August 01, 2021 5 min read
Hydrogen Water is essentially water with increased hydrogen content. While it has a ton of health benefits, perhaps the most important benefit that has been getting all the traction in the recent years is its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
But before we dive deep into how hydrogen water can be of help, let us first get the term ‘inflammation’ out of the way.
WHAT IS AN INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is your body’s immune response. It’s your body’s way of detecting, handling injuries and battling infections. When you have an internal injury or infection (or even external ones!) your body takes action by triggering an immune response. Through the inflammatory response, the immune system knows whenever a damaged tissue is in need of healing and repair. It’s your best bet for fighting off viruses, bacteria, and so forth. Let’s not even imagine how your body will end up if the system to detect inflammations were not in place.
IF INFLAMMATION IS SO GOOD, WHY DO WE NEED TO REDUCE IT?
Well, yes, inflammation does help keep our body’s health in check. But chronic inflammation– such as when inflammation happens for too long or sticks around unnecessarily– is when things start spiraling out of hand.
This low-level inflammation is constantly being targeted by white blood cells after it is detected by the immune system. Without a real threat, the cells keep targeting internal organs, healthy cells and tissues. If left untreated, it could cause all sorts of arthritis, heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, and joint problems. So, we’re not trying to target the usual inflammation but the chronic ones!
HOW DOES HYDROGEN WATER REDUCE INFLAMMATION?
H2 water is infused with more quantity of hydrogen than plain water. It can be chugged down just like ordinary water.
So, how does hydrogen-rich water reduce inflammation?
Well, for starters, oxidative stress and free radicals are the biggest contributors to inflammation. Oxidative stress could be a by-product of normal body functions or a direct influence of external forces, such as exposure to the sun and industrial chemicals.
Hydrogen water can help neutralize both. Its antioxidative benefits are known to counter inflammation over short and long periods. We don’t want to confuse you, allow us to explain it a little:
Have you ever felt fresher and relieved when out there in the open? Perhaps, near a green patch of land, backpacking in the woods, or just anywhere with a more natural flow of water? Wonder why you never get the same feeling at your residence?
Well, it’s simply because there’s a high hydrogen content in the woods or any of the other spots we mentioned above. To explain it further, the air around you has electrically charged particles - positive & negative. But over the years, the positive ones have ramped up and outnumbered the negative ones, thus creating an imbalance. That’s what we call free radicals. When you breathe in air, this imbalance shakes up your body’s internal working and messes up the inflammatory response. The end result? Chronic inflammation!
STUDY:HYDROGEN WATER IS BACKED BY STUDIES TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION
The researchers conducted a study on female mice suffering from fatty liver problems. The mice were given hydrogen-rich water and the effects of it were observable as the pro-inflammatory mediators dropped while the anti-inflammatory mediator production caught up.
Likewise, another 8-week study involving human subjects was also conducted to study the efficacy of hydrogen-rich water. In this study involving 49 people receiving radiation therapy for liver cancer, half were given 51-68 ounces of hydrogen water per day. This was reflected in decreased levels of hydroperoxide (a marker of oxidative stress) at the end of the trial. Participants that were given placebo did not report any improvement. (TW, RB, G and K, 2020)
STUDY:ROLE OF HYDROGEN WATER IN HELPING WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Another study showed the anti-inflammatory action among sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases. During this study, 20 patients with early rheumatoid arthritis were given 0.5L of hydrogen water per day for 4 weeks. At the end of the trail, all patients reported symptom improvement and some 20% became symptom-free. This clearly indicated the potential of hydrogen-enriched water in helping reduce inflammation and preventing associated issues. (Ishibashi, 2013)
People with chronic inflammation are at an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Molecular hydrogen therapy presents a window of opportunity to treat this painful problem by simply sipping water. The relationship that was found as a result of this study was that the auto-antigen responsible for chronic joint inflammation can be avoided by making hydrogen molecules a part of your diet.
CAN’T WE GET THE SAME BENEFITS FROM PLAIN WATER?
Plain water is the healthiest beverage – we’re not questioning that. But does it have the same hydrogen content as hydrogen-enriched water? No!
Hydrogen water, in its simplest definition, is just water infused with added H2 Molecules. It’s non-toxic, colorless, odorless - just like ordinary water. However, you can’t really expect the same antioxidative properties from plain water simply because it lacks the required hydrogen content. (Shi, Duncan and Kuang, 2021)
H2 water tastes the same as plain water but it’s the after-feel that makes a difference.
WHERE CAN WE GET HYDROGEN-INFUSED WATER?
You can either get it in pre-packed bottles or generate your own using an ionizer (you can pick one from our store!)
Some stores sell pre-packed bottles claiming it to be hydrogen water. But you have no way of verifying it.
That’s why, we recommend getting our Lumi+ Hydrogen Bottle. It’s your safest bet (with our latest SPE/PEM technology using USA membrane) and you know it’s real because the ionization process (requires just 5 mins to produce 3000 ppb) will happen right in front of your eyes.
The bottle takes in ordinary water and adds hydrogen molecules to it through a process called “electrolysis”. This is the most natural way of adding hydrogen to water without any side effects.
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TW, L., RB, S., G, F. and K, K., 2020. The Effects of 24-Week, High-Concentration Hydrogen-Rich Water on Body Composition, Blood Lipid Profiles and Inflammation Biomarkers in Men and Women with Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial. https://www.dovepress.com/.
Ishibashi, T., 2013. Molecular Hydrogen: New Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Related Diseases. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.
Shi, J., Duncan, B. and Kuang, X., 2021. Hydrogen treatment: a novel option in liver diseases. [online] https://www.rcpjournals.org/. Available at: https://www.rcpjournals.org/content/clinmedicine/21/2/e223 [Accessed 30 July 2021].
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