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Is Hydrogen Water Bullsh*t?

Hydrogen water: fountain of youth or expensive fad?

In this article you will learn:

  • What hydrogen water is and what some research has said about it

  • What research has said/says against using hydrogen water

  • What other (cheaper) options there are to keep your body healthy

The Details

Hydrogen water is water that’s been infused with hydrogen gas (H2) and supposedly has strong antioxidant powers with a wide-ranging application for nearly everything under the sun. The first time I had learned anything about hydrogen water was several years ago while watching a brief documentary on places like Lourdes (France), Tlacote (Mexico) and Nordenau (Germany) and their healing natural springs.

All of these real-life fountains of youth had a robust history of miracle healings, and it’s

interesting that what they all had in common, upon analysis, was an increased presence of hydrogen in the water.(1) I didn’t do much with that information at the time, and hydrogen water was barely making it to the mainstream. A few years later, I saw a Facebook ad for a hydrogen water tablet with, of course, some hot girl smiling off in the distance as she guzzled her liquid Success and optimism for the day.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” I remember saying to myself.

This event didn’t do much to pique my interest in hydrogen water until I was compiling the research for my big book, Dance Your Way Through Life. In truth, there has been some promising work done with hydrogen water and it is definitely interesting, although it’s not without its share of considerations and skepticism.

My goal in this article will be to present you with the relevant research, as well as the objections, so that you can decide for yourself if it's bullshit or not. The following is a brief summary of some of the work that’s been done on hydrogen water:

1. Bacteria produce hydrogen gas (H2) as a byproduct in the gut. This was seen as an

inert substance up until recently, when research proposed that the antioxidant

properties of hydrogen gas may help with inflammation in the colon.(2) Other

research looking at the gut microbiomes of Parkinson’s patients, who were out of

balance and had reduced hydrogen production, concluded that providing therapeutic

hydrogen may be a novel way to treat parts of the disease.(3)

2. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of H2 have been studied in a

variety of areas in the body using several important markers.(4,5,6) H2