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How Hydrogen-Enriched Water Benefits Athletes

Last Updated on: April 29, 2022

Reviewed By: Jessica Herzog, MD, FAAP, ABioM

Girl holding up the Echo Go hydrogen water bottle

Athletes are known for working out hard and taking care of their bodies. But did you know that something as simple as drinking hydrogen-enriched water can give your exercise routine and athletic training an extra boost?

If you are an athlete, taking care of your body is key. From training to competitions, it is important that you fuel your body with the things it needs to become stronger and perform at its best. The solution? Hydrogen-rich water. In recent years, clinical studies have found that molecular hydrogen can help increase your endurance and energy, reduce lactate buildup, and even aid in faster injury recovery.

Hydrogen-Enriched Water Boosts Endurance

Most athletes are looking for natural, effective ways to boost their energy and endurance. Doing so can not only improve your training but can also help you give 100% toward the finish line every time. Hydrogen-enriched water, or Echo Antioxidant Water™, has been shown to help reduce fatigue and boost endurance, helping you to get the most out of every workout.

Exercise can increase the number of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in your skeletal muscle. Because ROS are a type of free radical, they can contribute to tissue damage and greater fatigue. According to a 2019 study, molecular hydrogen’s antioxidant properties helped to “greatly improve” both fatigue and endurance of non-trained participants. This suggests that drinking hydrogen water before your workout can help reduce fatigue and boost your overall endurance. (1)

Another study found that drinking hydrogen-enriched water during exercise, particularly endurance exercises, can help reduce the amount of energy expenditure. (2) This means that drinking Echo Antioxidant Water™ during your workout can help reduce the amount of energy you use, thus allowing you to workout longer and harder.

Girl stretching after a workout at home & drinking from the Echo Go hydrogen water bottle
Reduce lactate buildup and muscle pain with hydrogen water.

Hydrogen-Enriched Water Reduces Lactic Acid Buildup

When you exercise, your body requires more oxygen than normal; typically, however, your muscles begin to produce energy without oxygen so that your body can use oxygen in other areas. This process is called glycolysis, which converts pyruvate (the result of breaking down glucose) into lactate. Lactate allows glucose to continue to break down, thus continuing to provide your body with energy. As your muscles continue to produce energy in this way, lactate can build up. (3)

Many believe that a buildup of lactate in the muscles results in sore muscles after a workout. However, lactate contributes to the burning sensation that you often experience while actively using your muscles, and which often leads us to stop exercising. (3)

If you want to reduce the amount of lactate that builds up in your muscles during exercise, Echo Antioxidant Water™ can help. One study found that adequately hydrating with hydrogen-enriched water before exercising can help reduce blood lactate levels while also improving the exercise-induced decline of muscle function. (4)

Another study also found that drinking hydrogen water before exercising can reduce blood lactate levels when engaging in high-intensity exercises. (5) A third study supports these findings, concluding that hydrating with hydrogen-enriched water not only reduced the body’s lactate response but also aided in delaying the onset of muscle soreness. (6)

Girl suffering from an ankle injury after a run
Echo Antioxidant Water™ can help speed up recovery from exercise-related injuries.

Hydrogen-Enriched Water Speeds Up Recovery

In addition to supporting a better workout, hydrogen water can also help speed up your recovery time from exercise-related injuries. One case study replaced traditional RICE therapy with hydrogen-enriched water hydrotherapy sessions for an elite professional athlete with a grade II ankle sprain. Results found that hydrotherapy treatment decreased ankle swelling by 2.8% and improved range of movement by 27.9% during the first 24 hours after injury. This means that using hydrogen-infused water in multiple hydrotherapy sessions after injury can help reduce swelling and pain while also encouraging proper range of motion. (7)

A study also looked at how hydrogen-enriched water can help treat injury-related inflammation. Results showed that those who added hydrogen water to their treatment had a significantly greater decline in limb circumference than those who didn’t. Those who received hydrogen water as part of their treatment also had a decrease in plasma viscosity, an increase of which is a normal response to inflammation. (8, 9) This suggests that hydrogen-enriched water can help improve injury-caused inflammation in athletes.

Woman drinking from the Echo Go hydrogen water bottle after having a workout at home
The Echo Go™ makes it easy for you to take your exercise routine to the next level.

Add Echo Antioxidant Water™ To Your Workout Routine

If you want to add the benefits of hydrogen-rich water to your workouts, there’s an easy solution: the Echo Go™. This portable bottle infuses your water with molecular hydrogen in minutes, giving you access to Echo Antioxidant Water™ and its many benefits anywhere, any time. So, whether you’re at the gym, on the track, biking through the mountains, or out for a run, you can have hydrogen-enriched water right at your fingertips.

Get your Echo Go™ today, and start improving your workouts with the incredible benefits of Echo Antioxidant Water™!

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