Structured Water – First Experiments . . .

Kombucha and Water Kefir Brewing. I recommend brewing only in glass containers.
Kombucha and Water Kefir brewing. I recommend brewing only in glass containers.

Experimenting with the Structured Water Unit

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.