What is ORP?2011-2-26 11:17:51
What is the main characteristic of Alkaline Water that makes it good for your health? The answer is a negative ORP or Oxidation Reduction Potential. So what is ORP? And how can it help you?
When we see a piece of iron rusting, or a slice of apple turning brown, we are looking at examples of relatively slow oxidation. When we look at a fire, we are witnessing an example of rapid oxidation. We now know that oxidation involves an exchange of electrons between two atoms. The atom that loses an electron in the process is said to be "oxidized." The one that gains an electron is said to be "reduced." In picking up that extra electron, it loses the electrical energy that makes it "hungry" for more electrons. Thus we get the term Oxidation (losing an electron) Reduction (gaining and electron) Potential.
The potential of a given substance to take or leave electrons is very important. If you consistently drink water with a high positive ORP or Oxidation Reduction Potential, the water will have a tendency to steal electrons from the other atoms in your body, oxidizing your other atoms. Remember the examples above of iron rusting and an apple turning brown. Basically that is what water with a high ORP will do to you. Examples of drinks with a high positive ORP are coffee, soda, bottled water, Gatorade and Powerade, and almost every drink sold at stores. Even tap water has a high ORP even though it is required by law to have a neutral pH level.
If you consistently drink water with a high negative ORP or Oxidation Reduction Potential, the water will have a tendency to leave electrons with atoms in your body that are need of them. The water will basically reduce the atoms that are missing electrons so that those atoms and molecules do not oxidize your body. Again, remember that oxidation causes decay. You do not want that. The only water that I am aware of that has a high negative ORP is alkaline water, usually produced by a special water ionizer. Alkaline Water can virtually reverse the negative effects of all of the oxidizing drinks and foods that we eat daily.
You may have also heard of the term anti-oxidant. Simply stated an anti-oxidant is a substance that as a high negative ORP or Oxidation Reduction Potential. There is a huge market for anti-oxidants because they help prevent your body from decaying and oxidizing. The best anti-oxidant available is alkaline water.