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What is hydrogenated water?2019-06-07T21:39:33+01:00

Hydrogenated water (or water rich in hydrogen) is simply normal water (H2O) that contains dissolved hydrogen (H2). There are waters with gas or beverages (soda pop) that contain dissolved carbon dioxide gas (CO2), or hydrogen peroxide, which contains dissolved oxygen gas (O2). In the same way, you can have water that contains dissolved hydrogen gas. Think about this: you can make hydrogenated water by taking a tank of hydrogen gas and pouring it into a glass of water. There are many other methods to make water with hydrogen, but this can help you understand. It is simply water that contains dissolved hydrogen gas.

Doesn’t the water contain hydrogen gas if its chemical formula is H2O?2019-06-07T21:40:11+01:00

The water molecule has two hydrogen atoms, chemically bound to the oxygen atom. This is different from the hydrogen gas molecule (H2), which is made up of only two hydrogen atoms, bonded to one another. For the dissolved hydrogen gas (H2) to benefit us, it must have a free (unbound) form and therefore available for a therapeutic benefit. Almost all the matter of which we are surrounded is made up of hydrogen atoms, but those hydrogen atoms are chemically bound to other elements. For example, a water molecule has two hydrogen atoms that are chemically bound to oxygen. Or a sugar molecule with glucose contains 12 hydrogens, but all those atoms are bonded to other carbon and oxygen atoms. In hydrogenated water, the hydrogen that proves to be therapeutic, is the dissolved hydrogen available in its diatomic form free of other bonds, called molecular hydrogen.

I have thought that if the water is “rich in hydrogen” then it should be acidic.2019-06-07T21:40:56+01:00

Great observation! If the water is rich in positive hydrogen ions (H +), then yes, it is acidic. But in this case, we are talking about neutral hydrogen (H2), which is bound to two hydrogen atoms. It can be a source of confusion to hear “hydrogenated water” because we usually consider hydrogen (i.e. hydrogen ion H +) as acidic, and this is fundamentally the definition of pH. The “p” means potential or power, understood as a mathematical exponent (in this case a logarithmic function), and the “H” means hydrogen ion, which is only a proton and no electron. Then pH literally means the logarithmic concentration of the hydrogen ion. But when we say “hydrogen water” we refer to dihydrogen or molecular hydrogen, which is a neutral gas that dissolves in water.

I have read that if you add hydrogen to water you can form hydrogen peroxide.2019-06-07T21:41:30+01:00

Water has the chemical formula H2O and hydrogen peroxide has the chemical formula H2O2. Compared, it contains extra oxygen, not hydrogen so it can not form hydrogen peroxide. The fact is that hydrogen does not bind or react with water molecules, but it dissolves in water. It does not create a molecule like H4O, which in fact would be chemically impossible. Therefore, hydrogenated water and hydrogen peroxide are completely different substances.

Will hydrogen in a gaseous state leave the water immediately?2019-06-07T21:42:05+01:00

Yes, it immediately starts to evaporate from the water, but it does not disappear immediately. According to the surface, the agitation, etc. The hydrogen gas can remain in the water for a few hours or more before descending below the therapeutic level. This is very simple for sparkling water or carbonated beverages that contain carbon dioxide (CO2), but, since it evaporates, it is better to drink the water before it becomes “flat”.

How much hydrogenated water per day should I drink to get benefits?2019-06-07T21:42:38+01:00

This is the same question that scientists are asking and that is still under investigation. Even so, studies in animals and humans generally provide 0.5 to 1.6 mg or more of H2 per day and these doses show statistically significant benefits. So, if your water has a concentration of 1mg / L (equivalent to 1 ppm parts per million), then two liters will give you 2 mg of H2. While the effective concentration for some people or some diseases may be lower or higher, these doses are simply what has been found to be beneficial.

Is hydrogen safe?2019-06-07T21:43:05+01:00

Yes. It has been demonstrated that gaseous hydrogen is very safe at concentrations a hundred times higher than those used for therapy. Here are some examples: the safety of hydrogen was first demonstrated in the late 1800s, when hydrogen gas was used to locate gunshot wounds in the intestine. Reports have shown that there have been no toxic effects or irritations, even in the most sensitive tissues. Another good example of its safety is that hydrogen gas has been used for deep-water dives since 1943 (at very high concentrations) to prevent decompression illnesses. Studies have not shown toxic effects of hydrogen at very high levels and pressures of 98.87% H2 and 1.26% O2 at 19.1 atm. In addition, hydrogen gas is natural to the body because after a meal rich in fibers, our intestinal bacteria can produce liters of hydrogen daily (which is another benefit of eating fruits and vegetables). In short, hydrogen gas is very natural to our bodies, not as a foreign substance that can be synthesized only in a chemistry lab.

When were the therapeutic benefits of hydrogen discovered?2019-06-07T21:43:46+01:00

The first testimony of medical properties of hydrogen gas was published in 1798, as a solution to inflammations of various types. But it did not become a popular argument among scientists until 2007, when an article on the benefits of hydrogen was published in the prestigious Nature Medicine newspaper of Dr. Ohta’s group.

I have heard that drinking alkaline water can neutralize excess acid.2019-06-07T21:44:11+01:00

Alkaline water has a low alkalinity and therefore can not neutralize much acid. Many people have seen that only a small amount of soda can easily lower the pH of a liter of alkaline water. To help put this in the right perspective, consider that one teaspoon of baking soda can neutralize the same amount of acid as 10,000 liters of alkaline water at a pH of 10. This is one of the main reasons why doctors are skeptical about “alkaline ionized water”. Just until 2007 it was not known that the benefit of this water is attributed to dissolved hydrogen gas.

Is there any relation between disease and blood pH?2019-06-07T21:44:45+01:00

The pH of healthy blood varies between 7.35 and 7.45. The pH of the blood is strictly regulated. In physiology, if someone has a blood pH of 7.1, it is said that the person has acidosis although 7.1 is effectively alkaline according to the pH scale. If the pH of the blood is below 7, it will not survive for long.
Naturally a low pH of the blood can cause serious damage to the body and should be corrected quickly.