Dandelion Naturopathic P.C. is a distributor for the Enagic machine: Kangen water medical device that turns tap water into filtered, alkaline and micro-clustered water. The micro-clustering and the materials used in manufacturing (highest grade titanium plates available) are what set this machine in a class by itself and give it the designation of “medical device” as opposed to “filter”.
Why Alkaline Water?
Our bodies are an intricate and amazing design. Each area of the body maintains a certain pH level, for example, the stomach is very acidic. The low acid pH ensures absorption of many nutrients in addition to assisting in the digestive process. In the blood, the pH is just off neutral and needs to stay there to maintain life. In order to keep the pH balanced, the body will leach alkaline minerals from bones and elsewhere. Consider the stress level of most people alive today, consider the so-called “Standard American Diet”, consider the toxins our bodies are exposed to daily: all of these factors contribute to a highly acidic system which the body deals with through various biochemical processes. Moreover, low grade acidosis of the body is expected and attributed to aging. Alkaline water, like fruits and vegetables, help create more of an alkaline balance to counteract the acidic effect of the stress hormones, diet and pollution. It’s just one more way to help a person feel and be well.
While any water can be made alkaline by the addition of bases like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. Lye is commonly added to public water at water treatment facilities to reduce acidity and decrease corrosion to pipes. What sets the Kangen machine in a class by itself is the micro-clustering effect of the 5 titanium plates in the machine, mimicking the effects of naturally occurring underground springs.
What is Micro-clustering?
Water naturally prefers a 10-16 molecule formation. Micro-clustering breaks up this formation into smaller 3-5 molecule clusters, allowing singular molecules to assimilate through cell walls before reaching the stomach acid. This results in better hydration, permeability and solubility of the water. The benefits of clustered water were upheld by an independent study conducted by the Chinese Health Care Science and Technology Society, which found that 60 percent of people who drank clustered water had their cellular hydration level increase tenfold.
Although the company does not boast ‘cure’ of any disease, the Enagic Kangen machine gained recognition with people dealing with cancer. Dr. Sawhill and staff have experienced and witnessed many beneficial results from drinking this water, including improved texture and taste of the water (many people do not drink water because they do not like the “taste”), improved hydration, improved digestion and elimination, improved mental alertness, decreased pain, decreased inflammation including the inflammation that causes bloating and weight gain. People have reported and attributed to the Kangen water the resolution of a variety of health issues from cancer to toenail fungus. (*See article below for discussion of other health benefits)
The final verdict is best weighed after a 4 week trial of drinking only this water. If you have not tried this water, we strongly encourage you to stop by when we are open to fill up your container. The water will remain filtered and alkaline however, since water prefers to be in the larger molecule formation, the micro-clustered effects of the water will dissipate after a few days. While there is no charge for the water, the best is to have a machine in your home and to drink it right out of the tap, every day!
*Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Apr;22 Suppl 1:24-33.
Health Effects of Alkaline Diet and Water, Reduction of Digestive-tract Bacterial Load, and Earthing.
Mousa HA. In the article, the author discusses the issue of chronic, low-grade acidosis that is thought to be brought about primarily by 2 factors: (1) advancing age, with a consequent decline in renal function; and (2) diet. An acid-forming diet can induce low-grade metabolic acidosis, which causes very small decreases in blood pH and plasma bicarbonate (HCO3-) that remain within the range considered to be normal. However, if the duration of the acidosis is prolonged or chronically present, even a low degree of acidosis can become significant. This article reviews supporting evidence in the literature that has shown that consumption of abundant alkaline-forming foods can result in improvement in bone mineral density (BMD) and muscle mass, protection from chronic illnesses, reduced tumor-cell invasion and metastasis, and effective excretion of toxins from the body. In addition, a large number of studies showing the benefits of alkaline water (mineral water) have revealed that people consuming water with a high level of total dissolved solids (TDS) (ie, with a high mineral content) have shown a lower incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD), cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancer and lower total mortality rates. Consumption of alkaline water also may prevent osteoporosis and protect pancreatic beta cells with its antioxidant effects. In addition, this article discusses the literature that shows that reducing digestive-tract bacterial load can play an important role in increasing blood alkalinity toward the normal upper limit. That change occurs through good oral hygiene, flossing of teeth, perfect chewing of food, and bowel evacuation as soon as possible. Finally, the author reviews the literature that shows that earthing (ie, the direct contact of the human body with the earth) can supply a current of plentiful electrons. Earthing has been shown to reduce acute and chronic inflammation, blood glucose in patients with diabetes, red blood cell (RBC) aggregation, and blood coagulation. It also has been shown to produce symptomatic improvement in chronic, muscle and joint pain, a reduction in overall stress levels and tensions, a boost in positive moods, an improvement in heart rate variability, and an improvement in the immune response.PMID:27089527
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016; 2016: 3084126.
Published online 2016 May 31. doi: 10.1155/2016/3084126
Alkaline Water and Longevity: A Murine Study
Massimiliano Magro, 1 Livio Corain, 2 Silvia Ferro, 1 Davide Baratella, 1 Emanuela Bonaiuto, 1 Milo Terzo, 1 Vittorino Corraducci, 1 Luigi Salmaso, 2 and Fabio Vianello 1 , * 3-year survival study on a population of 150 mice was carried out in order to investigate the biological effect of alkaline water consumption. Firstly, nonparametric hazard and survival plots suggest that mice watered with alkaline water overwhelmed control mice. Secondly, data were analyzed with accelerated failure time (AFT) model inferring that a benefit on longevity, in terms of “deceleration aging factor,” was correlated with the consumption of alkaline water. Finally, histological examination of mice kidneys, intestines, hearts, livers, and brains was performed in order to verify the risk of diseases correlated to alkaline watering. No significant damage, but aging changes, emerged; organs of alkaline watered animals resulted to be quite superimposable to controls, shedding a further light in the debate on alkaline water consumption in humans.