by Joseph Mercola
Water is clearly one of the most important factors for your health -
especially when you consider that your body actually consists of
over 99 percent water molecules!
I sincerely believe water
is a really underappreciated part of the equation of optimal health.
previously interviewed Dr.
Gerald Pollack, who is one of the leading premier research
scientists in the world when it comes to understanding the physics
of water, and what it means to your health.
Besides being a professor of bioengineering at the University of
Washington, he's also the founder and editor-in-chief of a
scientific journal called
Water, and has published many
peer-reviewed scientific papers on this topic.
He's even received
prestigious awards from the National Institutes of Health.
The Fourth Phase of Water - Beyond Solid,
Liquid, and Vapor, is a phenomenal read that is easy
to understand even for the non-professional.
It clearly explains the theory of the fourth phase of water, which
is nothing short of ground-breaking. The fourth phase of water
is, in a nutshell, living water.
It's referred to as EZ water
- 'EZ' standing for "exclusion zone" - which has a negative charge.
This water can hold
energy, much like a battery, and can deliver energy too.
For years, Dr. Pollack had researched muscles and how they contract,
and it struck him as odd that the most common ideas about muscle
contraction do not involve water, despite the fact that muscle
tissue consists of 99 percent water molecules.
These questions help
catalyze his passionate
investigation into water.
So You Think
You Understand Water?
Gilbert Ling, who was a pioneer in this field, discovered
that water in human cells is not ordinary water (H2O),
but something far more structured and organized.
"I began to think
about water in the context of biology: if water inside the cell
was ordered and structured and not bulk water or ordinary water
as most biochemists and cell biologists think, then it is really
important," Dr. Pollack says.
Dr. Pollack's book also
touches on some of the most basic features of water, many of which
are really not understood.
Also, despite the fact
that conventional science tells us freezing is supposed to occur at
zero degrees Celsius, experiments show that it can freeze in many
different temperatures down to minus 50 degrees Celsius.
There's actually no one single freezing point for water!
experiments show that the boiling point of 100 degrees Celsius (or
212 degrees Fahrenheit) does not always hold true either.
"There's a famous
website 1 put together by a British scientist, Martin
Chaplin. Martin lists numerous anomalies associated with water,"
Dr. Pollack says.
"In other words,
things that shouldn't be according to what we know about
The more anomalies we have, the more we begin to think that
maybe there's something fundamental about water that we really
don't know. That's the core of what I'm trying to do. In our
laboratory at the University of Washington, we've done many
experiments over the last decade.
have clearly shown the existence of this additional phase of
The reason this fourth
phase of water is called the exclusion zone or EZ is because the
first thing Dr. Pollack's team discovered is that it profoundly
Even small molecules are excluded from EZ water.
Surprisingly, EZ water
appears in great abundance, including inside most of your cells.
Even your extracellular tissues are filled with this kind of water.
The Water in
Your Cells Give Them Their Negative Charge
Other inherent differences between regular water and EZ water
include its structure.
Typical tap water is H2O
but this fourth phase is not H2O; it's actually H3O2.
It's also more viscous, more ordered, and more alkaline than regular
water, and its optical properties are different.
The refractive index of
EZ water is about 10 percent higher than ordinary water. Its density
is also about 10 percent higher, and it has a negative charge
(negative electrical potential). This may provide the answer as to
why human cells are negatively charged.
Dr. Pollack explains:
"Everybody knows that
the cell is negatively charged.
If you insert an
electrode into any of your cells, you'll measure a negative
electrical potential. The textbook says that the reason for this
negative electrical potential has something to do with the
membrane and the ion channels in the membrane.
Oddly, if you look at a gel that has no membrane, you record
much the same potential - 100 millivolts or 150 millivolts
negative. The interior of the cell is much like a gel.
It's kind of
surprising that something without a membrane yields the same
electrical potential as the cell with a membrane.
That raises the question:
where does this
negativity come from?
Well, I think the
negativity comes from the water, because the EZ water inside the
cell has a negative charge. The same is true of the gel - the EZ
water in the gel confers negativity.
I think the cells are
negatively charged because the water inside the cell is mainly
EZ water and not neutral H2O."
or Builds EZ Water?
One of the greatest surprises is that the key ingredient to create
EZ water is light, i.e. electromagnetic energy, whether in the form
of visible light, ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths and infrared
wavelengths, which we're surrounded by all the time.
Infrared is the most
powerful, particularly at wavelengths of approximately three
micrometers, which is all around you. The EZ water can build on any
hydrophilic or water-loving surface when infrared energy is
It builds by adding layer upon layer of EZ water, and can build
millions of molecular layers. This is how it occurs in nature. For
example, ice doesn't form directly from ordinary H2O. It
goes from regular water to EZ water to ice.
And when you melt it, it
goes from ice to EZ water to regular water.
So EZ water is an
"Glacial melt is a
perfect way to get EZ water. And a lot of people have known that
this water is really good for your health," Dr. Pollack says.
Testing water samples
using a UV-visible spectrometer, which measures light absorption at
different wavelengths, Dr. Pollack has discovered that in the UV
region of 270 nanometers, just shy of the visible range, the EZ
actually absorbs light.
The more of the 270
nanometer light the water absorbs, the more EZ water the sample
contains. EZ water appears to be quite stable.
This means it can hold
the structure, even if you leave it sitting around for some time.
Water samples from the river Ganges and from the Lourdes in France
have been measured, showing spikes in the 270 nanometer region,
suggesting these "holy waters" contain high amounts of EZ water.
According to Dr. Pollack,
there's compelling evidence that EZ water is indeed lifesaving...
Water Helps Explain Health Benefits of Light and Heat Therapies
Heating equates to applying infrared energy, and Dr. Pollack has
found that if you apply infrared, the EZ water builds and doesn't
The implications of this
are profound when you consider the health benefits of sitting in an
infrared sauna, for example.
Essentially, one of the reasons why
infrared saunas make you feel so good is because your body's cells
are deeply penetrated by infrared energy, which builds and stores EZ
The same goes for
light therapy, spending time in the
"There are various
kinds of light therapy using different wavelengths. We found
that all wavelengths - some in particular - of light, even weak
light, build EZ.
If EZ is critical for
the health of your cells, which I think is clear, these
therapies have a distinct physical chemical basis," Dr. Pollack
EZ water also provides a
mechanism that explains other biological mysteries.
For example, Dr. Pollack
describes another fascinating finding that further bolsters our
understanding of the mechanism of action behind the health benefits
of something as simple as exposing your body to the light and heat
of the sun:
"We found that if we
put a simple tube, like a straw, made of hydrophilic material,
in water... there's water flow through the tube at high speed.
spontaneously. But it shouldn't happen spontaneously. The common
idea is that if you want to drive fluid through a pipe or tube,
you need to apply pressure. But we have no
There's no pressure
difference between the input and output. But flow builds up
spontaneously, and it keeps going.
Recently, we found that if we add light, the flow goes faster.
It means that light has a particular effect; especially
ultraviolet light, but other wavelengths as well. It speeds up the
We think that somehow the exclusion zones (EZs) are
involved because inside those tubes, there's a little annular
ring of exclusion zone, and inside that is an area full of
It seems that the
exclusion zone and the pressure of these protons are driving the
Now, let's apply these
mechanisms to your body.
Your capillaries receive
radiant energy from outside all the time. Energy is also received
from the inside of your body, as metabolic reactions continuously
generate heat or infrared.
So the question is,
is it possible that
the flow of blood occurring through your capillaries is
automatically enhanced by exposure to light?
It appears the answer may
"This is an important
issue because the capillaries are puzzling," Dr. Pollack says.
"They're so small.
Some of the capillaries are smaller in diameter than the red
blood cells that pass through them. Any competent engineer would
never build a pipe that's smaller than the junk that's supposed
to go through.
apparently, has done that...
Now, that means there's a lot of resistance. You need something
to push those red blood cells through... One possibility is that
the flow in your capillaries is aided by this kind of radiant
energy... We're starting to test this...
It's possible that
your cardiovascular system is assisted by radiant energy in the
same way that the flow in the tubes is assisted by radiant
One of the more
interesting healing modalities I've been exploring lately is the use
of a high-powered laser.
K-Laser also has frequencies in the
infrared range, which can deeply penetrate tissue. This kind of
laser therapy has shown to provide profound healing for many painful
injuries in a very short amount of time - sometimes just minutes of
While the benefits of
laser therapy are thought to be due to its action on mitochondrial
activity, it may very well be that the benefits are also related to
"recharging" your damaged cells' EZ water, as well as promoting
increased capillary blood flow.
EZ water in your body also plays a role is in hyperbaric medicine,
which is also good for injuries.
In that case, your
tissues are exposed to high oxygen under pressure.
"The results are in.
We think we
understand the mechanism as to why hyperbaric oxygen is so
effective for wound healing... EZ water has a higher density
than bulk water.
If you take H2O
and you put it under pressure, it should give you H3O2
because the EZ structure is denser than the H2O. We
did the experiments and we found, indeed, that's the case.
If you put H2O
under pressure, you get more EZ water."
The same goes for oxygen.
EZ also has more oxygen
than H2O, and when you increase oxygen content, you get
more EZ water. So, hyperbaric treatment builds EZ water in your
body, particularly in injured areas where EZ water is needed.
Your Body's Negative Charge May Be Critical for Health
I personally drink
vortexed water nearly exclusively as I became a
big fan of
Viktor Schauberger who did much pioneering work on
vortexing about a century ago.
Dr. Pollack found that by
creating a vortex in a glass of water, you're putting more energy
into it, thereby increasing EZ.
According to Dr. Pollack,
virtually ANY energy put into the water seems to create or build EZ
"We have looked at
acoustic energy that seems to effect some change in the water.
We're still not sure exactly what. Vortexed water puts enormous
energy into the water.
There are several
groups in Europe studying this phenomenon right now."
As mentioned earlier, EZ
water is alkaline and carries a negative charge.
Maintaining this state of
alkalinity and negative charge appears to be important for optimal
health. Drinking water can be optimized in a variety of different
ways, by injecting light energy or physical energy into the water by
vortexing, for example.
This is fairly easy using
magnets. Reversing the vortex every few seconds may even create more
Clearly, more research needs to be done in this area, but some is
already underway. My own R&D team is working on a careful study in
which we use vortexed water to grow sprouts, to evaluate the
vitality and effectiveness of the water.
As for a natural source of EZ water for drinking, an ideal source is
glacial melt. Unfortunately, this is extremely inaccessible for most
Another good source is water from deep sources, such as deep
spring water. The deeper the better, as
EZ water is created under pressure.
Natural spring water is another
excellent way to obtain this type of water and you can use FindaSpring.com
2 to help you find one close to you.
Besides optimizing the water you drink, you can help generate an
electron surplus, or support this negative charge within your body,
simply by connecting to the Earth, which also has a negative charge.
This is the basis of the
earthing or grounding technique,
which has been shown to have significant health benefits by allowing
the transfer of negatively charged electrons from the ground into
the soles of your feet.
In a sense, it's as
though your cells are built like batteries that are naturally
recharged by spending time outdoors - whether sunny or overcast, and
walking barefoot, connecting to the negative charge of the earth!
"If you have an organ
that's not functioning well - for example, it's lacking that
negative charge - then the negative charge from the earth and...
[drinking] EZ water can help restore that negativity.
convinced... that this negative charge is critical for healthy
function," Dr. Pollack says.