What is “Kangen” – And Why is this term Important to You?
“Kangen” in Japanese means – ‘from the source’ – And we, at Water-For-Life understand it as one of nature’s 3 blessings –
a) Good organic food from the ground,
b) Clean Air or more specifically Oxygen, and
c) Clear Healthy Water from the springs (also read: The No.1 Secret Remedy that No Doctor Wants You to Know )
Kangen Water® is Ionized Reduced Water produced by Enagic’s water ionizers. In addition to performing the basic filtration that most Filters, Aquaguards and RO’s do it also enhances the water in 3 respects:
- Produces alkaline drinking water for enhanced body health and performance
- The water is loaded with anti-oxidant properties so that it scavenges the free radicals in your body, thus slowing down the ageing process
- The water is “micro-clustered” so that it is easily absorbed by your body tissues, and does not stay in your intestine or cause bloating load.
The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. Alkalinity and acidity are both measurements on the pH scale. Alkaline water has a higher pH level than your regular drinking water, thus mimicking your body’s own pH. Because of this, it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9.
Kangen Water is rich in alkalizing compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. The human body is made up of 50 percent to 75 percent water and it is critical for your health to maintain a certain level of water.
Your body is continually losing water from simple everyday actions and functions. And when it’s not replaced, it can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can lead to a number of health problems and weaken your immune system. Your body needs water for just about every defensive or healing function to keep you healthy and severe hydration can be fatal.
Some of the marquee personalities in the field of medicine around the world highly recommend that you drink alkaline water for the following reasons:-
- WILL HELP YOU LOSE FLAB
Plain alkaline ionized water acts as a fat burning mechanism. The pH in alkaline water helps the body in neutralizing the acidic environment that enables fat cells to grow. It allows the body to return to the normal pH level that stops the excess fat storage.
The micro-clustered structure of Kangen water allows it to easily enter the body cells and flush acids and toxins. When the body knows that the extra fat is not necessary for storage or protection, it will eliminate the excess fats by its own. Thus you can see a dramatic change in weight loss, generally 10-15 pounds.
- HELPS TO RELEASE EXCESS STORED TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY
Alkaline Water detoxifies bodies’ normal acidic waste products that have accumulated over time and flushes toxins accumulated in your body from the environment, prescription drugs, unnatural foods and from the normal process of ageing. Drinking alkaline water daily neutralizes acidity and washes out acid waste products from your cells and tissues. (Also read: How to Flush Out Toxic Waste from Your Body)
With its negative oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), Kangen water helps in the neutralization of the free radicals. It also helps in detoxifying the colon and faster circulation of water in tissues.
- INCREASES YOUR IMMUNITY AND DISEASE FIGHTING ABILITY
Alkaline water enhances your immune system to maximize your body’s ability to fight off diseases and heal itself. It fights against the ageing process and numerous degenerative diseases. It is effective at protecting you against diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, various colon and kidney disorders that involve bone and cellular degeneration.
It reduces the buildup of acidic waste in your body and makes it less susceptible to degenerative diseases including gout, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure as well as heart disease.
The high pH water forces the stomach to generate more hydrochloric acid that produces more bicarbonate to go into the blood-stream. [Over the course of years of ageing, the bicarbonate and the necessary alkalinity in your blood-stream reduces and your body is unable to neutralize acids. The increase in acid level causes cholesterol, uric acid, kidney stones, etc.] So drinking of alkaline ionized water refills the deficit of calcium, prevents bone loss, and also prevents kidney disorders.
- PROVIDES HIGH ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT AND NEUTRALIZES FREE RADICALS
Kangen water is rich in antioxidants. It has the ability to give up the electrons and can effectively neutralize and block free radical damage to your body. Excess quantity of oxygen atoms and healthy minerals in alkaline water helps your body cells to get rid of toxins. A higher antioxidant level in the ionized water implies that it is better for your health. The alkaline ionized water is more beneficial than merely clean/filtered water to save you from abdominal complaints and chronic diarrhea, reduce effects of ageing and demonstrates overall improvement in physical performance. Alkaline mineral water reduces bone resorption. Ionized water protects the body against oxidative damage to protein RNA and DNA.
- HELPS IN BETTER HYDRATION OF YOUR BODY
Drinking water with an alkaline pH of 9.5 is a superior way to hydrate your body. Additionally, Kangen water is made up of smaller molecular clusters than regular water making it up to 6x more absorbable, so cells absorb it more readily and can pack more water inside.
Ionized alkaline water is negatively charged as well as anti-oxidant enriched, so it prevents cellular damage and DNA damage. Presence of natural antioxidants that help to restore the natural alkaline balance in your blood and body fluids.
- HELPS YOU IN MAINTAINING YOUTHFUL SKIN
As your skin ages, it begins to lose elasticity and collagen, both of whose function is to keep your skin firm, hydrated and wrinkle-free. Your skin is often one of the first things affected by toxins and free radicals. (Also read: Beauty And Tissue Health)
Additionally, Kangen water helps to level out the pH balance in your body which allows your skin to better absorb the vital nutrients it needs to stay hydrated.
“If the world has accepted antioxidants to slow down the ageing process, it should readily agree to the uses of ionized alkaline water as an anti-ageing agent. Their roles are closely linked and intertwined such that a lasting anti-ageing program is incomplete without addressing both free radicals and organic acid wastes.”
—Dr Arthur M. Echano, Medical Doctor, Naturopath, Nutritional Medicine Specialist
- EFFECTIVELY COUNTERS ACIDOSIS IN YOUR BODY
Your body tries to maintain its pH-balance to 7.4 (slightly alkaline), yet your diet is all too often overly acidic, so your system has to work harder than usual to maintain that balance.
So drinking Kangen water does wonders for providing you with the buffers we need. One of the health benefits of alkaline antioxidant ionized water, is the alkaline water pH-balancing benefits. Having ready pH-buffers allows your cells to rid themselves of their acidic wastes – this includes FAT.
Without constant pH-buffers, your cells must hold in their acidic wastes. This is very unhealthy for your tissues. Your body will also rob your joints, bones, or muscles to get the pH-buffers it needs. These protective mechanisms keep you from dying in the short-term, but the downside of robbing vital minerals from your joints, tissues, etc. is the development of diseases, such as cancer, osteoporosis, and arthritis to name a few.
- BOOSTS METABOLISM AND FIGHTS FATIGUE
Kangen water (high pH) helps in the metabolism of lipids and proteins and aids in the absorption of nutrients quickly. The electrolytes present in alkaline water help you maintain gut health. (Also read: Why Your Gut Should Worry You)
It is beneficial to balance your body’s pH in order to promote metabolism because high pH level accelerates the digestion of proteins and fats in your bowels.
When you have excess acid in your body, it leads to dehydration, which causes your organs and blood cells to weaken, resulting in fatigue. So benefits of drinking Kangen water can be noticed immediately, such as a reduction in fatigue and a boost of energy because of its high oxygen content. It prevents lethargy, recharges your body and ensures your energy levels last longer.
- BECAUSE OF ITS HEALING QUALITIES
Places like Gangotri (India), Lourdes (France), Vilcabamba(Ecuador) or other locations are famous for their magic water or healing-water – the biggest health benefit of natural spring water is its healing qualities.
Alkaline ionized water resembles Natural Spring water in its chemical and electrical nature and thus actually enables the body to heal itself, keep itself healthy and be free of sickness and disease.
Your body was designed to auto-heal, but with the advent of junk food, pesticides and thousands of other modern inventions – mostly acidic and loaded with free radicals – your body has lost its balance and so lost this ability to heal over time. Ionized water in every glass you drink – specifically targets returning balance to your body and this, in turn, improves your health and healing.
- IT PREVENTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF DIABETES
In Japan, doctors have been treating diabetes with alkaline water for years now. Even just a month of drinking Kangen water could significantly help bring down sugar at an unexpectable level.
Because the pancreas is highly dependent on correct alkaline diet, it produces digestive alkaline enzymes and sodium bicarbonates. The pancreas regulates blood sugar balance which creates energy in the body. Thus to have proper blood sugar balance, you should maintain a proper alkaline-forming diet.
- REDUCED PRODUCTION OF GLYCANS
Simple sugar molecules, like glucose or fructose, become attached to proteins or lipid fats without the moderation of an enzyme through a process known as “Glycation” reaction. This results in the formation of molecules known as glycation end products.
Glycation end-products are associated with health risks such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Alkaline ionized water seems to result in lowered glycation levels and reduced liver damage with less blood sugar control.
- KANGEN WATER HELPS TO MAINTAIN BODY CIRCULATION
One of the best ways to promote blood circulation is by drinking ionized alkaline water. Sodium in alkaline water can help in this function to enhance blood circulation. Supplying oxygen to the body parts including your brain is possible through blood circulation. Indeed, the better circulation in the body, the healthier body you will have. In turn, good blood circulation will promote cell growth as well as healthy skin.
- EXCELLENT SOURCE OF MINERALS
Kangen water contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium. Drinking Kangen water packs all these mineral benefits for you. Contained minerals in the alkaline water balance the fluids level in your body as well as promote bone health.
- IMPROVES PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE DURING EXERCISE
Intense exercise produces more hydrogen ions and harmful lactic acid from the muscles than your body can efficiently remove. Fatigue increases water intake. Alkaline water enhances the body’s buffering capacity, tempers the acid production during exercise and washes away the lactic acid, along with providing better hydration – Thus improving your performance.
- KANGEN WATER PROMOTES COLON HEALTH
Kangen water improves colon hydration and supports the growth of beneficial probiotic microflora. Alkaline water raises the pH balance in the intestines which favors the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria and helps reduce the growth of harmful organisms.
In addition Kangen water hydrates better, so to helps maintain colon hydration, and a hydrated colon is a slippery place when mixes with mucus. Alkaline water flushes out very effectively – all the environmental toxins that cling to the inside of the intestinal walls and the toxins produced by the harmful microorganisms present in the large intestine.
- STRENGTHENS THE BONES AND PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
The presence of calcium in Kangen water strengthens the bones. It helps to promote the building of bone structure and bone density. Indeed, calcium is the major contributor of bones building. It regenerates the bone cells resulting in strong bones.
- KANGEN WATER CURES CONSTIPATION
Along with constipation there may be various symptoms like vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty in bowel movements, sense of incomplete bowel movements etc. One of the simple solutions to this problem is Kangen water.
Drinking alkaline water on a regular basis not just controls constipation, but also prevents diabetes and diarrhea as well. For treatment, you should shoot for 2-3 liters of Kangen water at room temperature.
- KANGEN WATER RELAXES YOUR HEART
Your heart is the circulatory organ of our body. For a healthy body, your heart should be healthy and working normally. There are many ways to protect the heart from any risks of disease. Drinking Kangen water, is one of these.
The presence of potassium in Kangen water helps to relax the muscles around the heart and prevents heart diseases such as stroke and heart attack.
- KANGEN WATER BALANCES YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Kangen water contains ionized sodium and calcium that is great for the heart and treats high blood pressure levels.
In contrast, the deficiency of sodium nutrient can lead to thyroid problems and low blood pressure.
- KANGEN WATER PROMOTES MUSCLE HEALTH
One of the health benefits of drinking Kangen water is that it promotes muscle health. This is due to the presence of calcium and magnesium in it. Alkaline water has also shown positive result in relaxing the muscle and promoting better contraction of muscles.
Moreover, magnesium maintains your muscle health as well as reducing chronic fatigue and muscle pains.
In contrast, the deficiency of these nutrients will lead to health problems like chronic fatigue and low blood pressure.
- PREVENTS URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Bacteria like E. coli which causes urinary tract infections, cannot survive in a higher alkaline medium than usual.
Alkaline water consumptions help to prevent UTI as the bacteria present in the urine are destroyed once the urine becomes a hypertonic solution.
- KANGEN WATER HELPS TO FIGHT CANCER
“Modern medicine treats these malignant cells as if they were bacteria and viruses, it uses chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat cancer. Yet none of these treatments will help very much if the environment of the body continues to remain acidic.”
“Drinking water that has a high alkaline pH, because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer. In Asia, alkaline water is regularly served to patients, and is considered a regular part of treatment.”
—Dr Keiichi Morishita, Director of the Ochanomizu Clinic in Japan and the Head of the International Natural Medicine Association
Cancer thrives in an acidic environment, so the presence of alkaline medium destroys the cancer cells. The alkaline balance of the body is important to prevent the growth of malignant cells. Everything you eat contributes to the acidity levels of your body. Kangen water is useful because it keeps the acid in the body neutralized. For a healthy body, a pH level of 7.3 to 7.4 should be maintained. Drinking alkaline water can help to maintain those levels.
Kangen water is also effective in preventing the growth of cancer cells. Therefore, even the healthiest persons should drink alkaline water as a preventive measure before anything potentially malignant develops.
- KANGEN WATER PROMOTES NERVE HEALTH
The next health benefit of drinking Kangen water is that it promotes Nerve health. This benefit is associated with the presence of magnesium in alkaline water. Thus, if you want to have the healthy nervous system, you should drink alkaline water regularly.
- ALKALINE WATER CAN HELP CURE PSORIASIS
Psoriasis is a skin disease that has no cure. The symptoms of psoriasis include patches on the face, neck, legs and other affected areas. Silver, flaky skin appears on many parts of the body too. It is a chronic disorder that occurs when the immune system reacts against healthy skin. The result is a reddish, inflamed appearance.
Acidic water from the Enagic Kangen machine can be applied eternally to the affected areas to help cure psoriasis. It would also help to switch to drinking alkaline water every day instead of drinking regular water. Alkaline water system effectively neutralizes skin to reduce the aggravation of the immune system that causes psoriasis and various eczemas.
- KANGEN WATER REDUCES BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVEL
Ionized alkaline water helps to reduce blood cholesterol level. It reduces high levels of cholesterol and allow cholesterol absorbing fiber to flow continuously through the body.
Alongwith dietary intake of fibers, Kangen water enhances the reduction of bad cholesterol level in blood.