Does Hydrogen-Rich Water Contain the Safe PH of Drinking Water?
Water is life—one of the most common lines people hear when referring to water, primarily because 60% of the adult human body is made up of water. But drinking plain water from just any source may be more harmful than good because the PH of drinking water must be taken into consideration. Therefore, what kind of water is best to consume? There are recent studies showing the benefits of hydrogen-rich water to the human body.
PH Levels of Drinking Water
Health-Enriched Benefits of Hydrogen Water
Water can be either acidic or alkaline and is determined by the “PH levels” in water. PH stands for “potential of hydrogen.” The common thought is that if water is hydrogen-rich, then it is acidic and therefore harmful. Indeed, PH levels of drinking water must be kept between 6 and 8.5 to be considered safe as per WHO guidelines.
So when hydrogen gas is dissolved in water, doesn’t that change the PH levels of drinking water rendering it unsafe? This is not necessarily true.
Dissolving hydrogen gas in water produces hydrogen molecules bound to each other rather than the oxygen molecules in the water. These molecules are therefore free to be absorbed by the human body and do not affect the PH of drinking water. Thus, drinking hydrogen-rich water (or hydrogen-enriched water) is deemed safe for everyone, regardless of whether an individual is taking medications or is free from any illness.
Widely known as “Shin’nooru solution” since the 1960s, hydrogen-enriched water has long been used in Japan because of the number of health benefits. When high levels of hydrogen gas are dissolved in water, it has been found to act as a potent antioxidant, able to slow down the aging process and remove free radicals thus enhancing cellular protection.
In a study of mice with inflammatory bowel disease, researchers at the Forsyth Institute in Boston found that mice fed with hydrogen-enriched water showed signs of relief from inflammation. Also, when hydrogen-enriched water was given prior to administering the IBD in mice, it was found that it was able to prevent inflammation.
This is because hydrogen attacks inflammation, and because it is a potent antioxidant, it is able to repair damaged cells, in turn preventing these cells from becoming free radicals. Studies have also shown that it can reduce oxygen metabolites in the bloodstream if consumed for weeks at a time, while still able to sustain the right amount of blood oxidation levels for optimum health.
Furthermore, according to a 2014 study published in PLOS One, a scientific journal, it was found that when a mouse was given hydrogen-enriched water following a TBI, the amount of swelling in the brain was reduced.
Other health benefits of hydrogen-enriched water include slowing down the development of neurodegenerative diseases, helping treat and prevent insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, improving dental health, and also combating muscle fatigue.
These are only a few of the many health benefits of consuming hydrogen-rich water on a regular basis. However, the Western world is still in the process of transitioning and trying to decide whether or not this will be beneficial to them.