The Art of Hydration

Body water 01About 70% of an adult’s body is made of water. About 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Water with all its amazing properties is a prerequisite for life. It is the universal solvent able to dissolve and absorb more compounds than any other liquid. As the primary ingredient of both blood and lymph, water transports nutrients and oxygen to all your 100 trillion cells and carries away waste products and carbon dioxide. Water is a lubricant, which prevents friction between the moving parts in your body, and allows the slippery movement of food through your digestive system. Overall it keeps your body fluid and flexible. Water additionally stabilizes body temperature because of its high specific heat (property of water that makes it difficult to heat up or cool down).

Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only a few days without water. After oxygen, it is THE most essential element for life and good health. Water is the fundamental and primary terrain or matrix in the human body and it’s essential you stay hydrated by drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of pure water a day (or more).

Most people do not drink enough water and/or drink too many diuretic soft drinks, coffee, tea, and alcohol that reinforce dehydration as one of the main stresses we subject our bodies to. The only way to hydrate the body is by drinking pure water.

Studies have shown that seemingly unrelated conditions like dyspeptic pain, stress and depression, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, excess body weight, chronic fatigue, arthritis, asthma and allergies, insulin-independent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, back problems and a host of lesser complaints are due to dehydration in some way. I recommend you to read the book “Your Body Many Cries for Water” You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty…Don’t Treat Thirst with Medication. Please find a full list of recommended books on the subject at the end of this article.

I would also highly recommend to watch the following “Simple Truth” documentary about water.

8 Main Benefits of Drinking More Water

  1. Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
  2. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
  3. For a majority of sufferers, drinking high quality water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
  4. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out toxic waste and bacteria out of the body that can cause disease and degeneration.
  5. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches. Dehydration is the main cause of headaches and inflammation.
  6. Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
  7. Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
  8. Water is a solvent and a primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.

What Kind of Water Should I drink?

Make sure your water is clean, fresh (micro-clustered) and antioxidant (full of Active Hydrogen). Tap or bottled reverse osmosis (RO) water doesn’t have these qualities. Also be careful not to buy generic spring water that might just be bottled tap water, or tap water put through filtration. Even if bottled spring water was once fresh and healthful to drink it is likely been bottled anywhere from 6 month to 2 years ago and is contaminated with many petrochemicals that are leaching out of the plastic bottle. Aquafina® and Dasani® are poor choices as they are just filtered tap water, highly acidic and environmentally unsound (made by Pepsi® and Coca-Cola® respectively). Good springs are becoming harder and harder to find (check out The best and most practical option in my opinion and the one I use in my nutritional practice is Kangen Water.

Kangen Water is a Japanese made water ionizing technology, medical devise in Japan, that filters and changes structure of our tap water to its original and pristine state and quality we would find in pure mountain springs.

How Does The Kangen Water® Machine Convert Tap Water to Ionized, Anti-Oxidant Water.

The Kangen Water Machine transforms your ordinary tap water (which is often acidic, contaminated with heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals like chlorinated) into a fresh, alkaline, ionized (electrically charged, abundant in OH-) drinking water. Kangen Water filters out the contaminants and harmful chemicals from your tap water with an anti-bacterial charcoal system. When the ordinary tap water is going through an ionization process, there is an ionic separation that takes place, and the result is that the water emerges from two different hoses. The alkaline and ionized, negatively charged, antioxidant water, for drinking, comes through one hose, while acid water is sent through the other. These acid/alkaline types of waters have many functions for our health and household use.

The Main Benefits of Kangen Water

Watch a Demonstration of main three properties here:

Acid and Alkaline: So when there are more H+ ions in the water than OH- ions, the water is acidic. When there are more OH- ions than H+ ions, it is healthful and delicious alkaline water.

Alkalized vs. Alkaline explained by Dr. Michael Donaldson

Micro-clusters: Ionization changes conventional water from an irregular, bulky shape to a hexagonal shape that saturates the body tissue much more efficiently. It is sometimes referred to as micro-clustered water because of its small molecular grouping. These smaller six-sided clusters are much more hydrating and penetrating. They are, therefore, more capable of pushing out the toxins from the body.

Micro-Clustered (Electrically Charged) Water explained by Dr. Michael Donaldson

High Negative ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential)*:

Kangen Water® also has a negative ORP level. Remember how apple slices turn brown when oxidation occurs? Similarly, you should stay away from substances with positive Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), and choose foods and beverages that instead have negative ORP levels.

Meanings of the Japanese Word “Kangen”

Kangen is a Japanese word that has several possible translations into English. Consulting with a few on dictionaries we found the below “rough” translations.

Kangen = freeboard, leniency & severity, music, reduction, resolution, return to origins, wind and string instruments

This page is dedicated to Kangen Water® which is also sometimes referred to as alkaline water, ionized water, reduced water, micro-clustered water, antioxidant water, spa water, miracle water, living water, negative ORP water, electron rich water, energized water, electrified water, healthy water, etc. Also the word Kangen scientifically means “reduction” or a “reducing” or “antioxidant” water as it has a surplus of electrons (antioxidant) able to quench and reduce free radicals (oxidation, inflammation) which are one of the main reasons we age.

Kangen Water® Origins in Japan

Enagic, the Manufacturer: A 40 year old Japanese company, named Enagic, developed the technology for the Kangen Water Machines. They have provided over 100 Japanese hospitals and clinics, and over 3000 restaurants with industrial strength ionizers. Enagic is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (EOM), meaning that they are involved in the research, development and distribution of the product. All parts of the Kangen Machine are made by the same medical manufacturing plant that is ISO certified. This provides for a higher level of control and quality.

First Home Units: It was in 1997 that Enagic introduced their first consumer unit, so that the same benefits, which had been previously been provided by industrial units in restaurants, hospitals and clinics, would be available in private homes. The popularity of this technology has been growing exponentially through word of mouth and consistent sharing of water and testimonials in communities around the world. In 2014 Enagic has 27 offices in 17 countries around the world with offices opening in Russia and Spain in the fall.

Awards, Recognition: Enagic has received many awards, including that of the Japanese Association of Preventative Medicine for Adult Diseases, a renowned medical association of over 6700 doctors.

Kangen Water® History and Science

Water technology, using electrolysis to create negative and positively charged ions, was originally invented by Russian scientists over 50 years ago.

Japanese Development: Japanese were the first to perfect this process and they started producing the first water ionizer machines to be used for hospitals.

The Process: When water passes through electrical energy, it causes the hydrogen within it (H2O) to assume one of two forms. One is hydrogen (H+) that has a positive electrical charge. This water is ‘acidic’. The other form is hydrogen that bonds with an oxygen atom and becomes negatively charged (OH-) and is sometimes referred to as active hydrogen. And this alkalized (electrically charged) water is the building block of life itself.

Recommended Book List:

  • An Undetected Acid-Alkaline Imbalance by John Ossipinsky LMT, CST-D, LLCC
  • The Enzyme Factor, How to Live Long and Never be Sick by Dr. Hiromi Shinya, MD
  • Killing Cancer – Not People by Robert G. Wright
  • The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key. Scientific Evidence of Hexagonal Water and its Positive Influence of Health by Dr. Mu Shik Jhon
  • Staying Alive in a Toxic World by Wade T. Lightheart and Katrine Volynsky
  • Confessions of a Skeptical Physician by Dr. Tim McKnight MD, PhD
  • Living Energies by Callum Coats 8. Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, You are not Sick; You’re Thirsty…Don’t Treat Thirst with Medication by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj