The Health Benefits Of Hydrogen In Kangen Water
This incredible and massive world is filled with a plethora of different living beings, hundreds of millions of different organisms spanning millions of years, from the Jurassic period to the present, varying in shape, size and a whole host of other features. Although these diverse organisms may appear different on the surface, on the inside, just about every living organism has a similar molecular structure; generally consisting of some combination of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. This last element, in particular, hydrogen, is the most elemental building block of our universe and can be found everywhere. This is no exaggeration, it is the simplest and most plentiful element in all of the known universe, with more than 75% of all known elemental matter containing hydrogen including humans, gas clouds, massive stars and, of course, water.
A human can last approximately 40 days without food before they die of starvation; 11 days without sleep before they die of insomnia; and about four days without water before they die of thirst. Quite simply, there is nothing more critical for our continued survival than hydration. This is much in part due to the fact that humans are mostly composed of water, with more than 60% of the adult body and cells containing H2O. This water regulates our body temperature via sweat and respiration, it lubricates our joints and helps filter and flush waste. Fortunately, the vast majority of us do not need to fret or wonder about where our next cup of water will come from; in fact, we live in an incredible time of human history where we can be picky about the type of water we chose to drink.
Most of us are aware that tap water, although not nearly as harmful here in the states as in other countries, can still possibly contain trace elements of heavy metals, fluoride, drug residues, and hormones. Although drinking from the tap will not kill you, it will not help your body run as effectively as it could if you were drinking from a purer source, a filtered source that transforms water into highly alkalinized antioxidant water, also known as hydrogen-rich water. In recent years, scientists and athletic trainers have attested to the fact that hydrogen-rich water is huge for athletic performance and can provide many health benefits that are a direct result of the unique properties of hydrogen. Because of these benefits to the brain, liver, heart, lungs, and eyes, more and more athletes will only drink water that has been alkalinized. Now, you may not be someone whose livelihood depends on your body to be a finely tuned machine, in peak performance, however, you do yourself a disservice in both the short-term and the long-term by not taking advantage of all the benefits that come with drinking hydrogen-rich water on a daily basis. So, below, we will discuss the importance of hydrogen in water and why it would behoove you to utilize the power of Kangen Water.
Hydrogen and Water
The invention of water alkalizer is a relatively new phenomenon. As a result, the medical community has only recently been discovering the net positive effects of hydrogen-rich water. While they continue to test and study its impact on humans and animals, there have been significant and exciting findings thus far. One such conclusion they have drawn is how vital hydrogen is for cell signaling. Simply put, molecular hydrogen imparts commands to the body's cells on what to do and how to go about healing itself if sick, hurt, or under attack. It sends signals to these cells to attack the hydroxyl free radical in the body that is the culprit for damaging such cells. In other words, its antioxidant, alkaline, properties significantly reduce inflammation and allow the body to run smoothly and aid its fight of disease or sickness. Further, because hydrogen is the smallest existing molecule known to man, it is unique in that I can pass through cell membranes to target the roots of disease.
Hydrogen Water and Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress (OS) is a medical term that represents, “The imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system’s ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage.” Basically, it is what occurs in the body where there is an imbalance between antioxidants and reactive oxygen species. According to Ashlea Braun, a dietitian at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, “Reactive oxygen species are regularly made in the body as a result of normal processes, such as metabolism.” In a healthy body, antioxidants keep this whole process in check. In a body dealing with oxidative stress, the reactive oxygen species take over.” When a body is too heavily filled with oxygen species and has too few antioxidants, the oxygen species create chaos in the body, damaging fats, proteins and genetic information. In humans, oxidative stress is thought to be involved in the development of ADHD, Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Heart Disease, and a variety of other issues.
Because of this danger of oxidative stress, hydrogen-rich water will help with the following:
- Reduce Reactive Oxygen Metabolites – A 2011 study found that, “The consumption of hydrogen-rich water reduced reactive oxygen metabolites in the blood and maintained blood oxidation potential. QOL scores during radiotherapy were significantly improved in patients treated with hydrogen-rich water compared to patients receiving placebo water. There was no difference in tumor response to radiotherapy between the two groups.” They concluded, “Daily consumption of hydrogen-rich water is a potentially novel, therapeutic strategy for improving QOL after radiation exposure. Consumption of hydrogen-rich water reduces the biological reaction to radiation-induced oxidative stress without compromising anti-tumor effects."
- Cancer Prevention – oxidative stress can cause a variety of diseases and cancers by generating more free radicals, allowing cancer cells to thrive, due to cellular damage. Hydrogen-rich water introduces more antioxidants into the body, neutralizing the effects of free radicals and fighting potential pre-cancerous changes. Studies have also speculated that hydrogen water may slow the growth of tumors, especially cancerous tumors.
- Brain Degeneration – Because the brain controls all of the bodily functions, it works hard and regularly consumes large amounts of oxygen, it is quite susceptible to oxidative stress. The same free radicals that spring up in times of oxidative stress will attack the brain and lead to cellular degeneration throughout all the regions of the brain, thus decreasing brain function. OS attacks the tissue of the brain and can kill the dopamine cells and proteins that preserve cognitive functions. Scientists have recently been using hydrogen-rich water to help in the treatment of neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Although studies are still underway, researchers have found promising results in hydrogen-rich water's ability to fight cognitive impairment and marginally reduce the damage of severe brain injuries.
- Aging – We all want to live as long as humanly possible. Not only that, we want to reach old age and still be relatively healthy. Oxidative stress and damage accelerates the aging process and breaks down cells, and bodily processes that allow us to function optimally. Hydrogen-rich water fights the impact and inflammation caused by oxidative stress, thus allowing you to live longer and healthier.
Other Benefits of Hydrogen Water
PH Levels – PH represents the concentration of hydrogen ions in a liquid, and that in turn is expressed on a scale of 0-14. Anything beneath seven such as vinegar, coffee, and orange is acidic, seven is neutral, and any number above seven (like baking soda) is moving into the alkaline zone. Hydrogen-rich alkaline water is different than that which comes from your tap since it has a pH level above seven, meaning it is less acidic and has a lower concentration of hydrogen ions. A human body that is higher in acidic concentration is more likely to cultivate diseases or cancers (as mentioned above) and does a poorer job repairing and regulating itself. Acidity in the body supports the growth of microorganisms due to the lack of oxygen on the cellular level. By alkalizing your water, you remove natural calcium and fluoride from your regular diet and naturally over time replace your body's water content with heavy pH concentrate. Doing so, allows cells to maintain their original pH, which makes them more efficient at eliminating waste and decreases the likelihood of those cells experiencing cancerous mutations.
Improved Moods – Anxiety disorders, depression, and mental health issues seem to be growing at an exponential rate within the country, and they manifest in a variety of ways. Such problems occur for a whole host of reasons, but one such reason may be from low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Hydrogen-rich water has been shown to boost neurotransmitter levels, which the body uses to regulate mood. By raising these levels, you aid your body in fighting stress and depression, and thus, helping your moods.
Reduced Muscle Fatigue – muscle fatigue often occurs due to the build-up of lactate ions, which leads to inflammation, pain, and weakness of the muscle. Hydrogen-rich water can act as a bulwark against this lactate buildup, leading to less pain, increased performance. On top of that, hydrogen-rich water can help speed up muscle recovery time, allowing the muscles to be pushed more frequently and at higher levels with less rest in between. Such recovery is especially crucial for racers of all kinds, be they sprinters, cross country runners, marathon runners, bikers, swimmers, triathletes, tough-mudders, iron men, and women, or indeed any athlete that is pushing their body regularly.
Treat/Prevent Insulin Resistance And Type 2 Diabetes - Recent studies have shown that hydrogen-rich water helps to normalize glucose in the body, by improving insulin circulation and sensitivity as well as increasing the metabolism of compounds that help to build insulin resistance. Further, the reducing action of hydrogen decreases the levels of low-density lipoproteins, which increases glucose sensitivity. As a result, an enhanced glucose metabolism can either slow or altogether stop the development of type 2 diabetes.
Improve Dental Health – One of the more common side effects of oxidative stress is gradual dental decay. Because of its ability to fight oxidative stress and its efficacy as an anti-inflammatory, drinking hydrogen-rich water can treat periodontal disease quite literally at the roots by preventing inflammation in the oral tissue. A 2015 study found compared the effects of non-surgical periodontal treatment with or without drinking hydrogen-rich water and found that those who did experience more significant improvements in periodontitis than those who did not.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints creating inflammation in the joints that leads to swelling, pain, loss of mobility and damaged cartilage. A 2016 study found that hydrogen could inhibit inflammation in people with arthritis by increasing superoxide dismutase thus preventing oxidative damage. They suggest that those in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis should drink hydrogen-rich water often in order to quell swelling and alleviate symptoms of joint stiffness. This is especially important since the earlier you act with RA the likelier your joints will remain healthy.
Skin Protection – Our skin protects the interior of the body from various forms of infection or infectious organisms. It is tough but regularly exposed to the elements, the most common being UV rays. Over time, this exposure can damage the skin cells and hurt its utility. Multiple studies have concluded that hydrogen-rich water promotes cell growth and the production of type 1 collagen and helps reduce cell damage. Regularly drinking hydrogen water can help you avoid wrinkles, dry skin and fight eczema.
Although this is a relatively new subject of study, scientists and medical experts agree that drinking hydrogen-rich water has multiple benefits that go beyond even those listed here. It is not holy water, and it is not a miracle cure; however, it can aid your body and its various functions in their fights against the elements they regularly face. You will be drinking water regardless, so it is ideal for you to drink the type of water that benefits you the most.