What is Acidic Water?
Acidic water (often referred to as electrolyzed water) is water with a potential hydrogen (pH) of less than 7. pH refers to the amount of hydrogen mixed in with the water. pH is measured on a scale from 0 to 14; 7 represents “neutral,” where the water is neither alkaline nor acidic; 0 through 7 indicates acidity; and 7 through 14 indicates alkalinity.
Signs of acidic water include:
- Blue stains on copper fixtures or pipes
- Blue or green stains in tubs or basins
- pH test showing less than 7 is considered acidic
- A sharp or chlorine smell at the tap
Private water sources that have a pH level of less than 5.5 may corrode plumbing and appliances. The EPA mandates the pH of tap water to be a pH of at least 6.5 to prevent corrosion. Like the Richter scale for measuring earthquake intensity, the pH scale is logarithmic. A solution with a pH of 8.0 is ten times more alkaline than a solution with a pH of 7.0. A solution with a pH of 9.0 is 100 times more alkaline than a solution with a pH of 7.0.
Uses of Acidic Water
Acidic water obtained by electrolysis of dilute salt water solutions is an effective treatment of dermatosis in s when applied or sprayed several times at the initial stages of the dermatosis. Medical and Dental offices can use acidic water to destroy micro-organisms, as well as a sterilizing hand wash (Thorn, R.M., , and et al)
- Skin care: Using acidic water to wash your face can improve the complexion of your skin as it works as a natural astringent help relieve dry and itchy skin and removes dirt and oil without the use of chemicals.
- Acidic water made with dilute salt solutions can expedite the healing process of cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, blisters, acne, eczema, blisters, and poison oak/ivy irritation.
- Hair Care: Acidic water is a miracle hair rinse, it works better than the popular apple cider vinegar rinse! Its great for your scalp and leaves your hair feeling soft and looking naturally shiny.
- Antiseptic: Acidic water can be used as an antiseptic for abrasions, cuts, and a mouth wash to assist in removing plaque from teeth.
- Food: Wash your fruits, vegetables, and meats to effectively kill bacteria.
- Plant Care: Watering your plants and vegetables with acidic water will promote growth and reduce fungus. Cut flowers will last longer in acidic water.
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