Kangen means "return to origin" in Japanese. Kangen Water® is alkaline water produced by Enagic's alkaline ionizer and water filtration machines. For more than 40 years, Kangen Water® has been used in Japan to help restore the body to its original, alkaline state. These machines can transform your ordinary tap water into healthy, fresh tasting alkaline drinking water. Kangen Water® is superior to tap and purified water.
Water that is Hydrogen rich has a high concentration of Molecular Hydrogen (H2). Molecular Hydrogen is an efficient antioxidant that diffuses rapidly across cell membranes, reduces free radicals, and suppresses oxidative stress-induced injury in several organs. It also shows anti-inflammatory effects.
Reference: OHTA, Shigeo. Molecular hydrogen as a novel antioxidant: overview of the advantages of hydrogen for medical applications. In: Methods in enzymology. Academic Press, 2015. S. 289-317. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.mie.2014.11.038
Through the process of electrolysis, your tap water becomes Hydrogen rich Kangen Water®.
Oxidation reactions in the body can produce free radicals, which can cause damage to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these reactions, but elevated rates of oxidants and insufficient antioxidants in the body cause oxidative stress and damage or kill cells. Oxidative stress is involved in the development of most lifestyle-related diseases and the aging process.
A constant supply of external sources of antioxidants should be part of one‘s daily diet, to reduce oxidative stress and related damage. This is why everyone should not only care about the quantity of the water we drink, but also about the quality. Both are essential for our wellbeing: optimal hydration of the body is important for optimal cell hydration and cell functioning, and helps avoiding imbalances. This is why water is the foundation to Health, and why Water quality is so important.
As with most things in life, optimal health begins with balance. Our bodies must maintain a pH balance of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. A pH scale is used to determine whether a substance is acidic or alkaline. On this scale 7.0 is neutral. Anything above 7 is considered alkaline and anything below 7 is considered acidic.
Negative ORP (Oxidation-Reduction Potential)
Hydrogen rich water is characterised by exhibiting a negative ORP. A high ORP value (in positive numbers), indicates that a substance has a higher oxidising potential. In generalised terms, for humans a positive or high ORP is better for the outside of the body (cleaning and sanitising).
A low ORP value (in negative numbers) indicates that a substance has a higher antioxidising potential, and is preferred for oral consumption.
Just like pH, ORP values are an important measurement for determining the quality of water.