From my own research, as well as from everything I’ve read, structured water is healthy to drink, and brings many benefits to those who do so.
I am personally noticing better sleep, better focus, and I am definitely getting more done than I was before I started drinking it, which is a huge bonus. My eyes have continued improving, and I no longer feel like they have a coating of gritty gel at the end of the day. Obviously, this is a godsend.
Is Structured Water a Chelating Agent?
According to some sources, structured water seems able to help the body in ridding itself of toxins, and many therefore advise starting slowly, drinking two to four ounces at a time to start, until your body adapts, thus avoiding a “healing crisis” that comes from removing toxins too quickly.
This suggests that structured water may act as a chelating agent, similarly to chlorella or kombucha, which makes sense when taking into account further advice to store it only in glass, stainless steel or lead-free ceramic containers, and never to allow it to sit in plastic.
One source goes so far as to say that because structured water pulls toxins out of your body, it will do the same thing with plastic, and thus becomes filled with toxic petrochemicals the longer it sits in plastic. I have not confirmed this, but plastic does contain numerous toxic chemicals, so I am erring on the side of caution, and either using structured water immediately, or storing it in glass.
Structured Water Acts a Lot Like Soft Water Without the Added Salt
There are also reports from many sources that structured water will remove buildup in your pipes and appliances over time, as well as leaving dishes and laundry cleaner, which improves with time. When installing a whole house unit, it is advisable to empty the water heater tank of any sand, gravel or other calcified build-up, in order to avoid off tastes and off smells in the water, which the structured water will otherwise dissolve over the course of the first month or so.
This is similar to advice given when installing a water softener, and as noted before, structured water does share a number of characteristics with softened water, even though no salt has been added. As I previously mentioned, structured water feels “wetter” than water from the tap, and seems to behave more like naturally soft water than like hard water.
I have already started my own informal experiments using structured water for our aquariums, our pets, our house plants, and more. Although I haven’t noticed the cats drinking much more water since I changed their water, I have noticed that their fur is getting silkier.
Our dog Lolo is definitely drinking more water than he was before. Of course, his drinking harder to miss, since he is a lot bigger, and is usually a lot louder when he drinks. 😉
According to at least one source I read, because structured water hydrates the cells so much better than regular water, it is possible that the body may need as much as 30% less structured water to do the same job. Every animal, and human, will respond to it differently, according to their body’s needs.
UPDATE: While we and our animals may be drinking marginally more than we were before switching to structured water, it is a small difference if any, though we are definitely better hydrated than we were.
The bigger difference seems to be with plants, as watering them with structured water generally results in a noticeable growth spurt, resulting in them needing to be watered MORE OFTEN than when watering with regular water. This is my observation specifically with potted plants; with plants in the ground, I expect that such differences will most likely be less marked.
Experiments – Effects on Plant Growth
I did do one experiment accidentally, when I had some structured water left after watering the plants on our porch, and used it to water one of four roses in front of our house. Before I watered it, its’ growth was equal to the other four, but by the next afternoon, it had started putting out noticeable new growth. Coincidence? Possibly, but I’ll know more soon.
I will also be doing side by side comparisons, sprouting seeds and watering established plants with structured versus regular water, and documenting the results, so stay tuned for more information on this and much more. I am particularly interested to see the differences in wheat grass and sunflower microgreens, both of which grow very quickly. I’ll post photos as I go along.
Another Accidental Experiment
I have already seen some preliminary evidence that plants respond better to structured water, when I was watering plants in the house a few days ago, and realized with horror that one of the herb plants I recently transplanted was drooping severely because it had been peed on by one of our cats. Yikes!!!
I immediately flooded the plant with water, and then decided belatedly that since structured water is supposed to hydrate better, that perhaps it is also superior in washing cat pee out of potting soil. I promptly saturated the soil twice more with structured water, to give the mint plant the best chance at survival, and it does seem to have worked.
Ironically, this is almost a side by side comparison, because I ran into precisely the same scenario with a parsley plant a few of months back, prior to having structured water available for the task. And still I let the cats live. 😉 Granted, I thoroughly drenched the soil in that pot several times as well, and as of this writing, both plants are still alive, though the mint plant does seem to be a lot happier overall.
UPDATE: The mint plant is still doing fabulously well, and growing like a weed, while the parsley plant finally gave up the ghost.
All of the herb plants I’ve been watering with structured water have put on considerably more growth than is usual for this early in spring, but it also coincides with an unusually warm winter and early spring. That said, the plants I’m watering with structured water are definitely outgrowing those I’m watering with plain filtered water.
Experiments – Effects on Fermentation
My next step is to do some experiments with fermenting using structured water. I have run across several references that state that structured water allows beneficial aerobic bacteria to flourish, while killing harmful anaerobic bacteria, which suggests that fermentation using structured water may actually be safer than using regular water.
My initial experiments will be side by side tests fermenting water kefir and kombucha, since again both can be conducted fairly quickly, and the results should be pretty obvious from the end product.
I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Okay, the results of this test are in, and structured water is NOT recommended for fermenting kombucha and water kefir, as the resulting drink is far less complex and flavorful as that fermented with regular water. The water kefir, in particular, was really, really sweet, and barely fermented even after nearly a week. Yuck.
Boy, am I glad I didn’t try this with my mother cultures! I already knew that structured water would be a bad idea to use when fermenting traditional miso, as miso is primarily fermented with anaerobic bacteria, but it remains to be seen if there is anything else that it will be better for fermenting.
As spring progresses, and our vegetables start producing, I will try lacto fermenting a few different things using regular and structured water, more out of curiosity at this point than anything. At this point, I recommend using regular water for fermenting.