What Kind Of Water Are You Drinking? And Why It Matters.

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I remember when I first visited Chile as a child with my family, my dad made it very clear not to drink water from the tap. My sweet abuela nearly smacked a glass out of my brother’s hands after leaping across the kitchen heroically (okay, I’m exaggerating, but you get the picture). Then when I visited Cuba with friends, we were strongly advised to always order bottled water. Never drink from the restaurant water pitcher. Don’t even so much as ask for ice. We were committed to not getting sick during our lengthy 5 day stay so we followed that advice.

We’re not quite so paranoid about drinking tap water here in Canada. It is known to be much safer than other parts of the world. When developed countries like the US, Japan and England installed water and sanitation systems, they eradicated many diseases, thus saving millions of lives. I’m very thankful for that. But just because our water is considered “safer” doesn’t mean it’s completely “safe”.

Tap Water, as most of us are aware, is contaminated with pollutants, chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. and additives such as chlorine and fluoride. The Environmental Working Group stated that in between 2004 and 2009, water suppliers across the U.S detected 316 contaminants in water supplied to the public.  For most, the government has set no safety-based legal limits. Many other contaminants were found in drinking water at concentrations above government-issued advisory health guidelines. Well that’s alarming! It’s no wonder we invest in home water filtration systems and stock up on bottled water! Speaking of home water filtration systems and bottled water… let’s talk.

Reverse Osmosis is a water purification system where the water is demineralized by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable Reverse Osmosis Membrane.  Although it effectively removes many impurities in the water, it also removes all naturally occurring minerals. This method of filtration poses some serious health risks and concerns. Demineralised water is highly aggressive and leaches metals and other materials from the pipes and associated plumbing materials. As well, it leaches minerals, such as calcium and magnesium in prepared foods and increases the elimination of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium ions from the body. Furthermore, water low in minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium, may be associated with sudden death, higher risk of fracture in children, certain neurodegenerative diseases, pre-term birth and low weight at birth, pregnancy disorders, and some cancers.

Bottled Water is demineralised, or distilled water and is usually filtered through Reverse Osmosis, however some bottled water companies add in minerals after the fact. In many cases, it is simply municipal water bottled up and sold for often a thousand fold increase in price. While tap water costs about $.004 a gallon, bottled water costs $1.22 and upwards to over $8 a gallon. It has one of the biggest markups. Even gasoline costs less than bottled water. And I hear people complain about gas prices all the time.

Not only is bottled water expensive and lacking all naturally occurring minerals, but chemicals from the plastic leach into the water.

3 hazards commonly found in plastic water bottles are:

Bisphenol A (BPA) – has been found to adversely affect the endocrine and reproductive systems and to increase the risk of breast, prostate, ovarian, and brain cancer. It also increases the occurrence of hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, aggressive behavior, and asthma.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – contains contaminants of fecal matter, saliva, and
food residues in the plastic.
Phthalates – causes liver cancer, testicular atrophy, and sterility in males.

Bottled water is also terribly environmentally unfriendly. Over 60 million water bottles are thrown away each day in the United States alone and only a small percentage can be recycled.

But wait…there’s more. And this is the part you don’t often hear.

Bottled water is acidic and has a positive Oxidation Reduction Potential, which means it’s oxidizing to our bodies. On the pH scale bottled water typically ranges from about a 4.5-6.0. If you’re not familiar with the pH scale, it is short for “Potential Hydrogen.” 7.0 is considered neutral, anything below is acidic and anything above is alkaline. Tap water is kept at a neutral pH because if it were acidic it would rust the pipes. So what does that say about our bodies?

Too much acidity in the body can lead to a state of acidosis where all kinds of sickness and disease occur. And oxidative stress is widely accepted as one of the causes of most life-style related diseases, cancer and the aging process. So why again are we drinking bottled water?
(FYI: this includes vitamin water as well)

I know what you’re thinking. Okay Natalia, after sharing all this terrifying information on tap and bottled water, I bet you’re going to give us the perfect solution now.

Well since you want to know, I can tell you what I did. I invested in a Kangen Water System. This system produces Electrolyzed Reduced Water (ERW) through electrolysis. Let me tell you what properties Electrolyzed Reduced Water has and we can compare it to purified bottled water.

1.) ERW is rich in naturally occurring minerals. In fact, this system NEEDS minerals to effectively ionize the water.
2.) ERW exhibits an alkaline pH naturally, without additives, unlike most alkaline bottled water.
3.) ERW is rich in molecular hydrogen. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s only the most powerful antioxidant known to mankind (this time I’m not exaggerating). Not only does it have effects against oxidative stress, but also anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-obesity benefits and with no side effects! You drink one glass of this water and it would be like drinking the antioxidants of more than 2 lbs of blueberries, except better! Why is it better? Because unlike most antioxidants, molecular hydrogen has the capability to act at the cellular level and can even pass through the blood brain barrier.

If you want to learn more about Molecular Hydrogen, here’s a great place to start: http://www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org/

The properties of Electrolyzed Reduced Water are the complete opposite of bottled water, which is why I love it! We’ve always been told to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Imagine if this water was the 8 glasses you and your loved ones were consuming every day.  Along with eating wholesome foods, in my opinion, this is about the best preventative measure we can take for our family’s health.

Although this is a water ionizer and not a filtration system, it does filter out chlorine. For a pre-filtration system, Enagic has you covered, or you could go with the home filtration system of your choosing. As long as it doesn’t remove the naturally occurring minerals from the water, the Kangen Water System will partner greatly with it.

Baby Having Bath At Home

If you haven’t yet considered a chlorine filter for your shower, now might be a good time. Since purchasing the Anespa Mineral Ion Water Spa, I no longer have to be concerned about bathing my baby in chlorine.


If you have any questions or would like to purchase a Kangen Water System, I am here to help.

Natalia Mendoza
Enagic Independent Distributor






Strong Alkaline Water Uses


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I’ve talked about the many uses for Kangen’s Strong Acidic water and its powerful disinfecting properties. But that’s only one of the five different water types the Kangen ionizer can produce. Another powerful cleansing agent is the 11.5 pH Strong Alkaline water (also known as Strong Kangen water).

Here is a list of uses for Strong Kangen Water:

Put 1-2 quarts in washing machine instead of detergent. This is a great alternative for those who are sensitive to detergents. Still want the pretty scent? Just drop several drops of your favorite essential oil onto a wool dryer ball and toss it in the dryer with your clothes on a low heat setting.

If you prefer using detergent, then use a little bit with the Strong Alkaline Water. Your detergent will last longer and your clothes will be clean and bright!

Food Preparation
Strong alkaline water has the ability to emulsify oils, which makes it great for cleaning oil-based pesticides off your fruits and vegetables. Simply soak them in the 11.5 pH water for a minimum of 5 minutes (the longer the better).

*Not only is tap water ineffective in properly cleaning fruits and vegetables, but it is contaminated with chlorine which gets absorbed into our food (and skin). By cleaning your produce and meats with Kangen Water, they will be free of chlorine.

Strong Kangen water is tough on grease and grime, making it an effective degreaser for your countertops, stove tops, oven, and cutting boards, as well as for general cleaning in the kitchen.

Stain Removal
The extra strength and absorption power will remove coffee, soy sauce and oil stains. This water can also be used to remove stubborn toilet bowl stains.
*For more stubborn stains, soak overnight.

Use less dish soap when washing dishes with Strong Alkaline Water.


I will certainly be adding to this list as I learn more uses for the 11.5 pH Strong Alkaline Water. What else do you use Strong Kangen Water for?

tap water vs strong alkaline

Natalia Mendoza
Independent Distributor

Strong Acidic Water Uses

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The Kangen Water Ionizer is not only amazing for our health but can eliminate the need for household cleaners, keeping those dangerous chemicals out of our homes while saving us money.

Strong acidic water has a pH of 2.5. This water is not for drinking but has disinfecting properties. It is a proven anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial for use on skin, food, plants, countertops, etc. It has been used as a disinfectant in hospitals and restaurants in Japan for many years and has been approved for disinfecting food products in the United States since 2002.

Below is a list of uses for Kangen’s strong acidic water.

-Wash produce and meats to kill bacteria
-Sanitize knives, cutting boards, dish towels, kitchen cloths, kitchen countertops, etc.
-Sanitize bathroom surfaces, door knobs, light switches, baby toys, and anywhere else where germs and bacteria are easily spread.
*For a more powerful disinfecting effect, clean with 11.5 pH strong Kangen water before using strong acidic water. Please note: after the use of Strong Acidic Water, metal that rusts easily should be wiped with a dry cloth because of the strong acidity.
-Wash hands (no need for soap)
-Disinfect toothbrushes (soak toothbrushes in a cup of water to clean them)
-Mouth wash (brush teeth and swish water around for 1 minute to kill the bacteria that causes gingivitis).
-Treat canker sores, cold sores and eye sties.
-Treat a sore throat by gargling the strong acidic water
-Treat eczema and psoriasis (spray strong acidic water on eczema periodically throughout the day)
-Treat acne (use a cotton pad to dab breakouts)
-Treat athlete’s foot (soak feet)
-Hand sanitizer (bring a travel size bottle of strong acidic with you wherever you go and spray the water on your hands to sanitize)
-Clean cuts and scrapes to prevent infection and to stop bleeding
-Remove hard water deposits on glass and ceramic surfaces
-Prevent mold from growing and eliminate some molds by spraying it a few times
-Safely bleach white clothing
-Eliminates odours

 By no means is this even the full list! What else do you use Kangen’s Strong Acidic water for?


My Personal Testimonial Using Strong Acidic Water

For several months I had a bad case of eczema spreading throughout my right hand (at least I thought it was eczema). It started with my pinky and spread to the next finger and suddenly it was all throughout my hand. My infected fingers were swollen, terribly itchy and cracking and bleeding.
I tried natural remedies first, such as coconut oil and essential oils, as these are naturally antibacterial and many people have been able to successfully treat their eczema this way. Unfortunately this didn’t work for me. I was hopeful at times, thinking that it was starting to look better, only for it to come back with a vengeance the next day.
Eventually, I decided to try “dermatologist recommended” creams, which I generally try to avoid. They wouldn’t do the trick either. So my last resort was steroid cream.
Fortunately, that tardy light bulb of mine went off and I decided to stop using soap and start washing my hands with strong acidic water instead. To partner with that, I filled a spray bottle with the 2.5 pH water and sprayed my hand periodically throughout the day. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly that stubborn rash cleared up. And without any chemicals! The 2.5 nipped it in the bud and it hasn’t come back since.

Thanks Kangen Water!

Natalia Mendoza
Independent Distributor