For how long can I drink activated water? How long is it activated? When does it loose its benefit?
- It is different from place to place, water to water and climate dependent. It is particularly difficult to foresee this.
- Alkaline water, compared to acidic water which keeps for years under cheap circumstances, has a very short relaxation period from a few seconds to a few days. It has a use, as long as the index parameter of the Redox Potential still behaves abnormally and still looks for a reproduction of the thermo dynamic balance. This is the so called metastable state.
- The fastest parameter: H2 – molecular hydrogen – hydrogen gas – strongest antioxidation: In flow through ionizers, where the water is ionized in a pressure tight electrolysis cell, excess pressure is created with the hydrogen gas, since under normal conditions only 1,6 mg/l hydrogen gas can dissolve in water. So hydrogen bubbles are formed when the acidic water flows out of a water ionizer, which after a few seconds disperse into the atmosphere, as long as they are not drunk together with the fresh alkaline activated water.
- With absolutely pure water, which was mixed with hydrogen gas, a negative Redox Potential occurs up to minus 600 mV. The hydrogen gas makes quite a lot of anti oxidative “steam”. According to a long disputed theory with drinking water, that a “gas reserve” in the form of a normally volatile H- transfers with the cations, which gradually reacts with the protons of the autoprotolysis to H2-gas and sinks the potential. This is one of the most exciting areas of water research, which as a research journalist offers many sources, yet also more unanswered questions.
- Indisputable and easy to measure is the discovery made by Vitold Bakhir, that activated water when alkaline or acidic has abnormal properties, which can be observed when in its relaxation state. For example; the ORP of an activated solution is not calculable with the help of the Nernst equation because of the chemical redox series of diluted particles. Activated water is a substance temporarily outside of the thermodynamic balance. It swings, so to say, the energy input of electrolysis so long until it comes to a standstill because of the resistance of its surroundings. He discovered, beginning of the ‘70s, the abnormal properties of a water solution achieved electrolytically and established with that the theoretical fundamental understanding of the phenomenons and effects, previously only observed by pragmatics from Germany and Japan.
- One of the most interesting questions is that of activated hydrogen, with which Hidemitsu Hayashi, one of Japan’s top researchers, employs his time with. Also the molecular biologist, Sanetaka Shirahata researches on the forefront of this field. The German biologist U. Warnke speaks of “H-minus-water” (Source: Interview in praxis: nature 4/12). With this you understood the normally highly unstable hydrogen anions H-. You can hardly measure that quickly, how its excess electron is given to a much larger reaction partner or, at least, to a hydrogen cation H+. Yet the indications increase, that hydrogen anions with strong cation clusters, so called mineral colloids with a positive charge, can temporarily park. The theory of this hydrogen mineral colloid does come closer to the explanation of the peculiar behaviour of alkaline activated water. Evidently more cations are collected at the beginning as in the long run with this water. Hydroxide ions are not known to be volatile, for the chemical lyes made by them are over a long period of time stable. The excess electrons keep longer and are not responsible for the abnormally low Redox Potential of alkaline activated water. Yet hydrogen is very volatile, it can even escape most storage containers. If short term hydrogen anions, created with electrolysis, really have a “parking time” with mineral cations, then this would be a plausible explanation for the fall out of cations with a time range of 0 – 36 hours, which can mostly be observed. What is interesting, is that certain minerals from slate tunnels, like in Nordenau, apparently can contain the active hydrogen, without a noticeable Redox Potential predominating. So far the reasons for this from research literature is not clearly evident.
- Back to your question and my empirical values after thousands of measurements of Redox Potential: Biggest use when you drink immediately. Big use when you drink within the first 3 hours. High use up until 36 hours. Good use until 48 hours. Afterwards the water has mostly returned to normal electrochemically, the ionized mineral excess has visibly fallen out and the water is softer. It is still a useful water, but you should use it rather for tea or watering the flowers.