Top 19 Questions About Hydrogen Water
Hydrogen water is continuing to grow in popularity, but many people are still unfamiliar with what it is or the benefits it offers. Discover answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hydrogen water, and get the information you need to make your own decision about hydrogen water!
Hydrogen water has been growing in popularity over the last few years, but even with its time in the spotlight, many people still have questions about what hydrogen water is, how it works, and more. Here, we are answering the most frequently asked questions about hydrogen water so that you can make your own well-informed and researched decision about if hydrogen water is right for you.
1. What exactly is hydrogen water?
2. Why should I drink hydrogen water?
Hydrogen is known to have a variety of health benefits, including reducing oxidative stress (1). The body already produces hydrogen gas in the gut; however, many people’s guts are not working properly and not producing enough hydrogen to keep your body’s inner processes working properly (2) . Because of this, it can be helpful to supplement hydrogen to improve our body’s normal amount. Drinking hydrogen water to provide your body with the right amount of hydrogen is like taking a multivitamin to give your body the nutrients and minerals it needs.
3. Does hydrogen water have a different taste?
No. Hydrogen is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas, and adding hydrogen gas to water does not change the taste of the water. However, our Echo Water™ Machines use filtered water, which may end up giving the water a different taste. This is because the water we’re used to has chemicals, metals, and minerals that give it a taste. With Echo Hydrogen Water™, you’re getting pure, filtered water. This may taste different if you are not used to the clean taste.
4. How do your Echo Water™ Machines infuse water with hydrogen?
Our Echo Water™ Machines run two streams of water through the machine. One stream is used to harvest the hydrogen gas through electrolysis, a process that shocks the water with electricity and separates the water molecule into hydrogen and oxygen gas. In most cases, electrolysis changes the water’s pH, but our Echo Water™ Machines use proprietary technology to keep the water’s pH level the same. Once the water from the first stream is separated into hydrogen and oxygen, the hydrogen gas is dissolved into the second stream of water, which is what comes out of the machine’s faucet. This process ensures that the water you drink never touches the electrodes inside the Echo Water™ Machine, thus providing you with truly clean, titanium-free water.
For our smaller machines, such as the Echo H2 Pitcher™ and Echo Go™, the water does not go through this two-stream process. However, it still undergoes electrolysis. As a result, the oxygen gas is still released, and the hydrogen gas is still dissolved into the water.
5. What is hydrogen’s role in the body?
Your body naturally produces hydrogen, which works as a signal modulator to give direction to systems that are supposed to happen inside the body (3). If there is not enough hydrogen in the body, you have to take supplements to help make those systems work properly. By drinking hydrogen water, you can provide your body with the hydrogen it needs to naturally signal different systems to work properly.
6. Is hydrogen water safe?
Yes! Molecular hydrogen is very safe. Your body even produces it naturally! Hydrogen water specifically has been studied for hundreds of years with nearly 1,000 studies and articles to show that it is safe. In addition, the FDA says that hydrogen water is “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) (4). This means that it is safe for human consumption, and it is not known to cause any harm.
7. Why do I need water with more hydrogen in it? Doesn’t water already have hydrogen?
While it is true that water contains hydrogen, it is chemically bound to oxygen to form the water molecule H2O. This is different from hydrogen gas, which has a molecular structure of just H2. Just like we need oxygen (O2) on its own to breathe, we need hydrogen on its own, separated from the water molecule, in order to experience its benefits as a selective antioxidant.
8. How much hydrogen water should I drink in a day? Can you drink too much hydrogen water?
You can drink as much hydrogen water as you do regular water (but drink it in place of your regular water instead of doubling your water intake). You cannot drink too much hydrogen water. Your body will use the hydrogen it needs and get rid of what it doesn’t.
Just drink hydrogen water like normal water!
9. Hydrogen gas is explosive. Am I going to explode from drinking hydrogen water?
No, you will not explode! While hydrogen gas is explosive and one of the most energy-dense molecules by mass, it is not explosive when it is dissolved in water. Even when airborne, hydrogen gas needs to be at a minimum of 4% concentration in order to be flammable (5). This level of concentration will not occur with hydrogen-rich water.
10. What makes hydrogen water better than other types of water?
11. What are the benefits of hydrogen water?
There have been over 900 studies and articles outlining the benefits of hydrogen water. Some of the top benefits include:
- Improved mental clarity and cognitive function (10)
- Reduced oxidative stress and free radicals (11)
- Increased ability to prevent or regulate a variety of illnesses and diseases (12)
- Increased energy (13)
- Enhanced immune system function (14)
- Decreased recovery time from cuts, bruises, and other damage (15)
- Reduced allergies or allergy symptoms (16)
12. Will hydrogen water affect my medications?
Echo Hydrogen Water™ has a neutral pH level, which means that it will not affect your medications. In fact, taking your medications with hydrogen water may increase your body’s ability to absorb your medication (17).
13. If hydrogen is a gas, how does it stay in the water?
14. Is hydrogen water the same as structured water?
Simply put, no. Structured water is believed to be water whose molecular structure is how it is found in nature. This “natural” structure is said to be altered to form a hexagonal cluster of water molecules. This is simply a theory.
15. How long has hydrogen water been around?
The idea that hydrogen gas offers a variety of health benefits is dated as far back as 1888, where it was accounted for aiding in wound healing (18). However, hydrogen didn’t capture the attention of scientists until 2007. It was this year that Dr. Ohta’s group published a paper about the benefits of hydrogen in Nature Medicine (19).
16. Is hydrogen water a hoax?
The idea of ingesting hydrogen gas is still a fairly new one to most of the world. However, the FDA has listed molecular hydrogen as “generally regarded as safe,” meaning that it is not known to cause harm to humans. In addition, there are over 900 studies and articles about the health benefits of hydrogen and hydrogen water. While further studies are still underway, there is plenty supporting the claim that hydrogen water is safe and can benefit your health.
17. I’ve read that adding hydrogen to water makes hydrogen peroxide. Is that true?
18. What is the difference between inhaling and drinking hydrogen?
19. Can I take hydrogen water in place of antioxidants and vitamins?
We would not recommend replacing all of your vitamins and an antioxidant-rich diet with hydrogen water. Keeping your nutrition routine is important to make sure that you continue to get the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. Adding hydrogen water to your routine will give you an extra health boost, but it is not intended to replace other vital supplements.
Now that you have all of the answers to your hydrogen water questions, what are you waiting for? Get your own Echo Hydrogen Water™ Machine and become a happier, healthier you!