Some Kangen water drinkers say it can prevent cancer, acne and diabetes as well as stop you ageing and regulate your bodies acid levels, whilst others say it can give you diarrhoea, so whoís right.
Normal house tap water has a neutral pH of 7, alkaline water produced by a Kangen machine or other brand of water ioniser has a much higher (alkaline) pH, the theory goes that alkaline water can neutralise the acid in your body and as germs and disease are acidic the alkaline will kill those germs and diseases and keep you healthy, whilst there is little medical evidence to back up these claims, thereís a lot of personal testimony to that theory.
Alkaline water with a pH higher than 11 can cause gastrointestinal problems including diarrhoea, as well as stomach problems, highly alkaline water can irritate your eyes and skin and will be very bitter to drink.
Whist itís popular to counter alkaline water enthusiastsí comments that alkaline water is itself neutralised by stomach acid there is also some proof that not all the alkaline of the water is neutralised, in fact drinking alkaline water has been shown to reduce digestive problems like chronic diarrhoea and constipation rather than causing diarrhoea.
The theory goes that when you drink alkaline water you increase the pH level inside your stomach, if the pH in the stomach rises above 4 the body will itself bring the pH down and problems like diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion or hart disease and allergies will cause the body to become more acidic.
If you drink several glasses of alkaline water on an empty stomach or even make the alkaline water very alkaline (very bitter) then your get diarrhoea, but that will also happen with any type of water like tap water or bottled water, drink lots of water on an empty stomach and get diarrhoea.
The overconsumption of water is called hyponatremia, you can feel sick, vomit and get diarrhoea, that will happen regardless of the type of water your drinking, alkaline ware drinkers advise that you donít drink too much initially when you first get your water machine as your give yourself diarrhoea or an upset stomach with lots of gurgling, for the first few weeks just drink two glasses of alkaline water daily and supplement the rest of your ware intake with neutral pH water until your used to it.
Of course, maintaining a healthy digestive system is about more than staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, your also need to eat a balanced diet and avoid heavily processed foods or foods that are too spicy as spicy foods will give you diarrhoea.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) then you might also suffer with diarrhoea or if not diarrhoea then loose and watery stools that drinking alkaline water may help stabilised, more so by the increase in hydration than because the water is alkaline.