Change Your Water, Change Your Life

FLORIDA WAS MY WAKE UP CALL

In 2016 I spent the winter & spring in Sarasota, FL, living it up with one of my best girlfriends. Prior to this, I hadn’t ever given the quality of drinking water a second thought because I was always in a place that had clean water (or so I thought). I was truly blind to the reality of how much water impacts health. I had everything else down: diet was clean, fitness was on point, I knew how to practice all the means of self-care. Yet I wasn’t informed on water at all.

Until I was forced to drink Sarasota’s water and discovered how it was down right disgusting. Only to learn later Florida has the second worst water system in our country. It’s almost as bad as Flint, MI once was. Wow.

I thought the Brita I brought down would suffice. Yet I found myself having to add fennel essential oil, fresh lemon or mint to every single glass of water. I couldn’t palette the “filtered” water on its own. And Jess just wasn’t having it, so she bought a better filter that attached to our faucet. What a RELIEF. That made me feel so much better & so relieved that I was drinking cleaner water.

Fast forward to later that year when I moved to Madison, WI. Surprisingly, water there was also disgusting. My solution was to fill up every gallon jug and glass container I had each weekend from my farm’s well. I was lugging around heavy ass jugs of water and while I’m not one to shy away from carrying around heavy things, it got old. Fast. Then I discovered it was way easier to fill up at the local coop from their reverse osmosis station. I was happy to pay for clean water every other day. But this too got old. I go through water SO quickly. Between the 3-5 liters I drink per day, to the embarrassing amount of coffee I consume, to all the food I cook… it was just getting to be too much going every other day, if not every day.

Finally I stumbled upon my long-term solution from Enagic, aka Kangen® water.

Kangen® water not only provides me with the cleanest water, straight from my faucet, but also ionizes it to for alkaline, antioxidant rich water. It’s not a stretch to say it’s miracle water. Especially when you read up on the incredible amount of Kangen® water uses listed here. I highly recommend taking a look at all these uses not only for drinking but cleaning, sanitizing, healing & disinfecting your body & household!

Enagic is the only company in the world who produces certified medical grade device water ionizers (yes, this means they are in many hospitals across Japan and this water is used to heal & treat patients). Enagic is the only water filtration and alkaline-ionizer distribution company in the world with its own OEM manufacturing facility in Japan and three ISO certifications for their environmental stewardship.


Enagic’s technology both filters & ionizes right from your tap, producing antioxidant-rich, micro-clustered clean water to properly hydrate your body.

What does all that even mean!? Don’t worry, I got you covered! Each component of this process is quickly broken down for you below.

activated charcoal filtration

All Kangen® machines are equipped with an antibacterial, activated charcoal & calcium sulfite mechanical filter. Activated charcoal binds impurities chemically - physically. This process removes volatile organic compounds & chlorine without stripping out healthy salts & minerals.

ionization

After filtration the water is ionized through electrolysis, a process that separates water into two types: alkaline & acidic. Water passes through a series of medical grade platinum-dipped titanium plates (upwards of eight depending on which machine you have) resulting in improved water ionization, increased antioxidant content, stable production of pH (potential Hydrogen) & oxidation reduction potential (ORP) at a higher flow rate.

antioxidant-rich water

Antioxidant water? You may be thinking how the heck does that even happen! I previously thought antioxidants were only available to us through foods… wrong! Due to the high concentration of negative ions in Kangen®’s alkalized water, we are able to reap the benefits of antioxidant-rich water. When measured with an ORP meter (oxidative reduction potential), Kangen® water measures anywhere from -400mv to -850mv. In comparison to tap water being in the 300+ range (refer to the image below and see how it has similar ORP readings to sodas & sports drinks, yikes!). The important take away here is a positive ORP is acidic & oxidizing; negative ORP is alkalizing & anti-oxidizing. So, the more positive of an ORP reading, the more oxidizing (destructive) that food/drink is to your cells and the more negative of an ORP reading, the more anti-oxidizing (health promoting) that food/drink is to your cells.

micro-clustering

We all know that water, H20, is made up of two 2 hydrogen atoms & 1 oxygen atom. However, water molecules don’t mobilize individually, they do so in clusters. Normal tap water is comprised of very large clusters containing 12-20 molecules, which results in you feeling bloated or full longer after drinking tap or bottled water simply since it takes longer for the molecules to penetrate your cells. Think of it like tossing stones through a chain-link fence… if you’re trying to toss massive rocks, they won’t get through. Using small rocks instead, they make it through, easy.

Kangen® water produces micro-clustered water, meaning 3-5 molecules of H20. This results in water that is more quickly assimilated into your cells (they’re getting through that fence with little to no resistance), leaving you feel fully hydrated more quickly. This in turn provides you with increased energy, improves overall aerobic capacity, and helps prevent premature aging & cellular degeneration.

a one time investment for preventative health care

Kangen machines last 25+ years when properly taken care of. I quite literally view my Kangen machine as health insurance. The only additional cost is changing the filter once a year to ensure you are still properly filtering out environmental contaminants. There is a very real discussion & reality about the cost of organic foods and living a healthy lifestyle but what may seem more expensive in the present, is also what is more likely than not saving you from crippling medical bills in the future.

Invest now, save later.


Why You Should Care

Because your health matters. Every single person’s health matters. An adult is comprised of 60-70% water and babies a whopping 75%. WE ARE WHAT WE DRINK. Why would you choose to be “fueling” your body with water as acidic as soda?

We live in a world that requires personal initiative to make better informed choices, from the foods we consume, to the products we put on our skin, to the cleaning products we use, to the water we drink. Every little thing we do & consume requires thoughtfulness, we can no longer simply assume something is safe because it’s what’s on the grocery shelf, run through our faucets, or what restaurants serve us. We must be our own advocates.

It’s easy to turn a blind eye, it’s easy to play the “out of sight, out of mind” game. But without our health, what do we have? No one in their right mind would choose illness over health. And sadly, often we aren’t even aware of what is causing our epidemic of illness because there are so many things working against us in the current state of the world.

If you are committed to living a healthier life, I highly encourage looking into your water.

The most comprehensive website that is deeply dedicated to educating the public on all aspects of health + the environment, is the Environmental Working Group. This organization researches it ALL.

Find out what’s in your water simply by entering your zip code.

Plastic Free Water

Are you still drinking bottled water thinking it’s safer than your tap? PLEASE THINK AGAIN.

Did you know that more than half of all bottled water comes from the tap? And that tap water is tested more frequently than bottled water? In the U.S., drinking water is continuously monitored and treated according to federal standards. If local tap water is unsafe, water companies are obligated, under federal law, to notify the public. So even if your water system has contaminants, it is still SAFER to drink from your tap and properly filter that water than waste your money on plastic bottles.

An article published by Time in March of 2018, reports a study “carried out on more than 250 water bottles sourced from 11 brands in nine different countries revealed that microplastic contamination was nearly universal, found in more than 90% of the samples”. So, not only are you paying for TAP water in a PLASTIC bottle (that comes wrapped in more plastic) but you are likely to be swallowing micro-plastics.

Not to mention the toxins in the plastics themselves, including phthalates, BPA, BPS, & PVC.

So the reality is water from a plastic bottle is no healthier or cleaner then what’s coming from your tap. Plus, you’re exposing yourself to harmful particulates simply by the water being in plastic.

But there’s also incredible environmental destruction as a direct result from the plastic (water bottle) industry.

And it’s only getting worse.

At an ALARMING rate.

Only 1 in 5 bottles are actually recycled. The remaining 4 contribute to 3 BILLION POUNDS of plastic water bottle waste

• It requires an average of 3 times the amount of water to produce the plastic bottle than it does to fill it

• It takes 17 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL to produce plastic bottles. This is enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a full year and those 17 million barrels are’t even factoring in transportation fuel. 

• According to a four year NRDC study, 1/3 of bottled water companies violated their own industry standard for water quality

• Most single use bottled water is sold in PET plastic bottles. Of the shameful 15% of PET bottles that are recycled in the U.S., nearly 40% are exported to other countries for recycling. That means more carbon-emissions goes into the process of recycling {note: single-use soda and 2L bottles are also made of PET}.

The most logical way to mitigate this problem is to simply put an end to purchasing ALL plastic, especially pointless water bottles. Whether you buy them for your house, for the office, at the airport, or because you think that electrolyte enhanced water is making you healthier, we need to put an end to plastic bottles. Period.

Need electrolytes?

Eat some celery. Drink Kangen® 9.5.

Want clean water?

Use an activated charcoal filtration system, like any of Kangen’s seven machines.

Thirsty on a flight?

Bring your reusable container such as Hydroflask, Yeti, Klean Kanteen or even just a glass jar. PROPERLY PREPARE TO TRAVEL.

BONUS. You CAN bring Kangen® water on flights because of it’s medical grade certification. Say goodbye to shitty airport water for life.

Need water at the office?

Fill up at a fountain/sink or bring your own from home.

Life existed before plastic water bottles, I surely think it can again. And if I have been able to live plastic water bottle free, you can too.

If you’re using the excuse of ‘convenience’, ask yourself how convenient it will be when plastic production isn’t curbed & plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050.

How convenient is it there are already more microplastics in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way?

How convenient is it that virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form?

While I know not every household will have a water filter, at the very least, I do hope we as a collective wake up to the cost plastic water bottles is having on humans & the environment.

If you buy water in plastic bottles… please, please reconsider.

Water health is a very real concern. Not only does it drastically affect our health but the way in which we are consuming water (aka our plastic bottle obsession) is harming our environment.

We have the resources to make more informed choices - let’s USE THEM.

Learn more about how you can improve your water, your health, your family’s health & send me a message. I will personally help you figure out what makes most sense financially for you and your loved ones.

FLORIDA WAS MY WAKE UP CALL.

WHAT WILL BE YOUR WAKE UP CALL?