JAPANESE hospitals pioneered it, Harley Street surgeons make their patients sign a contract to drink it and Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg swears by it.
Kangen water – or alkaline water – is the latest fad for health-fanatics looking for the next source of wellbeing.
Replacing regular water with ‘live water’ has been linked with preventing everything from being bloated to leukemia.
So when the LeveLuk R Kangen medical device turned up at Olive Press headquarters, it is fair to say I couldn’t wait to give it a go.
But before enjoying a healthy lease on life, I was left stumped (and quite wet) by my attempts to install the device, which resembles an early R2-D2 model.
But just one YouTube video later and I had (somewhat) successfully fixed up the device and was ready to drink my way to better health.
And so for the next four weeks I replaced tap water with Kangen water in a bid to be revitalised.
The theory is that maintaining a higher bodily PH level is key to better hydration, which leads to improved general health and can even prevent certain diseases.
While most tap water has a neutral PH level, alkaline water has a PH of up to 9.,5 bringing the body inline with the ‘perfect’ PH level of 7.4.
And while Kangen has its sceptics it also has its champions. Many of Harley Street’s top surgeons encourage their patients to use it in order to speed up recovery times.
Equally, it is the only type of water readily available in Japanese hospitals.
And alkaline water even has its celebrity fans, with Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg and model Miranda Kerr refusing to go near anything that does not have a high PH level.
And while four weeks was perhaps not long enough for me to feel completely revitalised I did feel slightly perkier. And if nothing else it tasted much better than Sabinillas tap water.
The LeveLuk R retails at €1,180, or can be bought on hire purchase from €50 a month.
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