Surprisingly, the new wellness trend celebs are currently loving involves one of the most basic health tricks in the world: drinking water! But this time they're charging their water with hydrogen.
So what's the difference between the two? We interviewed biochemist Darren Diaz to find out!
What is hydrogen water?
Basically, it's water charged with more hydrogen molecules. According to Diaz, water transforms into "hydrogen water" when hydrogen gas is dissolved into it via high pressure. It can also be created by dissolving magnesium metal in water, producing magnesium hydroxide and hydrogen.
What are its potential health benefits?
"Given that molecular hydrogen really plays an important role in different cellular activities, it is of vital importance for the human body to function well," says Diaz. "Considering its size, it has a potential to move rapidly between tissues and cells without significantly affecting metabolic redox reactions and cell signaling mechanisms." When infused with water, it definitely shows.
In a study conducted in cancer patients receiving radiotherapy, drinking hydrogen water was reported to reduce their biological reaction to radiation and improve their quality of life. Meanwhile, other studies claim that consuming hydrogen-rich water could help prevent and treat metabolic syndrome and protect the body from free radicals.
Diaz adds, though, that since more research needs to be done to prove hydrogen-rich water's specific health benefits, these claims should be taken with a grain of salt.
Who should be drinking it?
Research shows that drinking hydrogen water aids in reducing inflammation in the body and helps with recovery after strenuous activities. Which is why it's mostly being recommended for athletes to drink when training. But since it's been deemed non-toxic, it's safe to be consumed by anyone!
How safe is it?
So far, no studies have claimed that hydrogen-rich water as poisonous. However, what matters more is how and where you get yours.
Hydrogen water bottles are the easiest way to get your fix as they have a built-in mechanism that "charges" the liquid with more hydrogen. There is no global standard for producing these bottles, so Diaz recommends checking if the bottle you purchased has been examined by accredited government agencies such as the FDA (Food And Drug Administration Philippines).
Where can we get it?
Currently, Belo Medical Group and The Aivee Clinic have their own hydrogen water bottles. Both contain titanium plates that are safe and highly-efficient in hydrogen production, and they're both rechargeable so you can take them with you on-the-go!
The BELO Hydro 2.0 is available at all Belo Medical Group clinics for P5,500, and the Aivee Water is available at Aviee.ph for P15,000.