Is Hydrogen Water Safe?
So safe that it’s safe enough for pregnant/nursing moms and babies. But, just to be sure, it was tested at concentrations over a hundred times higher than what you’d be drinking, and found to be perfectly safe. You cannot drink too much hydrogen (although you can drink too much water), and it does not build up in your system (anything that you don’t use you will just exhale out). It’s also been used to locate gunshot wounds in the intestines for centuries and for decompression sickness for decades, so we have years of safe use behind us.
Is a Hydrogen Water Machine the same as an Ionizer?
It’s similar, but not the same. An ionizer is the father of the “hydrogenizer”. It’s older technology with less of a potent kick. Ionizers have a proven track record of providing health benefits, but science has discovered these were a result of hydrogen being produced as a by-product of electrolysis (the process that separated the water into acidic and alkaline). It wasn’t from the high alkalinity of the water, as originally thought. In true science form, this remarkable product was developed almost by accident. So we’ve simply improved the technology and maximized the hydrogen levels, exponentially increasing the benefits.
Is High-Alkaline Water Beneficial?
Our bodies are balanced at a pH of 7.4 – 7.5 (slightly alkaline) and they fight hard to keep themselves in this state of homeostasis. The problem is our modern lifestyles can cause our bodies to be acidic so people have been drinking high alkaline water to compensate for the acidity. But it’s not necessary and can even be harmful. That said, ionized water has proven to give phenomenal health benefits over the years so it’s not a hoax… but further testing has proven that this is from the hydrogen in the water not the alkalinity. Check out this post for more.
What’s the difference between Hydrogen and Molecular Hydrogen?
Simple Chemistry. Hydrogen is the lightest, simplest element with the symbol H. It consists of one electron and one proton. Atomic hydrogen is the first element on the periodic table, consisting of only one electron. Because this electron isn’t paired it’s considered a free radical. Its symbol is H• Diatomic hydrogen (aka dihydrogen) is simply two hydrogen atoms bonded together as H-H. It’s as simple as 1+1=2 … just written like this … H•+ H• = H2 Molecular hydrogen is another name for diatomic hydrogen. Because two atoms have bonded together they have formed a molecule. This is the most common form of hydrogen. It is neutrally charged (no free radicals lying about) and is an odorless, tasteless gas. It’s this form of hydrogen that has shown therapeutic effects on over 150 human diseases! When we refer to hydrogen we are talking about molecular hydrogen. Molecular hydrogen is diffused into water and carried to all those sub-cellular compartments (like the mitochondria) to rid your body of disease.
How Much Hydrogen Water Should I Drink?
There isn’t a quick answer to this question because a) Scientists are still trying to determine what the optimal amount is, and b) It could be different for each person, based on various factors such as health, weight etc. What we do know is that between one and three milligrams of dissolved hydrogen per liter( 1-3mg/L) gives significant health benefits. That means if you drink a liter of water a day with a 1ppm ratio, you’d be drinking a 1mg of dissolved hydrogen. And if you drink 3 liters, you’d be drinking 3mg or 3ppm. Which means, of course, that if your machine can produce higher ppm, then you can drink less water and get the same/better results. Drink 1-2 liters (about ¼ – ½ gallon) of your Zontos water every day for significant results. If your exercise a lot, drink more of course.
Doesn’t water already have hydrogen in it?
Yes, the water molecule is made up of 2 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O), so it does contain hydrogen – but the hydrogen is not free, it’s bound to the oxygen.
Think of it this way, there’s oxygen in water right? So why can’t we just drink water instead of breathing air? Because we need oxygen to be on its own—to be available to us—available oxygen. It’s the same thing with hydrogen. We need it to be on its own—available hydrogen—to get the therapeutic benefits
So the only way to get the therapeutic benefits of molecular hydrogen is to get it on its own. That’s why here at Zontos we diffuse it into your drinking water, where tiny hydrogen molecules float in the water but don’t combine with it, leaving the hydrogen free to give you all those awesome benefits we’ve been talking about.
Why is it important that the hydrogen molecule is so tiny?
It’s important because this teensy tiny molecule can do something very special. Remember those biology classes in high school? Mitochondria and RNA and all that jazz? If not, they are just parts of the cell that help it to function the way it should. Because molecular hydrogen is so tiny, it diffuses into these subcellular compartments and protects them from oxidative stress (the bad side of oxygen). This is crucial because oxidative stress is the reason for disease in the body! AND HYDROGEN WATER CRUSHES OXIDATIVE STRESS. Even more exciting, while hydrogen is in there doing its thing, it also activates antioxidant enzymes and those super-duper protective proteins, which means the body starts to heal itself. Basically, it says, “Hey you guys, you soldiers, get here and get cracking. Protect and fix this body.” And they do. That is why it can and does kick things like CHRONIC ILLNESSES, inflammation, and allergic reactions.
Does adding peroxide to the water give the same benefits as hydrogen?
This is something a lot of people think of when they first hear about a hydrogenizer. “Oh yeah, I know someone who adds hydrogen peroxide drops to their water for health reasons, can I just do that?”
Nope, and here’s why:
We all know that water has the chemical formula H2O (2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen). The chemical formula for Hydrogen Peroxide is H2O2, which means it has two parts hydrogen and 2 parts oxygen. So adding hydrogen peroxide has an oxidizing effect not an anti-oxidizing effect. It is often used as an anti-septic and has been used to purify water, but it creates free radicals.
Molecular Hydrogen diffused into water eliminates free radicals and has a potent anti-oxidant effect. So it’s quite the opposite, really.
Won’t dissolved hydrogen just escape out of the water?
Yes, the dissolved gas does escape out of the hydrogen water, and it actually starts doing this right away, but it takes a while for enough of it to escape before it’s no longer therapeutic.
Think of coke—it goes flat over time, right? Of course, because the carbonated ‘bubbles’ start to escape once you take that cap off. But it takes a while. It’s not like you open the can and—bam—the coke is flat.
So drink the hydrogen water as soon as you can after pouring it—but don’t worry too much about it because the hydrogen gas isn’t going to disappear within a few seconds.
Tip: If you take the hydrogen water with you when you leave the house, just get a bottle with a flip lid so that you’re sure to put the lid on each time you take a sip. Just as you would buy a coke with a lid instead of a can if you plan on taking a while to drink it.
How the Process Works
Molecular hydrogen naturally bonds with toxic free radicals (H+O), converting them to water (H2O). In doing so it not only eliminates the toxic free radicals, but hydrates the cell as well.
Hydrogen enhances the body’s natural defenses by triggering protective enzymes. (Think of it as taking an army of soldiers and turning each soldier into Captain America.)
Hydrogen affects cell signaling (the ability of cells to transfer messages to one another), the metabolism, and gene expression. This ability gives hydrogen the power to reduce allergic reactions and enhance the metabolism. And so much more.