Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)

•May 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hey guys- I know it has been a while since we have posted on our blog, but we will definitely be doing a better job of keeping everyone informed!  Check out this article  we found on ORP- Oxidation Reduction Potential.  We have posted about the benefits of maintaining body alkalinity, which is certainly important, but the ORP of the water you drink is the most important aspect.  Think of how an apple turns brown after is it exposed to oxygen once the peel is removed- not a pretty sight.  Unfortunately, this is what generally happens inside our bodies when we eat most foods and consumer most beverages.  Drinking Kangen Water, which has a “high negative” ORP, can do wonders for your health and body… Read on to learn more!

 

What’s Different About Ionized Water

Alkaline ionized water will naturally help your body maintain it’s health alkaline balance while hydrating your body six times faster than non-ionized water.

Other benefits to drinkin ionized water include detoxification, improved digestion and elimination.

Detoxify your body, improve your digestion and eliminate more regularly — benefits you can enjoy with ionized water which tap, bottled, well, filtered, distilled, spring, mineral, carbonated, softened or reverse osmosis water cannot provide.

If positive ORP and negative ORP sound like Star Trek terms to you, you are not alone. They did to me too, before I read about the difference which brought it down to earth.

This informative health care article from Good Health Supplements covers the many beneifits of ionized water and, in particular, addresses the impact of negative ORP vs. postive ORP.

Negative Oxidative Reduction Potential and you!

Alkaline Water Uses and Benefits: Health benefits of alkaline ionized water range from more energy to better detoxing. Alkaline water can be used in cooking and can also provide many beneficial effects for your animal friends, including reduction of bad breath and itchy skin as well as healthier-looking fur. Please read more about the benefits of alkaline water.

Acid Water Uses and Health Benefits: As you just read above, alkaline water for internal consumption provides for a wide range of health benefits. However, there is another process for your ionizer that results in acidic water, which carries it’s own unique benefits. It should be noted that acid water is only for external consumption. Read more about the benefits of acidic water.

Why Ionizers are so good for your health:
I know of no other product that is so diverse and easy to use in giving you so many health benefits, many of which are critical if you wish to stay healthy and live a long life. The water ionizer is self cleaning and the only maintenance cost you will experience is replacing the silver/carbon filter approximately once a year.

You can talk about good health all you want, but until you take action, you will never achieve it.

Nutrition and Food Go Better With + ORP

When seen under a microscope, water molecules show up as clusters — fourteen to fifteen water molecules to a cluster.

When you ionize the water, the clusters become much smaller in size and more easily absorbable, only 5 water molecules to a cluster.

The smaller molecular clusters enable your body to absorb ionized water 6 times faster than other waters.

Nutritional supplements taken with ionized water are more readily absorbed and are made more effective. Food cooked with ionized water, are more absorbable, enhancing their nutritional value.

Food cooked with ionized water becomes more nutritious because more of its health-giving nutrients are extracted making the food more nutritious and beneficial. Ionized water will also make these nutrients available to our cells more quickly and more easily absorbable.

Ionized water is also a very powerful anti-oxidant as it scavenges the body for free oxygen molecules preventing oxidative damage to cells and organs.

Oxygen Reduction Potential, better known as ORP, is the mechanism the body uses to either protect our cells, or work to destroy our cells, depending on whether the ORP is negative or positive.

Positive ORP increases oxidation (aging) and leads to free radical oxidative damage to cells that are a forerunner to degenerative and fatal diseases.

Positive ORP is found in tap water, bottled waters, distilled and reverse osmosis waters as well as cooked and processed foods.

This means that positive ORP has no antioxidant capacity to neutralize free oxygen radicals that cause oxidative damage. This means they are not healthy ton cinsume.

Negative ORP, however, which is an integral part of ionized alkaline water, literally retards the aging process. It counteracts oxidative damage to our cells by scavenging for free oxygen radicals and neutralizing them. Negative ORP is a very powerful anti-oxidant.

When the negative ORP absorbs the free radicals, it converts to useful oxygen and increases our oxygen supply. This helps detoxify our body and increase our energy level and our ability to fight disease.

Oxygen is one of the most exhausted nutrients in our body because of our diet and the Earth’s oxygen-depleted environment but negative ORP can turn this around.

Oxygen destroys cancer cells as well as bacteria and viruses invading our bodies. It carries away acid waste from body tissue. It is vital to human health, and therefore, probably our most important nutrient.

A glass or two of strong ionized water first thing in the morning naturally helps you to wake up by increasing the level of oxygen in your body.

In addition to the beneficial high pH ionized water with its negative ORP, water ionizers make mild acidic and strong acidic ionized water, each having its own unique set of health benefits.

Ionized acidic water is a powerful cleanser and healer as you will read below. The electrolysis process that makes acidic water causes the acidic ionized water to become short of electrons. As a result, on contact with any bacteria or virus, the acidic water will steal an electron rendering bacteria or virus instantly dead.

Considering that most people walk around with an acidic body that is 30% to 40% dehydrated, the difference made in drinking ionized water is incredible. It can literally turn your life around by bringing your body into pH balance to prevent disease, restore and maintain optimal health.

Of further importance is the fact that it is not possible for us to get ionized acidic water, with its many additional, exceptionally healthy benefits, except from a water ionizer.

Ionized water can play the single most important role in our lives in achieving and maintaining good health, avoiding rapid aging and in the development of so many debilitating illnesses and diseases.

Click here to see the full article: http://www.askahealer.com/phbalance.htm

Alkalizing Foods

•April 6, 2010 • 3 Comments

In addition to drinking Kangen water, it is important to maintain alkalinity through the foods you eat…

 

Alkalizing Foods

By Christopher Vasey, N.D.

Alkalizing foods consist primarily of green and colored vegetables (with the exception of tomatoes) and potatoes.

These foods are alkalizing because they are rich in alkaline elements and contain little if any acid substances, and because they do not produce acids when they are utilized by the body. Even when significant amounts of this type of food are consumed, no acid is produced, regardless of the metabolic capacities of the person who eats them. Just as acidifying foods are acidifying for everyone, alkalizing foods are alkalizing for everyone. These are the foods that people suffering from an pH imbalance need to eat above all.

Green and colored vegetables are the primary source of alkaline substances for the body. They should be included in every main meal, whether as salad, raw or cooked vegetables, juice, or soup, by anyone trying to restore or maintain acid-alkaline balance. The sole exception is the tomato, which is very acidifying whether eaten raw or cooked. (Botanically speaking, however, the tomato is not a vegetable but a fruit.)

ALKALIZING FOODS

• Potatoes

• Green vegetables, raw or cooked: salad greens, green beans, cabbage, and so on

• Colored vegetables: carrots, beets (except for tomatoes)

• Corn (kernels or cooked as polenta)

• Milk (liquid and powdered form), large-curd cottage

  cheese, cream, butter

• Bananas

• Almonds, Brazil nuts

• Chestnuts

• Dried fruits: dates, raisins (except for those that are

  acidic to the taste-apricots, apples, pineapple)

• Alkaline mineral waters

• Almond milk

• Black olives preserved in oil

• Avocado

• Cold-pressed oils

• Natural sugar

 Potatoes are well known for their anti-acidifying qualities; their juice is often recommended as a remedy for stomach acidity and ulcers. The potato’s wealth of alkaline elements makes it the best choice of foods to counter the acidification of the body. A starchy food, it is nourishing and a beneficial alternative to cereal grains, which are acidifying. An alkaline diet must include potatoes more often than foods from cereal grains.

Another nourishing and valuable food for fighting excess acidity is the chestnut. Like the potato, it is starchy, a food that supplies fuel for energy, and it is not acidifying like cereal grains. Chestnuts can be roasted in the oven or boiled in water and eaten as a vegetable. The best-known recipe containing them is probably red cabbage with chestnuts. Like potatoes, chestnuts go well with cheese. But watch out for chestnut purees, which are often sweetened with sugar.

Of all the fruits, the banana is the only one that is truly alkalizing, because its own acid content is so weak that it never causes acidification, even when consumed in large quantities or as a regular part of the diet. Other fruits, in contrast, even those that are only faintly acid, such as melons, do contain acids, which means that the more one eats of them, the greater the acidifying effect they have.

Generally speaking, dried fruits (dates, raisins) are alkalizing because a portion of their acid content is oxidized in the drying process. They are less alkalizing if they are set out to dry before reaching full maturity, as is often the case with apples and apricots. The alkaline nature of dried fruits is also slightly reduced when they are treated with sulfur as a preservative.

 Almonds and Brazil nuts are the only alkalizing oleaginous fruits. They can be eaten just as they are, or chopped or sliced and mixed with salads, vegetables, and desserts. Some dietetic and health food stores sell a sugarless almond paste, which can be mixed with water to make almond milk, a very pleasant and alkalizing beverage.

 Black olives preserved in olive oil are alkalizing, unlike those, either black or green, that are preserved in a vinegar-based brine.

 Raw or whole sugar is not alkalizing, properly speaking, meaning that it does not alkalize the internal environment if eaten in large quantities, but when eaten in moderation it does not acidify either, as is the case with other sugars. The same is true of corn, milk, large-curd cottage cheese, cream, butter, and so on, which, eaten in moderation, do not acidify the body.

 Water usually has a pH of 7. When it is highly chlorinated, it becomes acid. Carbonated mineral water is also acid, because the gas that gives it its carbonation is carbonic acid. The principal alkaline mineral waters-those with a pH above 7-are Limpia Water (Italy), Contrexeville and Evian (France), and Henniez bleue (Switzerland). To determine whether a mineral water is alkaline, read the label on the bottle, as the pH is indicated there. You can also make your own alkaline water by adding pH drops to it.

Source: The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey, N.D.

•March 19, 2010 • 2 Comments

What is Kangen Water®?

Kangen Water® is the delicious, healthy water created from Enagic’s innovative water technology. Not only do these amazing devices filter harmful chemicals out of tap water, but they also produce Kangen and acidic waters through the process of ionization. These water types can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, beauty, and cleaning. “Kangen” means “return to origin” in Japanese.

Problems with commonly used waters.

Tap water

Tap water is better than buying soft drinks, but according to recent investigations, tap water in 42 states has been found contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards!

At the current levels of contamination, the public doesn’t always trust tap water and believes that water from the tap isn’t safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it’s no wonder that the demand for Kangen Water® is constantly increasing. It’s healthier, it’s cheaper and it tastes better.

Bottled water

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water and yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. The only difference is the added minerals that have no proven health benefits.

Studies show that 1/3 of bottled water contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Add to that the fact that bottled water is usually acidic and has no antioxidant impact and you can draw your own conclusions very easily. And, we didn’t even mention the environmental disaster caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles.

Reverse osmosis water

This is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through its filter.

Another problem is that reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide the good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Add to that the fact that 2-3 gallons of water is wasted for every gallon of purified water that is produced and you can see why it can’t be a serious alternative to Kangen Water®.

This article is from enagic.com – Click here to go to Enagic’s homepagehttp://www.enagic.com/?ls=1#ls=1

pH of the Human Body is Critical for Health

•March 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is an article we came across discussing the importance of maintaining your body’s pH levels…  Take a look!

As you quietly read these words, a whirl of activity is taking place in every cell of your body. Every second, unseen, unnoticed, millions of new cells are reborn in your body’s ceaseless program of self-generation. Since cells are the bricks and mortar from which all living tissue and organs are made, to understand degenerative and metabolic dis­ease you must become familiar with the miniature world of the cell and how they are able to perform baffling chemical transformations producing infinitely complex proteins, vitamins, hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors, enzymes and metabolic energy called ATP.

A healthy body is determined by the health of each of its single cells. All disease originates at the cellular level and not at the organ or system level. Healthy cells create healthy tissues. Healthy tissues create healthy organs like the heart and lungs. Healthy organs create healthy systems like the endocrine system or the immune system and healthy systems make up a healthy body.

In the complex world of 75 trillion cells that make up your nation body, you are the President (the brain) that delegates the police force that protects and shields the cellular citizens from attack by foreign enemies; the cellular citizen’s work performance, transportation system, medical care, communication, food and water, and methods of toxic waste and trash removal. With your guidance and direction, the nation body will provide all the necessities for proper functioning as a whole. Your cell citizens come in all shapes, sizes and performance capabilities that manufacture an infinite variety of job tasks. Some reside in large cities that are your organs; others prefer to live in the outskirts in small towns away from the traffic – your fingernails for instance. But no matter where they reside, each cellular citizen has a purpose, an important duty for the good of the nation — your body.

So if the health of the cell is the answer, what constitutes a healthy cell? What you eat, drink, breathe and bathe in will either nourish the 75 trillion cells with oxygen, water, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids (EFAs), glucose and amino acids, or contaminate the cells by the slow poisoning of the bloodstream. You see, what you breathe, whether oxygen or environmental contaminants ends up in the bloodstream. What you eat, whether living organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, legumes and seeds or refined, processed, foodless foods and toxic sugar laden drinks end up after digestion in the bloodstream The bloodstream is a flowing river to all the cells for nourishment and removal of acidic waste residues. So, is your bloodstream a river of life or a river of death and disease? For the Life of the flesh is in the blood…” (Lev. 17:11)  

Cells are multifaceted. Some are like miniature electrical generators like a lithium battery. They all respire like a lung to bring in intelligent nutrients and remove toxic waste products. Cells are also manufactunng plants that synthesize hormones, neurotransmitters, proteins and life force. These cellular engines also communicate like a wireless fiber-optic network 24 hours a day. Our finite minds couldn’t possibly fathom or consciously control the extraordinary complex tasks of manufacturing, storage, repair, communication, transportation, police, waste disposal, administration, food production, temperature control and pH balancing that goes on in our body daily to the normally metabolized acids from body tissues and maintain health and vitality.

A picture metaphor of how the cells communicate would be to envision all six billion people on this planet picking up a wireless phone simultaneously and having a phone conversation. Now picture everyone clicking three-way and having a three-way conversation. Then picture everyone in the world clicking on conference call with total conversation capability of 1,000 different people simultaneously. The question is, does your cell phone have good reception to transmit and receive messages. Your intestinal cell phone talks to the skin. Your spleen cell phone talks to the thymus. Your heart cell phone talks to the liver. All organs and systems work in unison. No organ or system works alone, just as no nutrient works alone. So what is the regulatory authority that controls cell processes? The answer is pH.

The pH of your tissues and body fluids affects the state of your health or inner cleanliness or filth. The closer the pH is to 7.35 – 7.45, the higher you’re level of health and well being and your ability to resist states of disease and the onset of symptomologies.

The pH scale is like a thermometer showing increases and decreases in the acid and alkaline content of these fluids. Deviations above or below a 7.35 -7.45 pH range in the blood can signal potentially serious and dangerous symptoms or states of disease. When the body can no longer effectively neutralize and eliminate the acids it relocates them within the body’s extra-cellular fluids and connective tissue cells directly compromising cellular integrity.

Click here to read the full articlehttp://www.relfe.com/health_natural/pH_human_body_balance_health_level_1.html

Check out the newest testimonial!

•March 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hey guys, my friend Greg wanted to include his testimonial on our blog… just click the “Kangen Testimonials” page to the right to read how Kangen Water has already had a profound impact on his life.  Thanks!

Jud & Caitlin

Just ask us!

•March 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Since there have already been some questions on how to go about buying your own Kangen Water Machine, we figured it would be best to post about it… The answer is simple: Just come to us!  We have all the information you need, and we can certainly answer any questions you have.  Trust us- we just went through this process ourselves.  It can be a big financial decision for some people, so if we haven’t been clear then we apologize.  Let us know how we can assist you, and we look forward to helping you improve your health and, ultimately, your life!

 

Thanks,

Jud & Caitlin

Maintaining your pH levels…

•March 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Check out this article from livestrong.com… I know when we first heard about maintaining the pH levels of our body, it was a somewhat of a foreign subject to us both.  Acidic beverages and foods can take a toll on your body and ultimately prevent your body from achieving optimum health.  For us, it made sense to start drinking alkalized water for a couple main reasons: 1) Water is easily absorbed into your bloodstream, and 2) Water is something you need to drink every day.  We wanted to ensure that one of life’s necessities was actually improving our health, rather than simply drinking it because we are “supposed to”.  OK- enough about us… Read the article and tell us what you think!

 

5 Things you Need to Know About Maintaining Alkalinity in the Body

1.  Balancing your pH

The balance between acid and alkaline is key to maintaining a healthy inner environment. pH is the way we talk about levels of acidity and alkalinity, where a below 7 score indicates acidity and above 7 indicates alkalinity. The amount of free hydrogen determines pH. If the pH is balanced correctly, acids will be neutralized and appropriate buffers will activate to resist changes in the pH balance. These buffers are made up of bicarbonates, albumin, globulin and hemoglobin and are there to maintain balanced digestive secretions. A pH of 7.4 is ideal for optimum body function.

2.  An Acidic Environment is the Perfect Home for Unwanted Organisms

One of the symptoms of acidosis is when oxygen and calcium are lacking, preventing the body from defense against invading organisms. When the body is high in acid, it becomes a host for bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and mold. Colds, flus and mucus love these conditions. A properly alkalized body contains high oxygen levels, which destroy diseases and unwanted organisms. People with more alkaline systems absorb up to 20 times more oxygen than those with high acidosis. You can test your pH levels by using test strips bought in any pharmacy.

3.  An Alkaline pH Helps Maintain Bone Mass and Reduces Body Fat

As we age, bone mass depletes, causing osteoporosis. When the diet is too acidic, our bodies cannot keep up with the calcium buffering needed for health and we begin to pull calcium from our bones and teeth. With adequate calcium intake, our alkaline level goes up and acid levels go down. Acid is also stored in fat cells. When the body is overly acidic, it creates first creates fat to protect itself from acid that could potentially seep into the organs causing problems such as ulcers.

4.  Alkalinity Helps Fight the Aging Process

With an appropriate alkaline balance we maintain an appropriate level of healthy nutrients in the body that are fundamental in slowing down the aging process. Some of these nutrients include calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which function as cellular pumps necessary for keeping the inner environment healthy, along with the B vitamins which oxidize carbohydrates and fats.

5.  Maintaining Alkalinity Through Diet and Exercise

We can easily balance our pH by choosing a diet that is high in alkaline and low in acid-forming foods. Include foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, raisins, bananas, apricots, citrus fruits, almonds, carrots, celery, tomatoes and millet. Limit intake of carbonated drinks, animal protein, poultry, eggs, seafood, cereal grains, margarine, butter, cheese, pastas, peanuts, chocolate, coffee and tea. Smoking, too much alcohol and not enough rest can also contribute to acid conditions. Balanced exercise maintains alkalinity, however if the body becomes stressed with over-exertion, it will create lactic acid, so be sure your exercise regimen is appropriate.

Check out the full article herehttp://www.livestrong.com/article/831-need-maintaining-alkalinity-body/