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FAQDoes alkaline water neutralise the acid in my stomach?

Will I get an immediate effect from drinking Kangen Water?

What is a water molecule cluster?

How do water molecule clusters bond?

What are Free Radicals?

Why are Free Radicals so damaging to our health?

Free Radicals and DNA

What are the underlying effects of Free Radicals on Proteins and DNA?

How do we stop these dangerous substances in their tracks?

How does my ionizer connect to the water supply?

What is the difference between ionized, ionised and ionic water?

Does alkaline water neutralise the acid in my stomach?

There is not usually a large amount of acid just sitting in your stomach waiting for you to eat or drink as it is produced pretty much “on demand” by the stomach lining. This acid production preceded by the sight of food, the taste/smell and action of eating which stimulates the brain into producing both acidic saliva and stomach juices.

When ingesting alkaline water, which has little stimulatory effect on the stomach as there is no discernible smell or taste. Once alkaline water reaches the stomach, the cells in lining of the stomach will produce hydrochloric acid (HCl) to aid in digestion as needed. If ingested with food, the stomach is likely to become acidic for the time that the food remains in that part of the gastric tract.

Alkaline water is about 2 points above neutral at a pH of just over 9; the stomach, at rest, has a pH of about 5 (varying from person to person) so the ingestion of alkaline water will indeed neutralize the stomach somewhat – especially as the dilution rate is high 5:1 ratio of water to stomach juices should you drink a typical 12 ounce glass. This means the stomach juices are probably made alkaline for a short time. This is enough for your body to absorb the water in an ionized form, with the smaller molecular clusters inherent to ionized/alkaline water.

When eating food however your stomach pH changes dramatically. The precursor to ingestion of food such as smell, taste, visual signals and the emotional response that our brain has when we are about to eat causes a rush of Hydrochloric Acid which lowers the stomach pH to under 4. This is necessary to digest food and will be even more acidic if complex proteins are in the food. These take significant biochemical effort to digest so the pH must remain at this level in order to achieve that. However, beyond the stomach, the digestive system is a mixture of acid/alkaline depending on where you look, with the acidic substances being neutralized more and more as free radicals (toxins) are bound up in the digestive tract to be excreted.

This suggests that the intake of alkaline water (known to be a toxin remover by binding with free radicals) must remain at this level

is more effective when drunk before or a little after eating. The stomach needs a chance to deal with the food you have given it so diluting digestive juices with alkaline water while eating is not the best way to benefit. Drinking the alkaline water in between meals is where the real benefits lie as the stomach will become alkaline for a short while allowing toxins left behind from your meal to be eliminated more efficiently and for the ionized water to get into your vascular system without being neutralized by stomach acids. The same effect happens in the blood in terms of toxic waste removal. The ionized water has free ions which can bind with acidic toxins and help the body remove them efficiently. The same theory of drinking water with electrolytes in it applies here – a known and recognized biochemical process promotes rapid absorption of ionized liquids into the system and rapid removal of waste products (such as are produced during exercise) from the blood, which is why athletes use them often.

Will I get an immediate effect from drinking Kangen Water?

You are not buying a machine that will instantly make your body function effectively. There is a time period involved in healing through the use of Kangen Water, depending on how much physical abuse and toxicity you have exposed your body to over the years. This includes the food you eat or have eaten, the environment you are in (e.g. exposed to traffic fumes, industrial or other airborne pollutants etc.) the genetic makeup of your body and so many other aspects that your good health depends on. Ionised water helps to combat the effects of all these chemicals which your body cannot possibly deal with by itself. The binding onto free radicals is a major feature of ionised water that in itself would be ample reason to drink it.

What is a water molecule cluster?

Ionised water has a shape (usually purported to be hexagonal) that is somehow beneficial. This is not the case as clustered water molecules change shape millions of times per second. What does change is the size of the clusters which is reduced from about 100 molecules to about 25 on average. This is akin to making smaller clusters which can dissolve substances and transfer through osmosis much faster than regular water. The evidence here again is clearly visible with a superfast camera attached to an electron microscope. The shape of the clusters is amorphous  and in constant flux (changes all the time) so they are pretty much a highly agitated “blob” in a roughly roundish shape. It looks like a bag of jumping beans which are loosely bonded together. The overall appearance is that of many of these “bags of jumping beans” together forming the resulting liquid. The bonding is related to the viscosity of the substance; ionised water has a lower viscosity hence the reduced surface tension it has.  This reduction in surface tension allows more easily permeability when hydrating the body.

How do water molecule clusters bond?

Water molecule clusters are held together by loose ionic bonding; the more ionic activity there is, the smaller the clusters become as more and more ions exchange between bags of beans (clusters) to the point where they cannot maintain so many ionic bonds (new ions introduced by electrolysis break these bonds down). The resulting smaller clusters permeate and dissolve more effectively as they are more active in looking for a “mate” of the opposite ionic state to bond with again.

What are Free Radicals?

Free Radicals are substances with strong positive ionic make-up. We know these generally as acids. They create free radicals which in simple terms (quoted from Wikipedia) “free radicals) are atoms, molecules, or ions with unpaired electrons or an open shell configuration”. This is a little closer to rocket science unless you already understand the science, read up on it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_radicals#In_biology. There is no real need to add much more than you can read there, or for me to paraphrase what is very accurate scientific information compiled after over 500 revisions by numerous respected authors (you can see the edit history in Wikipedia).

Why are Free Radicals so damaging to our health?

What is very evident from studies is the damage that free radicals cause in our body. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9562038 is another reference to the damage caused by free radicals and the oxidation process. This is published by the US National Library of Medicine, which is run by the US National Institute of Health. Scientific information does not come much more highly regarded than that anywhere in the world. All contributed by a combination of researchers from universities across the world, Nobel prize winners and some of the world’s most eminent scientists.

These hugely damaging free radicals are thought to interfere with DNA and cause cancerous mutation. They cause imbalances in EVERY cell tissue in the body. The bad news is that in a modern world full of food colourings and preservatives, flavour enhancers and additives, high sugar content, generally acidic foods, pesticides and other environmental pollutants like car exhausts,; our bodies face a deluge of toxins which all create free radicals in the human body. There are a huge number of different types of free radical but they all have something special in common; the empty space that needs to be ‘ionically satisfied’ to neutralise them. Pretty much if you alkalise the environment, you can bond with the free radicals in it and render them safe. There is no doubt here that this does not render them completely harmless as some people wrongly suggest in their ioniser information. It merely stops them from combining and altering body tissues as they actively seek ionic bonds. It is a little akin to letting a long and powerful vacuum cleaner hose loose around your house. It would have the capacity to “bond” with anything in its path, including your prized possessions as it hooks up to objects and either breaks them or damages them. The free radicals do a similar thing. They suck up the useful chemicals in your system like a vacuum. When they cannot find any more they start to bond with cell walls or other parts of your tissue causing damage.

Free Radicals and DNA

In particular, DNA which itself is actually acidic but requires alkaline proteins to replicate properly. The damage to these protein caused by free radicals is known to cause cell damage. The actual combination of free radicals depends on the chemicals floating around your system; if you drink a lot you will have certain acids in your bloodstream as a result. If you drink coffee, there are others to deal with. The enormous amount of different chemicals we synthesise in modern society results in an equally enormous number of compounds of free radicals – many of which we do not even know about as they are created by the breakdown of toxins by our body’s biochemistry.

What are the underlying effects of Free Radicals on Proteins and DNA?

So back to our snake oil accusations. How else can you remove these free radicals, known by mainstream science to be very harmful and disease causing, from your system? You are supposed to be 80% alkaline, 20% acidic in your body according to generally accepted medical practice. We are nearly all way off this mark and full of damaging acidic free radicals which are literally eating your body alive. Although they are not living themselves, free radicals are attracted by the laws of physics to the molecules that make up your healthy body. When they find them, they alter them in a harmful way.

Removing them means increasing the amount of pH (potential hydrogen) or, by adding ions. Electrolysed water by its very nature is highly ionised. This ionisation is acidic at one electrode and alkaline at the opposite electrode. This is how ionising machines produce either acidic or alkaline water. Increasing the current increases the amount of ionic flow leaving the water chamber divided. The energy from the electricity applied drives free electrons (simple physics) and leaves the water highly charged.  The ionised water can then be bathed in, ingested, used to make food with and as a bonus works as a bactericide too.

How do we stop these dangerous substances in their tracks?

So what do we do about these free radicals? Bond, bond, bond and bond some more is the answer. The physical properties of free radicals as explained means there is a vacuum waiting to be filled with ions. We measure these ions in terms of pH. Potential Hydrogen. The whole point of ionising water for ingestion (and bathing) is to get this potential Hydrogen up. To get it way up in fact. This means in general terms alkalising the body, but this is not such an easy process. As discussed on our other information pages, eating alkaline foods is a very good lifestyle and health choice because they reduce the number of free radicals in the body as they do not produce them when digested.  All the other junk we eat and drink like coffee, alcohol, fast and pre-prepared foods are full of acidic content and therefore increase the number of free radicals in the body.

How does my ionizer connect to the water supply?

The best water to use for an ionizer is plain tap water Most ionizers attach directly to your tap and to use it you only have to turn on the water at the Ionizer machine.. If you are concerned about what is in your tap water then have it tested or check for local information online about water quality in your area. Distilled or filtered water using R.O. (reverse osmosis) removes all minerals from the water and therefore cannot be ionized. You can however also use a re-mineralizer that can be attached to your ionizer into the output line. Re-mineralizers can be purchased at stores that carry water softening products and some hardware stores but you have to make sure any product you use is specifically designed for the re-mineralization of drinking water. You should also check if they contain organic minerals or not. If you properly filter your water prior to using the ionizer ensuring that the correct amount of minerals remain, your alkalized, ionized water will come out just the way you want it to and you will be able to enjoy using the healthiest water available.

What is the difference between ionic water, ionized water and ionised water?

Other than spelling ionising is UK spelling and / ionizing  is US spelling - Ionizing with a 'Zed' (or 'Zee if you are american) is used in both countries. The other version "ionic" has no reference to water at all in reality and is being a historical era of Ancient Greece and unrelated to our precious H2O. The phrase ionic water is however in quite common use and used to refer to ionised / ionised water. Confused? Well just choose the way you like to spell it and if its ionic, ionized or ionised, so be it. We just want you to be able to benefit from its great properties whatever you call it!

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