Is Alkaline Water A Scam? – Molecular Hydrogen Rich Water

 

Have you heard of Alkaline Water? Is Alkaline Water A Scam?

 

 

What you need to know about Molecular Hydrogen Rich Water and its powerful antioxidant benefits.

 

 

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We all know that water is vital in maintaining our body’s health by keeping our every single cell working properly. We lose body water through breathing, sweating, and digestion. The more physical activity we do, the more we lose our body water. Two-thirds of our body composition is made up of water, that is why it is very important to drink water and stay hydrated.

 

The cheapest way to stay hydrated is drinking your tap water. In America, our tap water is generally safe to drink. If you feel otherwise, you can always stock up on expensive bottled water, or buy water filtration systems.

 

What is this Buzz about Alkaline Water? What is Alkalized Water? 

 

Let’s start with pH. pH stands for potential of Hydrogen. It measures the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH value range is 0 to 14, being 7 as neutral. Anything below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is alkaline.

 

 

What is Alkaline Water? Alkaline water is a water with a pH above 7. Most tap water in America is Alkaline while most popular bottled waters are acidic. To name a few bottled water with acidic pH are Aquafina, Dasani, Arrowhead and Crystal Geyser, and even Walmart Distilled Water. There are also more expensive bottled water that is alkaline like Evian, Essentia, Voss Artesian Water and Fiji Artisan Water.

 

Alkaline water is chemically induced by adding chemicals to the water. You can even make your own homemade Alkaline water. You can add baking soda, lemon juice or a pH drops or tablets to your drinking water. There is more information on how to make the Alkaline water all over the internet. Just google search it, then you will find many Alkaline Water Recipes.

 

Our body tightly maintains a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. Anything outside this range will negatively affect our body systems and would often lead to illness. Our body’s pH is continuously affected by the food we eat, our normal day to day activities and by our kidney function. It has been recommended that we eat 75% Alkaline diet from plants and non-animal proteins and 25% from meats, dairy, and grains.

 

There are Two Types of Alkaline Water                     

               

Strong Alkaline Water.

  • Strong Alkaline water has pH 11-14. Strong Alkaline water can mix with oil (You can try that at home to see for yourself). Its high pH property can saponify fat ( turn fat into a soap), thus making strong alkaline water a washing agent for oily or greasy surfaces. This is very useful in the kitchen for cleaning greasy pots and pans, cleaning the windows and kitchen gunks from cooking spills and soils.

 

  • Strong Alkaline water also reduces pesticides in produce. Soak your fruits and vegetables for 10-20 minutes in strong alkaline water and it will taste better than produce soaked in tap water.

 

Mild Alkaline Water

  • Mild Alkaline Water has a pH level of 8-10. This is the drinkable water pH level. It is the kind of Alkaline water that you can find in the market sold as “healthy water”. This type of water is made by adding Alkaline tablets or drops. Lemon waterfalls in this same category.

Is drinking alkaline water beneficial?

 

There are 2 benefits from drinking Mild Alkaline Water

 

It relieves Heartburn. Pepsin is an enzyme produced in the stomach cells and is most active in an acidic environment. It helps in the process of digestion. But Pepsin is the cause of pain in heartburn as it causes mucosal damage from gastric reflux. There are studies that have been done that drinking mild alkaline water with at least a pH of 8.8 inactivates Pepsin permanently, and coupled with the alkaline water’s acid-buffering capacity, it relieves Heartburn. Milk of Magnesia has a pH of 10 and its use is to relieve heartburn. Another treatment for heartburn is Sucralfate, it inhibits pepsin activity, thus relieving heartburn.

 

Honestly, apart from that, the only other benefit of drinking mild alkaline water is hydration, just like tap water or bottled water.

 

What about Alkalized Water?

 

Alkalized water is a molecular hydrogen (H2) rich alkaline water produced by Water Ionizers. This technology has been around for years already. The first water ionizer was produced in Japan in the 1950s. In fact, water ionizers are considered a medical device in Japan and Korea.

 

The process to produce molecular hydrogen rich water is called Electrolysis. Electrical current is introduced into the filtered tap water, which splits the water into the molecular hydrogen gas (H2) rich alkaline water component and the oxygen/chlorine gas rich acidic water component, separated by a membrane, and distributed via separate pathways. There are varying levels of alkalinity and acidity of the water produced by water ionizers, with different uses also.

 

What is molecular Hydrogen? How will our body benefit from it?

 

If you know your chemistry, Hydrogen with a symbol of H is the first element in the periodic table. It is the simplest and the lightest, which has 1 proton and 1 electron and is the most common element, making up 75% mass of the entire universe.

 

Molecular Hydrogen gas (H2), are two atoms of Hydrogen (H), covalently bonded together forming H-H. It is this form of hydrogen that has therapeutic benefits. 

 

How does Molecular Hydrogen Work?

 

1. Molecular Hydrogen acts as an antioxidant and can reduce oxidative stress by scavenging cell-damaging free radicals, thereby protecting the cells of our body. Molecular Hydrogen is the smallest molecule, so it can easily enter the cell. It is a powerful antioxidant and it does not leave waste product after neutralizing a free radical. It works very well together with Vitamin C and other plant-based antioxidant in promoting health and wellness.

2. Molecular hydrogen increases our own body’s antioxidant system by triggering the activation of our own body’s antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. These enzymes help our body fight disease-causing free radicals.

3.Molecular hydrogen act as a signaling molecule at the cellular level resulting in its anti-inflammatory effects, anti-allergy effects and anti-cell death effects.

 

Here are some of the health benefits with drinking Molecular Hydrogen Rich Water

 

  1. It is a strong Antioxidant.
  2. Improves Obesity and Diabetes.
  3. Its anti-inflammatory properties help slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and help improve psoriasis-associated arthritis and skin lesions.
  4. Since molecular hydrogen can cross the blood brain barrier, it can protect brain cells in ischemic brain injury from strokes.
  5. It protects liver cells from injury and slows down the process of liver fibrosis.
  6. It protects the kidneys from effects of chronic hypertension
  7. It suppresses the development of new blood vessels of tumors. It enhances the effect of Glutathione in destroying Human Leukemia cells.
  8. It protects blood vessels from oxidative stresses.
  9. It protects against stress-induced gastric ulcers.

 

The waters of the natural healing springs in Japan, Mexico and Germany is Alkaline and  contain Molecular Hydrogen Gas.

 

And although there are other ways in putting molecular hydrogen gas in our body, the easiest method is drinking it.

 

Evidence shows that it is the  amount of dissolved Molecular Hydrogen in the water, and not the Alkalinity pH is responsible for the health benefits of HHydrogen-Rich Water. So the higher the H2 concentration, the better is the health benefit.

 

 

How much dissolved molecular hydrogen then will provide health benefits?

 

Most of the studies done used a concentration close to 1.6mg/L  ( 1.6ppm or 0.8mM ). Water with molecular hydrogen at 1.6mg/L has more antioxidant molecules than 100 mg of Vitamin C.But as I have mentioned, H2 cannot replace the antioxidant from Vitamin C and produce.

 

There is no evidence of drinking too much of molecular hydrogen. A 500 ml of molecular hydrogen rich water has a half life of about 2 hours. Since hydrogen molecule is the smallest, it can diffuse through any plastic containers. If you have to carry H2 rich water, store it in an aluminum water container because aluminum seems to hold dissolved H2 gas longer. So it is very important to drink it straight from the water ionizer machine.

 

The very important consideration in buying a water ionizer is the amount of dissolved molecular hydrogen the machine will produce.

 

Click this link if you want to know the guidelines I used in buying my Alkaline Water Ionizer and why I chose the LifeIonizers Next Generation M13 X and how it can help you and your family live healthier.

 




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Most of the information about Molecular Hydrogen above is from The Molecular Hydrogen Foundation.

If you want more detailed information, please visit their website at http://www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org/

 

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23 Comments

  • meherbani June 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I had no idea drinking molecular hydrogen rich water can help in so many ways to benefit health, it is truly incredible. I always buy our water from our local water store but have never really asked them too much about how they process their water, or how they keep their water tanks. Your post gave me a lot to think about. Do you know where I may buy this molecular hydrogen rich water so I can have this in my home?

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    • Lilibeth June 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

      The half life of the molecular hydrogen is about 2 hrs since the hydrogen molecules are the smallest, it diffuses through the plastic containers and most of other containers. Aluminum seem to be a better container. To get the most benefit, its better to have your own water ionizer so you drink it right away from the machine. I actually have my own machine and I test the dissolved hydrogen molecule periodically to make sure my machine is giving me what I need. My machine’s H2 is 2.3mg/L. And you are right, I was amazed of H2 when I first learned about it. Just remember, it does not replace  healthy lifestyle practices and it does not replace antioxidants from eating fruits and vegetables.

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    • Lilibeth June 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Meherbani, I am an authorize dealer of Life Ionizers. If you are interested you can send me an email at ltingcang@yahoo.com or at lilibeth@lifeisadventures.com. You can also txt or call me at 4437399336. Just let me know if you have anymore questions. There is a second part of this post that tells you why I chose Life Ionizers Next Generation M13 X. I would love to hear from you.

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    • Mizuha Joto December 11, 2017 at 6:02 am

      I installed this in my house, I don’t have to go to stores to buy water anymore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JI2kG8P4to

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      • Lilibeth December 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        I’m glad you have your own water ionizer. It is very convenient to have your own machine and drink the revitalizing molecular hydrogen rich water whenever you want to. To own your own machine is the only way to enjoy the benefits of this water because as I have mentioned, molecular hydrogen’s half life is equals to or less than 2 hours in a container. Thank you Mizuha for taking the time to read. Have a very happy holidays ❤️

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  • Heather June 15, 2017 at 7:47 am

    This is great article on Alkaline water, and i think there are a lot misconceptions regarding the benefits. I have personally tried it back several years ago when it was all hype to buy the filtration system, maybe had some MLM component. Your information was thorough and well presented.
    Thank You,
    Heather

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    • Lilibeth June 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Heather I know what you mean.If I may guess you may be talking about Kangen water.I actually first heard about alkaline water from a Kangen dealer and I almost chose kangen.I have respect for the company and the product is great.Its the MLM part that I did not like and the fact that they only have 3 years warranty.I believe their product is great.They probably have high molecular hydrogen output too . But to pay $5000 for a 3 year warranty, that is the deal breaker for me. If I can get a product that produce the same high molecular hydrogen rich water with lifetime warranty on parts and labor, then I am sold. I already published the second part of this post and there  I have guidelines on what to look for when buying water ionizer based on my experience and research.Thank you for taking the time to read my post.May God bless you and your family.

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  • Mike Jay June 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Lilibeth,

    Thanks for linking me to your site. I got an education on water that I did not expect! I usually just drink regular spring water – Deer Park, Ice Mountain, and Crystal Geiser, which you mentioned above in your article as being acidic. I need to be more aware of the H2!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Mike

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    • Lilibeth June 21, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Mike for taking time to read my post. And yes we are better off drinking our tap water and its earth friendly also since we don’t have to accumulate all the plastic bottles. H2 rich water I think is the best water we could ever give our body. Please check out the 2nd part of this post at http://lifeisadventures.com/is-alkaline-water-a-scam-part-ii-life-ionizer-next-generation-m13/. It has the guidelines on how to choose your very own water ionizer so you can enjoy an endless supply of H2 rich water from your own home.

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  • Clyde June 21, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Very interesting,

    Seems like big business does try to take advantage of us.

    Thank You for this well presented and honest post about staying hydrated properly.

    Also very interesting read about Molecular Hydrogen Rich Water.

    Clyde

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  • Neil June 21, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Here in Britain, our tap water is also safe to drink. But it does often cross my mind that drinking bottled water may perhaps be more beneficial. But you just never know lol.

    I also just learned something new here, because I didn’t think alkaline water could be created from just baking soda and lemon juice. Oh, the simple things!

    To be honest, I was never into Chemistry at school, but reading about your insights into water, I feel like I should be re-introduced to chemistry.

    But after looking at the benefits of Molecular Hydrogen rich water, it seems like it’s the way to go for a healthier body.

    Neil

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    • Lilibeth June 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

      I was the same way too before. I thought bottled water is better. Turns out we are better off drinking from our tap, it’s cheaper too. In making alkaline water, I would not recommend adding baking soda or anything chemical that is artificial, but lemons will be good since its natural.I actually asked my cousin who is a chemistry teacher and I found out she herself has a water ionizer three 3 years before I even was educated about alkaline water. There are more information about Molecular Hydrogen at http://www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.com if you are interested in more reading. You can also check out the 2nd part of my post at http://lifeisadventures.com/is-alkaline-water-a-scam-part-ii-life-ionizer-next-generation-m13/. Thank you so much Neil for the feedback and for taking time reading my post. Have a wonderful day.May God bless you and your family with good health and wealth.

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  • Jeff June 21, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Amazing Information,

    I never knew much about the water we drink before reading your post today, there is much to consider from all your beneficial information for choosing the water I drink from now on.

    Jeff

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    • Lilibeth June 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Yes Jeff, it is very interesting how much potential drinking molecular hydrogen rich water in helping our body achieve optimum health in combination of other healthy habits like eating healthy, exercise and enough sleep.I believe that health is wealth. People spend a lot of money on supplements, or coffee from starbucks or soda. In a perfect world, everyone should be drinking H2 rich water. I am glad ou found value in my post. Please check out the 2nd part of this post at http://lifeisadventures.com/is-alkaline-water-a-scam-part-ii-life-ionizer-next-generation-m13/

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  • Marcus June 21, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Really liked this information on alkaline water. I have always wondered whether there were any truth to the claims, but never took the time to do any research myself haha.

    I have heard a little bit about alkalized water before, but it is a big surprise to me that there are so many benefits. Seems worth checking out for sure. Investing in health is always worthwhile!

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    • Lilibeth June 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I agree with you about investing in our health. With all of the stresses of this modern age to our body, the least and the most we could do is arm our body with as much antioxidant we can afford to give ourselves a fighting chance against oxidative stress and illness. And drinking an antioxidant rich water is one way, while eating healthy and sleeping enough is another. Then there is exercise. Water Ionizers maybe expensive but if one can afford it, why not? What good is a person’s tons of wealth when his health is failing? I am glad you found value in this post Marcus, live well and stay happy. Thank you for reading. Check out the 2nd part of this post at  Reply

  • jeffrey16201 June 21, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Very interesting information on alkaline water, as much water as we consume the water we choose is very important for our health.

    I enjoyed your post on alkaline and acidic water very much, I have learn so much in such a short time. I have shared your website with the social buttons you provided, more people will know about your website very soon I am sure

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    • Lilibeth June 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank you so much Jeffrey.I was blown away when I was first educated on Alkaline water. Then I was more impressed when I did my own research and discovered that its the molecular hydrogen that actually takes the credit for the health and wellness benefit of it. Thank you for sharing my website, I really do appreciate it. I am glad you found value in my post about Alkaline Water and Molecular Hydrogen Rich Water.Please check out the 2nd part of this post at http://lifeisadventures.com/is-alkaline-water-a-scam-part-ii-life-ionizer-next-generation-m13/.Thank you so much for reading.

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  • gord January 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I am a water fanatic but this is the first I’ve heard of this. I am definitely going to check it out. The web site provided look serious. I am curious as to if the hydrogen might somehow combine in the body to form O2 or oxygen. How much does an average ionizer cost?

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    • Lilibeth January 3, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Gord, with these machines, you get what you pay for. So the cheaper the ionizer, the less moecular hydrogen rich water output. The machine I have is The Next Generation M 13 X and its about $4000. And its highest output of molecular hydrogen is 2.6 mg/L. So when you buy a water ionizer make sure you are buying the one that actually produces molecular hydrogen rich water and it should at least be 1.6mg/L. I know of a machine that cost $700 up to $2500 with zero molecular hydrogen output.

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  • Alyssa Josheph September 26, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I am amazed after reading your article. I never bother to know more about drinking water. Recently, one of my friends told me that “Consumption of hydrogen-rich water reduces the biological reaction to radiation-induced oxidative stress without compromising anti-tumor effects” & I started researching it. & after reading your article, my all doubts are cleared. Thank you.

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    • Lilibeth October 1, 2018 at 2:22 am

      Alyssa, I am so happy you found my article helpful. Molecular Hydrogen is a potent antioxidant fighting the ugly effects of oxidative stress which is the most valued benefit you can get, and if you combine it with healthy lifestyle, then the more is the overall good benefit on your health and life. I make it a point to spend on my family’s health rather than having other expensive material things. I hope you have your own water ionizer machine, just make sure to test for the level of molecular hydrogen your machine produces. My Life Ionizer Next Generation M 13 is giving me 1.6 ppm to 2.6 ppm of Molecular Hydrogen, depending on the level of alkalinity. You can test it by using H2 Blue and you can search on youtube on how to test it.
      And I would be very grateful if you share my article with others so more people will be educated on the benefits of drinking molecular hydrogen rich water. Have a wonderful day and may God bless you and your family.

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