Hydrogen water health benefits
Do you know how the United States of America is rated on the list of life expectancy? The country is placed #53, dragging after France, Italy and 50 more countries. With such high levels of technology, advanced medicine, and vast financial possibilities, how can that be that the USA is so far from the top of the list? It seems people in the States are missing something. To find out the secret of longevity it is better to consult leaders of longevity. For many years, Japan has held a leading position on the world list of life expectancy and it hasn’t fallen below 4th place for the last quarter-century. So, what is the key to long life? Hydrogen water is its name.
What is hydrogen water?
This is actually the question many people ask on hearing the term ‘hydrogen water’. This may sound like a puzzle how can water, whose chemical composition is H2O, have anything else in its formula? But the truth is that hydrogen water, which is also called hydrogen-rich water, is a solution that has additional hydrogen molecules (more H). Its formula looks like this: H2+2OH⋅⟶2 2H2O
The first scientifically reliable information about hydrogen water was published in the journal Nature Medicine in 2007. It says that additional the hydrogen molecule gives water extra health beneficial properties. The idea is that molecular hydrogen works as a reducing agent that provides an antioxidant effect. Because of this antioxidant effect it can diminish hydroxyl radicals.
Where to get hydrogen rich water?
Hydrogen water is a natural phenomenon. Hydrogen rich water is found in geothermal springs in France (Lourdes), Germany (Nordenau), Mexico (Tlacote), India (Nadana) and Japan (Onsen Springs). Overall, there are about 2,500 springs in Japan and they can be found practically everywhere in the country. Japanese people have enjoyed the health benefitting properties of hydrogen water for more than hundreds of years. It is normal for Japanese to bathe in hot spring waters. The temperature of geothermal water varies from 221ºF to 68ºF while the color is different too. Not all water from hot springs can be consumed but the one that can is known to have a rich assortment of beneficial properties for human health.
Regardless of how tempting the idea of drinking water right from the natural spring is, for the majority of people this can be very difficult. It is far away and may be expensive to get there. Because of this, some companies started to produce special machinery that can reproduce water just like that from natural springs and saturate it with molecular hydrogen. This is a hydrogen water maker. While some apparatuses are bulky, others are quite compact and easy-to-use made in the form of a hydrogen water bottle, an electronic bottle. The mechanism that enriches water with hydrogen molecules is based on electrolysis. The heart of the apparatus is an electrolytic plate, the electrodes of which are made of platinum and iridium oxide, which ensures the absence of impurities in the water. If you decide to buy a hydrogen water bottle or hydrogen water maker, make sure you buy a certified product from a reputable retailer.
Benefits of hydrogen rich water
There are a range of benefits that make hydrogen water a sought-after drink these days. Some of them are:
- It slows down the aging process – Hydrogen molecules can neutralize the main cause of the aging process of the human body – hydroxyl radicals – and provide an antioxidant effect. Hydrogen molecules can also enhance the effects of cosmetic products and improve skin, nail and hair condition and provide protection from UV rays. All this increases the demand for skin and hair care products based on hydrogen water.
- It boosts metabolism – Getting your metabolism enhanced will help your body burn more calories, thus to lose weight easier in a natural way. It is recommended to drink no less than 1 liter of hydrogen rich water a day to get the desired effect. You can drink water enriched with hydrogen in pure form or use it for making fruit cocktails, tea, soups, and other dishes.
- It restores energy – Some gyms have hydrogen water makers and offer their customers the choice to drink this ‘healing water’ during and after training. The reason is that hydrogen-rich water helps to accelerate body recovery after a hard course of training or competitions.
- It can improve the quality of life in patients treated with radiotherapy. It is known that a great number of cancer patients suffer fatigue after radiotherapy and experience impaired quality of life. A couple of years ago The National Center for Biotechnology Information (www.ncbi) published research conducted on patients with liver tumors. After 6 weeks of drinking hydrogen-rich water, their quality of life scores had been improved. Thus, this showed that hydrogen water may help to reduce body reaction to radiation-induced oxidative stress.
There are many choices regarding types of hydration. However, now that you know about the benefits of natural spring water and hydrogen-rich water, you can see how it might benefit your body.