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The ORP and pH of water - drinking oxidizing vs. anti-oxidant water

Discussion in 'Biohacking 101' started by sjoshua, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. sjoshua

    sjoshua New Member

    This site has a great description of both pH and ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential), for gathering a basic understanding.


    In summary,

    'oxidizing' = electron steal
    'anti-oxidizing' = electron giving

    As with anything, balance is the key: which is why consuming too many 'anti-oxidant' foods (i.e. electron giving foods) can be as problematic as not consuming enough. Overloading a battery is no good...

    But, what if we could be drinking an anti-oxidant solution?

    I plan to explore this further.

    Here is one using an ionizer to create it, but that could be quite pricey...

    Whenever there is an 'expensive' (read: complex) way to do something, there is bound to be a simple way.
  2. sjoshua

    sjoshua New Member

    ::chirp chirp:: <- the crickets that took over since I took so long to post :)

    Anywho, I've been running a some experiments with water and wanted to share some results. First, let's calibrate our meters:
    ORP meter in 225mV solution:

    pH meter in 7.0 solution:

    Tap water (San Jose):

    RO water (tap water ran through 5-stage RO system): You'll notice the ORP is slightly better than tap but not by much :\ still 'stealing'. (Starting values: ORP: 248; pH: 9.0)

    Now, let's add some stuff to RO water!

    First, we will add ~1g of vitamin C (it was one of these ground up: http://www.amazon.com/Foods-Vitamin-Sustained-Release-Tablets/dp/B0013P1GD6/): You'll notice a nice drop in ORP, and also a sharp drop in pH. (running tally adjustments: ORP: -160 pH: -4.0)

    Next, we will add in a 1-2g baking soda: You'll notice the pH corrects somewhat, and ORP also decreases a little more - yay no longer 'stealing'! (running tally adjustments: ORP: -254 pH: -1.8)

    And now for the finale, we will add in a VERY small amount of Sodium Borohydride (10-15mg - one of these spoons worth, which is like a pinch with infant fingers): Boom shaka-locka, HUGE drop in ORP :) (running tally adjustments: ORP: -730 pH: -1.8)

    I neither support or suggest anyone else consume things they are not comfortable with, but I wanted to share these results from my own N=1. I have been drinking my morning bottle of water with this amount of Sodium Borohydride in it for a couple of weeks now (I rarely add the vit C and baking soda, but did so for the demo) and it gives me a little mental 'buzz'. I have no other 'case studies' to share on the results side.
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  3. fitness@home

    fitness@home Silver

    Thanks for posting the pics to go along with your story. Visual person here!

    Interesting, very interesting...

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