Water is probably the most overlooked essential nutrient. Lack of water intake leads to dehydration. Dehydration is usually described as state in which body loose fluids and salts below normal level. According to (Ericson, 2013) 75% of Americans are under chronic dehydration. Dehydration is related with many metabolic processes, for instance dehydration of in excess of 5% of body weight can decrease the capacity for work by about 30% (Sawka and Pandolf 1990). In his paper Mitchell et al. 1945, described chemical composition of the adult human body where it says that the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, lungs are about 83% water, skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and bones 31%. Mental symptoms of dehydration often include brain fog, lack of clarity and focus.
Total body of water decreases due to aging processes, for instance newborn is composed of 75% water, adults 60%, and by the age of 60 years, total body water (TBW) has decreased to only 50%. Dehydration is known to cause an increase in production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that leads to lipid peroxidation and nucleic acid damage causing severe consequences on over all metabolism (Breidert et al. 1994). By definition ROS is a type of unstable molecule that contains oxygen and that easily reacts with other molecules in a cell. A build up of reactive oxygen species in cells may cause damage to DNA, RNA, and proteins, and may cause cell death. Reactive oxygen species are free radicals, also called oxygen radical. Molecular hydrogen has well known antioxidant properties; it selectively neutralizes only harmful hydroxyl radicals, bonding with 2 hydroxyl radicals it turns into water molecule (H2 + 2 OH – > 2 H2O).
In his work Yves Van Assche, 2015 wanted to establish a rate of rehydration of people who with serious dehydration problem. Author used a 30 min bath session in hydrogen saturated water and breathing 2L/min hydrogen added to regular air and drinking 0,5L hydrogen enhanced water. It was noticed 3, 9% increase in hydration level in one single session. In their study Aoki et al. 2012 investigated effects of drinking molecular hydrogen rich water on muscle fatigue in athletes. Authors concluded that dehydration in athletes may also lead to fatigue, poor performance, decreased coordination, and muscle cramping. Authors also recommend drinking molecular hydrogen water as effective fluid hydration strategy for athletes.
Proper hydration with molecular hydrogen is great for the optimal health, it’s one of the simplest, and most straightforward treatments for many dehydration caused health issues.
H2 DRINKS TIP: DON'T WAIT FOR THIRST, DRINK MOLECULAR HYDROGEN WATER AT LEAS ONCE A DAY.
Aoki, K., Nakao, A., Adachi, T., Matsui, Y., & Miyakawa, S. (2012). Pilot study: Effects of drinking hydrogen-rich water on muscle fatigue caused by acute exercise in elite athletes. Medical gas research, 2(1), 1.
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Ericson, J. (2013). 75% of Americans May Suffer from Chronic Dehydration, According to Doctors. Medical Daily.
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Sawka, M. N., & Pandolf, K. B. (1990). Effects of body water loss on physiological function and exercise performance. Perspectives in exercise science and sports medicine, 3, 1-38.