How much do you know about your vascular health? You’ve probably heard big, scary words like atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis bantered around, but do you know what they mean and how they might affect you? Let’s take a deep dive into your vascular system and how hydrogen water may help to improve your vascular health.

Your vascular system

Also known as your circulatory system, your vascular system is comprised of the arteries and veins that carry blood throughout the body. Vascular diseases that block or weaken these blood vessels restrict blood flow and this can cause illness or even death.

Atherosclerosis and Arteriosclerosis

There are a number of diseases that can affect the vascular system. The most common is atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque along the inner walls of arteries. This buildup narrows the pathway that blood can travel and eventually leads to the thickening and hardening of arterial walls that is also known as arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis restricts and blocks the flow of blood within the arteries and can lead to organ damage, a heart attack, or stroke.

What causes the buildup of plaque? There are a number of factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity that can lead to atherosclerosis and eventually arteriosclerosis. The buildup of plaque within the arteries is a slow, progressive process that health experts think could start as early as childhood.

Maintaining your vascular health

The best ways to prevent atherosclerosis and keep your vascular system healthy are to make lifestyle changes that improve your overall health, such as quitting smoking, eating nutritious foods, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise.

Another way to prevent the buildup of plaque within your arteries is to drink hydrogen-infused water. Hydrogen is a potent anti-oxidant that can help to neutralize the free radicals, or Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) that cause inflammation and lead to plaque buildup. Two recent studies looked specifically at the effect of hydrogen water consumption on atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis.

This study, published in 2008, used staining dyes to measure plaque buildup in mice with atherosclerosis and found significant reductions after the mice had consumed hydrogen water for a period of 16 weeks. These findings were confirmed by another study, published just last year, that found that the molecular hydrogen in hydrogen water neutralized ROSs and reduced the vascular aging within the arteries that indicates atherosclerosis.

Your vascular system is critical to your overall health. Keep it healthy by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and drinking plenty of hydrogen-infused water.

Fancy waters are all the rage these days and many claim to have health benefits above and beyond what you would get from the tap. Two that are often confused with one another are alkaline water and hydrogen water. But only one of these waters can actually benefit your health. Here’s everything you need to know about alkaline water and hydrogen water and which one you should be drinking to live your best life.

What is alkaline water?

Alkaline water is water that has been specially formulated to increase its alkalinity, giving it a higher, less acidic pH. The theory behind alkaline water is that it can neutralize acids in the bloodstream and make the body less hospitable to the viruses and bacteria that could lead to disease.

The human body is designed to operate within a very tight blood pH range of 7.36 to 7.44. Remember that pH is measured on a scale of 0 (acidic) to 14 (alkaline.) A pH of 7 is neutral. Thus the blood pH for humans is slightly alkaline. So it would make sense that drinking alkaline water would help promote this alkaline environment, right?

It’s an interesting premise, but the theory doesn’t really hold water (excuse the pun.) Here’s why. You cannot alter the pH of your blood by consuming liquids that enter the digestive system. The second alkaline water hits the acidic environment of the stomach, it is neutralized and sent on its way. Alkaline water may affect the pH of your urine, but it cannot alter the pH of your blood; therefore it does not in any way affect what’s going on in your cells.

Also, it should be noted that the human body is designed to rigorously maintain blood pH within this narrow window. Even the slightest variation would signal the release of biological systems designed to restore balance. And a failure of the body to maintain blood pH would indicate health issues which could not be aided by the consumption of alkaline water.

Alkaline water can’t hurt, but it also can’t help. If you enjoy drinking it, great. But you’re better off saving your money.

What about hydrogen water?

Hydrogen water is water that is infused with extra hydrogen molecules. The theory here is that these extra hydrogen molecules can bond with free radicals and neutralize them before they wreak havoc within the cells. And due to their extremely small size, hydrogen molecules can enter parts of the cells that most anti-oxidants can’t, making them efficient at preventing disease and improving health.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

Researchers have begun studying the effects of hydrogen water on everything from improving athletic performance to controlling diabetes, to treating Alzheimer’s disease, and the results are overwhelmingly clear that hydrogen water delivers on its promises. By removing free radicals from the body, hydrogen water helps to reduce the inflammation that can harm overall health and eventually lead to disease.

The takeaway here is that drinking water is good for you. Drinking water that has been infused with hydrogen is even better.

Allergic rhinitis. Hay fever. Seasonal Allergies. Call it whatever name you like, if you suffer from it, you know it as the itchy, runny (or stuffy) nose and burning, watery eyes that occur whenever you are exposed to an allergen. For some, allergic rhinitis is triggered by seasonal factors such as mold spores, pollen, or grass, while others are affected by the condition year-round thanks to triggers such as dust mites, pet hair, or cigarette smoke.

For people with allergic rhinitis, treatment typically involves an array of medications – such as corticosteroids, antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, and decongestants. New research shows that the inhalation of hydrogen gas may also help to significantly improve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, potentially reducing the need for many if not all of these medications.

The study, which was published in the journal, Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, followed a group of 106 female mice with allergic rhinitis. For the study, the mice were divided into groups in which some acted as a control and were not exposed to hydrogen gas, some were exposed to a helium gas mixture, and some were given hydrogen gas for several hours each day over a one week period. At the end of the seven-day study period, all of the mice were observed for symptoms and given tissue and blood tests to determine levels of the proteins that might cause allergy symptoms.

The results? Researchers found that the mice who inhaled hydrogen gas showed a significant decrease in symptoms, reduced nasal inflammation, and decreased blood and tissue levels of the cytokines and chemokines that can cause allergy symptoms. Researchers concluded that “[T]reatment with H2 exhibited a beneficial effect on mouse health,” indicating that “H2 may have a therapeutic value for allergic diseases.”

This study confirms similar research, noted in this post, that found that molecular hydrogen helps to reduce or even prevent the symptoms of allergies by neutralizing the Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS) that are produced by the body in response to allergens.

If you’re suffering from allergic rhinitis, put down those tissues and see if hydrogen gas is right for you.

Are you ready to do some math? Don’t worry, you won’t need to break out the pencil and calculator. But if you’re interested in learning more about how hydrogen water and hydrogen gas can improve your health, it’s important to know a but more about the numbers used in their production.

If you’re shopping for hydrogen products, you’ll notice that many list their hydrogen concentration production in ppm, or Parts Per Million. This means that for every million parts of a solution (in this case, water), there is one part hydrogen. This number tells you the hydrogen concentration, but you also need to know the amount of water you consumed in order to understand how much hydrogen you are ingesting each day.

Current research suggests that ingesting 1-3 mg (milligrams) of hydrogen may help to produce health benefits. So if you are in the market for a hydrogen product, you may see that it produces 3 ppm of hydrogen and think you are all set. But 3 ppm is not the same as 3 mg. In order to know how many milligrams of hydrogen you are consuming, you also need to know the volume of water that the product produces.

Let’s look at the H2 Life Hydrogen Water Bottle with PEM Dual chamber Technology, our best in its class hydrogen water bottle. This product produces 2.7 ppm of hydrogen per 300 ml of water. If you want to do the math, the formula looks like this:

1 PPM = 1mg 1 Liter (Remember that 300 ml = .3 Liters)

You can also use the calculators at H2 Hubb to calculate how much hydrogen you would ingest from each bottle. In this case, that would be 0.81 mg of hydrogen per 300 ml of water. That’s pretty good! You could drink anywhere from 1-4 bottles of water from this product each day to get the suggested 1 -3 mg of hydrogen. Compare that to a hydrogen water bottle that produces only 1 ppm of hydrogen and you could wind up drinking 10 bottles of water each day to ingest the recommended amount.

It’s important to note here that researchers don’t agree on the exact amount of hydrogen that will produce therapeutic benefits. Some studies have found that doses between 1.8-7.2 mg might be necessary, depending upon the disease that is targeted and the body chemistry of the patient.

The method of hydrogen ingestion may also play a role. You can breathe much more hydrogen via inhalation of hydrogen gas than you could ingest via drinking hydrogen water. But researchers are still trying to determine if (and why) certain diseases respond better to hydrogen gas inhalation while others respond better to hydrogen ingested in the form of hydrogen water.

Want more information on the math behind hydrogen water and hydrogen gas? Check out this video:

Video by Tywon Hubbard and H2Hubb.

The bottom line is that if you want to understand the role that hydrogen can play in your health, you need to look beyond the ppm on a product so that you can understand how much you are ingesting each day.

If you have asthma, or you know someone who does, you already know how quickly this disease can take your breath away. Asthma is a chronic respiratory ailment that affects the amount of air going into and out of the lungs.

For people with asthma, the airways of the lungs are always slightly inflamed. This swelling becomes even more pronounced when the asthma is triggered – by things such as pollution, allergens, cold air, exercise, or strong odors – making it difficult for patients with the condition to breathe. The result is coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 26 million Americans, including almost 10 percent of women, have asthma. Yet even though it is so common, there is no known cure for this condition.

The current methods of asthma treatment include prescription medications to reduce swelling in the lungs and lifestyle changes to prevent triggering the condition. And new research shows that the inhalation of hydrogen gas may also help to significantly reduce the symptoms of this chronic ailment.

In a new study, published in the journal Asthma Research and Practice, researchers looked at the use of hydrogen gas for the treatment of asthma. In animal tests that were repeated three times, mice with asthma inhaled hydrogen gas for 60 minutes each day over a seven-day period. At the end of the week, the study’s authors found “that inhalation of hydrogen gas protects against asthma in mouse models by improving lung function, ameliorating mucus production and decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress markers.”

This study isn’t the first to show the benefits that hydrogen gas inhalation can have on lung health. Dozens of studies, including this 2018 study published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease and this 2015 study published in the Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, have looked at the therapeutic effects of hydrogen gas inhalation on respiratory conditions such as cigarette-induced COPD and pulmonary hypertension. Each has concluded that the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of molecular hydrogen make it an excellent addition to any treatment plan aimed at improving respiratory health.

Molecular hydrogen is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent that has produced promising results when used in the treatment of various diseases, such as diabetes, psoriasis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to its small size, hydrogen can enter parts of the cells that are impenetrable to other molecules. This makes it particularly effective at halting and reversing the oxidative damage within the body that can lead to inflammation.

By reducing inflammation within the lungs, hydrogen gas inhalation may help to significantly prevent or reduce the symptoms of asthma. That’s a much needed breath of fresh air for those who suffer from this condition.

NAFLD, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is rapidly becoming the most common liver disease throughout the world. With 3 million new cases identified each year in the U.S. alone, experts estimate that the disease affects 30 percent of American adults and that number is only expected to rise.

This disease is characterized by fatty deposits that accumulate in the liver. These deposits often don’t cause any immediate symptoms on their own which is why NAFLD may remain undetected until internal imaging is conducted for other reasons. It is linked to conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

NAFLD is an umbrella term used to describe any kind of fatty deposits that occur in the liver for reasons other than alcohol use. The deposits themselves may not cause problems on their own, but it is possible that they may lead to a more serious condition called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, that is responsible for damage to the liver such as fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis, or liver cancer.

A study published just this month in the journal Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology looked at the effect of hydrogen water consumption on fatty deposits in the liver.

For the study, researchers followed 12 overweight patients with NAFLD who drank one liter of either hydrogen rich water or placebo water every day for 28 days.

At the end of the study period, researchers evaluated the patents using MRIs and blood tests and found that those who drank hydrogen water had “significantly reduced liver fat accumulation in individual liver regions-of-interest.”

Reductions were noted in both baseline liver fat levels as well as levels of serum aspartate transaminase, an enzyme that is released by the body when liver damage is detected.

If you have been diagnosed with NAFLD, experts agree that it’s important to take precautions to keep your liver healthy. Avoiding alcohol and certain medications, such as acetaminophen, that are known to cause liver damage can help. Talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated for the viruses that affect the liver, Hepatitis A and B. And consider adding hydrogen rich water to your diet to help promote liver health and reduce the buildup of fatty deposits.

Back in high school science class, you probably learned that the chemical formula for water is H2O. That’s two parts hydrogen for every one part oxygen. So if water is already made of up hydrogen, what is this hydrogen water you keep hearing about? And should you bother drinking it?

Hydrogen water is water with extra hydrogen molecules added in. It’s made using machines or specially-designed hydrogen water bottles that infuse hydrogen gas into pure water. Think of it like creating a souped-up version of your average glass of water.

Why would you need to add extra hydrogen to your water? Hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to reduce the inflammation which can cause a host of symptoms and conditions ranging from allergies to Alzheimer’s disease to diabetes. Due to its extremely small size, hydrogen can penetrate into areas of the cell that other antioxidants miss, protecting vital cell components from damage.

Proponents of hydrogen water claim that consuming it can help increase energy levels, reduce muscle recovery after exercise, decrease inflammation, and prevent cell damage.

Does it work?

Although hydrogen water has been used in Japan for centuries (where it is known as the “Shin’nooru solution,”) it is still relatively new to the U.S., so studies on its use are limited. However, the studies that have been conducted have yielded some seriously promising results.

For example, in this study, published in the journal Medical Gas Research, researchers found that participants who drank 51–68 ounces of hydrogen water each day had lower levels of oxidative stress and stronger antioxidant activity that those in the control group who drank that same amount of regular water.

In this study researchers found that patients with metabolic syndrome who consumed 30-34 ounces of hydrogen water each day had lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, higher levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, greater antioxidant activity, and reduced levels of inflammation.

Beyond disease prevention, the consumption of hydrogen water may help boost athletic performance. In this 2012 study of 10 male soccer players, researchers found that the men who were given hydrogen water experienced less muscle fatigue (according to blood tests) after workouts than those who drank only regular water.

Similar studies have found that hydrogen water may help prevent cell damage in patients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and psoriasis.

Bottom line: It’s a well known fact that drinking water is good for your health. And the new research coming in confirms that drinking water that has been infused with hydrogen may help boost those health benefits in a number of ways.

What do you think of when you hear the word, “inflammation?” If you’re like most, you think of inflammation as a harmful process within the body that leads to disease. While that is partially true, it’s not the whole story. To better understand your health, it’s important to understand the role that inflammation plays in your body and how and why it may become a problem.

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to infection and injury. When a part of the body becomes wounded or infected, the immune system floods the area with blood – specifically, white blood cells – to fend off viruses and bacteria and begin the healing process. This is what we feel as inflammation and it’s actually a healthy and crucial phase of recovery.

However, sometimes the immune system gets stuck in the inflammation phase. This is known as chronic inflammation and it is this condition that can lead to disease. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, and even some cancers.

Unlike the swelling and redness often associated with acute inflammation, chronic inflammation is a less-intense but longer lasting condition, so it often does not cause any noticeable symptoms. Instead, the body is constantly signaling the immune system to respond to a threat, even when one does not exist. White blood cells are released but they have nowhere to go and as a result they start attacking healthy cells and tissues.

So how can you make sure your body’s inflammatory process doesn’t get out of control? One way is to reduce your overall exposure to components that trigger inflammation such as pollution, chemicals, fried foods, processed sugar, and red meat. Including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as olive oil, leafy greens, fish, nuts, and fruit can help keep inflammation in check as can increasing levels of molecular hydrogen within your body via the consumption of hydrogen rich water or the inhalation of hydrogen gas via a hydrogen breathing machine.

Hydrogen is a natural element that can help reduce chronic inflammation by neutralizing those rogue white blood cells before they become a problem. Hydrogen also helps reduce the production of enzymes that cause inflammation while increasing the level of enzymes that keep inflammation in check. For more details about how hydrogen works to reduce inflammation, check out this quick yet informative video:

Molecular hydrogen is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory that can help keep healthy levels of inflammation in your body from becoming a chronic condition.

Video courtesy of Tywon Hubbard.

According to the latest statistics, more than 5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050, it’s estimated that as many as 16 million Americans will have the condition. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that destroys a sufferer’s memory and cognitive skills. The damage it causes is irreversible and, frighteningly, at present there is no known cure.

Fortunately, researchers have been looking at alternative therapeutic methods that may offer some relief for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and they’ve found some good news in the form of molecular hydrogen. A number of studies have looked at the role that molecular hydrogen may play in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s and they have come to some promising conclusions.

To understand how molecular hydrogen can help to slow down Alzheimer’s disease, let’s first take a closer look at the disease and how it progresses. Researchers have found that patients with this disease have tiny plaques that build up on the nerve tissue in the brain. These plaques cause tangles within the nerve cells that block cell-to-cell signalling and may eventually lead to cell death. It’s unclear exactly what causes these plaques to form but oxidative stress and inflammation have been shown to play a role.

This is where molecular hydrogen comes in. Molecular hydrogen has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that make it an ideal candidate to halt or even prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Due to it’s very small size, molecular hydrogen is able to easily diffuse across the blood brain barrier. And unlike other antioxidants, molecular hydrogen can permeate cells to provide protection from the free radicals before they cause damage.

In a recent study published in the journal Medical Gas Research, researchers looked at the effect of molecular hydrogen on patients with Alzheimer’s disease. After reviewing numerous studies in which molecular hydrogen was administered, either in the form of molecular hydrogen gas or via the consumption of hydrogen rich water, researchers concluded that hydrogen inhibited the production of the protein that caused plaques, improved memory function, and ameliorated neurodegeneration within the brain. One animal study even showed an increased lifespan in mice with Alzheimer’s disease who consumed hydrogen rich water when compared to mice with Alzheimer’s disease who did not.

As the authors of this study note, molecular hydrogen has “great developmental prospects” in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. That’s some much needed good news for those who have been diagnosed with the condition and their families.

In 1520, Swiss physician and chemist Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus discovered hydrogen gas when he burned metal and acid and unwittingly collected a gas as a by-product of the reaction. At the time, Paracelsus had no idea what this new gas was or how important it would become. Today, 500 years after its first discovery, researchers are finally beginning to unwrap the secrets of molecular hydrogen and in particular, how it can be used to alleviate a host of symptoms and conditions.

What is molecular hydrogen? Hydrogen is a naturally occurring element that bonds easily with oxygen to form water, or H20. And that’s a good thing because it is unstable oxygen molecules, also known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals, that are responsible for so much damage within the body. By bonding with these unstable oxygen molecules, hydrogen neutralizes them and converts damaging free radicals into inert water.

So molecular hydrogen is essentially an antioxidant. But it’s not just any antioxidant.

A recent review of the history and potential uses for molecular hydrogen, published in the journal Medical Gas Research noted that of molecular hydrogen’s many advantageous characteristics, perhaps its greatest advantage is that it can diffuse through membranes and enter the cytosol, mitochondria, and nucleus of cells. This makes it more effective than most antioxidants because many free radicals target these organelles and most antioxidants cannot access these areas of the cell.

By reducing the levels of free radicals within the body, molecular hydrogen can help to reduce inflammation, slow cell aging, relieve pain, and prevent and alleviate the symptoms of a number of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, allergies, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

In their review on molecular hydrogen, the authors, physicians in physiology and neuroscience from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California noted, “[t]he future looks very bright and promising; hopefully hydrogen will be at the forefront of medicine and will make surging strides as simple treatments to the top ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and numerous other diseases.”