicates basic conditions. pH is actually a measure of the amount of hydrogen ions in solution. In fact, some people think of it as being the “power of hydrogen.” A low pH has a large number of free hydrogen ions in the water, whereas a high pH has relatively few. Technically, pH is the negative logarithm of the free hydrogen activity in a solution.
How is pH Measured?
pH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 considered neutral, below 7 being acidic, and greater than 7 defined as basic. A lower number represents a greater number of hydrogen ions, and each pH unit represents a 10-fold change in the hydrogen ion concentration and amount of acidity. For instance, a pH of 6 has ten times more free hydrogen ions than a pH of 7, and one hundred times more free hydrogen ions than a pH of 8.
Why is pH Important?
pH is highly important and is used to monitor for safe water conditions. Many animals cannot live in a pH level below 5 or above 9. Once the normal pH range for water has been established, a rise or fall in pH can indicate chemical pollution, or acid rain.
Everything we consume, even water, is broken down to the very smallest molecule possible. This allows the body to repackage these molecules into other things. For example, when you eat protein from an animal or vegetative food, the source does not matter. The body, through its incredible digestive system, breaks the protein down into amino acids. These join the body’s amino acid pool, which consists of amino acids from our diet and recycled proteins that the body disassembles into amino acids to be reused.
Our body is in a constant state of building and breaking down compounds. Two processes in our metabolism regulate this system: catabolism and anabolism. Catabolism is the process in which matter is broken down to create energy. It is during this process that the acid or alkaline ash is produced. Anabolism refers to the process in which the body uses energy to build materials, such as building proteins from amino acids and additional compounds. During every step of the metabolic pathway the body is constantly adjusting its pH.
When you drink or eat any substance, it has a natural pH value that may be acidic, neutral, or alkaline. As soon as the food or liquid enters our stomach, it empties into a pool of gastric juice, principally composed of hydrochloric acid and enzymes. At this point, the highly acidic environment now changes the pH of what was ingested into an acidic pH. Our stomach lining contains cells that monitor the pH. If it begins to become more alkaline, goblet cells pump acid into the stomach to bring the stomach’s environment to the correct pH necessary for proper digestion. In this process, high alkaline water would be totally changed by the stomach acid. Once the broken down food is ready to leave the stomach, it slowly moves into the small intestine where sensory cells detect dangerous acidic substances and signal the pancreas to squirt bicarbonate into the intestine to neutralize the pH once again. Alkaline water does not simply make our bodies more alkaline or more acidic. It is a complex process, in which there are many steps, but I think you get the general picture.
Water naturally contains many different components, some of which are good for us, such as micronutrients in mineral form and other healthy microorganisms. Water may also contain heavy metals, pesticides, drug residues dumped into the water supply, and harmful water-soluble chemical compounds and pathogens, such as unhealthy bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
So we know that it is during catabolism (the burning of foods for energy) that our body’s pH is affected by the ash that is left over. Each food, based on its molecular content (compounds), leaves an acidic or alkaline ash. Depending on the totality of the pH effect of our diet, our body adjusts our blood pH to a range between 7.35 and 7.45. This is highly critical and the body will do everything possible by mineral insertion to maintain it. If our diet is highly acidic, our bodies leach calcium from our bones to neutralize the effects of the acid ash. Colas are highly acidic, but it is not the acidic value of the soda that causes the acid effect, it is the molecules in the compounds it is made from. Lemons and apple cider vinegar are both very acidic, yet they make our bodies more alkaline. Our bodies get rid of excess acid through cellular respiration where the acid is converted into CO2, or carbon dioxide. The principal buffer is bicarbonate, which is continually generated as glucose. Glucose is the body’s immediate cellular energy source, which, along with calcium, is balanced in our body by magnesium and parathyroid hormone (PTH). This is the primary route of elimination of acids from the body, with the the kidneys playing a secondary role.
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The resulting high pH water is created by splitting water from up to 32 molecules per drop down to 3 molecules per drop. This process activates the oxygen up to 700 times and is bottled as activated pH Performance Water with an average pH of 9.5.
What is Micro-Clustering and Oxygen Activated?
Micro-clustered is a term used to explain the effect the process has on the molecules of the water. For every drop of water there are approximately 24 to 32 molecules in the drop of water. By micro-clustering the water, the patented process splits down the molecules to an estimated number of 3 to 10 molecules per drop.
This water is then activated with up to 700 times the concentration of oxygen as compared to normal tap water. What this means to the human body is that for your sports activity, workouts, daily activities, and your day-to-day health, your body is given the peak performance oxygen it needs when it needs it most.