Are there health benefits to alkaline water?
Research studies from many years ago had shown positive results with alkaline ionized water. Those studies were also before 2007, where the therapeutic benefits of hydrogen gas were not yet discovered.
More recent studies have concluded that there is actually no benefit to drinking alkaline water. The body maintains a pH of 7.35-7.45, and it is very resourceful in keeping that pH levels tightly in that range. If at any point our body dips below 7.35, we’ll experience acidosis. Similarly, if it goes above 7.45, we’ll experience alkalosis1. Both conditions can cause death. The graph below presents health issues for both acidosis and alkalosis.
Source: Any Difference Between
Fortunately, in ionized water, the alkalinity in the water has a weak buffer. That means you’ll need to drink a LOT of water – many times more than our required daily intake of water – before you will experience alkalosis. Hence, drinking alkaline ionized water is generally safe2.
That being said, while drinking alkaline water does not have negative health effects, it also does not have therapeutic effects on our body.
Why do Enagic machines have alkaline and acidic water, and how is it produced?
Even though alkalinity has no therapeutic effects on the body, there are many advantages to having an ionizer that produces alkaline and acidic water, especially if you have sodium hypochlorite in the mix.
Strong Acidic Water (pH 2.5)
Strong acidic water with sodium hypochlorite results in a substance called Hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is effective in killing 99.99% of germs and bacteria, including Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Salmonella, MRSA infections and diabetic ulcers, just to name a few. See picture below for more comprehensive bacteria that HOCl can take care of, or go here.
Dr. Michael Donaldson explains Hypochlorous Acid
Strong Kangen Water® (pH 11.5)
Strong alkaline water is effective in reducing pesticides that are sprayed onto our fruits and vegetables. It is also effective in cleaning out our rice and pasta.
The Electrolysis Process
Alkalinity and acidity in the water are simply byproducts of the electrolysis process.
When water goes through the electrolysis process, some of the water molecules get reshuffled, so much so that hydrogen and hydroxyl ions (OH-; which is what makes the water alkaline) go through the cathode where we drink the water from, and oxygen and hydrogen cations (H+; which is what makes the water acidic) go through the anode.
Because Kangen Water®, especially the K8 (and probably the SD 501 as well), has a very strong charge, you may end up having tiny amounts of oxygen in the water you’re drinking, which can be extra beneficial for you.
For more information on how hydrogen benefits you, click here
For a more elaborate explanation, visit The Molecular Hydrogen Institute for their more detailed explanation of electrolysis
- See: Medline Plus
- Be aware, though, that many alkaline ionizers have metal plates that, if not cleaned properly, can rust and/or corrode, leading to heavy metal poisoning.