Alex Ford, 24, and Hunter Nall, 23, are passionate about their work in helping others drink healthy, purified water.
Graduating from Franklin High School in 2010, Alex went on to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated with a finance and psychology degree. Hunter went to the University of Missouri and then to Middle Tennessee State University before leaving school to pursue other endeavors.
Hunter said after college he jumped around trying to figure out what he wanted to do.
“I knew whatever I chose to do, I wanted to help people,” Hunter said. “This is just a niche. It’s a God-sent thing.”
Alex said the same.
“I always wanted to help people in health, and I think being proactive instead of reactive about your health makes all the difference,” he said. “Don’t wait to put out a fire, prevent it.”
CLEANER WATER, BETTER LIVES
Alex and Hunter are entrepreneurs who market and sell Kangen Water machines along with gallon jugs of the filtered water.
According to the Japanese manufacturer’s website, the water machine filters tap water and produces ionized alkaline and acidic water through electrolysis.
“What it does is, it takes your normal tap water and cleans it up from all the unnecessary chemicals in the water like high volumes of fluoride and chlorine,” Alex said.
He said the machine hooks onto a faucet and the water is filtered through titanium plates that split the molecules, separating alkaline and acidic water through tubes.
“It electrically changes the water to be more alkaline, with more antioxidants and active hydrogen,” he said. “When it goes through the machine, the molecules are restructured to be more absorbable and drinkable.”
Alex, who has been drinking the water for about a year, said he started taking drinking water more seriously when he heard about the contamination crisis happening in Flint, Mich.
Hunter said he’s been drinking the water for the past eight months and said filtered water ruins his appetite for any other kind.
“I take my gallon jug with me when I go into any restaurant,” he said. “I don’t care if I look like a fool.”
Alex said he recommends everyone getting some form of water filtration system. Born athletes and having played football most of their lives, the guys said after using the water, they feel a huge difference in how their bodies feel, especially in workouts and in daily consumption.
Alex said he’s made Facebook posts telling friends about the importance of clean water. He said neither of them hasn’t had any formal training on the subject but they’ve both done research on their own.
“We’ve been giving out free gallons of water for the past two weeks because people need to know the difference between filtered water and tap water,” Alex said.
“It’s not that we’re trying to make a million dollars,” Hunter said. “We feel like we have a responsibility now that we know how much better water can be.”
Alex said with what’s going on around the country, people are starting become more aware of what’s in their water and what they are giving their children.
“When you die, you can’t take anything with you, but what you can leave behind is how well you’ve impacted other people’s lives,” Hunter said.
He said the millennial generation is more health conscience than older generations. He said it a trend he hopes sticks around.
COMMUNITY and CONCERNS
Alex and his family moved to Franklin in 2005 from Kentucky to pursue more opportunities, and Hunter said his family did the same in 2006.
The guys said they’ve seen Nashville, and the smaller surrounding communities like Franklin, grow tremendously over the last few years and call it a very welcoming place.
“We want to grow with the city,” Hunter said. “We want to help people help each other to live better lifestyles.”
Hunter defined a community as respecting and taking care of others even if there isn’t an immediate benefit.
“It’s working together for the greater good,” Hunter said. “If we can help the community in what makes up 80 percent of our bodies then I feel like we have an obligation to do that.”
“To me, a community means unity and coming together for something bigger than yourself. It means getting out of that ego and looking to serve others,” Alex said.
He said more people should become aware of the quality of water so that collectively something could be done ensure that people are taking care of their bodies. He said when people are healthier, everything is better.
Along with the quality of water, the guys shared some of their other concerns about the Franklin/Nashville area.
Hunter said for him it comes down to traffic and affordable housing.
“The average home in Williamson County costs $450k,” he said. “It’s really tough for our generation to afford the homes we want, so a majority of us will be renting apartments for a very long time.”
“The growth of Nashville is great for everyone, but we are going to need public transit soon,” he said.
For more information on the guys and what they’re up to visit their Facebook page.
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