What is Hydrogen Water?
The very best, healthiest water you can drink is hydrogen water. Hydrogen water is water which has extra H2 gas (hydrogen) dissolved into it. It tastes just like regular water, but is much healthier because of the antioxidant benefits of the added hydrogen. Regular water doesn't have antioxidant benefits, and therefore does nothing to fight free-radicals. But hydrogen water, with its antioxidant benefits fights free-radicals better than any other antioxidant. It literally transforms regular water into healing water!
Hundreds of research studies show that a wide range of diseases caused by free radical damage can be reversed or eradicated with the consumption of free-hydrogen antioxidants (known as "molecular hydrogen" by scientists. Pumping molecular hydrogen into the water works to transform ordinary water into Hydrogen Water.
It's useless to try to buy ready-made hydrogen water, because the beneficial hydrogen antioxidants are so small they evaporate out of the water fairly quickly (within a few hours or a day). So the way to get the benefits of hydrogen water is to make it yourself (preferably fresh) throughout the day.
How Can You Make Your Own Hydrogen Water?
To produce hydrogen water one needs a hydrogen water machine or water ionizer. Hydrogen gets pumped into the water when you ionize it with a water ionizer, filter it with ionizing minerals, or pump hydrogen directly into it with a hydrogen water machine.
Getting the Best Hydrogen Levels: Free-hydrogen is measured in ppm (parts per million). If you can get anywhere between .5 ppm and 1ppm, you're doing great. [Note: This is the level most commonly used in medical trials] I am personally happy getting anything over 1 ppm (part per million) of free-hydrogen in my ionized water.
One thing to point out, though, is that results depend upon the type of tester you use as much as the particular machine being tested. The old way to test for antioxidant levels in ionized water is the ORP meter. ORP stands for "oxidation reduction potential". Oxidation is like "rust" inside the body and is what happens when free radical damage occurs. ORP meters are still fairly good for this measurement, but they are not as sophisticated in isolating hydrogen antioxidants as the H2 test drops or Trustlex meter. None of these meters or tests work very well in inexpert hands, because it takes a good deal of knowledge and practice to get accurate results with them. Here are some typical results I have gotten from a variety of machines:
|COMPARING TYPES OF HYDROGEN MACHINES||H2 Test Drops||Trustlex Meter||ORP Meter|
(This is one of my best water ionizers for making hydrogen water)
PH Benefits: Raises pH (4 levels)
Filtration Benefits: Filters chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, and other common contaminants
Lourdes Buder HS72 Hydrogen Machine
Hydrogen Machine (Makes hydrogen water in batches at the rate of 1 liter processed for 10 minutes or 2 liters for 20 min.)
Doesn't raise the pH
Doesn't filter...just pumps the hydrogen into the water
Portable Hydrogen Machine (8 oz -- processed for 5 Minutes)
Doesn't raise pH
Filters out chlorine and nitrogen
Varying with time (5 min. to 12 min)
Hydrogen Gas Machine (pumping into tap water) A hydrogen gas generator can be used to pump extra free-hydrogen into water (or any liquid). Takes just a few minutes.
Doesn't raise pH
Doesn't filter...just pumps the hydrogen into the water
5 - 15 Drops
Naturally Ionizing Filter (Up to 2 quarts at a time at 1.5 lpm flow-rate)
Raises pH one level.
Filters out fluoride, heavy metals, biological contaminants and other common contaminants
Comparing Types of Hydrogen Machines: Video Demos
Here are some demo videos showing you the comparisons of different types of hydrogen machines: hydrogen gas machine, hydrogen water machines, water ionizer, etc.
Results (listed from high to low saturation of free-hydrogen antioxidants): Nexus Smart 7P water ionizer (1.5 ppm), the SPE-270 hydrogen gas machines (1.5 ppm), the Lourdes hydrogen water machines (1.2 ppm), the High-Rich Machine (1.2 ppm), H2 Tablets (.7 ppm), the Alkaline Ionizer Purifier Energizer (.3 ppm) and the Alkaline Plus PH Ionizing Pitcher (about .1 ppm).
Beware LifeIonizers -- Fake Claims
The best results possible for free-hydrogen concentration in hydrogen water is somewhere around 1.6 ppm. I suppose if you went into a hyperbaric chamber, or pressurized your container somehow, you could get better than that. But at sea-level (normal atmospheric pressure) you can't squeeze any more than 1.6 ppm of hydrogen gas concentration into any solution or container whatsoever.
There is a new video I saw recently from LifeIonizers, which claims to produce 5 ppm of free-hydrogen concentration. If you know how to do hydrogen concentration testing and you look closely at their video, you can see they fill up their vial with five times the amount of water that they should. Doing the math on this, one can extrapolate that the MXL-15 water ionizer is really getting 5x less than the results they are claiming...or about 1 ppm. 1 ppm is not bad, but at the price they are charging for their machine, you can do much better, as you can see in the chart, above.
Here's a picture of the LifeIonizers fake test:
Which is Better? Breathing Hydrogen Gas or Drinking Hydrogen Water
Studies show that when you drink hydrogen water the health benefits can last days longer than breathing the gas directly. Still in all, both methods of consuming hydrogen antioxidants are valid and scientifically proven to benefit health.
Drinking Hydrogen Enriched Water
If you consider what happens when you drink water you can get a good idea of all the organs that will immediately (or very quickly) benefit. Water goes into your stomach and then passes quickly out, because it has zero calories. Some water absorbs into your body directly from your mouth and stomach, but the majority of water absorbs into your body from your intestines, and this happens extremely quickly.
In just minutes after drinking ionized water I can feel a greater mental clarity (similar to a caffeine boost) and an overall feeling of improved wellness, which means it has probably traveled around to most organs in that short time.
Breathing Hydrogen Gas
If I had to choose, I would definitely pick drinking hydrogen water over hydrogen inhalation. I can go for days or forever without breathing hydrogen gas, but I have to have my hydrogen enriched water or my body doesn't feel as bouncy or healthy. I tried just breathing hydrogen gas (as an experiment: not drinking hydrogen rich water and instead inhaling hydrogen gas several times throughout the day), and this was not good. I didn't like it, so I didn't continue past a day.
That being said, you can use a hydrogen gas machine to both breathe hydrogen gas AND make hydrogen water with. Just put the hose into a container of water for several minutes and you're done. Then drink the hydrogen enriched water.
The only thing about this is that I am very spoiled to the great filtration that I get with my water ionizer. I did an experiment where I just drank hydrogen enriched water, that I produced this way, for about 2 weeks, but please note I used filtered water as my source water. The overall effect I felt after about 2 weeks was good. I felt perfectly healthy, as if I was drinking ionized water all that time. The only drawback to this was there was no comparison in the simplicity of pouring ionized water from a water ionizer vs how much work it takes to make my own hydrogen water with a hydrogen gas machine.
All types of machines, described above, are great ways to get the benefits of hydrogen into the body. So, it's really up to you which type of machine would be best for your needs.
Links to Each Kind of Free-Hydrogen Producing Machine
- Water Ionizers
- Hydrogen Water & Hydrogen Gas Machines
- Naturally Ionizing Alkaline Filters & Pitchers
Note: For more information about each of these types of hydrogen machines, click on the links above. For more information about fake gimmicks to watch out for, see my Water Ionizer Reviews page.