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6 Things to Know About Structured Water
One of the greatest benefits of an aquaponics system is being able to easily produce your own healthy, organic food – all of it grown in water. The quality of the water you use can dramatically affect the productivity of an aquaponics system. New breakthroughs in water research are providing evidence that changing the molecular structure of water may a better way to improve water, crop yields, and health by using structured water technology.
Structured Water occurs naturally in freshwater streams, glacial melt, and in living bodies. Technological innovations incorporating elements such as magnets and vortex design reshape water into this “living” form, an optimal state for growth and absorption – leading to bigger and healthier crops and fish. This is a potentially game-changing innovation in the way we farm with, consume, and even think about water.
Here are 6 things you need to know about structured water right now.
- What Is Structured Water
Structured Water is known by many names: Living Water, Structured Water, Restructured Water, Fourth Phase Water, Exclusion-Zone (or EZ) Water, and Fractal Water. No matter what it is called, it is a molecular arrangement of water molecules found when water is near water-loving, or hydrophilic, surfaces. Without getting too technical, this special arrangement is able to store energy in its molecular bonds which comes from radiant energy sources. This “charged” water provides great benefits to living organisms – organisms that need energy to survive. Your body tissues are, in fact, hydrophilic – so most of the water in your body is structured water. This makes structured water easily absorbed if consumed by living things. Structured Water also has highly developed crystal structures, is clean, has an ideal pH, and is more oxygenated. It is water presented in its optimal state, and has many benefits.
- Benefits of Structured Water
Water in its hydrophilic state has many benefits. Its pH and easy absorption make it ideal for consumption, as it has the perfect profile for maximum hydration. In humans, drinking structured water provides health benefits such as reported improvement in digestion, joints and muscles, mental health, blood pressure, liver and kidney function, and greater energy. It has similar effects on fish and plants, providing each with an optimal living medium.
Structured water technology is ideal for green farming methods like an aquaponics system. Test results reported on a well using a structured water device indicated increased dissolved oxygen 25% above baseline. The water is naturally soft, which will minimize or even clean out mineral deposit buildup in tubes, pipes, and water features. In studies, it has improved biomass of crop and fish yields by 27-40%. Aquaponics systems with structured water have reductions in algae growth and anaerobic bacteria, while producing more anaerobic activity. The water is cleaner and has a pollutant neutralizing effect. There are no filters to change and no chemicals used. Since the water is hydrophilic, less of it is needed than unstructured water – anywhere from 20-50% less. Better tasting, bigger crops with higher nutrient values are produced. Structured water technology is simple to use – in most cases, just plug it in to the water line and electricity, and you’re ready to go. Sounds great – but how do you create structured water?
- Creating Structured Water
In nature, structured water can be found in spring water and glacial melt. Certain conditions make water more easily structured. The prevailing theory is that structured water is an intermediate step between water and ice. Water at 10 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit) seems to be easiest to structure. Most structured water devices use a vortex mechanism. Cold water spins through a powered or pressurized vortex. The vortex energy itself creates structured water by breaking up the molecules and allowing them to reform into an ideal state. Structure is also created when water is exposed to radiant energy. Energy can come into the form of infrared heat, light, magnetism, or electricity – and sometimes those are combined. Infrared heat at the proper wavelength is very effective. Sunlight emits a similar wavelength, and thus the light spectrum from visible to ultraviolet to near-infrared also builds zones of ordered molecules within water. Negatively charged electrodes have proved very successful at increasing structure when applied at 5-10 volts. Some manufactures have incorporated magnets into the design in order to allow the vortex device to turn at maximum speed while also adding magnetic energy to the equation to supercharge the structuring processes.
- Origins of Structured Water
While more scientists are studying structured water every day, for a long time research in this field was pushed to the fringes. It’s surprising how much we don’t know, and are still discovering, about the nature of water, especially when you consider how much of our planet is covered with and composed of water. In the field of structured water, there are two main influencers whose work has become the backbone of all that’s going on with the technology today.
Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958) was an Austrian forester, researcher, naturalist, and inventor. His early observations and experiments led to the discovery of the natural power of vortices. Schauberger was a keen observer of nature and natural processes, and he documented all his findings in over 60,000 pages of writings. During a lifetime of forest living, he developed an innate knowledge of the ways in which natural phenomena actually worked, like mountain stream vortices, or the hydrodynamic shape of eggs, despite no formal scientific training. He was renowned for his work with water, log flumes, and hydrodynamic design so much that he earned the nickname of “Water Wizard”. Schauberger believed water to be a sacred, living organism. His hydrodynamic theories and philosophy of “observe nature and copy” became the basis for the modern-day science that proved him prescient.
Dr. Gerald Pollack is a professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, and arguably the world’s leading authority on structured water – what he calls Fourth Phase Water. Water exists in three phases – liquid, solid, and gas; but Dr. Pollack’s research indicated a fourth unique phase where water interfaced with a hydrophilic surface. This state, which he called exclusion-zone (or EZ) water, is a form of differently structured water – h3o – that causes a widespread exclusion of colloidal and molecular solutes from its area. This groundbreaking discovery has led Dr. Pollack and his team to focusing their efforts on exclusion-zone water research effects on health, cell biology, and the origin of life. Dr. Pollack is the author of the leading publication on the phenomena, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor; and performs studies of water at Pollack Laboratories in Washington.
- Does It Work?
The studies released thus far indicate that, yes, it does, and extremely well. In Russia, the Volga Research institute reported some impressive results from irrigating crops with magnetically structured water. They observed crop yield increases of 37% in cucumbers, 32% in tomatoes, 28% in wheat, and 17% in corn. Physical size increases were reported with vegetables such as corn, radishes, onions, and other crops.
An Australian study of crops grown using water from a Fractal Water imploder vortex system reported a 35.6% increase in plant yield over the control group grown with regular water. The same plants were on average about a third larger and had almost double the amount of plant mass.
There are many more successful studies out there proving the efficacy of structured water in plant growth and as beneficial to farming. As more and more research is being done, this technology is going to permeate the mainstream because the benefits are too good to ignore.
- Benefits for Aquaponics
Structured Water has some great benefits for aquaponics. In terms of yields, bigger, healthier crops and fish are produced – so even higher quality organic product is being created. Since less water is being used, it is better for the environment, and costs less. Having structured water in a system also means less time and effort needed for cleaning, if any at all. The same structured water device can also be connected to a home water supply, leading to better personal health. It’s really an amazing way to optimize an already green system with an environmentally-friendly device that provides nothing but positive benefits for everything that the water touches.
You can purchase a structured water device or system from a number of different retailers, including:
Whether you call it Structured Water, Living Water, Structured Water, Restructured Water, Fourth Phase Water, Exclusion-Zone (or EZ) Water, or Fractal Water; it’s clear that this new technology utilizing water’s Fourth Phase will be a game-changer for farming, health, and aquaponics. It will be interesting to see how the continued adoption of the technology evolves, as well as how the advancement of structured water technology becomes incorporated in our everyday lives. In the meantime, enjoy the environmental and health benefits of combining structured water with your personal or business aquaponics system.