What is Free-Hydrogen?
Free-Hydrogen is a molecule made up of only hydrogen and nothing else. It's one hydrogen bonded to another hydrogen. It's also known as molecular hydrogen. Free-hydrogen fights free-radicals. In this form, hydrogen is THE most powerful antioxidant known to man (yet the most simple). It's tiny size is the key to its power. Most antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E) are large molecules and cannot penetrate cell membranes very easily, however Hydrogen, being the smallest element known to man, is the smallest, lightest, and most versatile molecule there is. Free-hydrogen gets right into cells, tissues, bones, joints, nerves, blood vessels, heart, brain, lungs, or any place in your body that needs the benefits of antioxidants, and it does it right away (in seconds or minutes).
How and Why Our Bodies Need Free-Hydrogen
Since 2007, medical research on the benefits of molecular hydrogen is abundant and clear. Free-hydrogen (molecular hydrogen) has been found to benefit just about every disease...or at least every disease it's been tested on. Why? Because of all the oxidative stress that is in our foods, environment, and lifestyles, every cell inside the body needs a way to overcome the damage caused by oxidation. In other words, we can use the power of the free-hydrogen all throughout the day to fight free radicals and prevent diseases. This is one big reason why I keep advising everyone I know to drink alkaline ionized water and to choose a machine or device that tests high in antioxidant-levels.
Free-Hydrogen and The Skin
Now I'll get to the point of this particular article: SKIN. Skin differs from the rest of the organs in the body in that it likes a slightly acidic pH, whereas the rest of our organs prefer the pH to be slightly alkaline (about 5 or 6 pH). Acidity on the surface of the skin signals the pores to close up tightly, thus keeping moisture in and pathogens out. For this reason, the skin is considered a major part of our body's immune system.
Skin suffers from oxidation as much or more than our internal organs do, and to remain healthy well into our senior years the skin needs anti-oxidants. Shower filters with vitamin C or skin creams with vitamin E have been developed, but just like the cells inside of our bodies, the skin cells cannot absorb the large-molecule antioxidants well and so remain thirsty for the antioxidant-balance that they're lacking.
Alkaline ionized water isn't usually good to use on the skin, because the skin doesn't like alkalinity. But in just the past few years a new type of device has been invented which is capable of pumping molecular hydrogen antioxidants into any pH water, even acidic water. These are called Hydrogen Machines or Hydrogen Water Generators. Hydrogen machines don't change the pH very much (if at all) and so if you put water into them that is 5 or 6 pH, for instance, the ionized, antioxidant-rich output water will also be around 5 or 6 pH.
Here's a demo of a Hydrogen machine creating antioxidant-rich acidic water, which is perfect for splashing or rubbing on the skin.