To understand hydrogen water and how it can aid both chiropractors and their patients, we must first explain oxidative stress, antioxidants, and their individual roles in the human body.
What is Oxidative Stress?
The body constantly produces tiny molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are produced during the normal process of cellular metabolism. These molecules are unstable and extremely reactive due to their odd numbers of electrons. Free radicals can upset other molecules in the body. They turn other molecules into free radicals, damaging cells and causing oxidative stress throughout the body. (1)
Normally the body can neutralize the free radicals with antioxidants. However, lifestyle factors such as diet, activity levels, and environmental factors can increase the amount of oxidative stress in the body to a level the body cannot keep up with.
Oxidative stress plays a role in aging processes but an excess of free radicals can lead to many other diseases such as diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, various types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, cataracts, respiratory diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis. (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 11)
Increased amounts of oxidative stress occur also when body parts become inflamed due to an injury or an infection. (13)
There is however, a solution for those with too many antioxidants. Hydrogen water could be the key.
What is Hydrogen Water?
In the simplest of terms; hydrogen water is hydrogen gas dissolved into water with no change to the pH level of the original water.
Hydrogen water has been proven as a very effective antioxidant which allows the water to fight off the free radicals and oxidative stress in the body. Drinking hydrogen water can help regulate or even prevent the diseases everyday oxidation causes. (14)
Some groups advocate for inhaling hydrogen gas to achieve the same beneficial effects. (15) However, research has proven that drinking hydrogen-rich water actually produces better effects than inhaling the gaseous form of hydrogen. (16)
Now let’s return to the question: how can hydrogen water help chiropractors?
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
A chiropractor is a licensed healthcare professional who has earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. They have passed the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam and take further education classes regularly through their career. (17)
Chiropractors treat issues related to the musculoskeletal system. They do so by stretching their patient’s bodies, pressure, and quick joint manipulations to improve function and keep the body in its proper alignment. By doing so they may alleviate back pain, headaches, neck pain, muscle pains, and joint pains. (18)
Hydrogen Water Before Chiropractic Treatments
Many physical injuries require chiropractic care such as; serious body trauma sustained in sports incidents, car accidents, whiplash, and falls. Any of these can damage muscles and alter the alignment of the spine and joints of the body.
Often these injuries are extremely painful and cause widespread inflammation in the body. A chiropractor can adjust the body but inflammation in the muscles and tissues makes adjustments more difficult and less effective.
Drinking hydrogen water regularly or drinking it immediately following an injury can reduce inflammation and pain and increase range of motion. (19)
The anti-inflammatory effects of drinking hydrogen water everyday could also reduce the need for chiropractic visits in those people with rheumatoid arthritis. (20)
Hydrogen Water After Visiting a Chiropractor
Chiropractic visits are often brief but effective. The manipulation of the muscles and the skeletal system, though needed, can also cause swelling and mild to severe irritation in the body immediately after an adjustment.
The hydrogen water inhibits the inflammation in tissues after an adjustment and allows the chiropractic treatment to be more effective. (21)
Choose Hydrogen Water
The benefits of hydrogen water and the antioxidants it contains are key in recovering from injuries. The antioxidative properties will ensure that a chiropractic treatment is as effective as possible.
Drink hydrogen water made by Synergy Science™ water machines before and after a visit to the chiropractor. You will see a difference in your body and its recovery.