We know from Dr. Pollack’s work that structured water is naturally alkaline, in the range of 9.0 or so, which makes me question whether alkaline water companies may have missed the boat, and that perhaps it’s not actually the alkalinity in and of itself that is beneficial, but the physical structure of the water.
This might explain why some alkaline waters appear to be beneficial, while others are not, or may even prove harmful. Clearly this can vary by individual, but it is something I plan to learn more about, and will post about in the future.
Structured Water is Optimum for Hydration
In any case, since according to Dr. Pollack the vast majority of water in our cells is structured water, it makes sense that it would hydrate better and more quickly, as there would be no need for the body to process it further prior to absorption, since it is already in the optimum form for the body’s use.
Similarly, most of the water in plant cells is structured water, so it is logical to assume that the same would apply in that case.
In fact, according to several people who have done their own research, structured water helps plants and trees to be more resilient to stress from heat, drought and freezing temperatures, and more productive than the same varieties receiving only regular water. In all likelihood, this would be an excellent indicator that they are healthier overall, which would also increase their resistance to stresses from pests and other environmental stressors.
Faster Plant Growth with Structured Water
Although I have yet to conduct side by side tests, I have been watering all of our plants with structured water, and they are thriving. Most of the plants are far ahead of where they were this time last year, though to be truthful, we did have a much milder winter overall.
But, especially for the plants I’ve overwintered inside, which have never been subjected to freezes this year or last, they have started putting out significant growth much earlier than usual, and are thriving overall.
This indicates to me that it is the structured water helping them, as nothing else about the care I give them has changed, and as we are still subject to periodic freezes, I am not yet using fertilizer on them.
Since I grow organically, my usual fertilizer is liquid seaweed, though as things get really growing I’ll also give them fish emulsion and/or one of Fox Farms liquid plant foods.
Being the science geek that I am, as soon as I learned enough of the technology regarding structured water to do so, I realized that because of my own weird and circuitous journey through life, I already had the knowledge to put together a couple of basic units for our own use.
I wanted to see first whether the technology as I understood it really worked, if there was really a noticeable difference in the water, and to see if structured water was really worth all the hype. I was also unconvinced that the prices asked for many units on the market were justified.
Feeling Better Hydrated
As it turns out, my understanding of the technology was accurate, and the prototype units I made, while not particularly pretty, worked well on the first try. I made a large portable unit for use at home, and a much smaller travel unit for my husband to take on the road. Both units work well.
What I can say personally, after a relatively short time of drinking the resulting structured water, is that I immediately noticed that my eyes felt less dry. I have been wearing contacts since my twenties and, like many contact wearers, any time I get dehydrated I feel it first in my eyes.
I drink the majority of my water either with chlorophyll, or as herbal tea, recently mostly as Ayurvedic Three Seed (CCF) tea, and I feel far more hydrated than before I was using the structured water. It has been particularly cold here in Middle Tennessee, with unusual warm spells in-between, and I tend to get a dry throat as I walk about feeding and tending to our animals, which has been less of an issue since I started drinking structured water. My skin is less dry as well.
The first time I drank ordered water I did not like the taste, though as I have continued drinking it I find that I now far prefer it to regular water. Detoxing? I don’t know, but I find it interesting. I am clearly digesting better, but since I started the CCF tea just a few days prior to the structured water, and started taking Triphala and Ashwaganda a few days after, I’m not sure just what to attribute to the structured water and what to attribute to the Ayurvedic herbs. Only time will tell.
Structured Water Feels Wetter
Another thing I noticed immediately was that the water feels noticeably “wetter,” much like chemically “softened” water, though nothing in the water has been removed, and nothing has been added, including the salt used in common water softeners.
That is one of the things that struck me first about structured water technology – there are no moving parts, nothing is added or taken away, and structuring the water is an entirely mechanical process perfected by nature, that we are just now learning to put into practice for ourselves.
Even though we have been surrounded by it for millennia.
What can I say – sometimes we humans can be slow learners.
In my research on structured water, I found information that ran the gamut from denying that such a thing exists, numerous statements that even if it does exist it is of no real benefit, to apparently exaggerated claims that structured water, a.k.a. vortex water, magnetic structured water, etc., can magically heal nearly any illness or malady, including cancer and wasting diseases, then clean your house and wash the dishes.
Okay, I made that last part up, but hey, I’m allowed to dream, right?
Discoveries by Dr. Gerald H. Pollack
In the end, it was the statements made by Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, of the Pollack Laboratory of the University of Washington, Seattle, that intrigued me the most, excited me with the possibilities, and impressed me with the breadth of his knowledge, and his down-to-earth style and humility.
This is no grandstanding salesman; Dr. Pollack is a credentialed scientist who has been researching water and its properties exclusively for nearly fifteen years, has published several highly regarded, award-winning books and dozens of scientific articles on the subject, and readily admits that we are still largely clueless about how water really works. But what surprised me the most about his findings of an implied fourth phase of water was that there is so MUCH of it . . . literally everywhere.
Please note that Dr. Pollack refers to the fourth phase of water as “Exclusion Zone” (EZ) water or “ordered” water, rather than structured water, but they appear to be one and the same.
And, while Dr. Pollack admits that while truly comprehensive research on how drinking structured water affects cells in the human body still needs to be done, when asked by Dr. Mercola whether it is a good idea to drink structured water, he responded: “That’s an open question. My inclination at the moment is to say that if you are able to drink this kind of water, it will be good for your health.”
The Next Wonder Drug
Then again, there is a list of research topics on his website, on which appears the following:
He went further in this article, when speaking about the healing properties of healing waters such as those in Lourdes, in the Ganges and around the world, and in comparing them with the EZ (Exclusion Zone) water he was observing in his lab, he stated: “For spring water and fresh ice melt . . . the high EZ content may explain the recognized health benefits. EZ water should rehydrate tissues better than ordinary water because of its higher dipole moment. To appreciate this argument, picture a bean with positive charge localized at one end, negative at the other. The positive end of that dipole orients toward the negatively charged cell, which then strongly draws in that dipole. The larger the dipole, the stronger will be the draw. Since EZs contain masses of separated charges, or large dipoles, EZ water should hydrate cells better than ordinary water. That’s why EZ water may particularly promote good health.” (Emphasis mine)
Considering how reluctant good scientists tend to be about giving definitive answers on any subject before they are absolutely certain, and considering the great pains he took to qualify his answers, his comments are good enough for me. I am personally now drinking and cooking with structured water, serving it in my home, giving it to our animals, and watering our plants with it, so far with excellent results for all.
So How Did We Get Involved with Structured Water Units?
My name is Cori, and I grew up in Southern California, where being health conscious just came with the territory. My search for better water started when I was in my teens. I was introduced to the concepts of organic gardening and soil conservation when my dad bought a small health food store as a side business, and I became the relief cashier after school.
A sophomore in high school, I started reading the magazines on the shelves during slow times, and I was shocked when I learned how tainted our public water supply was. I started thinking about a better solution.
At seventeen, I started college with a major in Marine Biology, which, quite obviously, has quite a lot to do with water. Although an occasional professor noted some of the many anomalies in science regarding water, they were usually glossed over, and I rarely got satisfactory answers to my questions. It became fairly clear that there was a lot that even the professors did not know.
My First Job in the Water Biz
In my twenties, shortly after moving to Florida, I worked for a company called National Safewater Associates, aka NSA, that made a variety of water filters that seemed a step in the right direction. Through them, I began learning about water filtration and safety, and ultimately realized that their solution was only a partial fix.
After marriage, my then-husband and I built a number of aquariums together, and I opened an art business in which we had several of them displayed. During this period, I learned more about water quality and filtration, along with becoming very familiar with working with plumbing and dental fittings, as they both played key roles in the bizarre and unusual aquariums we were building.
In the meantime, I was still researching better ways of ensuring a clean and healthy water supply for us and our pets, and was still not happy with what I was finding. Most sources, and a majority of doctors, agree that distilled water is not the best for vibrant health. Reverse osmosis was out of the question because the process wastes three out of four gallons that flow through the system. Water softeners add too much sodium and are not safe to use with septic systems. I kept looking.
Still Seeking a Solution
Following our divorce, I began writing a series of articles for a local paper called the Sand Key Sun, one of which was on different ways to ensure a supply of clean, potable water in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. In the 2004 train of hurricanes that hit our state, our area was badly affected by two of them, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and in both cases I had friends who were without power for several days.
Happily the worst thing that happened to our home was that we lost telephone service for several days, which we typically did even during heavy thunderstorms, and we had little damage from the actual hurricanes. Though no one I knew lost access to potable water, we all saw what happened during Katrina the following year, and as it can happen entirely without warning, it pays to be prepared.
Ultimately I started hearing about structured water, but most of the information I found initially had little in the way of explanation.
Enter: Dr. Gerald H. Pollack
Then I discovered the work of Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, and it rocked my world. Here, finally, was what I had been looking for all along – a simple and elegant explanation that made sense out of all of water’s anomalies, while also providing the answer to precisely what structured water is, how it occurs, and why it hydrates the body so very well.
Here is a TEDx presentation in which Dr. Pollack explains his most important findings, thankfully in clearly understandable layman’s terms, so that most people will grasp it quickly.