The MLM Review, a website designed for providing company reviews, cites that the Japanese Association for Preventative Medicine for Adult Disease considers the company that produces Kangen water to be the leader in water purification. With benefits like detoxification, improved digestion, and better hydration, it's easy to see why. However, clients are recommended not to take medication with Kangen water.
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Kangen water is produced in a machine that turns pH-neutral tap water into alkalized water by sending electricity through it to separate the water molecules. The acidic water is then drained from the machine and users are left with freshly ionized drinking water. Kangen water can be produced at a range of pH's. Usually, people start with a pH level of 8.5 and work up to 9 or 9.5 in a few weeks. (Regular water has a pH of 7.)
This ionized water provides a number of health benefits. The human body functions best when its pH level is at or near neutral. However, fattening foods and unhealthy lifestyles tend to make most Americans lean toward the side of having too much acid in their bodies. The alkalinity of Kangen water helps neutralize this abundance of acid, allowing the body to detox and maintain a healthy pH. Furthermore, ionized water molecules tend to clump together in smaller clusters (microclustering), making them more easily absorbed on a cellular level. This makes it easier for the blood to transport water and nutrients to the body's cells.
Acidity and Microclustering
Prescription medications are designed for a stomach with a pH level of about 1.8. Because Kangen water is notably more alkaline than regular water, its presence changes the stomach's acidity. This may affect the way the body handles certain medications. In addition to this, the microclustering tendency of Kangen water may cause the chemicals in the medication to be brought to the cells more quickly than intended.
Because of these factors, you should avoid drinking Kangen water 30 minutes before or after taking prescription medication. Similar precautions should be applied to over-the-counter medications. These limitations do not apply to vitamins and other natural supplements.
As of 2010, research regarding the interaction of Kangen water and prescription medications is minimal. Further study may reveal more information about the way Kangen water effects the body's processing of medication.