It seems that every time you turn around there is some new and often conflicting health advice to follow: eat paleo, but don’t eat too much meat. Eat carbs, don’t eat carbs. The one steady piece of nutritional advice is to make sure you are hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Very little has changed about that bit of advice—until now. Now there is a new type of water on the market, H2 water, or hydrogen water as it is called. What exactly is H2 water and should you be drinking it?
H2 water is water that has added molecular hydrogen gas. Hydrogen is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-toxic element. Found primarily in soil and water, it is so small it can penetrate cells and deploy all of its benefits on a cellular level. Scientists believe that the hydrogen that naturally occurs in water is not available for your body to use since it is bound to oxygen. By infusing regular water with extra molecular hydrogen gas, you make that extra hydrogen available for your body. It tastes and looks the same as regular water, but it is better for you.
H2 Water Versus Alkaline Water
H2 water should not be confused with alkaline water. Alkaline water is produced when regular water is exposed to electrolysis. This increases the water’s potential of hydrogen level (pH) to between 8.5 and 9.5. Science has not been able to prove the benefit of drinking alkaline water versus regular, non-treated water, and although alkaline water also contains extra hydrogen, the molecular hydrogen gas infused into H2 water is more beneficial and available to your body.
H2 Water and Its Benefits
There are several different ways to infuse your water with extra hydrogen: you can buy it already infused with extra hydrogen and sometimes with tasty flavors. You can also buy H2 tablets that you drop into your water bottle. This is probably the most cost-effective way for an average water drinker to get the benefits of H2 water. Or you could buy a $1,000 machine to create hydrogen infused water. But the real question is why should you?
There are multiple health benefits to drinking H2 water. Studies indicate that H2 water reduces inflammation in the body and increases recovery after exercise. It also may lower “bad” cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol. For people who suffer from metabolic syndrome (a condition characterized by obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excess belly fat), H2 water may provide relief by reducing chronic inflammation. Regular drinkers of H2 water say they have much more energy and sleep better than when they drink even spring water.
Everyone knows the health benefits of drinking water. Doctors have changed very little about that advice in decades. Now imagine if you could amplify those health benefits by simply altering your water a bit, by drinking water infused with molecular hydrogen gas. It is incredibly simple to do: drop a few effervescent tablets into your water and enjoy an increased immune system and more energy.