The Healing, Hydrating Benefits of Ionized Alkaline Water
By Phyllis Humber
You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink. This is why water is so important to your health. Water is essential to maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and balance in your cells.
Water is the basis of all life. More than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water. Only 2 percent of the earth’s water is fresh water that you can drink; the other 98 percent is salt water.
Water makes up 82 percent of your blood, 75 percent of your muscle, and 25 percent of your bone. Your brain, the control center of your entire body, is 76 percent water. When your brain works right you work right. When your brain has trouble you have trouble. It is important for your brain to be healthy so that you can participate in life.
Two things are implicated in neurodegenerative disease—inflammation and free radicals. Both have modifiable factors. In other words, we can make healthy lifestyle choices that prevent or possibly reduce their effects.
If having a healthy body and mind is your goal, then you must act to protect yourself against free radicals and the damage they cause. In recent years, dramatic increases of free radicals in our air, food, and water have put tremendous strain on the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Our first line of defense against free radicals is a generous supply of antioxidants, also known as free-radical scavengers.
Free radicals are dangerous because they roam through your body attempting to replace their missing electrons by stealing electrons from your vital cells, thus causing damage that usually disables their ability to reproduce as healthy normal cells. These unstable molecules circulate through the body, causing great damage by bonding to and injuring tissues. In addition to destroying tissue, they magnify the probability that injured cells will become susceptible to a great many infections and diseases or mutate into cancer.
Antioxidants work by supplying the needed electron to the unpaired molecule, thereby making it stable. Your body makes antioxidants that scavenge these free radicals, but often there are more than our natural defenses can manage. The good news is that you can fortify yourself with more antioxidants by consuming foods that are high in antioxidants and supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.
The best antioxidant is the one that is the most bioavailable with the greatest electron-donating capacity. Ionized alkaline water offers you the easiest available antioxidant in the form of pure drinking water; this water has a reduced molecule cluster size. Water requires less digestion than foods or supplements. The reduced molecule cluster size of alkaline water alters the surface tension, thus causing greater cellular permeability. This means that waterborne alkaline minerals are 30 percent more readily absorbed than food-based minerals.
In addition to neutralizing free radicals, it tastes great. The improvement in the taste of mineral-rich water caused by electrolysis is attributed to the change in concentration of ions in the water. Because alkaline electrolyzed water improves the taste of water, it has the potential to significantly affect the health of people who choose ionized alkaline water over unhealthy alternatives such as sodas, energy drinks, and the plethora of other bottled and canned beverages that are not only acidic but are also dehydrating.
Dehydration is implicated in many disease conditions. Dr. Batmanjhelidj, author of the book You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty, writes, “It is unintentional chronic dehydration that causes pain and disease, including cancer in the body.” He also says that heartburn/acid reflux, arthritis, angina, back pain, migraines, colitis, asthma, high blood pressure, and adult onset diabetes can be prevented by staying properly hydrated.
A healthy heart requires hydration. A person who drinks less than two glasses of water per day is considered chronically dehydrated and his or her risk for heart attack doubles as compared to those who drink five eight-ounce glasses of water per day. According to a recent study, those who are chronically dehydrated may have a heart that enlarges to twice the normal size and that beats twice as fast as a healthy heart. Also, their blood can become very thick; the more viscous the blood, the more difficult it becomes for normal circulation, therefore taxing the entire circulatory system.
Most people believe water is just water. All water is not the same. It has been reported that water from many municipal water systems around the world is full of cancer-causing chemicals, toxins, and other contaminants. Recent reports have exposed 42 states as having contaminated water with more than 130,000 unregulated chemicals.
So where do you find clean healthy water? One solution is a time-tested technology that has been used in Japan for more than 38 years with positive results. Enagic’s Kangen electrolytic water device filters out contaminants and harmful chemicals such as chlorine from your tap with an antibacterial charcoal system. Next it separates the water molecules through electrolysis into two types of water. The first is water with an abundance of extra H+ ions, which is acidic water and which is useful for outside the body and as a sanitizer around the home or business. The second type of water has an abundance of extra OH-hydroxyl ions; this is alkaline water and is for drinking, cooking, and making beverages.
It is the negative hydroxyl ion (OH) that is the powerful antioxidant. Glacier waters still contain an abundance of extra negative ions and alkaline water is very similar to glacier water or original water. In Japanese, Kangen means “return to origin,” and the ionized alkaline water produced by this water device is called “Kangen water.”
When tap water is restructured by this device into Kangen water through electrolysis, the effect is to supply an abundant amount of electrons, resulting in smaller water molecule clusters. These clusters are shaped hexagonally; microclustered hexagonal water efficiently hydrates your 75 trillion cells through faster absorption. Kangen alkaline water contains active hydrogen and a high negative ORP (oxidation reduction potential) so it neutralizes free radicals while deeply hydrating your cells.
Kangen water is clean, refreshing, and tastes great. It enhances the taste of food and beverages. If you consume it regularly you will experience improved energy and reduced pain and fatigue. Pain and fatigue are signs that your body is overly acidic. When your body dumps acidic and metabolic waste into your intestinal fluids, you must be able to eliminate the buildup.
The key is to consume Kangen water daily to receive the benefits. It is recommended that your daily intake of drinking water should be one-half ounce per pound of body weight. For a 150-pound woman that means 75 ounces of water and for a 200-pound man it would mean 100 ounces of water daily.
We are enjoying the healthy hydrating benefits of drinking Kangen water. Many members in our community have also discovered this amazing water and are benefiting from it. We would like to invite you to come in and sample for yourself this great-tasting ionized alkaline water. We have a 30-day free trial for all Lotus Guide readers, so come on in and get started on the water. We are open 9:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday and 11am-3:30pm Saturday.
Epic Water Source, 230 Walnut St., Chico, 530-895-1477, www.epicwatersource.com.