Water & Energy
We believe it is important to understand how tissues of human cells use oxygen to supply the body with much-needed energy. This knowledge, coupled with how oxygen can use fluids like water as vehicles to parts of the body, is a core principle behind the ultimate function of The Big Pitcher. To grasp this, let’s start out with the topic of alkaline water and energy.
There is a fad underway in the health and wellness industry today that subverts a condition known as body pH. The human body hosts trillions of chemical reactions every second in its rivers of fluid. Chemical reactions in general, and the human body’s chemical reactions in particular, work better in an ideal pH. A pH that is too high or too low can cause inefficient reactions.
pH is typically measured by numbers: 7 is neutral, with descending numbers to 1 being acidic and ascending numbers to 14, considered base, or alkaline. It is widely accepted that a body pH of 7.4 is ideal, therefore slightly alkaline. To achieve this slight alkalinity, many people are ingesting alkaline water and other alkaline products, and are spending exorbitant sums of money on so-called alkaline water equipment. But here’s the bottom line: an acidic body pH is really due to an oxygen shortage. It can and should be adjusted, not with the unproven science of drinking alkaline water, but with drinking oxygen-rich water!
How Our Bodies Replenish Energy
Let’s talk about muscle cells for a moment to illustrate what happens when a cell has inadequate oxygen. Remember when you were a kid and the Physical Education instructor had everyone do 50-yard dashes? Running at full speed caused you to pant for breath because the muscles were being asked to propel your body forward, using a tremendous volume of oxygen. Actually, your muscles needed more oxygen than you could give them, in spite of your rapid breathing.
But your brain was screaming “RUN” and so those muscles had to RUN! Every cell in your leg muscles had to create that energy anaerobically, which literally means, without enough oxygen. The by-product of anaerobic energy production is (drumroll please) lactic acid. The soreness you felt the next day in your thighs was the inflammation caused by that lactic acid.
Now consider that each cell in your body is producing tiny amounts of lactic acid, creating acidic body pH and inflammations. If your cells are chronically without enough oxygen – and most are – your cells are busy creating energy in the less desired way: anaerobically.