Water is not simply healthy for your body, it is absolutely essential! Every major system in your body depends on water to function. This is not surprising, given that approximately two thirds of your body is water.
Since the amount of water needed varies from person to person, it is important to understand how water works in your body. Learning to listen to your body and understanding what water can do for you will ensure that your body receives what it needs to be healthy.
Water plays a critical role in regulating the body temperature & carrying nutrients throughout your body. It needs to be continuously replaced since - on average, one glass of water is lost on a daily basis through breathing alone! You will lose another eight glasses of water through sweat, urine, & other normal functions. Drinking the right amount of water will prevent your body from unnecessary dehydration. Even minor dehydration can lead to difficult health problems (Anon., Enagic EU, https://enagiceu.com/page/importance-of-water?lang=en).
Kangen water® machines are in-home water ionisers, connected to your tap & produce electronically reduced, Hydrogen Rich drinking water, called Kangen water® . Kangen machines produce 5 types of alkalised ionised water. Through the process of electrolysis, the Kangen machine transforms low vitality, oxidising, tap water into high vitality, alkaline, living water.
Kangen water®, produced through the process of electrolysis becomes Hydrogen Rich (do you see the many bubbles in the picture?) which means that it has a High concentration of Molecular Hydrogen (H2). Molecular Hydrogen acts as an efficient Antioxidant that diffuses rapidly across cell membranes & can reduce free radicals, suppressing oxidative stress.
The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair.
The damage to cells caused by free radicals, especially the damage to DNA, may play a role in the development of cancer & other health conditions. This causes damage to our cells, proteins & DNA. Our body’s also naturally produce antioxidants naturally. However, in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants due to our current environment. The Abundance Antioxidants in Kangen Water benefit the body by neutralising & removing the free radicals from the bloodstream.
You might be thinking "why would I buy a machine when I can just run to the shop down the road & get a bottle of alkaline water?"
Alkaline water is chemically changed water, to increase alkalinity there is added calcium/magnesium etc. There is very little to no proven benefits of Alkaline water.
Alkalised Water however, has gone through an ELECTRICAL change, through the process of electrolysis. This process is called DISASSOCIATION of water. This produces alkaline ionised water from the natural chemistry of water, without having to add additional chemicals or synthetic compounds.
Hydrogen rich water is characterised by exhibiting a negative ORP. A high positive ORP value indicates that a substance has a higher oxidising potential. This means that for humans a positive or high ORP is better for the outside of the body such as cleaning & sanitising.
A negative ORP value indicates that a substance has a higher anti-oxidising potential which is preferred for oral consumption.
Just like pH, ORP values are an important measurement for determining the quality of water (Enagic EU 2020, The properties of Kangen Water, viewed 14 May 2020, <https://enagiceu.com/page/what-is-kangen-water?lang=en>).
This is what your blood looks like under a microscope & the effects of Kangen water®!
This is what your blood looks like before & after drinking the Kangen water®
Dr. Michael explains the science behind how Enagic®'s Kangen water® is the best alkaline ionised water
MOST OF US understand that hydration is crucial for our health. This has been proven through dozens of independent studies, showing at even mild levels of dehydration our physical and emotional abilities can be significantly affected. In fact, the functionality of our body & our cognitive ability & our mood are hindered to an alarming degree if our body’s total water content drops by as little as 1%.
THE AVERAGE Person in the UK only drinks 1.7 litres per day which is well below the 2.5 (for males) & 2.0 (for females) that is recommended by most leading health organisations.
One of biggest reasons behind this under consumption is that the human body can become dehydrated more quickly than most people think. It takes only a 2% loss of total water content for your body to start feeling thirsty. Once you’re at this point your body isn’t already in a state of dehydration, increasing the likelihood of experiencing a variety of symptoms that have been scientifically linked to how hydrated you are, such as
Symptoms related to dehydration are broad & can vary significantly based on what stage you are in your life. All these issues are easily solved by doing one simple thing, drinking more water.
Even when we leave education, find careers & start families, the majority of adults do not hydrate themselves to recommended levels. Data across Australia, USA, France & Germany shows that this is the case.
Keeping a high body water content can help you better regulate your body temperature & keep yourself cool so that you don’t overheat. Dehydration in hot temperatures can cause heat exhaustion which may result in headaches, nausea & heatstroke. Possibly the most surprising study on how dehydration can negatively affect adults is the research carried out in the UK by Loughborough University. The results proved that if you’re only mildly dehydrated you are as prone to errors while driving as if you’d drunk low levels of alcohol! The study showed that dehydration can have a negative impact on your mental ability, similar to that seen when drinking alcohol. In fact you're 114% more likely to make an error if you're dehydrated.
As we become older it seems that hydration is still a significant challenge. It is not a surprise this is the case when you consider the following statement from the British Nutrition Foundation “Older people are vulnerable to dehydration due to physiological changes in the ageing process”. Unfortunately, there are a broad range of reasons why we are at a higher risk of dehydration as we get older:
In many cases dehydration can cause a reduction in cognitive ability, acute confusion & various other health problems. The biggest concern however, is that in some cases the side effects are far more serious. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging in 2015 actually proved that a senior patient’s mortality rate increased depending on their level of dehydration.
For those that are that are elderly it is crucial for those around them, family, friends & carers to lend a hand and act when they recognise that an older person is not as hydrated as they should be. A recent systematic review carried out in the UK during 2013 set out some simple strategies to help encourage those in care to stay hydrated. These included:
At this later stage in our lives hydration can actually become a matter of life & death. Yet, as with all stages of our life, dehydration is still rife amongst the elderly. This problem seems senseless when there are so many ways that we can encourage those at an older age to drink more often (Anon. Waterlogic, https://www.waterlogic.com/en-gb/resources/human-hydration-are-we-drinking-enough/ ).
Tap water is a healthier option than soft drinks. But according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America's tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated & can legally exist in any amount.
At the current levels of contamination, the public is starting to question the quality of tap water & wonders if it is safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it is no wonder that the demand for Kangen Water® is constantly increasing (Anon., EWS, https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/).
Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water & yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. Often the only difference is the added minerals which have no proven health benefits.
A four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that 1/3 of the bottled water tested contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Bottled water can also be slightly acidic, which may affect your body's pH balance. Finally, the environmental impact caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles is harmful to our ecosystem (A. POSTMAN, NRDC, 2016, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/truth-about-tap)
Did you know 8,000,000 tons of plastic is dumped in the ocean every year?
Equivalent to 5 grocery bags per every foot of coastline around the globe!
Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water & is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, & chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body's system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, about 3,8-7,6L of water are wasted for every 3,8L of purified water produced.
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