More and more of the rain we experience in the world is acid rain. It happens particularly close to concentrated industrial areas. It is produced when nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide in the upper atmosphere react with water particles to produce nitric acid, carbonic acid and sulfuric acid respectively.
Normally rainwater is naturally slightly alkaline, having a pH of 7.1 to 7.3 pH. It picks up a small amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is soft water and before major industrialization it was wonderful for washing your hair and your clothes. Now rain barrels are not such a good thing. The pH of acid rain water ranges from about 4.1 to 5.5, which is acidic enough to corrode marble and granite. I can’t imagine watering my plants with it.
Acid rain can contain high amounts of carbon dioxide which form carbonic acid, depending on the local industries.
When you burn coal or other fossil fuels, it releases sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, which dissolves in atmospheric water and makes sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid reacts with a wide range of substances normally found in fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry and fish. It affects their growth and their content of vitamins, minerals, protein and essential fatty acids. This acid also can damage rocks, trees, animals and plants. In strong concentrations, it can burn surfaces and tissues and can be carcinogenic with prolonged exposure.
The third type of pollutant that causes acid rain is nitric acid. It too, is highly carcinogenic and corrosive. One of the curious things about nitric acid is that is a powerful dehydrating agent. It is dangerous to humans because of its powerful action of pulling water out of molecules during chemical reactions. The human body is 70 percent water and most reactions in the body use water during part of the chemical exchange.
Other acids also form that cause acid rain, notably hydrochloric acid, organic carboxylic acid, acetic acid and formic acid. These acids are formed when volatile organic compounds are oxidized in the air.
Because of its acidic and corrosive nature, acid rain causes numerous toxic and injurious effects. Not only is it harmful to humans, fish, animals, trees, crops, other types of vegetation, buildings, monuments, metals, automobiles and soils, it can affect fish and animal fertility, feeding patterns and behavior, corrode metals and reduce soil fertility.
Acid rain can raise the levels of heavy metals in drinking water supplies. Some of these heavy metals are poisonous and will compromise health fairly quickly. Along with heavy metals, other toxic metals, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, photochemical oxidants and a huge shopping list of other toxins that can pose serious health threats are raised in water ways affected by acid rain.
Some acid rain toxins can enter the human body through the skin when we are exposed to it or through our lungs when we breathe. Acid rain can also pollute fruits and vegetables as they grow, posing health threats over time. Meat that we eat is affected by animals that are out in the weather that absorb acid rain through their skin or the plants that they eat that have been exposed to acidic rain. Heavy metals, industrial and chemical pollutants collect in the soft tissues of the animals’ bodies which we eat. Once in our bodies, these toxins cannot be metabolized so the body becomes defensive and stores them in our connective and fatty tissues. We accumulate these acids over time, along with the metabolic acids that we acquire from our food metabolism.
To rid the body of these dangerous acids, we look to the plant kingdom to the green plants. Cilantro is great for removing heavy metals from the body. Blue-green algae is another great chelator. Juicing and greens powders are other alternatives to bringing more alkaline foods into the diet. By becoming more alkaline in nature and reducing your risk for serious illness you are insuring your health as you get older. By getting hold of an alkaline foods list and doing periodic cleanses, you reduce the acidic accumulation that is so harmful to health. Your naturopath can test you for harmful residues that may be lurking and make recommendations to help you clean your body of them. After all, the senior years are there to enjoy the fruits of your labor over the years, so you can enjoy life.
Jean Perrins is a retired nurse and an alkaline, ionized water specialist. She has been field testing the effects of structured water on health in her clinic with sometimes astounding results. It is clear that water has an affect on health that we, in the West are just beginning to understand.
Jean is currently working with a team to develop microbicidal and Free Active Chlorine applications to revolutionize industrial and agricultural methods using Invins-AbleTM electrochemically activated water. She and her team believe that Invins-AbleTM will help eliminate antibiotic and hormone use in food animals and will allow cleaning and chemical services to do more and more processes with this structured water. The economic and environmental savings are astounding. Check out http://www.drinkalkalineionizedwater.com for more articles.