Frequently Asked Questions about Tap Water and Bottle Water

In the US, the government regulates the processing of drinking water through the EPA and FDA. No matter the level of treatment that tap water is subject to, those two organizations are well aware that dangerous chemicals may still remain in the drinking water. Even though there are standards put in place to ensure that there is a maximum amount of contaminants allowed in the water, none of these levels are at zero. That means there are still remains dangerous toxins in the water which we drink from the tap. There have been significant increases in cancers and other diseases in places where there has been poor processing of water purification systems.

Some Types of Chemicals found in tap water:

Below is a brief list of the types of toxins in drinking water and the effects they can have on your health.

  1. Chlorine – This can cause rectal & bladder cancers, and also asthma. Recently, experts have linked chlorine to breast cancer.
  2. Lead – Lead enters tap water when pipes are corroded. Lead in tap water is harmful to pregnant mothers and children. Lead poisoning can lead to learning disorders and severe developmental delays.
  3. Cryptosporidium and Giardia– These types of protozoa are known to be responsible in many instances for widespread and severe outbreaks of gastrointestinal diseases. They will make their way in the water system whenever there has been a breakdown in the sanitation system.

From what we have learned above, it would seem to make perfect sense to buy bottled water to avoid drinking tap water. However, the main problem with any type of bottled water is the plastics containers which they come in. The plastics which is used to manufacture the containers contain chemicals as well, and the chemicals are absorbed by the water when it comes in contact with the container. It has been proven that the chemicals in plastic bottles can cause cancer.

Bisphenol A (BPA) which is a widely used chemical in plastics and has been linked with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and cancer among others. It has also been suggested that it could leach out of the packaging and into our food and drink, causing damage in our bodies.

Even though BPA and other chemicals in plastics are tightly regulated with strict safety limits in place to ensure people aren’t harmed while drinking water from plastic containers, it is believed that BPA can lead harmful consequences in the human body.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kangen Water

The state of the water does change when the water is heated or chilled. When heated, the ORP and pH changes. When chilled, the ORP will change, but the pH will remain the same for up to a week based on the quality of water.

Kangen Water® is intended for everyday drinking and cooking rather than for drinking with medication.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare give the following directions:

  • Do not take medication with machine-produced water.
  • Do not drink machine-produced water if you have anaciditas1
  • Seek help from a doctor or pharmacist if you feel an abnormality in the body, or continued intake does not appear to improve symptoms. This is because the effectiveness of medication using Kangen Water® has not yet been tested. The pH level of stomach acids is about 1.8pH, and medication is prescribed by this pH level for it to take effect past the stomach. Therefore, to ensure the full effect of the drug, we recommend leaving sometime between taking the medication and drinking Kangen Water®.

 Anaciditas1 – This symptom, also known as gastric achlorhydria, is found in people with a stomach acidity higher than the average human pH level of 1.8pH. This makes it harder for them to digest food. These people should not drink alkaline Kangen Water®.

Depending on how it is consumed, and on the individual’s physical state, it is possible (although uncommon) to experience constipation or diarrhea a few days to a few weeks after first starting to drink it. In herbal terms, this is known as the Mengen effect1. The two conditions are particularly similar in that both cases, the remedy is so effective that it has an adverse effect. If this occurs, the amount of intake should be reduced to half or a fourth of the previous amount until symptoms clear. Once symptoms have subsided, it is okay to resume intake. However, increasing the amount of absorption will not alleviate the symptoms. Since halting intake completely may also affect the body, it is best to continue consumption, but in lesser amounts. If there are no signs of improvement, please consult a doctor or pharmacist.

Mengen effect1 – Your body may start hurting several hours or a day after you receive chiropractic. The technical term for this is the Mengen effect. It is a natural physical response, where the body tries to go back to normal after muscles and bones have been adjusted.

Acidic water has a pH of around 5.5-6.5, and strong acidic water has a pH of lower than 2.7. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare have certified acidic water as an astringent1. Strong Acidic Water has excellent cleaning characteristics and can be used to clean household surfaces and to remove pesticides, dirt and other impurities from food.

Astringent1 – Acidic water works as an astringent for toning your skin. ‘Astringent water’ refers to acidic beauty water.

Because winter air is extremely cold and dry, skincare is especially crucial during this time. Without taking care of your skin properly, you will suffer from dry and rough skin. Bodily fluids play an essential role in maintaining your body temperature and the health of your skin. Drinking alkaline Kangen Water® can help support glowing, smooth skin. Since it is important to maintain your skin’s pH level between 5.0 and 6.0, we recommend spraying acidic water1 on your skin at regular intervals throughout the day. During the winter, bathing in acidic water can help preserve the moisture of your skin. We also recommend that you eat foods and fruits that include high levels of vitamin C, A and E. Treating your skin with beauty water will let you enjoy life even more by giving you smooth and youthful skin.

Acidic water1 – Acidic ionized water produced by electrolysis with a pH between 4.0 and 6.5. Its astringent effect is certified by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Excellent for skin care.

Among the five types of water produced by LeveLuk, the two kinds for drinking (purified water/Kangen Water®) must be used fresh. Please keep these two types of water in the refrigerator for no more than 4-5 days and replace the water in your take-out bottle everyday. For water used for domestic purposes, including Acidic Water, Strong Acidic Water, and Strong Kangen Water, less care is required, but we recommend changing your supply once a week. To store, please place the water in a lightproof container1, fill it to the very top to avoid unnecessary contact with air, and store it in a cool, dark place (the refrigerator is ideal).

Lightproof container1 – Container that keeps light out.

There are no set rules regarding how to drink Kangen Water® or how much to consume.

It is most common to begin by setting a low pH1 level (between pH8 and pH9.0), and gradually increasing the amount of intake. After continuing regular consumption for about two weeks, gradually adjust the pH level and amount of intake (between pH9.0-pH9.5) based on your bodily needs and physical condition. Kangen Water® should be as fresh as possible.

For children or seniors, set the pH level at an even lower level upon starting, and gradually increase it as the body adjusts to the current pH level.

In the case of infants (until about a year old), since breast milk or milk is the only thing they consume, the intestinal movement is generally different from adults, and the use of Kangen Water® is notencouraged until the infant begins to consume more sophisticated foods. In any case, Kangen Water® should not be used to make powdered milk for infants.

pH1 – The logarithm of the reciprocal of hydrogen-ion concentration in gram atoms per liter. It is used as a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a scale of 0-14 (where 7 is neutral).

Alkalinity is absolutely crucial once it comes to our health. Just like how our body needs to be at a certain temperature, our pH level needs to be at a certain level as well, and that level being, slightly more alkaline. If our body temperature slightly increases or decreases, it poses serious risks to our health, it works the same with our pH level as well, which is why it’s important to know what acidity/alkalinity does to our body.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Products

It is most likely that the ring (stopper) on the cartridge came off during transportation, or that you have forgotten to take off the O-ring1 when replacing the cartridge. It is highly unlikely that the leaking has been caused by a mechanical fault in the appliance.

O-ring1 – Small, round rubber gasket that prevents leakage when connecting the various pipes to the appliance.

Two types of water run through the LeveLuk machine and Kangen Water® will be produced only when the two run at a fixed ratio. If the discharge hose is bent, or the stand is positioned higher than the bottom tip of the flexible pipe, acidic water cannot be adequately produced. In turn, stretching the hose below the sink to collect water in a separate container will result in loss of Kangen Water®. In this case, please do not pull the spout stand to the bottom, but prepare a different hose to collect water in the container. Please make it a daily habit to check the water using the pH testing solution and hydrogen bubbles.

There is a square switch situated under the black cover on the front-left of the appliance. Please make sure to push this button (it should make a beeping sound) when you first set up the LeveLuk or when replacing the filter. This allows for the correct display on the monitor (liquid crystal display) of all the information stored in the LeveLuk microcomputer. This reset button must be pushed for data to be displayed on the LCD screen. It notifies the user when there is too much or too little water, sets off an alarm when heated water passes through by mistake, and informs you to monitor the water flow. By using the reset switch correctly on the LeveLuk, you ensure the delivery of safe and healthy water.

The electrode plate in LeveLuk’s electrolysis cell is thicker and more substantial than other companies’ products. The appliance is designed this way to increase electrolysis capacity and durability. Another important reason is to guarantee the production of maximum volumes of water. The electrode plates are made of the very highest-quality titanium, plated with platinum. Needless to say, due to this choice of materials, the electrode plates are entirely rustproof. The electrolysis cell is to a water production appliance what the engine generator is to a car. We can recommend our products with the utmost confidence because we use only the best materials. Our electrolysis cell and control (PCB)1 secures a high ORP2 and produces safe, healthy and delicious water. The automatic cleaning mechanism ensures that the electrolysis cell is always clean, and it should last 15 years.

Control PCB1 (Print Circuit Board) – A board comprising print circuits that manage various data related to the appliance. Hi-tech components/condenser also built in.

ORP2 (Oxidation Reduction Potential) – Electrical potential needed to reduce or slow down rusting and decay (oxidization). This process is also known as deoxidization. ORP is measured in terms of negative mVs. The ideal ORP level for the human body is said to be between -150mV and -400mV.

Small amounts of minerals are found in unpurified water (tap water/sewage water). During electrolysis, minerals become concentrated on the minus side of the electrolysis circuit, causing clusters to attach to the electrode plate. LeveLuk can remove the clusters by reversing the voltage, but sometimes these clusters fall off naturally. When you pour this water into a stainless container or glass, the clusters stick to the bottom and sides. It is difficult to remove these clusters by scraping with metallic objects, etc. Instead, please pour vinegar into the container and leave it for 12 to 15 hours. You could substitute citric acid1 for vinegar if you like. These clusters are not harmful even if consumed, so please do not worry.

Furthermore, if you set the machine on beauty water (acidic water), and let the water run for two to three minutes, you can decrease the number of minerals significantly. Please, clean containers that you put Kangen Water® in at least once every three months by the method mentioned above.

Citric acid1 – Citric acid is extracted from apples. It can dissolve clusters of minerals such as Ca and Mg. An ideal and safe way of cleaning water production appliances is to circulate citric acid through the machine.

LeveLuk has an automatic cleaning system. The amount of minerals in the supply water, such as Ca and Mg can vary greatly, and mineral1 clusters inevitably stick to the electrode plates. They can be broken off, however, easily by reversing the electric current (switching the +, – polarity). Mineral clusters attached to the electrode plate decrease the electrolysis capacity of the appliance, resulting in a failure to produce primary Kangen Water®. The amount of minerals connected to the electrolysis cell varies according to the quantity of minerals in the tap water.

LeveLuk’s automatic cleaning mechanism is activated for 20 seconds when continual electrolysis reaches 15 minutes. When using LeveLuk in areas where the water has a high mineral content, change the setting to “beauty water” (2nd from bottom) and turn on the tap slightly, so the water is running gently. This will reverse the electric current and remove the crystals in the electrolysis cell after 2-3 minutes. Changing the setting to “beauty water” once a day for 30 seconds is another way to clean the electrolysis cell. The cleaning function is necessary to maximize the life span of the electrolysis cell.

Minerals1 – Ca (calcium), Mg (Magnesium), Na (Sodium), Ka (Potassium) and other nutrients found in food and water. Minerals found in water are said to be especially useful for the health in optimum amounts.

Before pouring water through the flexible pipe, you need to take off the scales1 (mineral clusters) stuck to the electrode plate2 by reversing the voltage3, that is, changing the plus and minus of the electric current. This is necessary for producing proper acidic water. By removing the scales and running acidic water through the flexible pipes even when you are not using acidic water, you can keep the electrode plate clean and increase its durability. Moreover, using the flexible upper pipe makes the appliance easier to use especially when washing your face or pouring water into a plastic bottle.

Scales1 – Ca, Mg, Na, Ka, and other mineral clusters are produced when water is electrolyzed. These clusters are called scales and are not harmful even if consumed.

Electrode plate2 – A metal board that conducts electricity during electrolysis. It is made of titanium and plated in platinum. It has superb electrolysis capacity and high durability.

Reversing the voltage3 – To electrolyze water, the plus and minus of the direct currents must be clear. When mineral clusters get attached to the electrode plate, there is a need to reverse the plus and minus of the current to remove the clusters. This basically sets the appliance on a cleaning function, similar to when it is placed on the “beauty water” setting.

The display screen on the LeveLuk will notify you when the total volume of water produced reaches 1,500 gallons. The microcomputer controls this notification mechanism, please make sure to press the reset switch to activate the microcomputer when you put in a new filter. The reset switch is located on the top right of the cartridge section (inside the black cover on the left). Please press it until it beeps. The microcomputer controls other information for the LeveLuk as well, which is why it is critical to remember to press the reset button.

We provide a variety of optional accessories to maximize the benefits of LeveLuk DX.

Hoses for supplying and discharging water – Although any length of your choice is available (in 40-inch units), shorter hoses are easier to use for this purpose. The hose offered by our company has unique anti-bacterial properties that distinguish them from general products.

Electrolysis of water requires high-quality electrolysis plates, and the size, thickness, and a number of the platesbecome crucial in maintaining durability. The “double cross line” method1 used by other companies has the appliance’s overall durability in mind. In these appliances, two small electrolysis cells are used in turn to provide resting time, but this limits the volume of water that can be produced at one time. LeveLuk on the other hand, has five or seven electrolysis plates, the most significant number in the industry, and while maintaining durability via their large surface area and thickness, they allow the appliance to produce large volumes of water (maximum Kangen Water®: 0.8-2.0 gallons/minute).

Every function, such as supplying voltage according to switching of the pH setting and producing highly acidic water in the same electrolysis cell, is carefully monitored by the microcomputer. It ensures that the appliance can be used safely for an extendedperiod. We recommend that you produce “beauty water” once a day for at least three minutes to improve the appliance’s durability.

Double cross line method1 – Also referred to as the autocross changer method. An electrolysis system where the appliance is equipped with two small electrolysis cells to enhance durability by alternating the cells with each water flow.

LeveLuk is equipped with an automatic water-draining system that prevents contamination and proliferation of germs in residue water. The automatic water draining system is activated once the water stops. It takes approximately 30 seconds for all water in the electrolysis cell, water purification cartridge, and all channels to be drained through the hose (grey). Please note that the automatic water draining system is activated when the water level drops and positioning the spout higher than the base of the appliance for any reason (pooling of acidic water in the tank, hanging the hose from a rack because of its length) may result in a failure to discharge residue water. Leaving water behind may cause problems with taste and smell. Please be sure to have the spout hose lower than the appliance before turning the tap off.

When the original tap water supply is high in minerals (most often seen with well water), a large amount of crystals are formed in the electrolysis cell. If this progresses, chunks of crystals can become stuck in the net before the flexible pipe, obstructing the water outflow. In order to remove this clog, poke the area with a piece of wire and blow air into the LeveLuk from the spout. Please remove the flexible pipe from LeveLuk when cleaning in this manner.

Electrolyzing water produces Kangen Water® (alkaline) on the negative pole and acidic water on the positive pole. LeveLuk is designed so that the flexible pipe attached to the top is connected to the negative electrolysis cell, while the discharge (gray) hose, attached to the base of the LeveLuk, is connected to the positive electrolysis cell.

For this reason, Kangen Water® and strong Kangen Water® come out of the flexible pipe, and acidic water and strong acidic water comes out of the discharge hose. Of the four production modes, when the appliance is set on the “beauty water” mode, the electric current is reversed, as it is done for cleaning, so acidic water comes out the flexible pipe, and Kangen Water® comes out the discharge hose. This is the only time the waters are discharged on the opposite ends. Since the acidic mode reverses polarity, it has the effect of breaking off calcium crystals attached to the negative pole and can be used as a manual cleaning mode.

Traditionally, strong acidic water could only be produced with large devices for institutional use (at the time, strong acidic water was called hyper acidic water). We thought that it would be highly beneficial for people’s hygiene if they could produce and use strong acidic water in their homes. The LeveLuk makes it possible to producefairly large quantities of strong acidic water and strong Kangen Water® at home.