Posted by Water Ionizer Expert on September 09, 2015 7 Comments
How a Kangen Water Machine Works
You’ve probably heard some pretty incredible things about the Kangen Water machine, and much of which is false. Some say it works by transforming ordinary water into hexagonal “microclusters” of water molecules. But that’s not true or even possible. Water molecules don’t cluster the way Kangen water salespeople claim they do. So how does a Kangen Water machine work? The same way all other water ionizers work: It uses charged electrode plates separated by an ion permeable membrane to separate tap water into alkaline water and acidic water.
How a Kangen Water machine makes alkaline water
The Kangen Water machine actually does nothing to water, it works on the dissolved mineral salts in your tap water. Tap water contains calcium and magnesium bicarbonates which are mineral salts. If your tap water contains a lot of those mineral salts, it means that you have hard water. Like all water ionizers, the Kangen Water machine uses electromagnetism to separate the minerals in tap water from the bicarbonate.
During the ionization process, the alkaline minerals are drawn towards the negatively charged plates. The bicarbonate is drawn towards the positively charged plates. The membrane that separates the negatively charged plates from the positively charged plates allows the mineral ions and the bicarbonate ions to pass through, but not cross back. Because of this, the mineral ions end up in a separate chamber from the bicarbonate ions.
Once the calcium and magnesium ions are separated from the bicarbonate ions, they undergo a reaction with water molecules called hydrolysis: Calcium and magnesium ions grab hydroxyl ions from water molecules to form new compounds, calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide.
The bicarbonate ions also undergo a reaction with the water. That reaction forms carbonic acid.
Does the Kangen machine restructure water?
No. Water in liquid form has no structure, so it can’t be restructured. Kangen Water salespeople often try to sell Kangen machines by claiming that their machine somehow restructures water to make it more hydrating. Don’t be fooled, there is no such thing. The claims about water microclustering or restructuring are very loosely based on actual science: The theory of hydrogen bonding states that water molecules may bond together for a few picoseconds. But afterward they’d break apart again. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second. So even if two or more water molecules did bond together, they would break apart again just as fast.
What makes alkaline water hydrate better is its mineral hydroxides. They raise the pH of water, raising the pH of water makes it easier for your body to absorb. Water needs an alkaline pH of about 8.3 to be absorbed in the intestines. If you drink water that doesn’t have an alkaline pH, your intestines will alkalize the water before it is absorbed. Alkaline water simply doesn’t need to be alkalized because it is already alkaline enough, so the body absorbs it faster.
Is the Kangen Water machine better than other ionizers?
The Kangen machine is a well-built ionizer, but we wouldn’t recommend it. There are two problems with the Kangen machine: Price and obsolete technology. The Kangen Water machine is way too expensive, it’s really only worth about half of its asking price. The other problem is that the Kangen machine is built using 1990’s technology. It was a great machine when it came out, but time has since moved on. Water Ionizer Expert carries a range of modern, hi-tech water ionizers that outperform the Kangen machine for about half the price.
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