Everyone by now understands how crucial hydration is and the importance of drinking water. Our body can be up to 70% water, and consuming enough water is essential for :• Exercise performance
• Cognitive performance
• Digestive health
I hope everyone is optimizing their hydration, but since this is a biohacking website, let us talk about biohacking water.
In today's article, I would like to highlight one way to biohack your water to increase performance and longevity. Today, I would like to introduce you to the power of Molecular Hydrogen.
Hydrogen a gas?
If you were to think back to your high school science class, you would remember that Hydrogen is gas very much like other gasses such as oxygen and carbon dioxide. However, Hydrogen is one of the cutting-edge hacks you can use in your daily routine for anti-aging and overall health.
Hydrogen is the lightest element of the periodic table with the symbol H and consists of one electron and proton. When two hydrogen atoms bond together, we have molecular Hydrogen. I started using Molecular Hydrogen as it has shown to have a therapeutic effect in over 170 different human and animal diseases and help with nearly every organ in the body. Some of the reasons why I think Molecular Hydrogen deserves your attention is due to its unique properties such as :• Hydrophobicity
• Small size and mass
Due to these unique factors, H2 can easily penetrate our cell membranes, blood-brain barrier, placental, and testis barrier and perform therapeutic effects as it reaches the subcellular parts such as the mitochondria, nucleus, etc. ( This is extremely hard for any other antioxidant).
Hydrogen can activate various antioxidants in our body, such as
H2 achieves this by activating the antioxidant response element and Nrf2- Keep one system that regulates the transcription of 200 cytoprotective genes. Hydrogen has shown a cell modulating effect where it can be:• Anti-obesity,
H2 does this by downregulation of chemical messengers called cytokines. Hydrogen downregulates pro-inflammatory cytokines like IL-1, IL6, IL8. Hydrogen also activates a system in our bodies where our cells can self-clean old, weak, worn out, and dysfunctional cells via autophagy, which is your body cleaning up the trash. Hydrogen can produce a positive effect on obesity and metabolism by increasing genetic expressions of proteins that are responsible for metabolism and exercise, such as :• Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator- 1 alpha ( PGC-1 A) plays a crucial role in cellular energy and metabolism by mitochondrial biogenesis
• Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha ( PPAR-a) regulated fat in the liver and is activated by exercise and calorie restriction
• Fibroblast growth factor 21 ( FGF21) regulates carbohydrates intake and preferences like using it for energy or depositing it as fat cells
I was motivated to use Hydrogen every day as a part of my healthcare routine, as its efficacy was tested by many of the worlds leading minds on health and wellness :• The University of Loma Linda reported that Hydrogen has the potential to help with the top 8/10 diseases that cause fatality like those mentioned by the center for disease control
• The University of Washington said that consuming hydrogen-rich water was protective against neurodegenerative changes induced by traumatic brain injury
• The Japanese government has approved Hydrogen as an advanced medical treatment of post-cardiac arrest syndrome and also shown to have many neurological benefits
• In human double-blinded placebo-controlled randomized trials, hydrogen-rich water is beneficial for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, Parkinson's, mitochondrial dysfunction, exercise performance, athletic recovery, wound healing, and so much more
• According to 1000+ preliminary preclinical and clinical studies have reported Hydrogen to have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and anti-allergy effect
Reactive oxygen species and Free radicals :
Hydrogen works by reducing free radicals in the body. Free radicals are highly unstable therefore making them react quickly to other molecules in the environment. This reaction steals electrons from its neighboring molecules in the body and makes us weaker over time. The health and supplement industry has used this information for ages and keeps on bringing new supplements marketed as antioxidants.
When we look at anti-aging research, we find that ROS has a role to play in every significant disease, such as inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, asthma, diabetes, Parkinson's, and cardiovascular diseases. Once ROS increases in the body due to a bad diet, poor sleep, or lifestyle-related factors, the body naturally turns up its antioxidant products such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione to protect itself against these ROS. However, most people's antioxidant self-defense systems these days are compromised. Therefore we are always advised to consume more antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress and increase the oxidation potential of the body, which can protect against aging. Hydrogen, one of the most robust selective antioxidant systems, plays a massive role in helping the body scavenge these free radicals and protect the body against its harmful effects.
Suppose you think you aren't feeling healthy or your vitality is suffering. In that case, there is a considerable probability this is happening due to oxidative stress where your body can't neutralize free radical production.
Hydrogen vs. other antioxidants?
H2, due to the nature of being neutral and non-polar, can penetrate cellular and subcellular compartments like the mitochondria, which can be a superior advantage when it comes to anti-aging and overall health.
Now that you clearly understand why molecular Hydrogen is superior to other antioxidants, let look at why you should include molecular Hydrogen as a part of your daily routine. I use H2 water as :
Ways to get more Hydrogen?
There are many ways you can increase the level of Hydrogen in the body, and these can range from inhaling H2 gas, taking a bath with H2 rich water, eating more fiber to increase H2 by the gut bacteria, transdermal application, using hydrogen tablets, using H2 saline solution in the eye and others. Almost all of these methods require a lot of time, money, and resources to get hold of the purest forms. The best shape that I have found is to use a hydrogen water generator to produce molecular Hydrogen from any water you consume.
What to look for in a Molecular hydrogen generator?
Due to molecular hydrogens' therapeutic effects, there are a few companies on the market releasing their versions of these devices. Before you buy a device, make sure they have been approved by any medical legislation such as the FDA. Some other things to look for :• Look for the latest technology, which is the SPE/PEM membrane, may companies out there are using older technology generators that produce water with the come residue of ozone or chlorine
• Look for a company that uses high-grade titanium, which provides a better electrolysis process that makes safe Hydrogen
• Look for a product that can generate at least 1000 ppb or 1.0 ppm of Hydrogen, as 1000 ppb or more has the most health benefits
I hope you have a better understanding of Molecular Hydrogen and find ways of integrating it into your own life and experiencing Hydrogen's healing power.