Water sustains all forms of life, including human life. The Chinese
character "sea” consists of three parts: water, man and mother. In other
words, sea is the mother of mankind. Although water is all around us,
it is one of the most mysterious substances on this planet. Scientists
are still discovering amazing facts about water. Most substances are
lightest in the gas state, heavier in the liquid state and heaviest in
solid form. However, water gets lighter in its solid form than in its
liquid form. That is why ice floats in water. If water did not have this
mysterious property, lakes and ponds would freeze from the bottom up in
the cold of winter, killing all living things within them. One can
appreciate the great wisdom of the Creator in the preservation of life.
Water not only sustains life but also protects it.
More than 70% of our body weight is water. That means the average
person weighing 120 pounds contains roughly 10 gallons of water. It is
very important to have a good understanding of water and to drink the
right kind of water. Water is a strong solvent which carries many
invisible ingredients: minerals, oxygen, nutrients, waste products,
pollutants, etc. Sea water is salty because, through eons, it dissolved
minerals and salts from the mountains and carried them down stream to
the ocean. Inside the human body, blood (90% of which is water)
circulates throughout the body distributing nutrients and oxygen, and
collecting wastes and carbon dioxides, delivering them to the disposal
organs. If water was not a strong solvent, it could not perform these
Water molecule is H2O. That is two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom
stuck together. The shape of the water molecule is like a Mickey Mouse
face. The head is oxygen and the two ears are hydrogen1). Since oxygen
is electrically negative and hydrogen is positive, the water molecule is
electrically polarized. For this reason, a water molecule cannot exist
independently. It must combine with other water molecules to form a
five- or six-sided structure called a water cluster2). In lower
temperatures, most of the structures are hexagonal. This is why
snowflakes are hexagonal.
In distilled water at room temperature, one out of 10 million (1 in
107) water molecules is ionized. When a water molecule is ionized, it is
split into hydrogen ions H+ and hydroxyl ions OH-. Neutral water means
that the number of hydrogen ions equals the number of hydroxyl ions in a
container. The number is 10-7 times the entire number of water
molecules in that container (that number we will call N). We abbreviate this by saying that the water has a pH value of 7 2).
Acid water has a larger number of hydrogen ions than that of hydroxyl
ions. For example, the number of hydrogen ions in acid water, with a pH
value of 4, is 10-4 times N, and that of hydroxyl ion is 10-10 times N.
The law of nature is such that the exponents must add up to 14 (4+10).
The number of hydrogen ions in alkaline water with a pH value of 9 is
10-9 times N, and that of the hydroxyl ion is 10-5 times N.
Note that 10-5 is larger than 10-9 by 10,000 times and, again, 5+9 is
14. Because the exponents must add up to 14, pH value of 7 is considered
neutral. Since the value of pOH is 14 minus the value of pH, we do not
measure nor mention its value. It will be known once the pH value is
known. For that reason, there are only pH meters and no pOH measuring
Since alkaline water has more OH- molecules than it does H+s
molecules, there are more oxygen atoms in alkaline water than in neutral
water. That is why alkaline water is sometimes called oxygen rich
water. In the same manner, acid water is oxygen deficient water. An
interesting trivial fact is that there are approximately 1025 H2O
molecules in a 10 ounce glass of water. If that water has a pH value of
10, there are approximately 1021 hydroxyl ions (OH-) and approximately
1015 hydrogen ions (H+). The number of hydrogen ions is one millionth of
that of hydroxyl ions, which is negligible.
It is this abundant amount of hydroxyl ions that neutralizes acid
hydrogen ions in our body to reduce the accumulated acid wastes, thus
reversing the aging process.
- From the writings of Sang Whang.