Kangen Water--Return to Origin

“The basis for vitality and long life is water.”

              --Mr. Hironari Ohshiro, CEO of Enagic

I have been studying and working in the holistic health field for over 10 years now.  When it comes to medicine, I always believed in this health pyramid:

  1. Healthy diet and exercise: Without a strong base of a clean, organic, whole foods-based diet and regular exercise, nothing else you do will be as effective as it should be.
  2. Vitamins and herbs: When physical, mental or emotional issues creep in, turn here next for amazing support.
  3. Traditional practitioners: (What some may call “alternative” practitioners.) This may include chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. 
  4. Western medicine: (What some may mistakenly call “traditional” medicine.) This would include pharmaceutical treatment and possible surgery.

I have always believed that if you don’t have a base of a healthy diet and lifestyle, anything you add on top of that will only have limited healing effects.

It was more recently that I turned my focus to water.  

I now believe that proper hydration with quality water is the number 1 most important thing we can do for our health.  Nothing else you do for your health will be as effective if you are not properly hydrated.   

Eating processed foods, consuming alcohol and caffeine, getting poor quality sleep, and living in a constant state of stress, are ways our bodies end up dehydrated and full of oxidative stress, or free-radicals. 

So how much water do you need to drink?

The question isn’t simply how much water; it’s also what type of water?

Our bodies are comprised of up to 70% water.  To maintain this balance, the minimum amount of water you should consume daily is ½ oz. per pound of body weight.  So if you weigh 150lbs, you should drink at least 75 oz. of water each day.  That number grows for each cup of caffeine you enjoy, each plate of fried food, each glass of alcohol….  You get the point.

Now, what do I mean by type of water?

Well, don’t listen to your water authority; there is plenty of science out there to show you that your tap water shouldn’t be consumed.  (Let alone used to cook with, wash your veggies, brew your tea, or bathe in for that matter…..  More on that another time.)  **Click here to check the water quality in your area. 

Should you have water shipped in from a local company?  Maybe you have a company that bottles spring water.  That sounds like a good option.  Until you realize that natural spring water can only hold its natural electric charge for a short time and by the time it reaches your doorstep its essentially inactive water.  Plus, it’s likely the water has sat in plastic jugs for weeks to months before being delivered. 

Do you by plastic bottled water?  Only the good ones though, like reverse osmosis or alkaline water, right?  Sorry again, but these choices are actually quite bad for you.  I used to think RO water was the best you could get; we even had a system in our house.  I drank it for years until I finally learned that I was drinking “dead” water that had been stripped of all minerals, causing my own body to leach minerals out of my bones to compensate.  Yikes! 

As for all the alkaline waters out there, they aren’t true alkaline (they are made alkaline by adding ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate) and can cause health issues if consumed regularly. 

Oh, and for the love of God, humans need to stop creating so much plastic!  Aside from the science proving that plastics leach into the water, leaving you willingly drinking endocrine-disrupting (read potentially cancer-causing) water, the plastic pollution in our oceans and landfills needs to end!

Okay, so what do I drink??

I know it’s overwhelming….  But there is a healthy answer. 

I came across Kangen water a year ago.  Enagic is a Japanese company that has created a medical water device.  It hooks up to your tap, filters your water, and creates 5 different waters at the touch of a button.  In Japanese, Kangen means “return to origin” and the term refers to the 3 drinking waters of 8.5, 9, and 9.5 pH.  The other waters are 7.0 pH neutral water, 6.0 pH Beauty water, and 2.5 pH strong acidic water.  The Kangen machine creates ionized and alkalized water through electricity and platinum plates, not by adding ingredients, and this creates water that is actually alive.  Like true naturally alkalized water, Kangen water will hold its charge for up to 48 hours before returning to a neutral pH.

Enagic has effectively re-created the “miracle waters” found naturally in different parts of the world, such as Lourdes, France and Tlocate, Mexico.  The water found in these areas is naturally hydrogen-rich; this means that not only is the water easier to absorb, it’s also rich in anti-oxidants, which are naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. 

Enagic named its water “Kangen” water to signify bringing your body back to its original healthy state; when we hydrate properly, we are giving our bodies the chance to heal instead of being stuck in a state of stress.

Speaking as someone with chronic fatigue due to an autoimmune condition, I can tell you that after drinking this water for close to a year, my resilience is stronger when confronted with both physical and especially with emotional stress.  After doing plenty of research into this company and its products, experiencing my own health changes, and learning of others testimonials, I feel very confident in recommending it to you. 

If you would like to learn more, I’d be happy to chat!  Contact me here to learn more!