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The Fourth Phase of Water and cold water benefits

Updated: Nov 21, 2023


The fourth phase of water, also recognized as structured water or EZ (exclusion zone) water, constitutes a concept developed by Dr. Gerald Pollack, a bioengineering professor at the University of Washington. This category of water exhibits distinctive properties, including a negative charge and the capacity to store energy, which distinguishes it from the characteristics of bulk water.






The potential health benefits associated with the fourth phase of water are outlined below:

  1. Hydration: The structured nature of EZ water may enhance cellular-level hydration, contributing to improved energy levels and overall health.

  2. Cellular Function: The negative charge of EZ water may ameliorate the flow of electrical signals within cells, thereby enhancing cellular function and communication.

  3. Inflammation: Research suggests that EZ water may possess anti-inflammatory properties, potentially mitigating inflammation throughout the body.

  4. Circulation: EZ water has the potential to improve blood flow and circulation, offering various health benefits such as enhanced nutrient delivery and waste removal.

  5. Detoxification: EZ water may play a role in facilitating the removal of toxins and waste products from the body, potentially leading to improved detoxification.

While additional research is required to comprehensively understand the potential health benefits of the fourth phase of water, the field is gaining interest with ongoing studies exploring the potential applications of structured water in various health conditions.


There is some evidence suggesting that the practice of cold water swimming may provide additional benefits related to the formation of structured water. For instance, a small study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that regular cold water immersion was associated with improvements in markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in healthy adults.

Cold exposure has been identified as promoting the formation of structured water in the body, particularly in connective tissues. This occurs as cold exposure induces the creation of ice-like structures, potentially leading to the formation of EZ water in the surrounding tissues.


There is also evidence indicating that the Wim Hof Method can stimulate the formation of structured water in the body. The breathing exercises employed in the method may help alkalize the body and increase pH, potentially fostering the creation of EZ water.


Although further research is essential to fully grasp the relationship between the fourth phase of water and cold exposure, mounting evidence suggests that cold exposure may positively impact the formation of structured water in the body.

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