Iíve youíre not hydrated (drinking enough water) then you can get constipated, Kangen water, other brands of alkaline or ionised water and tap water will all hydrate you properly, there is no truth in the often repeated quotation that alkaline water offers better hydration than any other type of water, you might like the taste and drink more Kangen water but itís not got any better hydration properties.
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly will help keep your bowel movements regular, with the type of water your drinking having less importance than the amount of water your drinking.
Proponents of the Kangen machine say that because you can adjust the pH of the water you can select a pH with a higher or lower alkalinity that will be better absorbed by the body and therefore lower your risk of constipation, Iíve not seen any studies to say that a specific pH provides anymore hydration than another, of course if the pH of the water is too high (too alkaline) the water will taste bitter and be undrinkable.
Antioxidant water is the name given to alkaline and ionised waters by proponents of alkaline water with claims that the ionisation process gives the water more antioxidants, this is untrue, the antioxidants will be present in the source tap water, you canít manufacture more by ionisation and whether more antioxidants would prevent constipation is not proven.
Itís thought by some alkaline water proponents that alkaline water can fight off disease by neutralising the acidic diseases in your body, again there is no proof that alkaline water can neutralise acids in the body, although it certainly sounds plausible, the argument further states that it will be the acids in your body that make you constipated so by neutralising the acids, you wonít be constipated anymore.
There are however many personal testimonies of Kangen water drinkers who say that they suffered from chronic constipation before they drank Kangen water and that after drinking Kangen water regularly they did not suffer from constipation anymore, this could be because they drank very little water before and where always hydrated, but with consistent Kangen water drinking they where no longer hydrated and therefore no longer constipated, if Kangen water causes people to want to drink more water and main hydrated then that can only be a good thing.
Itís also thought by some proponents of Kangen water drinking that acid reflux can be lessoned or cured by Kangen water, there certainly is personal testimony to that effect, acid reflux can cause constipation so if the acid reflux of these Kangen water drinkers has indeed by prevented or lessoned then it follows that their constipation may also have been cured.
If your taking medicines then these can cause constipation the way to fix that is to increase your water intake form any source Kangen, alkaline, ionised or tap water.
The ever-popular alkaline diet which involves drinking alkaline water and eating alkaline foods has not been scientifically tested to see if it will prevent constipation, however staying hydrated is vital to the proper working of the gut and so without sufficient water drinking each day you can cause yourself constipation.