You’ve probably heard about the importance of drinking enough water for just about every aspect of human health. Water is considered an essential nutrient, which we need to survive and thrive — it does account for roughly 60% of the body, after all. Something you may not have heard of? Hydrogen-rich water and its crazy-impressive health benefits (which extend way beyond the limits of plain old H2O).
Hydrogen water is created by infusing or enriching regular water with hydrogen gas (which is tasteless and odorless). The result is a crisp, refreshing beverage that delivers numerous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as quenches thirst. Westcom BPA free water bottles allow you to enjoy hydrogen-rich water with maximum convenience and minimum hassle — they’re safe for everyone, even babies.
Still need convincing? Here are four ways you can improve your health and well-being by making the simple switch to hydrogen water.
1. Protects against cancer
Not only is hydrogen an antioxidant, but it’s also a super-effective one. As in, it’s the smallest and most potent antioxidant in existence. What does that mean? It can reach further into our cells than any other antioxidant to repair the damage caused by oxidation.
Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance in the body between the number of harmful free radicals and the number of antioxidants available to neutralise them. It’s the root of many health issues, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, dementia — even premature aging.
Fortunately, hydrogen penetrates the cell’s mitochondria, cutting off harmful free radicals at their source.
2. Staves off metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome isn’t itself a disease, but a group of risk factors: obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. When present together, these risk factors greatly increase your chance of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
One of the huge benefits of drinking hydrogen water is the prevention of metabolic syndrome and the reversal of symptoms already present. This is all possible because hydrogen has the power to undo the negative effects of oxidative stress in the body.
Furthermore, hydrogen-infused water has even been scientifically proven to decrease levels of “bad” cholesterol and increase levels of “good” cholesterol. Keeping “bad” cholesterol at bay drastically lowers chance of heart disease and other life-threatening cardiovascular diseases.
3. Boosts oral health and hygiene
Hydrogen-rich water may also help you avoid an emergency trip to the dentist. Tooth decay and gum disease are other common health issues caused by oxidative stress. The powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities within hydrogen water work to fight off harmful bacteria in the mouth, and therefore prevent the onset of gum disease and tooth decay. One study has even shown hydrogen-rich water can prevent damage to teeth and gums caused by aging.
4. Decreases muscle fatigue
Hydrogen water should be the go-to energy drink for anyone who likes to keep active. A good workout always triggers a degree of inflammation, but with adequate recovery time, the body heals naturally. Recent studies have shown hydrogen water to speed up the time it takes the muscles to recover (since it inhibits oxidative stress), therefore helping prevent sports injuries. It can also heal problems caused by over-exercising, including decreasing fatigue and mending small tears to the muscle fibers. Even better? Drinking hydrogen water can increase energy levels and enhance athletic performance, helping you go faster for longer.
The bottom line?
Oxidative stress is detrimental to good health and well-being. Hydrogen-rich water is a safe, inexpensive way of undoing oxidative damage and boosting your mood, weight loss, and energy — as well as stave off more serious neurological and cardiovascular diseases. You can drink to that!