Hydrogen Water & Reproductive Health
Reproductive issues, especially infertility, can be frightening and heartbreaking for couples wishing to have a baby. The statistics are sobering: in the United States, about 1 in 8 couples experiences infertility. This translates to around 6.7 million couples who cannot conceive or have serious trouble conceiving. (1)
To break it down even further, experts say that 30% of infertility cases in the U.S. (about 2 million) can be attributed solely to the female, 30% solely to the male, and 30% a combination of both partners. In the remaining 10% of cases, the cause is unknown. (1)
Worldwide, the fertility rate has dropped by nearly 1% per year from 1960 to 2018.
This statistic factors in decreasing sperm counts and testosterone levels and increasing rates of male reproductive cancers and erectile dysfunction. Women are experiencing a 1% increase in miscarriage rates. While 1% may not seem significant, to put it into context, the 1% yearly deterioration in worldwide reproductive health is faster than the rate of global warming. (2)
Why Is This Happening?
When we eliminate lifestyle factors, such as delaying marriage or waiting until college graduation, we are still left with that 1%, which signifies the physical factors contributing to reproductive issues. Studies report that toxic chemicals play a major role. These chemicals, including phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), and flame retardants, can alter or hijack our hormones and disrupt the proper function of the endocrine system. This system, comprising the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands and the pancreas, ovaries, and testicles, regulates sexual function and reproduction, among many other things. (2, 3)
Hormone-disrupting chemicals like BPA are all around us; they’re found in water bottles, food packaging, electronic devices, personal-care products, cleaning supplies, and much more. In 2009, a bill was introduced in Congress to ban BPA from children’s food containers after years of studies pointed to its toxicity and carcinogenicity (4). These days, we can find many products that say “BPA free,” but according to Consumer Reports, it’s difficult to avoid BPA altogether. BPA is still found in canned food, hard plastic beverage containers, and thermal paper, used mainly for cash register receipts (5).
It’s the same story for phthalates, which are similarly destructive to proper reproductive function. They are everywhere, especially nail polish, perfumes, deodorants, hair gels, shampoos, soaps, hair sprays, and body lotions. Interestingly, phthalates must be listed as ingredients unless they are part of the fragrance. Current law says they can then simply be labeled “fragrance,” even if they may make up 20% or more of the product. (6)
These chemicals, among others, cause oxidative stress to the body. Oxidative stress is what happens when there is an imbalance between a buildup of free radicals and antioxidants. In other words, the body becomes overwhelmed with toxins, and they begin to damage membranes, proteins, and even DNA. This damage leads to such conditions as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other diseases, including those affecting sexual and reproductive function (7, 8).
What Reproductive Problems Can These Chemicals Cause?
There is growing evidence of the negative effects of oxidative stress on female reproduction. In fact, oxidative stress has been shown to influence the entire reproductive span of a woman’s life, including menopause. It plays a role in such conditions as pre-eclampsia, free-radical-induced birth defects, endometriosis, and yes, infertility. One study referred to oxidative stress as “a major link in the infertility puzzle.” (8)
Also, a study in the American Journal of Public Health found that the “possibility that [BPA] may alter human development cannot be dismissed” (9). In fact, when a woman is expecting, toxic chemicals in the air, water, food she consumes, and skincare products she uses enter her body and therefore the baby’s, influencing his or her reproductive development. In this way, passing from mother to baby, there is a cascading effect of toxicity. This is especially harmful to male babies, leading to a lower sperm count and a higher incidence of male cancers for them in the future. (10)
And Now for the Gentlemen
Unfortunately, oxidative stress is just as harmful for men. According to the Mayo Clinic, prolonged exposure to certain industrial chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) contributes to low sperm counts and infertility, as do heavy metals, like lead, mercury, and cadmium. (11) Oxidative stress from these sources damages sperm’s structure and DNA, leading to dysfunction and therefore infertility. If a man with oxidative stress damage is able to help a woman conceive, it’s likely that the baby will inherit some health issues, though they may show up later in life. (12)
How Can Oxidative Stress on the Reproductive System Be Reduced?
- Become a big breakfast eater! Eating a large, healthy breakfast can increase ovulation by 30% and testosterone by 50%.
- Eat antioxidant-rich foods to reduce oxidative stress on sperm and egg cells. Such foods include fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts — all of which are packed with good antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, and folate.
- Avoid trans fats and increase complex carbs.
- Replace one serving of low-fat dairy with one serving of high-fat dairy. That’s right! Studies show that women who consume one or two servings a day of high-fat dairy products, like whole milk, have a higher chance of conception.
- Don’t forget the old standbys: Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, and stress, and increase physical activity and iron and fiber intake in particular. Add a multivitamin to that!
- Practice yoga and meditation. Doing so can improve the integrity of sperm DNA by reducing oxidative stress.
One More Thing: Hydrogen Water
There’s another thing couples can do to improve their chances of conception: drink hydrogen water from Echo™ machines, also called hydrogen-enriched water. Why? Because hydrogen is a very powerful antioxidant. It works at the cellular level to reduce oxidative stress by clearing out harmful oxidants, and it protects mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. (14) Hydrogen benefits male fertility in that it stimulates spermatogenesis (sperm production) and regulates signals involved in testosterone production. (15) It benefits female fertility in that it protects against apoptosis (cell death) in the ovaries. (16)
Experience the Benefits of Hydrogen Water
Here at Synergy Science™, we are dedicated to helping you improve your health. To that end, our research-backed Echo Water™ Machines infuse hydrogen into filtered water at an above-therapeutic level to ensure that you receive all of the highly desirable benefits, including reduced oxidative stress and improved cellular function. To read more about the science behind molecular hydrogen, click here.