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    PD Dr. Leonardas Lukosevicius

    Water Ioniser / PD Dr. Leonardas Lukosevicius

    Statistics are worrying - Lithuanian men have the lowest life expectancy in the EU. Lithuanian women also live shorter lives than statistical Europeans. Leonardas Lukoševičius, PhD, biochemist, is convinced that people would live longer and be healthier if they took more interest in scientific advances and applied them to their lives. Especially since the recipes for a healthy and long life are available to everyone.

    L. Lukoševičius, a 78-year-old scientist living in Kaunas, can use his example to prove to sceptics the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. The elderly doctor still regularly lectures on healthy lifestyle and nutrition all over Lithuania, and is interested in the research and results of his colleagues from all over the world.

    "I was actively involved in the creation of the Nutrition and Weight Management Centre in Kaunas city Šilainiai polyclinic. Communication with patients has shown that people lack a lot of knowledge about healthy lifestyle issues, which they would like to have. Medicine has done a lot to treat patients, but most of all, health depends on lifestyle and diet (50%), environment (20%), heredity (20%) and improvements in medical technology (10%). However, most people, even some health policy organisers, do not realise this", says Professor Lukoševičius.

     Free radicals act aggressively

    According to L. Lukoševičius, the most popular theory of ageing and death among the world's scientists at the moment is the theory of damage by free radicals (LR). Studies have shown that exposure to free radicals can lead to the most dangerous diseases - ischaemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, arterial hypertension, oncological diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, Alzheimer's disease.

    What are free radicals? While organic molecules, which make up the human body, have pairs of electrons in their outer shell, free radicals have one or more unpaired electrons in their outer shell. Free radical molecules seek to recover the missing electron by stripping it from the surrounding molecules, i.e. even disrupting the body's cellular structures.

    According to Professor Lukoševičius, free radicals are very active and even aggressive. They usually attack DNA, the nucleic acid that protects and carries the cell's genetic programme. As he vividly compared, DNA is a compact complex in which the record of all the organism's data is encoded. The DNA molecule contains information about a person's height, body weight, eye colour, blood pressure and diseases or predispositions.

     Attacks various cells

    When free radicals attack DNA cells, their genetic code is disrupted. This damage prevents the cell from carrying out its functions and, in the worst case scenario, the cells mutate and transform into cancerous cells. It is to DNA cells damaged by free radicals that scientists are now linking the development of cancer.

    When free radicals attack the body's fats and lipids, unsaturated fatty acids and proteins, they disrupt and destabilise the barrier functions of membranes. This is thought to contribute to the development of arthritis, cataracts, ischaemia and microcirculatory disorders in brain tissue.

    According to biochemist L. Lukoševičius, brain cells are particularly sensitive to the effects of free radicals. Free radicals lead to an oxidation process that produces an excess of the wear pigment lipofuscin, which accelerates ageing.

    To fight free radicals, the body uses antioxidants that can neutralise them and prevent cell damage. Antioxidants synthesised by the body itself are called enzymes. Those obtained from food are called non-enzymatic antioxidants. The latter, natural antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, flavanoids and carotenes, act as free radical scavengers and at the same time help the body to grow, fight infections, detoxify and protect the body against disease.

     Water is one of the most powerful antioxidants

    According to biochemist L. Lukoševičius, water plays an important role in human life. Water is vital for every living organism. After all, it is not for nothing that a person can survive for about 40 days without food, but only 7-8 days without water. According to Professor L. Lukoševičius, a person cannot store water in his or her own body, so he or she needs to get about 30 ml of water per kilogram of weight every day. And we are not talking about all liquids, but pure, clean water.

    In the eyes of a chemist, the human body is a bioelectrolyte, containing almost the entire Mendeleev table. Water is an active substance that is involved in many biochemical reactions. It dissolves and actively carries nutrients around the body. Water cleanses the body of internal and external toxins. It liquefies the blood, cushions the joints by entering the cartilage. It strengthens the immune system, fights infections and enables immunocytes to attack cancer cells. And that's just a small part of the work that water does in our bodies.

    "No other liquid can replace water because they contain dehydrating additives. Neither milk nor juice can replace it. Water is a carrier of hydrogen, which is the main biofuel of cells", says Professor L. Lukoševičius, Chairman of the Board of the association AQUA EST VITA (Latin for "Water is Life").

    Reduced, or ionised, water is increasingly cited by scientists around the world as one of the most powerful modern antioxidants.

    According to L. Lukoševičius, scientific and later clinical studies have shown that ionised water is an antioxidant, stimulates the immune system and cleanses the body. Alkaline (living) water prepared in special ionising machines has an immunostimulating and regenerating effect. Acidic (dead) water has a disinfecting effect, killing bacteria, viruses and fungi.

     Around the world - not new

    Scientists in different countries began studying the effects of ionised water on the human body decades ago. Japan is the undisputed leader. After ten years of research, the Japanese Ministry of Health and Population Welfare recognised the water ioniser as a medical device for improving health as early as 1966. In 1970, water ionisers were introduced in South Korea and later also approved as medical devices.

    Japanese researchers H. Hayashi of the Water Institute and M. Kawamura of the Kyowa Medical Clinic carried out research from 1985 to 2000 and reported on the multiple beneficial effects of alkaline water on a wide range of conditions.

    Later, interest in ionised water grew in other countries. Scientists in Germany, the USA, Korea, China and other countries have recognised the beneficial effects of ionised water.

     Contributing to Japanese longevity?

    Since water is involved in all the body's vital processes, its antioxidant effect is maximised by neutralising the destructive effects of free radicals. This is a very important characteristic of the use of ionised water for disease prevention.

    In 1997, S. Shirahata, a biologist at the world-renowned Kyushu University in Japan, and his colleagues wrote one of the first scientific papers on the antioxidant properties of ionised water. Also of great interest was the publication by Japanese and German scientists of research data on the effects of ionised alkaline water in stimulating the body's immune system, inhibiting the development of malignant tumours and the spread of metastases. Research papers by Korean and German scientists have provided detailed material on the antidiabetic effects of ionised alkaline water.

    According to Lukoševičius, ionised water has been used as an antioxidant in Japan for around 50 years. There are even specialised clinics in the country where patients are treated only with ionised water.

    According to Professor Lukoševičius, ionised water not only acts as an antioxidant itself, but also enhances the effect of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants many times over. Clinical data presented by scientists and confirmed by experiments show that ionised water not only helps to restore the balance of alkalis and acids in the body's internal environment, but also controls the metabolism of free radicals and reduces their harmful effects. Consuming this type of water creates a natural rejuvenation of the body's internal environment. This is believed to be one of the factors that contribute to the longevity of the Japanese.

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