What happens when alkaline water reaches your stomach?


What happens when alkaline water reaches your stomach?


Our stomach is very acidic and the PH level is around 4. When we eat food, we send a lot of bacterias and viruses along with the food to our stomach. When we drink alkaline water, the PH level inside the stomach goes up and that commands the stomach wall to secrete more hydrochloric acid into the stomach to bring the ph level back to 4.  So the stomach becomes acidic again.

To understand how the hydrochloric acid works in our stomach, the cells in our stomach wall produces hydrochloric acid as an instantly-as-needed basis. Carbon dioxide, water and sodium chloride or potassium chloride are the ingredients that make hydrochloric acid. So the by-product of making this acid is sodium bicarbonate which goes into our blood stream and they act as alkaline buffers that neutralizes excess acids in the blood. They dissolve solid acid waste into liquid form. Once these acidic wastes are neutralized, extra carbon dioxide is released which is discharged through the lungs.


As we age, these alkaline buffers get very low and our body accumulates more acidic wastes. Our body cells are slightly alkaline and in order for them to produce acid, they need to produce alkaline. When our stomach pH value is above 4, it knows what to do to bring it lower but when the pH level goes below 4, the stomach doesn’t know what to do. That is when we start taking over the counter medications , which are alkaline to relieve the acidic stomach and gas pain.

At this point, there are no alkaline buffer being added to our blood stream and hydrochloric acid is not being produced.  So what we need to do is to supply alkaline to our body like drinking alkaline water.


Why Kangen Water? Why Kangen water is superior?

Kangen water is different than alkaline, ionized water.

The word “Kangen” in Japanese means “return to origin” and is simply a registered marketing term. The Enagic water ionizer contains a filter and ionizing chamber just like all other alkaline water ionizers. Also, Enagic ionizers create the same kind of alkaline and acidic water as produced by all other water ionizers. The ionizing chamber in the Enagic uses the same technology as do all other water ionizers to split water into acid and alkaline streams. Kangen water is simply another –though trademarked — name for ionized, alkaline water.
In trying to make a difference where there is none, an Enagic representative’s web site says, “technically, in order to be classified as Kangen Water, it needs to show a negative ORP in the range of -200mV to -450mV, while typical Ionized Alkaline Water shows anywhere between +100mV and -100mV, depending on the quality of the machine”. Even cheap copy ionizers from China can get at least a -250mV ORP reading and Jupiter ionizers can get over -800mV.

Kangen water is superior to alkaline, ionized water

No matter what name it’s given, there are two ways the quality of alkaline water is measured – by how acid or alkaline the water becomes (pH) and by how much ionization occurs (ORP).

Independent tests carried out by ex-Enagic representatives (concerned about the high prices being charged), showed that the Jupiter Science Melody Ionizer produced as high an ORP (negative ionization) as did the tested Enagic model and — when salt was added to the calcium port — produced a stronger acidic water than that achieved by the Enagic.


Here is the O.R.P. measurement (oxidation reduction potential) for a Melody Ionizer, in an Oct.2007 test in Reno, NV. (more than twice as powerful an antioxidant as fresh orange juice!)



Unfortunately when there are very high prices, there is also a need to justify the difference, as in the following from an Enagic distributor: “This water technology is practically non-existent outside Japan. … Even worse, there are some people who are trying to sell cheaper Ionized Alkaline Water. machines as if they were at the same or a similar level as with the Kangen Water machines, only cheaper.”

Enagic units and Kangen water are recongnized and approved by the Japanese Health Department, unlike other ionizers.

In the 1980s the Japanese Health Department recognized that ionized alkaline water (called Kangen water by the Enagic Co.) from water ionizers had proven health benefits and described water ionizers as health devices. Nowhere did any Government say specifically that Enagic units were the ones approved.

Well known authorities on ionized water endorse or recommend Enagic Ionizers.

The best known authorities in the USA such as Dr. Robert Young (author of The pH Miracle), Dr.Theodore Baroody (author of Alkalize or Die), and Sang Whang (author of Reverse Aging) all recommend and sell Jupiter Science water ionizers because they want to give their patients high quality alkaline water ionizers at an honest price. Other well known alkaline authorities that endorse and use Jupiter Science water ionizers include Daniel Reed (author of The Tao of Detox), Harold Tietze (author of Youthing) and Ian Hamilton (author of The Untold Truth…).

Kangen or Enagic ionizers cost more because they are better.

The Jupiter Melody is priced at around $1400 and offers some important user-friendly features that are missing with the Enagic. Certain alkaline water ionizers are better and stronger than others and the Enagic range are decent models, but the parent company and up to eight representatives need to make money from every single sale, and the price reflects this.

Enagic has been marketing “Kangen Water” for 30 years.
What became the Enagic brand was initially manufactured by Toyo Metal a.k.a Toyo Aitex who recently sold marketing rights to Enagic (also called the Thohan Kiden organization). Toyo Metal water ionizers were called the Apex, Pure Porte 11 or Protec units and these early models were manufactured by and sold for less much less than $1000 in the USA. A company called HydroAnalytics previously imported, distributed and did hands-on repairs on this unit from Japan for the US, Western Hemisphere and European market before it was withdrawn from the US market, presumably due to lack of market penetration. In Japan the Thohan Kiden organization manufactures units that are not sold through the Enagic MLM, for similar prices to other alkaline water ionizer in the US market.

Some of the areas that people have noticed improvements in their health include arthritis, chronic fatigue, leg cramps, migraines,diabetes. Also heartburn, poor circulation, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension, asthma, skin rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis,obesity, weight issues, diarrhea, indigestion, heart disease, allergies, constipation, stomach ulcers, hepatitis, cancer, and many more areas have had considerable results.



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