A Definitive Guide – Finally!
We get this question a lot – which water device should I buy and why? Alkaline water, ionised water, hydrogen water, structured water, what’s the difference and why?
Well, let me say at the outset what everyone should immediately understand; you get what you pay for. Quality construction and raw materials cost money and there is no getting past that these costs are transferred to buyers. We have seen the real-world implications of patients buying shoddy construction trying to save pennies and let me tell you, that the outcomes are not pretty. While these shoddier machines are cheaper, they’re not cheap – USD1000 is less than USD1500 but it’s still USD1000 wasted versus USD1500 invested and well-used. Cheaper machines are often less reliable, less robust in the face of adverse water conditions (like, the high water hardness in parts of India) and produce water of questionable quality.
How do we know the quality is questionable? Various independent testing – from pH testing to Oxidation Reduction Potential testing (testing the antioxidant or free radical quality of the water, this is a measure of whether the water is effectively “rusting” your insides or not) and disassembly and study of the machine parts.
So, let’s begin by explaining the basic mechanism of action behind your typical alkaline ionised water machine – electrolysis.
Electrolysis in these machines works by running an electrical current through platinum-titanium plates. These plates then split the water (H2O) into hydroxyl ions (OH-) and hydrogen ions (H+). These hydrogen ions then behind together to form hydrogen – if you take a lighter and put it near our Kangen water machine, you can actually hear the hydrogen burn off. The remaining hydroxyl ions are what makes the water alkaline. In contrast, other alkaline water machines make their water alkaline by chemically adding minerals to it such as calcium and magnesium ions. And this is why we call water produced by electrolysis “alkalised” instead of “alkaline”.
So, if you’re one of those people that asks us why we recommend this specific brand instead of their hydrogen water machine, this is why – our Kangen water machine produces hydrogen as well alongside the other benefits of alkalinity, ionisation and structure.
How Do I Know If A Machine Is Effective Before I Buy It?
Getting back to the mechanism, because these machines use electrolysis, as a result, you can actually calculate the effectiveness of the machine using its specifications with this formula:
Power x Amperage x Surface Area of Plates = Number of PEU (Potential Electrolysis Units)
The PEU here refers to the number of electrons displaced by the process and is a measure of how powerful the process of electrolysis was. A higher PEU means more electrons were moved into the water and therefore, the more beneficial the water. A high PEU is what you want from your water machine.
See, with this formula, you don’t take have to come back and ask me about every single machine you encounter – you can take it and calculate for yourself whether the effectiveness of the machine is worth its price.
But with it, let me show you how to use it while illustrating why patients and clients benefit the most from our particular brand of Kangen Water machine from Enagic Japan.
SD501 230W x 2.5A x 466cm2 = 267,950 PEU
JR 120W x 1A x 210cm2 = 25,020 PEU (this is 9.4% power of the SD501)
Average competitor 110W x 0.5A x 117 = 6,435 PEU (only 2.4% of the SD501)
The big secret to these isn’t just the power but the amperage as 1A = 6.241 x 10^18 electrons displaced
Why Do The Plates Matter?
The other thing to consider is the impact of the size of the plates, the power of the machine and how that affects the ORP (oxidation reduction potential) of the water. As mentioned earlier, this ORP is a measure of how the water acts as an antioxidant that removes free radicals – the more negative the ORP, the better the water as it is a more potent antioxidant this way.
A smaller water unit might have 3 small plates and 120W. These tend to produce an ORP of approximately -350mV. This might last 12 – 24 hours, awhile but not very long.
The JR machine we mentioned above, has 3 large plates and a power of 120W. It produces a correspondingly BETTER ORP of -450mV. This will last much longer than the smaller water unit – from 24 – 48 hours.
The SD501 has 7 large plates and has 230W. With these specifications, it takes the cake – it produces an ORP of -800mV. The benefit potential of this water can last a whopping 72 hours. Now, the quality of water gradually degrades the less fresh it is so you always want to drink it as fresh from the machine as possible.
Besides the size, the quality of the plates will also vary with the price. The brands we recommend all use medical grade titanium and platinum. This translates into a 25 year life expectancy and 5 year international warranty for the most commonly recommended water machine. The other brands we’ve inspected? No one seems to be forthcoming about what kind of platinum and titanium is being used in these.
We’ve disassembled models and you can see the difference in construction and quality. Some of the brands we reject even suffer from overheating issues because of how the electrolysis is conducted – this is cheaper and easier to manufacture but is a major comment on the quality of the build.
In conclusion, if you’re wondering why we get such amazing results with our patients, part of the recipe is the RIGHT kind of functional hydration.