What is Kangen water?
The highly alkaline Kangen water has recently become popular with celebrities and the health market. It has been described as a “healthier” water compared to regular tap water. Here we look at the history and what the benefits are of drinking it.
The word Kangen originates from Japan and means “return to origin”. The idea behind Kangen water is two-fold; the water has returned to the way it was originally meant to be and that the body returns to the healthy state it should be before suffering the toxic stresses of ageing.
How is it healthy?
The main benefit of drinking Kangen water is that it has been produced through ionization, typically meaning it has a pH of between 8.5 and 9.5. This means the water is highly alkaline which helps maintain the homeostasis (balance) of the body.
It is produced when filtered tap water comes into contact with metal plates that are electrified, charging the water and making it highly alkaline and negatively charged. This negative charge makes it a powerful antioxidant and allows water molecules to penetrate cell walls, increasing hydration levels.
The process the water undergoes allows toxins, petrochemicals and chemicals like chlorine to be neutralised.
The water’s alkalinity may help protect against degenerative diseases like cancer. Some cancer patients have been found to have more acidic bodies than those who are cancer free, often around pH 5.8 to 6.8. Cancer tends to thrive in acidic environments low in oxygen. Tumours are also thought to spread in acidic and anaerobic environments.
Kangen water may also be beneficial for animal health. A change in the pH of animal urine can cause dogs, cats and horses to develop kidney and bladder stones. Treatment often involves dietary changes to change the pH of the urine or taking synthetic chemicals. There is a possibility that Kangen water could help alleviate these symptoms, but more research is still needed in this area.