Kangen water machines are all the rage right now. At least, it is for those who can afford it. It’s touted as the “best drinking water” by several celebrities and athletes, and of course, it’ll cost you a hefty portion of your rent.
Here’s Are The Red Flags
Most people’s tap water is already alkaline and has a high ph, the average home’s tap water is 7.5 (some even 8.5). You don’t need to make the water from your tap more alkaline, you need to remove the impurities and contaminants so that it’s safe to drink. Here’s the major problem, Kangen water machines do NOT remove impurities from your water such as fluoride, chlorine, etc… You’ll still be drinking this!
Alkaline & Purified are NOT the same
All Kangen water filtration machines really do is make the water more alkaline, that’s it.
The only machines which do both (purifies and keeps the water alkaline) are 3 stage filtration systems any other machine cannot do this (at least sufficiently).
Are Kangen water machines all hype?
The reason why Kangen water ionizer has been attracting so much attention is that it’s essentially alkalized water and there’s this notion out there that when you drink alkaline water it is better than regular drinking water.
When you read about Kangen water machines or speak with Kangen salespeople, you’ll see and hear A LOT about the damage that free radicals do to your body on a cellular level and how antioxidants can combat that damage.
Powerful antioxidant machine
Apparently, the Kangen water ionizer isn’t just alkalized but also a “powerful antioxidant machine” that heightens the antioxidant production potential via electrolysis surface area plates and improves water ionization. It also has a water pressure regulating function, an industry-leading cleaning system & four solid electrode plates. At least, that’s the claim, among other things.
So, does Kangen water live up to the hype and where exactly do these antioxidants come from?
Keep reading to find out.
What Does a Kangen Water Machine Do?
Kangen water ionization machines are designed and produced by a company called Enagic. The word Kangen actually means “return to origin” in Japanese, and the company claims that the alkaline water these machines produce can help restore the body to its original, alkaline state.
Alkalize the body
Proponents of Kangen water claim that not only does this water alkalize the body, but it can prevent disease, detoxify us, and slow down the aging process.
Changes the pH balance of your tap water
The Kangen water machine works by utilizing plates & a water pressure regulating function changing the pH balance of your drinking water by essentially running your water across metal plates (electrolysis surface area) to create purified water& ionized water. The process is called electrolysis which technically ionizes and therefore alkalizes the acidic water.
The Kangen water devices are also said to purify your acidic water by simply using solid electrode plates thus increasing antioxidant production potential. As for the antioxidants, the claim here is that Kangen water contains a large quantity of negatively charged ions that act as antioxidants.
The Kangen water machine can also purposely produce slightly acidic water.
The Truth About Kangen Water Machines Claims
Here’s the thing about Kangen alkaline water machine claims: The above would be true IF:
- All free radicals had a positive charge and all antioxidants had a negative charge
- The pH level of your body was governed by external forces and not your kidneys and lungs
Our bodies require a pH level between 7.3 and 7.4 to survive. Once again, it’s our lungs and kidneys that take care of maintaining this pH level in our blood through their detoxification processes.
Understanding How Alkalinization Really Works
The rationale behind the claims of drinking alkaline water and even eating an alkaline diet is contingent on the fact that these alkaline substances lighten the load for the kidneys, in particular, to help us detox more efficiently.
However, the foods we eat and the water we drink have no “say” in what our blood’s pH level will be. The only effects water and food have on the body is referred to as the potential renal acid load (PRAL). The PRAL determines the number of acids and alkalis produced from what we eat and drink, but only to help the kidneys determine what gets eliminated and what gets synthesized.
Antioxidants Claims Are A Bit Misleading
The Kangen water antioxidant claim is also quite a stretch. While there are a few antioxidants that are negatively charged, the overwhelming majority of them are neutral. Additionally, positively charged free radicals are not biologically common. Therefore, negative ions don’t do what you think they do.
Essentially, any positive health benefits you hear about negative ions have more to do with neutralizing air pollution and provoking a positive biochemical reaction by increasing serotonin levels. Drinking them won’t offer you any “antioxidant effects.”
So, while alkalized water produced by water ionizers like the Kangen water systems may help neutralize stomach acid, it won’t do much for the rest of your body because water’s job is simply to hydrate and help us flush out toxins. It’s also a nice neutral 7.0 on the pH scale, which makes sense considering the amount we’re supposed to drink each day.
No Real Evidence To Back-Up Claims
There’s also no real medical evidence, i.e., empirical and controlled studies that can back up the Kangen water claims made by Enagic. The FDA has even rejected certain health claims made by alkaline water companies.
Why You Should Choose MicroMax 7000 Instead
Aside from the fact that there are tons of reasons why alkaline water is a waste of your time and money, it should also pique your curiosity that Enagic’s product page doesn’t actually tell you anything useful about its Kangen water ionizers.
Except for that it uses titanium plates and speaks five languages.
When a water company outright claims that its machines are beneficial to your health and can purify your water, but doesn’t list the how or why that’s a red flag.
Using A Scientficlay Back Filtration Process
When you invest in a filtration system, like the MicroMax 7000 by Puronics, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be getting the purest and freshest water possible.
This is because it uses a special semi-permeable membrane to filter out all the nasty contaminants on a micron level, turning your faucet water into the purest water possible. That includes fluoride and other toxic chemical byproducts that Kangen water machines don’t filter out.
Removes 99% of Toxins & Add Good Minerals
In addition to offering the best means of water filtration, the MicroMax 7000, in particular, has an extra stage that remineralizes your water to bring it back to its most natural form—minus all the toxic contaminants found in regular faucet water.
That’s what we call a return to origin.
The Goodfor Company Approved!
Here at the GoodFor Company, we believe in products that are backed by science, thoroughly tested, and are good for your health as well as the planet. We also believe in full transparency. That means you get all the details on any products we endorse including what they’re made of, how they function, and much more.
So forget the miss-marketed Kangen water machine and check out the Puronics’ water filtration products we offer and stand by!