Alkaline Water - What Is It?

Alkaline water - a term you have heard a lot about lately. What is it? Alkaline ionized water is water that has a pH greater than 7, and has negatively charged ions in it. We'll explain more as we go along. For the sake of simplicity, the terms alkaline water, alkaline ionized water, and alkaline drinking water are all referring to the same thing and we will use these terms interchangeably.

This site is dedicated to bringing you natural immune health solutions, and we've elaborated at length on the beneficial effects of glutathione.

We've also found that alkaline water mirrors glutathione in its positive effects, so we recommend you keep your glutathione levels high and drink Kangen alkaline water for optimal health. It's what we do every day, and we will continue doing this for the rest of our lives.

Let's find out why you may want to consider following our example.

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Alkaline Water- Why Do We Need It?

Water is the very essence of life. Researchers know that when we are born, we are about 90% water, as an adult we are 70% water, and before we pass on, we are less than 50% water. One reason we age is because we lack sufficient amounts of healthy hydrating water. That's something to think about! Do you think paying attention to the type of water you drink can make a difference? Absolutely! Let's see how.

Why Drink Alkaline Water?

Very simply, you drink alkaline ionized water to:

  • Reverse Aging
  • Detoxify
  • Purify
  • Energize
  • Vitalize

Let's elaborate on this a little further.

As mentioned earlier, first and foremost, we are mostly water. The chemical reactions that support life in all plants and animals take place in water. It is said that the chemistry of life is the chemistry of water.

New research on the need for maintaining the bodies' acid/alkaline balance is becoming very popular now in the Western World. In Japan, and throughout Asia, there is a large body of scientific evidence from the last 25 years as to the importance of body pH to good health and well being, and the challenges our bodies face in keeping it in balance. Significant discoveries are being made today in the USA by independent researchers demonstrating the value alkaline drinking water has in obtaining and sustaining proper health.

When we think of pure water, we think of bottled water, filtered water, or even reverse osmosis water. We believe that only the removal of bacteria, chlorine, viruses etc. is important. What most of us have been missing in this equation is several equally important elements of water than can drastically affect our health: alkalinity, abundance of oxygen, hydration ability, free radical scavenging hydroxyl ions and a negative millivoltage (negative ions). Whoa, that's some pretty technical stuff. What does it all mean? Let's take it step by step.

What is Alkaline Ionized Water?

When the water has been ionized, it contains a negative charge called ORP which we will explain in this article. It is oxygen rich, alkaline, and contains millions of natural antioxidant bubbles called hydroxyl ions.

Ionized water has two antioxidant qualities, its negative charge and the presence of hydroxyl ions, which are free radical scavengers. What does that mean for you? You learned about the importance of antioxidants and oxidative stress on another page. And you've already learned that glutathione is your body's master antioxidant. Now you can boost your antioxidant power even further with the regular use of alkaline ionized water right in your home with a home alkaline water machine.

The importance of alkalinization and antioxidation that alkaline water provides for you cannot be overstated.

Because of these unique properties, alkaline water is also a potent detoxifier , which is why if you are very toxic, you must start drinking alkaline ionized water very slowly so you do not detoxify too quickly. Since you will be drinking this water constantly, you do not need to detoxify as in a short term cleanse, and you can take your time for your body to acclimate.

Alkaline ionized water is sometimes also called reduced water, restructured water, or microclustered water, because of it's smaller molecular grouping, which allows it to more effectively hydrate and cleanse at a cellular level.

As the alkaline ionized water hydrates body tissue, it is eliminated through normal bodily functions, mainly through urine, feces, and sweat.

Alkaline Water - What is ORP?

ORP stands for Oxidation Reduction Potential. Water either has a "positive" or "negative" ORP, measured in millivolts (mV.) Everything you ingest has the potential to either oxidize you (aging you) or "anti-age" you. Metal turning to rust or a sliced apple turning brown are all examples of oxidation or aging. You learned about this on our oxidative stress page.

You also learned that glutathione is your body's most powerful antioxidant. Now you have another tool to add to your arsenal in the form of alkaline water. It is the negative ORP that is beneficial to your body in that it reduces oxidative stress (aging), hence the term "antioxidant." Alkaline drinking water has a negative ORP which is a very good and healthy condition for you and your health.

What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Alkaline Water?

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A high quality alkaline ionized water machine produces antioxidant, high pH alkaline water to detoxify your entire body and wash acidic waste from your tissue and cells. "Pure" water, such as reverse osmosis, bottled, and distilled waters are acidic, adding to our acid overload and disease potential. They should be completely avoided.

You've already learned how glutathione is your most potent detoxifier next to water, and now you know the whole truth- keeping your glutathione levels high along with taking in regular amounts of alkaline ionized water is the double knockout punch for eliminating any and all toxins in your system, and keeping them out - for good!

Why Alkaline Water Is The Best Drinking Water

The alkaline water machines provide the best drinking water because it is alkaline ionized water. Not only is it a great home water filter system, but it provides all of the benefits above. The machine hooks up easily in minutes (no plumber needed) to your kitchen, bath, or laundry room faucet. A little bigger than a toaster, the alkaline water machines can sit on the counter or mounted on the wall near the sink. There is a "diverter spigot" so you can choose ionized water for drinking and cooking or regular tap water for washing dishes. The alkaline water machine allows you to choose various levels of both alkaline and acidic water, both of which have their respective health benefits. These machines are extremely portable and can be easily taken to friends' houses, hotels, and even on cruise ships.

Here are some more specific benefits for drinking alkaline water:

  • Alkaline ionized water Increases effectiveness of digestive enzymes, facilitating growth of good bacteria or probiotics, and rid the body of excess body fat, harmful bacteria and parasites.

  • Alkaline water rejuvenates your skin from the inside out, giving you more energy and alertness due to its high oxygen content, while hydrating you up to 6 times more effectively than conventional water.

  • Alkaline drinking water improves the taste, digestibility, and nutrient absorption of foods and decreases their acidity. Water boils faster, beans soak in less time, and tea brews faster.

  • Alkaline water supports overall health and healing by bringing the body into pH balance.

What Is pH And Why Is It Important?

With an alkaline home water filter system, the drinking water pH level can be adjusted between 8.5 and 9.5 and up to 11.5 for the purpose of removing toxins and pesticides on fruits and vegetables. Because of the high proportion of hydroxyl ions in alkaline ionized water, the water is alkaline meaning it has a high pH or pH above 7. On the pH scale, 1-6 is acidic, 7 is neutral, and 8 and above is alkaline.

The body pH scale ranges from acid to alkaline, with 0 being the most acidic, and 14 being the most alkaline. The scale is exponential, which means there is a multiple of 10 times between each level. Since your blood and body pH must stay at or very near 7.365, and sodas have a pH of around 2.3-4, you can begin to understand just how and why they are so detrimental to your health. If you eat or drink acidic foods, your blood pH drops every so slightly, and your body works hard to buffer your blood with alkaline minerals it releases from reserves in your bone and muscles. Your body protects your blood and body pH at the cost of health elsewhere.

All disease thrives in an acid environment in the body and will not flourish and thrive in an alkaline, oxygenated environment. Alkaline ionized water safeguards this fact, since you are 70-75% water.

If you acidify your body through poor diet, you become vulnerable to any disease that invades your immune system . You already know that glutathione feeds your immune system, and now you know that alkaline water feeds your immune system as well.

The more acidic you are, the more susceptible you become to disease and all resulting cell mutations. As disease flourishes, it creates an even more acidic environment spreading further until consumes your health.

These acids, if not neutralized, cause inflammation, free radical damage, and kill healthy cells by stealing oxygen. Alkaline water and alkaline foods dissolve these harmful acids and helps remove them from your body by allowing them to pass safely through the kidneys and not be stored in your body.

Drinking alkaline water is one very important way to alkalize your body. Another way to help keep your body neutral or slightly alkaline is by eating more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. Please check out this handy chart to see how you can improve your diet in this regard.

Summary: The Benefits of Alkaline Drinking Water

  • Alkaline water ionizing machines have a high quality water filter to remove most harmful compounds and contaminants, including chlorine, which is very hazardous and toxic to your health.

  • Alkaline ionized water is a potent antioxidant and it has a very negative charge. All other waters are positively charged, adding to your oxidation, hence accelerating your aging process. Antioxidants and the negative charge are anti-aging. The negative electrons scavenge and neutralize free radicals in your body, thus preventing the DNA damage these free radicals eventually lead to when let unchecked.

  • Alkaline water has a high pH to wash extra acidity out of your body on a cellular level. Acidity in your body is the prime breeding ground for disease and symptoms of aging, as well as excess weight. Body fat is acidic. Drink high alkaline water to wash away a lifetime of accumulated acidic deposits, dissipate disease symptoms, and allow your body to release the fat needed to protect us from the excess acidity.

  • Alkaline drinking water has micro-clustered molecules. The molecules in regular water clump together in an irregular shape of 10-12 molecules. In alkaline ionized water, the molecules clump together in only 5-6 molecules in regular pentagonal shapes, making it easier for the water to get into the finest of capillaries, assisting the exchange of cellular fluid for deeper detoxification and super hydration.

  • Ionized water provides an abundance of oxygen on the cellular level for an abundance of energy and mental clarity. And, most importantly, it is well known that disease cannot thrive in an alkaline, oxygenated, internal environment.

Alkaline Water and Glutathione : Two Powerful Allies For Your Optimal Health!

For optimal health, keep your glutathione levels high, and drink alkaline ionized water- it does a body good!

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