This is what holds it all together. Bicacarbonate in the presence of large amounts of Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium is what makes Oconee Valley equal to some of the best waters on Earth. There are no synthetic processes or machines that can duplicate this type of balance. Only nature. At room temperature, you can see the Bicarb as bubbles on the sides of PET bottles, and the bubbles are also visible in our one gallon glass bottles as they gently float about. Bicarb is not CO2 carbonation, but rather Oxygen and Hydrogen bound together around Carbon from a reaction that occurred centuries ago beneath the Blue Ridge. After bottling, the Bicarb molecules slowly release these gases and slightly pressurize the bottles. In fact even bottles that are nearly empty will still have this pressure.
Bicarbonate (HCO−3) is alkaline and a vital component of the pH buffering system of the human body (maintaining acid–base homeostasis). 70%–75% of CO2 in the body is converted into carbonic acid (H2CO3), which can quickly turn into bicarbonate.
Bicarbonate – in conjunction with water, hydrogen ions, and carbon dioxide – forms this buffering system, which is maintained at the volatile equilibrium required to provide prompt resistance to pH changes in both the acidic and basic directions. This is especially important for protecting tissues of the central nervous system, where pH changes too far outside of the normal range in either direction could prove disastrous (see acidosis or alkalosis).
Bicarbonate also serves much in the digestive system. It raises the internal pH of the stomach, after highly acidic digestive juices have finished in their digestion of food. Bicarbonate also acts to regulate pH in the small intestine. It is released from the pancreas in response to the hormone secretin to neutralize the acidic chyme entering the duodenum from the stomach.
Among all the health benefits of calcium, the most important ones are that it aids in maintaining bone and dental health, as well as helps in the reduction of obesity. We need it from birth all the way until we reach old age. In our infant days, it is required for proper bone and tooth growth; during adolescence, as the bones develop, calcium is again essential to support growth.
Magnesium is an essential mineral required by our body for maintaining the overall health. It is one of those essential minerals that help in calcium absorption by the human body and plays an important role in the formation and strengthening of teeth and bones.
Health benefits of magnesium include prevention of constipation, eclamptic seizures, and asthma. It keeps your nerves, muscles, and bones healthy. It also helps in protein synthesis and cellular metabolism. Magnesium is vital for sustaining a normal heartbeat and is used by doctors to treat irregularities in the heart rhythm.
The health benefits of potassium include relief from stroke, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, and anxiety and stress. It helps enhance muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and the nervous system.
It is the third most abundant mineral in the human body and is a powerful element in improving health. It contains the components for maintaining a high level of well-being and an improved lifestyle. You should not underestimate the importance of potassium in your dietary plan.
Silicon (Si) is the second most available element after oxygen found in the earth’s crust, and is forged from the stars. It is a vital trace mineral required by the body for strong and flexible joints, glowing skin, and stronger bones. It is also necessary for the diet as it increases the overall benefits of vitamin D, glucosamine, and calcium. This element is present in clay and sand, and also exists as a major part of rocks like quartz and granite.
Silica is known as a beautifying mineral and there are many health benefits associated with it. It not only helps strengthen connective tissues and bones but is also useful in skin, nail, and hair care. This element also plays a vital role in the prevention of atherosclerosis and aiding with insomnia.
Sodium is an extremely important electrolyte and an essential ion present in the extracellular fluid (ECF). One of the health benefits of sodium is the pivotal role it plays in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. It is very important for fluid maintenance within the human body. Other health benefits include improved heart performance, nervous system, and glucose absorption.
Sodium is needed for blood regulation and its absence can cause serious impairment of bodily functions. It is a versatile element and occurs in more than eighty different forms. As an electrolyte, it regulates the bodily fluids and transmits electrical impulses in the body. Also, it is an important constituent of nerves and helps to regulate muscle contractions.
Oconee Valley measures a pH of 6.6. Slightly acidic due to it’s source – a Crystalline Rock Aquifer of granite and quartz that is naturally acidic. This has been the state of this water for centuries, untouched by man for hundreds of years allowing it to be infused with these essential minerals. In fact, the minerals have been bound to the water molecules by the ions present from the acidity itself. (learn more...)