ORP Of Drinking Water & Why It Matters?

The definition of ORP or the Oxidation Reduction Potential of a substance is its potential to reduce or oxidize another substance—or share electrons with other substances. Measured by millivolts (mV), the ORP of water indicates if it has oxidation potential (the ORP value will be positive in this case) or a reductive potential (the ORP value will be negative in this case).

What does this mean? In simple words, it means that all substances have the capability to donate or accept electrons. This exchange of electrons is termed as “ion exchange.”

This ability determines water’s ability to be acidic or to be alkaline in nature. In the former scenario (water with a positive ORP value), water would have a high amount of oxygen dissolved in it. As a result, it’s “oxidative” capacity, or the ability to “steal” electrons from DNA and proteins would be high.

In the latter scenario (water with a negative ORP value), however, the watersample would “donate” or “give” electrons to free radicals. And while it might not be as “disinfectant/acidic” as water with a positive ORP reading, it is better suited
for the human body because of the facts that:
● It won’t break down protein, steal electrons from DNA strands and energy
from cell membranes
● The human body’s internal environment is reductive in nature—so water
with negative ORP (and water with antioxidants) keeps us healthy.

How does ORP affect your drinking water?

All water except alkaline water will have positive ORP—which means they willhave oxidizing properties. Water with a positive ORP enhances the oxidation process in the human body when consumed. This, in turn, increases oxidative stress and produce more free radicals. Free radicals when it is produced in the human body can cause immense damage to the host.

Why is it important to choose negative ORP water over
positive ORP water?

We know by now that alkaline water is healthy for human consumption and, it is recommended by medical practitioners all over the world as a healthy alternative to regular water. When it is a matter of choice between alkaline water and
regular water, alkaline water with a negative ORP is a safer option. It will help in reducing the oxidative stress that will otherwise increase with regular water with a positive ORP.

The features and benefits of negative ORP water

Alkaline water has a negative ORP, which gives it the antioxidants required to effectively reduce oxidation in the human body. Alkaline water helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. The lesser ORP allows alkaline water to donate electrons to stabilize damage-causing free radicals. Positive ORP water is useful when used in swimming pools, sewage treatments, and spas as it has higher oxidative properties that help in killing germs. However, that is not the desired effect we want in our bodies. It is dangerous and causes harm to the human body when consumed.


To sum it up in short, the “nature” of the water that we drink affects how our body functions, especially in the long run. While positive ORP has a disinfectant nature, our body really needs water with a negative ORP that also has some elements like vitamin C and molecular hydrogen added in it (this is done to achieve the negative ORP state). That’s what’s healthy and perfect for us to repair our bodies.