observations, using structured water

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structured water I keep in the fridge

I started using structured water, as my video shows, right out of the box; this was on January 3, 2014.

The first thing I noticed:  I had to kind of sit back and take it easy.  It’s hard to describe and hard to remember now, why; when I took my first few drinks of structured water, it was like my body said to me “you know what?  Just sit down.  Relax.  Breathe a little bit.  Take some time to yourself.  You deserve it.”  So I did.

I remember feeling like I just didn’t want to do much for the first day or two.  I have a “dynamically enhanced” model of the whole-house unit.

Since then, drinking the structured water, I feel totally energized. Right now?  Midnight.  I’ve been up since 7 or 8 this morning and I feel like I could probably stay up until 7 or 8 tomorrow morning and not go to bed.  I’ve been busy and active and productive and creative all day long, making a loaf of bread with mostly seeds, something I wanted to try out…starting this blog…doing some research at the Natural Action Technologies website…creating a video, the first video ever on my Mac…doing laundry…walking my dog…keeping the fire going in my wood stove…

People talk about the water tasting smooth.  Yes.  Hard to describe how water *doesn’t* taste smooth, when you start drinking water that tastes smooth.  It’s like…silk.  Drinking liquid silk.

Coffee made with structured water is also awesome.  I’ve been drinking only Kona coffee for the past two years now, buying fresh-roasted coffee from a place in Omaha where they import the green beans and roast them there, so the Kona coffee I drink is really fresh…and heavenly to start with…but made with structured water?  Man.  I can taste the difference.  The water tastes rounder, smoother.  Softer.  Not softer as in “it’s been through a water softener”…but…softer.

After the phone call on Wednesday night, listening to other people talk about their experiences with their structured water units, I realized:  I hadn’t taken a bath with this yet!  I did the next morning.  Amazing.  Exactly like the person commented:  it’s like immersing yourself in sacred waters.  It really is.  A bath is an experience.

It felt like I’d put some sort of *something* in the water, some baking soda, or epsom salts, or sea salt, or *something* in there…nope!  Just plain water, just the structured water coming out of my tap.  That was it.  It was an Experience.  Bathing is now an Experience.  Usually I take showers, and while those are nice, now I know that when I really need some serious down time, taking a bath in my structured water will be an Experience, almost a meditation.  This one experience has made me consider buying and installing (where would it go??!!) a hot tub.  I’ve never really wanted or needed a hot tub before; now, with this kind of water, I think that’s something I would really enjoy.

One thing that’s recommended to be done when you have the whole house unit installed is to drain your water heater.  I have not done that since the plumber did it for me as part of the installation on January 8.  I have the dynamically enhanced unit; haven’t thought there was a need to do that yet since the 8th.

I just now checked my bathroom sink faucet, and although I still have quite a bit of lime buildup around the edge of the faucet, there’s no big hard chunks to speak of in the aerator.  I will eventually drain the hot water heater, but right now it doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Why did I buy this?  I live in a small town in Nebraska; we have hard water here.  I learned the other day that the city only puts chlorine in the water; no other chemicals; although I am surrounded by farm fields and a cattle “factory farm” where they raise a lot of cows in a very small space.  I do not know what other chemicals wind up in the water I drink.  What’s been a normal experience for me for the past 10 years I’ve lived here is to have lime deposits and rust show up on my shower walls, bathtub floor, shower curtain, toilet water flow areas, sink faucets, wherever there’s water going.  I own rust remover bottles of harsh chemicals.  The tea kettle on my kitchen stove is not pretty inside.  One thing I’m hoping to have, as a result of installing the structured water device, is “softer” water.  I would have been pretty happy with just that.

I was kind of expecting, from the first time I used the structured water, to see lime deposits fall away inside my tea kettle…to see rust disappear in my bathtub…to see the inside of the pot that I’ve pretty well ruined over the past eight years, boiling water in it so my water was fit to drink and fit to put in my coffeemaker, to see the thick deposits inside there that feel like fur, just dissolve away…just automatically, like that.  No, that has not happened.

But the water is softer.  That, I can tell.  So I’d say right now I’ve got what I wanted, what I paid for.  I wouldn’t consider returning it.

I have decided to use structured water at my office.  I have an office where I hold meetings for native families, including their family members, social workers, attorneys, and other coordinators and therapists of various types; since I opened my office in 2008 I’ve provided bottled water and bottled soda and keep it in a small refrigerator next to the conference room door, where it’s easily accessible to all who attend the meetings.  I buy what’s on sale at Target.  For years people have asked me if I recycle.  No, I do not.

Now, for the first time, I decided to do the environmentally friendly thing and stop buying Target water:  I bought glass mugs with handles and “canning jar” tops, and red enamel metal lids, and I will be bringing water from home to the office in these glass jars, taking them home for washing and re-filling, and will stop buying plastic bottles.

I’m going to be interested to see how this works for my meetings.  Will people suddenly be calmer in the presence of structured water?  How will this affect the sometimes volatile emotions of the meetings I hold?

Or will the water, presently in lidded jars in the refrigerator at my office, be able to “hold its charge” in the presence of people and their volatile emotions?  Will the water change according to how the people are at the meetings?  Clayton talked a little about that during the January 22 phone call.

I may eventually phase out providing sodas altogether.  We’ll see how the just-plain-water goes over with people attending the meetings.

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On December 29 I woke up…waking up slowly from a sound sleep…and realized my body wanted water.  My body was asking for water.  Well, I don’t like water.  Don’t like drinking it, don’t like the taste of it, don’t like the experience of water.  But, oh, okay, water.  My body wants water.  I’ll see what I can do about that to be a better drinker of water.

I just went about my ordinary business that day…

…and just in the normal course of what I’m interested in, found myself listening to a YouTube video with Andrew Bartzis and Hopegirl.  I “happened to” find it the night they posted it, December 29.

Toward the end Andrew mentioned structured water and how effective it really is.  I think what he says on the video is that there is a doctor who can heal anything with structured water.  That’s a bold statement!  It got me curious:  what is structured water?  Answering that question set me on the path of finding one answer after another until I ordered and received the unit.

my kefir experiment with structured water

I’ve seen bottled kefir in the organic section at the grocery store for years; never tried it.  Recently I went through a fit, a spell, a phase, a compulsion, of making my own natural body products from things like beeswax and baking soda and vinegar and shea butter and coconut oil, and chronicled my experiments on another blog of mine — http://www.drstrangeitch.wordpress.com — and also wrote about it on a message board.

A commenter on the message board has been at this for years, switching everything over from store-bought to homemade.  She talked about kefir.  Kefir!  What’s that?

I ordered my little pouch of water kefir grains from someone on Amazon.  They didn’t cost a lot, and arrived in two ziploc bags, one inside of the other one.  I left them sitting on my desk over last weekend, thinking I’d get to it eventually.  What do you need to do to make kefir?  Hmm…

Monday morning I decided I needed to get it going, and looked quickly at a kefir-making list:  glass jars, water, sugar, non-reactive strainer…hmm…may have to buy a few things…

So I barely knew what I was doing when I assembled all my kefir stuff last Monday night:  the kefir grains, some sugar, a glass measuring cup, a couple of chopsticks — I like those to stir with, since I don’t own a whisk anymore — and water.  Stir it up, mix with a little water, add the rest of the water, let it sit on your counter overnight, for 24 to 48 hours, and voila, you’ve got a wonderful healthy probiotic drink that’s a little fizzy.  The sugar feeds the kefir grains — they’re alive little guys — and they carbonate your water for you.  Sounds good:  make my own soda.

As I read and re-read the directions, I noticed they said NOT to use tap water:  use spring water.  Spring water?  Okay, I’ve got that big plastic jug of Poland Springs water I bought a couple of weeks before ever hearing about structured water.  I haven’t used the Poland Springs water at all.  I could use it for kefir!

Looking again at the instructions, they said DEFINITELY do NOT add tap water, because kefir grains do not like chlorine, which is in tap water.  Tap water will basically kill your kefir grains.

Okay…so I thought I’d try a little experiment.  Two jars, not one; half the kefir & sugar in one jar with the structured water out of my tap, and the other half of the kefir grains and Poland Springs water in the second jar.  I used two quarts of water, not one, as the directions said.

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structured water and kefir grains on the left side…spring water and kefir grains on the right side

This is what the jars looked like after 24 hours.  It’s clear to see that there’s activity in the structured jar…NOTHING going on in the Poland Spring jar.

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closeup of the structured water jar

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closeup of the springs water jar

So…one packet of water kefir grains straight from Amazon Land…I left the packet on the desk for two days…opened it up…they were already starting to expand…added half a cup of sugar and a little water and the kefir grains in a glass measuring cup…added half the mixture to the jar on the left and the other half of the mixture to the jar on the right, then filled the jars up with water…jar on the left got tap water with the structured whole-house unit…jar on the right got Poland Springs, from a previously unopened plastic jug out of the fridge…they sat overnight on the countertop, next to each other…and this is the 24 hours later picture.

from the Poland Springs jar...what are all those little black seedy things?

from the Poland Springs jar…what are all those little black seedy things?

Now, a freaky thing happened. The structured water crystals remained clean looking, and kept expanding, getting bigger and bigger. They just looked like they were happy. On the other hand, I got worried about the kefir grains in the Poland Springs jar. There was NO growth, at ALL, on the bottom of the jar, NO fizz at all, the grains were not metabolizing the sugar, or whatever it is that goes on there…AND, there were some small black grains and small white grains — they looked like seeds — forming in the Poland Springs jar. There were a few of those in the structured water jar, as well, but the Poland Springs jar had a lot of them. And they didn’t look all that great. What’s going on?

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48 hours on the counter with the structured water kefir grains…looks great! Healthy, growing, and I’ve got about 4 times the amount of grains I started out with…in just 48 hours!

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48 hours on the counter with the Poland Springs water…yikes! Nothing! This is about the amount of grains I originally added to the jar of water, 48 hours prior…no growth whatsoever.

I got so excited about the kefir growing in the structured water, growing so phenomenally well, I listened in on Clayton’s conference call on January 22, hoping to be able to tell the world about this. Clayton had other callers, though, and I really enjoyed listening to them talking about structured water and their questions and answers and experiences.

The next day I decided to really go for broke. I decided to make ginger beer. I am a great fan of ginger beer, and needed to find all of the ingredients first…and a bottle capper. Fortunately there’s a place I know locally that sells beer and winemaking items; they had bottle caps and cappers. I have TONS of used ginger beer bottles in my recycling bin, and now I’m going to recycle them.

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2/3 cup of kefir grains, all from the structured water jar, plus ginger beer ingredients, in the jar on the plate; bottled & capped kefir from “just plain” kefir from the structured water jars; kefir bottles in the background, now all filled with structured water, kefir grains and sugar…jar on the right is an experiment with homemade coconut water and some structured water added

Now all of my kefir jars have only structured water in them; yesterday I bottled & capped about a dozen bottles of kefir, some being kefir ginger beer, some being kefir and lemon for sort of a lemonade kefir, some being “just plain” kefir and water and sugar, and some being coconut and ginger and kefir.

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my kefir harvest from yesterday!

All of this kefir grew (amazingly fast!) in structured water. I haven’t used Poland Springs water since the first jar grew the kefir so very badly. I was actually worried about the grains dying if I kept feeding them sugar and Poland Springs water.

I sure have been enjoying my home brewed kefir, and had my first taste of homemade ginger beer today. Not bad! I’d actually pay for another bottle of ginger beer tasting like this! And I have all those bottles in the fridge now…

So the real kicker is this, now: the kefir grains have grown SO phenomenally in structured water. What am I going to do with all these kefir grains?!

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Seriously fertile kefir grains…the jar on the right is rebounding from its bad spring water experience…the jar on the left is the always-had-structured-water jar. Now they both have structured water and are growing like crazy. This batch contains kefir, sugar, one piece of dried sugar ginger root each, and a handful of goji berries in each jar. We’re at about Hour 36 with these two jars. I ran out of places to put more kefir!