September 25, 2020

Hydrogen: Fuel of Life

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1.  Hydrogen is the fundamental antioxidant. As the smallest element, it reaches every organ and every cell.

2.  Hydrogen is a source of fuel—with no toxic byproducts.

3.  Hydrogen-rich water neutralizes toxins AND washes them away.

4.  Hydrogen cleanses the energetic body too.


Albert Szent-Györgyi, the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, said that hydrogen, rather than oxygen, was the fuel of life. Everyone knows we need oxygen to live, but oxygen’s counterpart (hydrogen) is the real fuel. Oxygen burns hydrogen releasing the energy (in the form of ATP) that runs our bodies. Water supplies both the fuel (hydrogen) and the fire (oxygen); it is hydrogen that is often the limiting factor. The word hydrogen comes from the Greek, meaning “water-former.” Water is formed when hydrogen is burned by oxygen. It is created every day in our bodies as we burn hydrogen to create ATP. Hydrogen and oxygen participate in a continuous cycle that generates both water and energy.

Hydrogen may also supply energy for our bodies outside the normal ATP pathway. Australian decathlon champion John O’Neill spent years documenting a regimen that led to a phase he referred to as the Hydrogen Efficiency Zone (HEZ) – a state where continued workout required minimal exertion. During periods in HEZ, O’Neill was able to achieve greater output with less effort and little, if any, lactic acid build-up. The only way O’Neill could explain the energy and power he repeatedly experienced was to suggest a shift from the use of glycogen to the use of hydrogen as a source of clean fuel. Preliminary studies with hydrogen-rich water reveal a similar reduction in muscle fatigue and lactate build-up for endurance athletes. Read the pilot study

Szent-Györgyi was the first to show that the human body stores hydrogen in many of its organs. He referred to this as hydrogen pooling and he identified the organs that pool the greatest amounts of hydrogen. The liver pools the most hydrogen; it requires hydrogen to neutralize free radicals produced during detoxification.  In 2001, a group of researchers reported that animals maintained in a hydrogen-rich environment were significantly protected from chronic liver injury.  Read Abstract   Later research demonstrated that inhaled hydrogen gas (~4%) had antioxidant properties that could protect the brain against stroke.  Read Abstract  U.S. Military documents indicate that hydrogen is an effective means of protection and repair against radiation injury. HydrogenforRadiation USMilitarydoc– page 285.  A 2012 literature review had this to say:

“In the clinic, oral administration of H2-saturated water is reported to improve lipid and glucose metabolism in subjects with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance; promising results have also been obtained in reducing inflammation in haemodialysis patients and treating metabolic syndrome. These studies suggest H2 has selective antioxidant properties, and can exert antiapoptotic, anti-inflammatory and antiallergy effects.”      Read the review.

Hundreds of studies have now established the significance of a hydrogen enriched environment. Benefits  include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects,  stimulation of energy metabolism,  improved glucose metabolism,  protection against brain trauma & cognitive disorders, and remediation of many age-related symptoms. A 2013  article summarizes the medical potential of hydrogen. Stress, poor diet, age and pollution, deplete the pools of hydrogen in our bodies. In our modern society, most people are hydrogen depleted.

When we think of hydration, we think of water.  But when the body calls for water, it is hydrogen it wants. In the chapter on hydrogen and oxygen in Dancing with Water the relationship between hydrogen and oxygen is examined, revealing that the absence of hydrogen is the underlying cause of dehydration which has been linked to many maladies. All the symptoms of disease and aging are, in one way or another, accompanied by slow dehydration. By increasing the amount of hydrogen we get every day and by replenishing the hydrogen pools in our organs, we can relieve many symptoms—and improve our level of energy.

Food, air, and water are all sources of hydrogen. Some sources have greater amounts of hydrogen than others; the hydrogen in some sources is more available than others. There are a number of ways to maximize the hydrogen in food, air, and water:

Food is a primary source of hydrogen.  However, the hydrogen is tied up in complex molecules. Food must be metabolized (broken down) to release the hydrogen.

The air we breathe also contains hydrogen which is immediately absorbed into cells and tissues the moment it enters the respiratory tract. But, the amount found in the atmosphere is small — less than 1%. One way to enhance the air with hydrogen is to use an air ionizer or to place a warm salt lamp in your living environment. Both produce negative ions—and small amounts of hydrogen.  Ionized air is plentiful in the presence of moving water—especially waterfalls, and at the ocean where saltwater continually releases ions into the air.

Another way to increase the amount of hydrogen you get on a regular basis is to enrich your water.  There are dozens of studies showing that this method can have a dramatic effect on health. Hydrogen dances with minerals in water to generate a complex crystalline matrix that holds both. When you structure the water before you add hydrogen, hydrogen is more apt to be retained in the water. Hydrogen-rich water can be created in two general ways.

How to make hydrogen-rich water  

1.  The first way  to make hydrogen-rich water is to place something in the water that releases hydrogen. Magnesium is well known to interact with water and release hydrogen. This is the principle behind products referred to as Hydrogen Sticks and special tablets for placement in water. The authors of Dancing with Water have experimented with a variety of hydrogen sticks but they have found that tablets are more effective and easier to use.

  • Active H2 (a reformulation of Active H-minus) is an effervescent tablet that works in 10-20 minutes to generate a super-saturated hydrogen-rich solution for immediate consumption.
  • Primo H2 comes in the form of a capsule and releases hydrogen inside the watery environment of the body. Activated magnesium carbonate in Primo H2 donates electrons in an acidic environment to release hydrogen. The greater the acidity, the more hydrogen is released. Primo H2 uses the acidity of the stomach to support the reaction and to release hydrogen directly in the body.

2.  The other way to enrich water with hydrogen is to draw hydrogen into the water. Hydrogen is attracted to higher vibrations, so anything that raises the vibration of your water will attract hydrogen. The use of laminar crystal, Tensor Rings, ANCHI Crystals, shungite, tourmaline, quartz crystals, egg-shaped storage vessels etc. all help to draw hydrogen into water.  These methods add hydrogen but not nearly to the extent that Active H2 and Primo H2 do. However, a product called Crystal Energy, created by Patrick Flanagan draws abundant hydrogen into the water.

  •  Crystal Energy is effective for drawing hydrogen into water. One or two drops in a glass of structured water creates a silica-water matrix that becomes a virtual hydrogen magnet. When allowed to mature for several hours or overnight, the water gathers even more hydrogen.


Using hydrogen-rich water will begin a detoxification process.  Don’t take it too fast.  Listen to your body. . . and have fun dancing with hydrogen-rich water!


Heavy Hydrogen  &  Deuterium Depleted Water

Heavy hydrogen is called deuterium.  It has an extra neutron in the nucleus of the atom that affects some metabolic processes.  New science reveals that making deuterium-depleted water can have additional benefits. Read more