Questions and Answers
The following is a list of the most common asked questions regarding Kangen water®.
WHAT IS KANGEN WATER®?
Kangen water® is a Japanese term that means, "Return to Origin". It is essentially high quality alkaline water made from one of Enagic's line of water ionizers. This water has the following 3 characteristics: Alkalinity, Anti-Oxidation and Micro-Clustering. For a full explanation of this, be sure to click Here.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS WATER AS A WHOLE?
As a whole Kangen water® has these characteristics:
Alkaline, Detoxifying, Hydrating, Oxygenating, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Oxidizing, Anti-Inflammatory and Micro-Clustering.
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN IN THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME?
The best way to learn is to see a live demonstration of this technology. Although this is the best way to learn, this approach takes some time. The second best way is to watch a quick 23 minute video on the SD501 ( The machine that makes the Kangen water®). You can view that by clicking on Learn About Kangen in 23 Minutes!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FROM DRINKING THIS WATER?
The benefits are numerous! Our bodies are made up of 70% to 80% water. Our 75 Trillion blood cells live, thrive, die, repair and receive nourishment throughout this medium. Our blood is made up of a higher percentage of water at 94%. Without water, our cells would not function properly and thus the result would be our demise.
Kangen water®, because of its high Alkalinity, Anti-Oxidation and Micro-Clustering properties is the best water you can drink to help restore your tissues and blood cells properly. Because of its negative charge (-), this water becomes a scavenger water seeking out positive (+) damaging free radicals and acids from our bodies, thus eliminating them. As a result, this increases our overall well being and helps balance our bodies pH level to a more neutral state.
HOW IS THIS WATER MADE?
Kangen water® is produced from one of Enagic's® water ionizer machines.
Tap water is directed from your faucet to the machine through a water tube. Once the lever, that is attached to your faucet, is turned on, water begins to flow through the machine. The water is first filtered through the 3 phase filtering process, then passes across a series of platinum/titanium plated where it goes through the process of ionization.
This ionized water is now separated as Acid and Alkaline. The alkaline water or Kangen water® is produced and comes out of the top hose and the acid water is flowed out of a secondary hose that is released in the sink and down the drain.
ISN'T KANGEN WATER® THE SAME AS ALKALINE WATER?
Essentially, yes! However, it is high quality alkaline water that is able to stay in the unnatural state as negatively charged water for a longer period of time. Or, to put it another way, the Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) is able to hold on to this negative electrical charge for a longer period of time. Please refer to the Dr. Carpenter Video as to the explanation as to why this is.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED FROM DRINKING THIS WATER?
There are no know risks associated with drinking kangen water®. This water is completely safe. There is only one condition whereby someone should avoid this water. This condition is known as Alkalosis and is a condition of being too alkaline. Generally, this condition happens as a result of eating a high degree of raw vegetables and an excess of high alkaline foods. If your like most people, you are battling an acidic pH and need this water for your well being.
CAN I STILL DRINK THIS WATER IF I TAKE MEDICATION?
First off, we are not medical doctors and we do not and will not make medical claims on this website. With that said, If you take medication, then you should be drinking this water! The very fact that you are taking medication simply means that your body is not functioning properly.
Keep in mind, that drugs and pharmaceuticals only treat the symptoms of your disorder and will never heal you of anything. The best thing you can do is to treat the root cause of your ailment rather than the symptoms.
Drinking this water will help balance your bodies pH level and will flush out toxins and acids from your body. To see why this is important, click on Why Drink Kangen!
When taking medication, it is important to do so with regular, non-ionized, water. It is best to drink Kangen water® 45 minutes before or after taking medication.
COULD I DETOXIFY FROM DRINKING THIS WATER?
Most people who drink Alkaline Ionized Water for the first time may experience some mild effects of detoxification. Some may experience a slight headache and others diarrhea as an example. Everyone is different and may or may not experience similar conditions. That really comes down to how loaded your body is to toxins, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other factors.
COULD MY CAT OR DOG BENEFIT FROM THIS WATER?
Yes, In a lot of cases, dogs and cats will experience a faster turn around time compared to us humans. That is because our animals have a faster metabolism and can assimilate alkaline water at a faster rate. Plus, they prefer this water over tap water or bottled water. Test this yourself! Place two bowls of water side by side. One alkaline and the other regular water. They will gravitate towards the alkaline water. For more information, Dogs and Cats Love Kangen!
IS THIS TECHNOLOGY APPROVED BY THE FDA?
Alkaline water is not approved by the FDA for medical use. However, because The SD501 incorporates a saline solution to produce its Strong Acid Water, the FDA does regard Sodium Hydroxide (Strong Acid Water) as Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS). Also, the USDA has granted approval for application to food during processing and the EPA has approved (HOCL) for use on food contact surfaces in dairy and restaurant applications.
WHAT TYPES OF WATERS DO THE ENAGIC MACHINES MAKE?
The SD501 makes seven (7) types of waters:
- 8.5, 9.0 and 9.5 pH alkaline water.
- 7.0 Neutral pH water
- 5.5 pH beauty water
- 11.5 pH Strong Alkaline water
- 2.5 pH Strong Acid Water
Keep in mind that the Sunus does not make the strong acid or strong alkaline waters. To see a list of the Water Ionizers offered by Enagic, click on Water Ionizers.
WHAT IS STRONG ALKALINE WATER USED FOR AND HOW IS IT MADE?
Strong Alkaline water is a very effective cleaning fluid. Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA, is what is produced by the kangen ionizer generator.
Through the process of electrolysis, Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) is created when the salt solution comes in contact with the electrolysis generator. The Na from the salt migrates to the negative side of the chamber while the Na ions combine with water molecules split during the electrolysis process to create NaOH.
NaOH is scientifically and commercially recognized as a very effective cleaning agent. Many Hotels and resorts are beginning to implement this technology. Please see LA Times Article for more on these uses.
WHAT IS LOW ACID WATER OR BEAUTY WATER USED FOR?
Beauty water has a pH of 5.5 and is ideal for the skin. This water can be used as a stringent for tightening the skin.
Additionally, this water is being used by floral specialist as they are seeing a dramatic decrease in labor as the manual change of water is less frequent. Also, the shelf life of the floral is extended by eliminating the bacterial contamination commonly present causing decay. It therefore increases the life of flowers by not allowing mold and bacteria to grow in the water. This bio buildup clogs the hydration channels in the stems of plants and flowers, thus decreasing the quality and life of the product, if not effectively treated.
WHAT IS STRONG ACID WATER?
Through the process of electrolysis, Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) is created when the salt solution comes in contact with the electrolysis chamber. The Cl from the sodium chloride (NaCl) migrates to the positive side of the chamber. The electrochemical process on the surface of the electrodes causes these Cl ions to combine with split water molecules to create HOCl. This solution is Acidic. In contrast, bleach is a Basic solution and only a portion of the active ingredient is in the HOCl form. This difference is why strong acid water is up to 80 times more effective as an antimicrobial than bleach.
HOW CAN STRONG ACID WATERS HELP WITH THE PROBLEMS RELATING TO FOOD BORN ILLNESSES?
There are certain pathogens and illnesses that affect the safety of our food. Without going into much detail, E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, campylobacter and mold are the most prevalent.
These illnesses affect approximately 77 million U.S. residents per year. As a result, 320,000 Americans are hospitalized annually. 7,500 die from these illnesses each year. One-third of food-borne illnesses are caused by improperly handled or prepared meat, poultry and produce. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hypochlorous acid or strong acid water is extremely effective in eliminating these pathogens.
ARE THERE RESPECTED MANUFACTURERS OF THIS TECHNOLOGY THAT WOULD ENHANCE OR VALIDATE THE CLAIMS MADE ON THIS WEBSITE?
Yes, there are! As this technology becomes more mainstream, there is without a doubt companies who are spending millions of dollars in research and product development. Some of these companies are...
EAU Technologies http://eau-x.com
ECO PEP http://www.ecopep.net
IS THE SALINE SOLUTION REALLY NECESSARY TO MAKE THESE WATERS?
Yes, Absolutely! Salt is the key ingredient in effectively producing both strong alkaline and strong acid waters. The secret formula is...
Salt + Water + Electricity = Sodium hydroxide & Hypochlorous Acid
Strong Acid water is in fact Hypochlorous acid and Strong Alkaline is in fact Sodium Hydroxide. The other water ionizers produced by other water ionizer companies DO NOT incorporate a saline solution or salt solution and thus DO NOT produce Sodium hydroxide & Hypochlorous Acid.
WHY DOES THE SD501 COST ALMOST DOUBLE OF OTHER WATER IONIZERS?
If you have faithfully read all that is listed in this section under Q & A, then you will begin to realize that there is a big difference between a true water ionizer that is supported by thousands of doctors and physicians and hundreds of hospitals througout Japan and one that is a kitchen appliance although heavily marketed as being equal with the SD501.
The Sd501 is not an appliance that is meant to last a year or two, but rather a "Medical Device" as stated by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Government of Japan. (CerificateofMedicalDevice.pdf) And as such, is designed to last 15 to 20 years based on engineering and results.
There are many good reasons as to why the Sd501 is far superior to other ionizers on the market. For further information, please visit Our Competition.
I DON'T LIKE THE MLM ASPECT OF ENAGIC. WHY WOULD I SUPPORT THIS?
According to the company website, the business side of Kangen water® is considered Direct Sales and not MLM. Nonetheless, there is some aspects of MLM within the business structure. In all fairness, the company has set up this network marketing business for entrepreneurs and for those who are business minded. In doing so, the profits that would normally go to the company are now divided among the company and individual distributors.
In my opinion, the MLM industry has received a bad rap from past companies that have spoiled the concept. Keep in mind that when you purchase an ionizer from an Enagic distributor, you are in fact supporting that distributor and his/her ability to make a living.
I'M ON A TIGHT BUDGET! DO YOU OFFER LESS EXPENSIVE IONIZERS?
Enagic® offers an array of other ionizers. The Sd501 is considered the top of the line water ionizer available today for the residential market place. For those who are on a tighter budget, there are additional ionizers. Please see Enagic® Ionizers for a description of these units.
WHO IS DR. SHINYA AND WHY DOES HE ONLY PRESCRIBE KANGEN WATER®?
Doctor Shinya is best known as the inventor of the colonoscopy for the endoscopic treatment of polyps and without requiring use of surgery. His revolutionary “Shinya Method” has become widely used in colonoscopies, the standard screening for the leading, non-tobacco related cancer killer in the US, colon cancer.
Dr. Shinya is world renowned in performing intestinal-related procedures, and is known to have examined more than 300,000 stomachs and large intestines, and has performed nearly 100,000 polypectomies.
In his own words, "I have examined more than 300,000 people’s stomachs and intestines for 35 years and realize that our health depends largely on our dietary life. And from my experiences I would like to teach you healthy, dietary habits to help you enjoy your life!"
In his book, "The Enzyme Factor," Dr. Shinya prescribes only Kangen water® as a key to good colon health. To see why good colon health is so important be sure to watch the videos on this.
I HAVE HEARD THAT THESE UNITS LAST 15 YEARS. IS THIS TRUE?
The SD501 is engineered and designed to last a minimum of 15 to 25 years. There are several reasons behind this including durable pvc plastic construction, a durable transformer and an electrolysis chamber like no other. On of the features that set the Enagic ionizers apart from the rest is the fact that these ionizers use 100% organic acid cleaners that essentially keep the titanium/ platinum plates free from built up calcium hard water deposits. These deposits reap havoc on an ionizers useful life and is why no ionizer should be without this key feature. Take care of your SD501 and it will last.
WOULDN'T ADDING PH DROPS TO MY WATER ACCOMPLISH THE SAME THING?
There are companies that advertise pH drops that bring ordinary water into a high pH. While this may be true, this is not the method that is effective for your overall health. Keep in mind that through the process of ionization, your tap water, first filtered, runs across ionized titanium/ platinum plates that separates the +H from the H2O and thus leaving a negatively charged -OH. It is this -OH that is by definition Alkaline as well as Anti-Oxidizing. If you use pH drops, then you are missing this huge benefit from ionized water.
THE SD501 SEEMS EXPENSIVE, I'D RATHER BUY BOTTLED WATER!
At first glance, The Sd501 does seem expensive; however, after further analysis, this device makes practical consumer sense for a number of reasons. When it comes to bottled water, in many cases, bottled water is more expensive than just purchasing a machine especially when looking at the long term.
A typical family of 4 may consume up to 2 gallons a day of bottled water. Aside from Avian, Dasani, Aquafina and other glorified tap water, that would range between $2 to $3 daily. Over a course of ten years, that figure could reach $7,000 to $10,000 or even more depending on the name brand of the water you are consuming.
Water Ionization is a much better approach. For additional information, please see Cost Comparison.
HIGH PH BOTTLED WATER IS NOW AVAILABLE. WHY NOT THIS WATER?
There is a growing supply of high pH bottled water products hitting the market. Perfect Water® and Essentia® are a few of these companies attempting to capture a piece of the billion dollar bottled water market.
These companies have the right information and are capturing this market as consumers become more conscience of the need to alkalize their bodies through water. The issue at stake is that the beneficial properties will not last when bottled.
The negative charge or negative ORP is the first to go and will only last a maximum of 3 days time. The Alkalinity can last as long as a few weeks, but that dissipates as well. The issue at hand is that after a few months from shipping, being stored in warehouses and placed on the shelves for purchase, these highly marketable water becomes not much better than regular acidic, oxidizing water.
These companies are great at marketing and they are marketing to an uneducated consumer base.
DOES ENAGIC® OFFER FINANCING?
Yes, Enagic® offers a very reasonable financing plan for those who qualify. For as little down as $558 USD and $228/Mo., you can own the premier residential water ionizer in the world. Please visit the ORDER page for further information.
WHY IS THIS TECHNOLOGY CONSIDERED GREEN?
This is one of the most environmentally friendly products out there. Enagic® has been awarded Certificate # ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for it's environmentally friendly products and for reducing medical costs in Japan. See (ISO9001) (ISO14001).
On April 18, 2004, Enagic® received the International Environment University (IEEU) achievement for outstanding achievemnt in the environmental sciences and the Linus Pauling Earth Environmental Roundtable. (IEEUCertificate.pdf)
Aside from these awards, this product helps to elliminate the need for bottle water, thus, helping to reduce the amount of pollution, oil and energy that is needed to produce these bottles.
WHAT IS THE REAL CAUSE OF CANCER AND HOW CAN THIS WATER HELP?
Dr. Warburg discovered the real cause of cancer back in 1923. He investigated the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells.
“Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an access of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline.”
Kangen water® can help restore your bodies pH level to a more alkaline state.
I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THIS A TRY! HOW DO I GET MY HANDS ON THIS WATER?
There is a possibility you may be able to try this water in your area. Please contact the person listed on this site for more information. Enagic® is experiencing a growth spurt from the many sales of these units. As a matter of fact, in just the past 5 years, there has been an approximate total of 88,000 units sold within the United States alone. There is a good chance that this water is available in your area.
HOW CAN I GET MY SD501 FOR FREE?
It is not possible to get your unit for free unless you are receiving this as a gift; However, with that said, Enagic® does offer a referral program. The referral program is a networking program whereby you are rewarded when those individuals purchase a product through your referral. You can learn more about this by going to Business Opportunities.