More Than Hydration: Health Benefits of Drinking Hydrogen Water

You might be thinking: water (H2O) is already mostly composed of hydrogen, so what’s the point of hydrogen water? As it turns out, added hydrogen is actually molecular hydrogen (H2) gas dissolved in water. Infusing water with hydrogen gas offers a lot of potential health benefits.

When hydrogen enters the body, it acts as an antioxidant by combating oxidative stress, which is caused by imbalanced molecules called free radicals. Oxidative stress is like what happens to guacamole or apples when left out in the open for too long: they turn brown on the outside. Too much oxidative stress in the body leaves cells damaged, and that can cause a lot of health problems.

Most natural antioxidants can combat this stress, but only to a certain extent before they turn into smaller free radicals themselves. The American Physiological Society has published scientific evidence that hydrogen, unlike other antioxidants, destroys free radicals without breaking down into new ones.

Health benefits aren’t only visible from a microscope: in one study from the National Library of Medicine, drinking hydrogen-rich water improved participants’ moods, anxiety levels, and nerve activity. This means that everything hydrogen does on a molecular level can positively impact people’s daily lives.

Gut Health

Sixty percent of your immune system is tied to gut health. Damage in the gastrointestinal tract can cause a number of health issues that can, in turn, affect other organs in your body. Hydrogen’s ability to help counteract toxins in the gut and increase the secretions of healthy hormones directly affects the body’s ability to fight off illness and infection.

Promotes Fat Reduction

Hydrogen stimulates gastric leptin and ghrelin, hormones in the body that regulate fat storage, energy, and a number of other metabolic functions. Regular water usage on its own promotes hydration and gastrointestinal tract cleansing, but ingesting water infused with hydrogen can support better digestion and help with the breakdown of unwanted fat.  Research has shown that people who consume hydrogen water over a specified period of time saw improvements in fat loss in people with metabolic syndrome. These results were attributed to hydrogen’s ability to reduce oxidative stress in cells, and its ability to optimize certain metabolic functions.

Boosts Energy & Metabolism

Molecular hydrogen can also stimulate the metabolic hormone FGF21. FGF21 is a liver hormone that increases cellular metabolism which helps with weight management and increases energy. Hydrogen also triggers all five complexes of the electron transport chain (ETC), which is the primary mechanism the mitochondria in your cells use to produce ATP, or energy.

HyVIDA hydrogen infused sparkling water beverages include even more than the benefits from infused hydrogen; they have added Magnesium electrolytes to call anxiety and they are also a guilt-free way to get hydrated that is more fun to drink than still water, less acidic than most carbonated beverages and have a great taste thanks to certified organic, natural flavors.

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