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Is Your Garden pH Balanced?

Posted: May 3, 2013 by Christina Chambers

Have you tried cultivating your own blossoms only to have them die, or attempted to grow your own produce but lost it to hungry bugs?

Gardening is hard work, and the pH balance of the plant water and soil plays a large role in whether or not your efforts are successful.

Unlike humans, plants “breathe out” oxygen and “breathe in” carbon dioxide. While humans thrive on clean, ionized alkaline water, most plants like to drink ionized acid water, as shown in this gradeschool science experiment. Plus, most insects are repelled by ionized acidic water, making it an all natural pesticide.

Most rainwater has a pH of 5.6-5.8 due to the presence of carbonic acid (H2CO3). This means it is moderately acidic, but should not be confused with acid rain which hovers closer to 3.0 pH due to emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides mixing with the water molecules. Many commercial fertilizers are ammonia-based in order to increase soil acidity, but the water that comes out of your sprinklers and garden hose is likely neutral or slightly alkaline and filled with chemicals like chlorine, chloramines and fluoride which can be harmful to plants.

Since most people aren’t filtering their plant water or aware of which pH each plant prefers, we created the following chart as a guide to help your garden grow:

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When it’s time to cut your blossoms to give away or display around the house, most cut flower stems should be watered with ionized alkaline water since, like us, they have been uprooted from their original life force and are slowly dying.

And when you’re ready to eat the produce you have grown, we recommend spritzing it with strong ionized acidic water to naturally kill any bacteria that has grown on them. Then you can soak the produce in 8.5 pH ionized alkaline water for 10 minutes directly before consuming in order to revive the produce to it’s freshly picked state. You’ll have the freshest, best-tasting organic produce on the block!

A Chanson water ionizer is capable of producing every pH level of water that you and your plants need to thrive.

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The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


Do pH Water Machines Really Work?

Posted: December 7, 2012 by Christina Chambers

As a prominent water ionizer distributor and manufacturer, of course we are going to tell you that yes, pH water machines really work.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read the dozens of customer testimonials, doctor and athlete endorsements, scientific studies and articles we have collected on the subject.

The Science Behind It

Water ionizers replicate what happens in nature when alkaline mineral-rich water flows over rocks, creating a negative charge, or -ORP (oxidation reduction potential). Through the process of electrolysis, water ionizers are able to separate H- ions and H+ ions, resulting in two streams of water – alkaline for drinking and acidic for eco-friendly skincare and cleaning purposes. They also microcluster the water, which makes the water drops smaller and easier to penetrate cells for deeper hydration and detoxification, and ionize the minerals which makes them more easily absorbed by the body.

Testing

pH water machines are not a scam or just hype. In fact, there are three very simple scientific ways to test the water to see that they produce water which is different from other waters.

1. pH testing can be done by adding reagent drops to the water and comparing the resulting color to a pH chart. Most ionizers come with a pH testing kit, which will allow you to see how alkaline, neutral or acid your tap water is as well as test the water made with an ionizer at different settings. A pH meter will also tell you the pH of a liquid and is used widely in the wine industry.

2. Another measurement that can be done on alkaline ionized water to prove its effectiveness is with an ORP meter. Alkaline liquids all have a -ORP, while acidic liquids like coffee, tea, soda and most bottled waters all have a +ORP. ORP represents the amount of oxidizers (aka free radicals) or antioxidants that a substance has. Anything with a +ORP is oxidizing to the body and accelerates aging, while alkaline ionized water has a -ORP and is rich in anti-oxidants.

3. Finally, a TDS meter can be used to measure the amount of Total Dissolved Solids in the water. Water found in nature always contains TDS, whereas reverse osmosis and bottled waters usually contain little or no TDS. Alkaline ionized water from a water ionizer contains an abundant amount of bioavailable alkaline minerals, or TDS.

Physical Results

Not interested in doing any scientific testing but want to see, feel and taste results?

When you first start drinking alkaline ionized water, the first thing you will notice is that the water has a silkier and smoother feel than regular water, and it won’t leave you feeling bloated or waterlogged. You’ll also need to make much more frequent trips to the restroom for the first few weeks–a sure sign that the water is detoxifying your cells. You are also likely to feel energized, unless you are particularly loaded with toxins in which case you might feel flu-like symptoms while your body detoxifies, followed by increased energy. And if you soak your produce with alkaline ionized water, you will notice fuller flavor.

But the benefits of a pH water machine don’t end with the alkaline ionized water for drinking. If you apply low pH acid water to your skin, you are likely to notice fewer lines and softer skin. And if you spray it on carpet or fabric stains, you’ll be able to see the amazing stain-fighting properties in action. In fact, there are many, many uses for low pH acid water that you are missing out on by not owning a water ionizer!

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


I is for Ionized Alkaline Water + Alkaline Recipes to Try!

Posted: October 1, 2012 by Christina Chambers

This is the ninth installment of our alkaline foods series where we feature a food from A-Z, sharing the benefits of the food along with suggested recipes to try!

I is for Ionized Alkaline Water

Ionized alkaline water can be made using a small kitchen appliance called a water ionizer. It hooks up directly to your tap and restructures the water using the process of electrolysis.

Ionized alkaline water promotes health in many ways. It:

  • Helps regulate the body’s internal pH
  • Detoxifies your cells
  • Provides increased energy and better sleep
  • Is up to six times more hydrating than regular water
  • Provides faster recovery from injuries, and fewer aches and pains
  • Is naturally able to support weight loss
  • May help decrease incidences and lengths of colds and flus
  • Provides greater mental focus and enhanced memory

Ionized Alkaline Water recipes to try:

Start using ionized alkaline water whenever water is called for in a recipe.

Related articles:

For more alkaline recipes from around the web, visit and follow our Alkaline Diet & Recipes Pinterest board. Stay tuned for the next installment of our alkaline foods series: J is for Jicama.

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


The Truth About Antacids

Posted: August 3, 2012 by Christina Chambers

Antacids are the #1 selling over-the-counter medication, and the 4th most prescribed prescription drug in the world today.  

They provide a quick fix for common digestive problems like heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, and gas pain which are caused by excess acid in your system.

The science behind it

The reason that antacids like Tums, Alka-Seltzer, Mylanta, Rolaids and Maalox work is because they all contain alkaline minerals like calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and sodium bicarbonate. These alkaline minerals are then able to help neutralize the acid.

But just like how that adding alkaline minerals like baking soda and sea salt to your water to turn it alkaline is not a long-term solution because it can create health problems of its own, so can taking antacids like Tums on a regular basis.

When you ingest overly acidic foods, your body seeks to neutralize those acids naturally by pulling alkaline minerals from its internal reserve. This is because our blood must remain at 7.4 pH in order for us to live, and the body will do whatever it needs to in order to preserve that delicate pH balance.

When your alkaline reserves are low (as we age and continue to eat more and more unhealthy foods), it may have to resort to pulling alkaline minerals from places like our bones, heart and eyes, hence the rise in osteoporosis, heart failure and poor eyesight among middle-aged and elderly people.

The dangers of frequent antacid use

Blocking or reducing the production of your stomach acid by ingesting antacids can leave you undernourished, because your body may not be able to properly absorb the proteins and vitamins from your food.

When you are undernourished your immune system can break down, making you more susceptible to things like food poisoning, parasites, peptic ulcers and more. These can be caused by the fungi and bacteria in your food that would normally be killed by the stomach acid.

A better solution

When you follow an alkaline diet consisting of 80% alkaline foods and drink plenty of ionized alkaline water, your odds of experiencing common digestive problems decrease dramatically.

Think about it. When was the last time you experienced heartburn, bloating or gas pains? It most likely wasn’t after finishing off a plate of steamed veggies or a healthy salad. No, those issues usually arrive after you eat things like a burger and fries–unhealthy acidic foods our bodies have a hard time digesting.

Many people are confused about the effectiveness of ionized alkaline water, believing that stomach acid will render it useless. Dr. Robert O. Young explains, “Alkaline electron-rich water…does not trigger the release of sodium bicarbonate and thus does not cause the creation of the acid HCl, so it does not interfere with the alkalizing of the food. In fact alkaline electron-rich water with its high concentration of electrons helps the alkalizing of the food and also helps to neutralize the caustic acidic poisonous HCL, preventing the acidification of the blood and tissues.”

So rather than treat the symptoms of overacidity with an over-the-counter or prescription antacid which can cause further health issues, we recommend that you eat more alkaline foods and drink Chanson ionized alkaline water daily. For more information on the benefits of ionized alkaline water visit www.chansonwater.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. The author of this article is not a medically trained physician; therefore, any theories or suggestions put forward are intended to supplement and not replace the advice of medically or legally trained professionals.

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


Ways to Make Alkaline Water Infographic

Posted: July 27, 2012 by Christina Chambers

There is more than one way to make alkaline water, and we have created this infographic as a guide to explain the pros and cons of each method.

Ways to make alkaline water

Electric water ionizers are also the only method listed above that also makes ionized acidic water which is great for all-natural skin, body and hair care as well as household and industrial cleaning.

For more information on the benefits of ionized alkaline and acidic waters from a Chanson water ionizer, visit us at www.chansonwater.com.

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


5 Ways to Conquer Your Sugar Cravings

Posted: July 20, 2012 by Christina Chambers

The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their sugar intake to 6 teaspoons a day and men are allowed 9 teaspoons. But in reality we are consuming an average of 22 teaspoons a day, and just one soda exceeds the daily limit at over 9 teaspoons.

With excess sugar leading to a myriad of diseases and conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, weight gain, premature aging and candida, its important that we try to limit our sugar intake as much as possible. Artificial sweeteners are not a solution as they often contain dangerous toxins that should be avoided.

So what is one to do when one of those pesky sugar cravings strike?

Here are our suggestions for conquering your sugar cravings:

1. Give Your Body What it Really Needs, Not What it Thinks it Needs

Studies show that when humans crave sweets, what we really need is chromium, sulfur, carbon, phosphorus, and tryptophan. Healthy foods like broccoli, grapes, dried beans, nuts,  legumes, fresh fruit, sweet potato, spinach, kale, cabbage, and calciferous vegetables contain those elements and should be snacked on when sugar cravings strike.

2. Drink Ionized Alkaline Water

Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer contains an electric charge which creates a craving to drink more water. Additionally, prolonged use of ionized alkaline water can cause sweets to become too sweet for your taste, making them less appealing. Ionized alkaline water is also very detoxifying to the body and may help flush out Candida. By replacing one sugary beverage like soda for a glass of water, you will take in about 45 less grams of sugar.

3. Swap Your Sweetener

Stevia is an all-natural sweetener with a low glycemic index that is available in both powdered and liquid form. It actually offers some health benefits and is sweeter than sugar so a little can go a long way. It is a great alternative to white and brown sugar and artificial sweeteners.

4. Reduce Temptation

As with any diet, clearing the pantry of the unhealthy foods you are trying to avoid will reduce your chances of overindulging on sweets. Start reading labels and stop buying the sweets you know you shouldn’t be eating. Even non-sugary junk foods should be avoided as they can be addicting.

5. Keep Your Hormones in Check

Stress creates cortisol, which increases blood sugar levels and creates sugar cravings. Meditation can help keep sugar cravings at bay by reducing stress, and eating small frequent meals will keep blood sugar stable. Also, when your serotonin levels are stable, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets, so try boosting your serotonin levels with a low glycemic diet, daily exercise and plenty of sleep.

Chanson Water USA believes that a plant-based alkaline diet supplemented with ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer is the key to natural health and wellness. Grab your free copy of their new Alkaline Recipes Ebook and visit www.chansonwater.com for more information.

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


Natural Healing with Amazing Miracle Waters Found Around the Globe

Posted: June 22, 2012 by Christina Chambers

You’ve heard of the fountain of youth, and the miraculous healing and transformative qualities it can bring.

But did you know that many parts of the world, “healing waters” are still rumored to exist, and regularly attract numerous tourists and health-seekers?

Whether these springs have any scientific merit or are merely faith-based, legend or myths which elicit a placebo response, they have managed to rack up a significant amount of extraordinary health claims.

Here are a few of the more well known miracle water sites:

1. Lourdes, France

In 1858, a poor 14-year-old French girl repeatedly saw a ghostly woman who claimed to be the Virgin Mary that revealed the location of a spring and told her she wanted a chapel built on the site and for people to come in procession.

Now, an average of five million visitors flock to the town to drink or bathe in the spring water each year, and have reported healing of ailments like tumors, tuberculosis, ophthalmitis, impetigo, bronchitis and paralysis.

2. Tlacote, Mexico

Since May 1991, over 8 million people have visited the ranch of Mr. Jesus Chahin, who gives the miracle water on his property away for free. The water is said to have cured everything from cancer to obesity and high cholesterol, allegedly including former NBA star Magic Johnson’s AIDS.

3. Nordenau, Germany

A spring of very pure water was discovered in a cave in a disused slate mine at Nordenau. An old woman reported that after covering her blind eye with the water, she can now see; an ex-miner said his back was healed and he has thrown away his crutch, and another woman said, “I always had problems with high blood pressure and was afraid of collapsing. I went to the grotto with my blood pressure at 160/100. I came out with 130/100. Now the blood pressure is constant, a fact which my doctor cannot explain.”

4. Nadana, India

In Nadana village, water began gushing out of a deserted tube well in September 1992. Locals who bathed in the water reported that the “medicinal” and “magical” qualities of the well cured their skin diseases. Word quickly spread, and now a constant stream of people visit the village daily to gain the benefits of the water. A five-year-old polio victim was reportedly cured to a large extent after bathing there, and most people who go into the water report physical improvements.

How would you like to have your own fountain of youth, right in your own kitchen?

With a Chanson Water ionizer, you can (no travel or waiting in line necessary!)

Water ionizers recreate what happens in nature when fresh water runs over rocks. They take your ordinary tap water and transform it into fresh, filtered ionized alkaline water through the process of electrolysis with the touch of a button.

While the FDA mandates that only drugs can make direct health claims of treating or preventing disease, users report* everything from lower cholesterol to weight loss to improved vision to better sleep after drinking ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer. In addition, the ionized acidic water that the machine also produces has been attributed with improving various skin conditions when applied to the skin. Visit www.chansonwater.com to learn more.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


Why Reverse Osmosis Water is Harmful to Health

Posted: April 27, 2012 by Christina Chambers

The extreme water filtration process known as reverse osmosis rids tap water of virtually all nasty toxins, contaminants and bacteria, making it as pure and crystal clear as can be.

Sounds great, right?

Not exactly.

The problem with reverse osmosis (R/O) is that it works TOO well. In addition to removing all of the impurities, it also strips the water of all the valuable alkaline minerals your body needs to thrive. Essentially, R/O water is dead and lifeless, and most bottled waters on the market today are made with R/O water, not the pristine mountain spring water the ads may lead you to believe.

Although reverse osmosis water is very pure, you will never find it in nature. Water in nature always has total dissolved solids (TDS) in it. TDS are dissolved substances or minerals found in natural waters, which are what give the water life and help to nourish our bodies.

Due to the removal of alkaline minerals, R/O water has an acidic pH level instead of a neutral or alkaline pH which municipal tap water sources mandate. It also has a positive oxidation reduction potential (or +ORP) value, which means it is oxidizing to the body and creates cell-damaging free radicals.

When we consume acidic foods and liquids, our bodies are forced to rob themselves of alkaline minerals like calcium from our bones and magnesium from our heart to offset the unnatural imbalance, creating a mineral deficiency!

Over time, this continuous act of robbing Peter to pay Paul can take a real toll on our health. It’s no wonder that heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, vision loss and other lifestyle-related diseases are rampant in our society today–most of us are drinking the wrong kind of water!

R/O systems waste approximately five gallons of water per gallon made, and that’s not including the water and oil needed to create the plastic bottles they often come in! With many scholars predicting a water and oil crisis in the not-so-distant future, it’s important to be water wise now more than ever.

A Better Drinking Water Solution

Alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer is full of bioavailable minerals, has an alkaline pH and an energizing, free-radical fighting -ORP. Chanson ionizers duplicate what happens in nature when water runs over rocks through electrolysis, separating alkaline and acidic ions so the remaining drinking water is healthy, mineral-rich and closer to what nature intended.

Water ionizers hook directly up to your tap, providing an on-demand water supply that is much cheaper, more convenient and better for the environment than bottled or homemade R/O water in the long run.

Because the onboard filter(s) that all brands of water ionizers come with provide a level of filtration far inferior to R/O systems, we strongly recommend pairing a drinking water pre-filter with your water ionizer. Or, if you already have a R/O system installed you can add a remineralizer in order for the ionizer to have minerals to ionize.

You will not get the same benefits from remineralized R/O water or a bottle of mineral water as you will from filtered water run through a water ionizer. This is because the minerals have not been ionized which makes them better absorbed by the body, nor has it been microclustered, which Japanese scientists believe makes it up to six times more hydrating and detoxifying. And finally because it has not been given a negative charge which helps fight free radicals instead of creating them.

Properly filtered alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer is the solution. Stop drinking dead, acidic, mineral-leeching R/O water today. Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


How Alkaline Ionized Water May Boost Your Sex Life

Posted: April 13, 2012 by Christina Chambers

Could your kitchen be just as important to your sex life as your bedroom?

According to a British study, many couples run out of steam after having sex because they fail to drink enough water. Doctors have warned that couples who work up a sweat in bed risk dehydration unless they replenish their fluids.

Although nine out of ten people drink water after running or going to the gym, only two out of five people drink water after sex despite the fact that 30 minutes of strenuous sexual activity is as hard on the body as a three-mile run or a good gym workout.

We’ve all heard references to French lovers and how the French have heightened romance and sexuality. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the French have more sex than their British counterparts, but did you know that they also drink five times as much water?

Dr. John Leiper, an expert in fluid balance and hydration at Aberdeen University, says many people are unaware that intercourse can be as dehydrating as other forms of exercise. “Sweating, flushing and panting are all signs that the heart rate is faster, meaning that the body is reacting in the same way to sex as it does to other cardiovascular exercises. As we go about our daily activities we continually lose water, even when we are not visibly sweating, so when we take part in exercise or sexual activity this water loss increases and we need to replace it to prevent dehydration.”

Dehydration contributes to loss of libido, fatigue, headaches and vaginal dryness (which–in addition to decreasing pleasure–adds to tear-inducing friction of condoms). Research indicates that dehydration also decreases the volume of blood plasma, which results in less oxygen being delivered to the exercising muscle and increases breathing and heart rates. Since arousal depends on plenty of blood flow to the sexual organs, dehydration can affect sexual performance. Therefore, it’s important to stay hydrated before and after sex.

Sexual stamina drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are acidifying to the body and have been linked to serious side effects including sudden permanent hearing loss and death by heart attack. Drinking alkaline ionized water instead is a natural alternative because it is the same frequency of the pineal gland (located in the brain) and thus affects all other glands below it and may stimulate sex drive.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle, “Sexual function and desire are products of the autonomic nervous system, which can be paralyzed by overacidity.” So how do you combat acidity? By hydrating with alkaline ionized water.

A diet rich in alkaline fruits and vegetables can also improve your prowess in the bedroom and keep you sexually healthy, as they provide necessary vitamins and minerals. Benefits of an alkaline diet can include increased production of sex hormones, greater ability to get and stay aroused, and changes in your brain chemistry that make it easier to get in the mood.

Certain beverages like alcohol, coffee and soda can decrease your sex drive and cause dehydration due to their diuretic effect if consumed in large quantities. Most bottled waters are acidic and stripped of minerals, and tap water is full of contaminants.

So instead, hydrate with Chanson ionized alkaline water (which is more hydrating than conventional water because it is microclustered and can therefore penetrate cells deeper) to avoid dehydration, boost your energy levels, and (hopefully) improve your sex life!

We recommend that you drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of Chanson ionized alkaline water daily (and more if you have a really steamy session between the sheets!)

Disclaimer: The testimonials, videos, articles and comments herein are the expressed opinions and experiences of the individual persons shared under their 1st amendment right of free speech. The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made. Click here to see why we must say that.

The FDA laws only allow approved DRUGS to make claims of being able to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent disease. Natural products, even if they work can never qualify as a approved drug and are required to post the disclaimer that you read.


Chanson Water USA CEO Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article

Posted: April 12, 2012 by Christina Chambers

Our CEO and water expert Ronnie Ruiz was quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article titled The Positives and Negatives of Ionized Water as part of their Aches & Claims series. Below is a reprint of the article in its entirety along with Ronnie’s thoughts.

The Positives and Negatives of Ionized Water

April 9, 2012, 6:49 p.m. ET

 

By LAURA JOHANNES

It would be hard to improve the healthfulness or cleaning power of water without adding any chemicals or supplements to it. But companies are claiming to do just that by “ionizing” water.

[ACHES]Enagic USA’s Kangen Water machine

Companies are selling machines that put drinking water through an “ionization” process. According to the companies, the process, also called “electrolysis,” is accomplished using negatively and positively charged electrodes. In the process, water atoms give electrons to the electrodes or receive them, according to a graphic on Chanson Water USA Inc.’s website. The result is a chemical reaction that results in water becoming more acid or alkaline. Tap water typically has a pH of around 7, or neutral; alkaline water has a pH of more than 7; acidic water, less than 7.

Companies say alkaline water has a variety of benefits, ranging from giving you energy to counteracting unhealthy effects of acidic foods you eat. Some scientists, however, say there aren’t any good studies supporting the ionized-water companies’ marketing claims.

Water ionizers, long sold internationally, have been generating increased interest in the U.S. during the past couple of years, says Pauli Undesser, director of regulatory and technical affairs at the Water Quality Association, a nonprofit trade group for the water-treatment industry.

Earth Trade Water Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., posts testimonials from professional athletes who say its ionized alkaline water boosts their performances by providing better hydration and aiding “energy” and “focus.”

Chanson Water USA, a Laguna Hills, Calif., unit of Chanson Taiwan LLC, says on its website that its ionized water has smaller clusters of water molecules than ordinary water and these “microclusters” are better able to “penetrate into more places in the body.”

In a marketing brochure, Enagic USA Inc., a Los Angeles unit of Japan’s Enagic Co., says its “Healthy Kangen Water”—which has a pH of 8.5 to 9.5—”helps your body balance the acidic effects” of eating foods such as meat and eggs. Enagic’s Leveluk SD501 model, which sells for $3,980, uses seven electrodes.

Enagic also says Kangen water tastes better with “superior mouth-feel.” In an informal blind taste test at a local spa offering Kangen water, I found the Kangen water tasted soft and velvety, but with a mineral aftertaste, compared with ordinary tap water.

The machines, which typically range from $1,000 to $6,000, are generally attached to a faucet, but some models go under the sink. The alkaline water, which the companies say is ideal for drinking and cooking, comes out of one of the machines’ spigots, while acid water, which can be used for cleaning, comes out of another. The degree of alkalinity is often adjustable. The machines have a built-in filter, which filters impurities just like any other water filter.

Besides drinking water, Enagic’s machines produce four other types of water. Enagic recommends using very acidic “sanitary water” for household disinfecting, such as sanitizing cutting boards and knives. “Beauty water” helps close facial pores after washing with it, the company says. Neutral water is intended for taking medications and making baby formula; and “strong” Kangen water, a very alkaline water, is intended for “cleansing power” in such tasks as removing toilet stains or floor stains.

Some doctors and scientists say the companies’ claims aren’t backed by good high-quality studies. “Human evidence is lacking, safety profile is lacking and it’s very expensive,” says Catherine Ulbricht, co-founder of National Standard Research Collaboration, a Cambridge, Mass. scientist-owned group that evaluates natural therapies.

“There is no basis for any health claims at all” for alkaline drinking water, adds Santa Barbara, Calif., gastroenterologist John Petrini, past president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. After it is digested, food and water goes into the stomach and—no matter what pH it was when it entered—ends up leaving the stomach at a pH of about 6.8, Dr. Petrini says. And no matter what you eat, your body has effective mechanisms to keep your blood in a narrow range between 7.35 and 7.45, he adds.

Chemists say it’s logical that acidic or very alkaline water could be useful for cleaning, but there’s no evidence that the pH of water has any specific effect on skin or pores, says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Tina Alster.

Roberto Car, a professor of chemistry and physics at Princeton University, says the alkalization process described by Chanson sounds scientifically plausible, though he hasn’t examined the machine. But Chanson’s claim that alkaline water contains microclusters of molecules more readily absorbable by the body is “nonsense,” according to Dr. Car and others.

“Rubbish,” adds H. Eugene Stanley, a professor of chemistry and physics at Boston University. The structure of water—including how its molecules cluster—isn’t yet fully understood, scientists say.

Chanson Water CEO Ronnie Ruiz says a nuclear magnetic resonance test, the results of which are posted on the company’s website, shows that its water microclusters. He says 70% of customers who provide feedback report benefits, such as improvement in diabetes, improvement in depression, lower cholesterol levels. Mr. Ruiz says customers “love it, use it daily and see the absolute value in owning the machines. Science will at one point absolutely validate the health benefits.” Many of the benefits are due to the fact that the water has a negative charge and is an antioxidant, he adds.

Arizona physician Horst Filtzer—a paid medical adviser to Enagic and former chief of surgery at Cambridge Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital—says alkaline water passes into the intestines “without much difficulty” since stomach acid isn’t produced in response to water. It doesn’t do much good to drink alkaline water with food—such as a steak—that does trigger an acid response, Dr. Filtzer says. He adds that he finds Kangen’s alkaline water doesn’t make him feel bloated like regular tap water does.

Peter L. Kopko, a chiropractor and chief science adviser to Earth Trade Water, says that alkaline minerals in its water—such as calcium and potassium—improve athletic performance because the help “counteract” acid buildup in the body during exertion. The company hasn’t done clinical studies on its water.

Ronnie’s thoughts on the article:

I am very happy about how the Wall Street Journal reported on ionized water, even if they included opposing views, to me this is fine because the people they interviewed have 0 experience and knowledge of ionized water, they have done no testing of the machines or the finished product the machines make, on the other hand, by the fact that such prestigious news outlets like the WSJ are reporting on ionized water is absolute evidence it is creating a buzz with its users.

I told the reporter “ionized water is growing in popularity because the majority of users have some positive health result and see the value in the machines both for the drinking water and acid water”. Very few people realize that by putting an ionizer and a Chanson pre-filter in their home they are actually saving money big time, there is only an initial expense with these products that repay the owners quickly then provide ongoing savings yearly.

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