Over the past 7 years, I have written hundreds of articles about the benefits of drinking water and alkaline water in particular. It turns out that the benefits that I have spoken about were due to the presence of hydrogen gas (aka molecular hydrogen or H2) and had virtually nothing to do with alkaline water.
It is embarrassing for me to read some of the articles that I wrote a few years ago before learning the science behind the source of the benefits. In my defense, I have never written a word that I didn’t believe was true at the time of writing. Through the years, I knew firsthand and from talking to thousands of others that the water generated health benefits. The first hint that hydrogen gas might be the source of the benefits was first published in 2007 but went unnoticed by everyone except for scientists. In fact, the first time I heard about hydrogen gas was from Korean engineers in 2010 when I was visiting alkaline water ionizer factories. I don’t know if it was a language barrier, or if I was concerned that the Koreans were simply trying to sell me another product, or whether I had the alkaline/ORP blinders on, but my only regret is that I didn’t focus more on what the engineers were telling me about hydrogen.
As you might imagine, it was quite a shock to me when the American scientist Tyler LeBaron took me under his wing and started teaching me about hydrogen a couple of years ago. Tyler is brilliant and he demonstrated a great deal of patience with me as I baby-stepped my way through the science. The process of “unlearning” what I thought were facts which turned out to be pseudo-scientific myths about alkaline water wasn’t easy.
I am in debt to and very grateful for the efforts of those who have contributed to my “awakening” and ongoing education.
I apologize for the long preamble, but I felt it was necessary to provide a background to where I have been and what has lead me to where I’m at today. It always bothered me that the scientific and medical communities never endorsed and in fact scoffed at the claims made by the alkaline water industry. There has been a massive amount of legitimate scientific research conducted and published that support the benefits of hydrogen gas and we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.
Hydrogen Infusion Machines (HIM’s): A Better Water Ionizer:
It makes me a little uncomfortable talking about the best of anything. Ratings, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder unless there is a clear and decisive winner. For years, I supported the alkaline water industry based upon my own personal experience with the water. However, I always said that all of the machines worked without any brand being significantly better than the others.
So, how can I be so sure now that there is a clear winner? The introduction of the new HIM (Hydrogen Infusion Machines) makes it simple because they are massively superior to all of the alkaline water ionizers when it comes to producing high concentrations of dissolved hydrogen in water across a wide spectrum of source water conditions.
Alkaline water ionizers have always been plagued by soft water (the alkaline machines don’t produce hydrogen without minerals in the source water) and hard water (the high pH produced by the machines causes calcium in the source water to precipitate out of the water causing scaling on the plates which renders the alkaline water ionizers useless in terms of producing dissolved hydrogen).
The HIM’s don’t rely upon minerals in the source water to create hydrogen. The HIM’s have a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) that conducts electricity via a Solid Polymer Electrolyte (SPE). You are probably thinking: “What the heck does that mean?”. In simple terms, the HIM’s perform electrolysis on one drop of water at a time on the anode side of the water cell and then the protons make their way through the membrane to the anode side where the hydrogen gas is made. Simple huh! Let’s try that again. Instead of having all the water pass by plates in a water cell which is what happens in alkaline water machines, the process in a HIM is much more sophisticated and doesn’t rely upon the source water regardless of whether your water is hard or soft.
Unlike the very basic single electrolysis chamber found in alkaline water ionizers, the HIM’s have three separate compartments within the water cell. The first compartment performs nano-filtration which rejects the calcium and magnesium in the source water and bypasses that water past the 2nd compartment where the electrolysis process happens. Bypassing the calcium and magnesium means the plates in the electrolysis chamber don’t get scaled up and become useless for producing hydrogen. The water that bypasses the electrolysis component, moves directly to the 3rd compartment (HDU) where the hydrogen gas produced by electrolysis in the 2nd compartment gets infused into the water. Easy Peasy right? Well, not really. Let’s try this again. When water passes through a water cell of an alkaline water ionizer, calcium precipitates out of the source water which gums up the system preventing it from producing dissolved hydrogen. With a HIM, that doesn’t happen.
In my opinion, the real magic of the HIM takes place in the 3rd stage (labelled HDU or Hydrogen Diffusion Unit) of the water cell. The HDU dissolves the hydrogen gas produced by electrolysis in the 2nd stage. Alkaline water ionizers can produce lots of hydrogen gas by electrolysis, but they don’t have a mechanism to dissolve the hydrogen gas into the water. The HIM’s actually create hydrogen in the water which is the whole point of the exercise.
Check out the 80 second video for the HIM2 below if you want to see what the fuss is all about.
I have had the privilege of working with what I consider to be the top people in North America in the hydrogen gas industry for the past year. The group was presented with a HIM that was supposed to be “ready”. The group is a bunch of scientific guys who, instead of trusting the marketing hype, decided to put the machine through its paces and then some. The team intentionally overworked every component of the machine until they broke and then fixed them and made them better. The process was aggravating and exhausting. When the team couldn’t make it any better or more reliable, they finally allowed the new version to go into production.
The HIM2 machine, which sells for US$2,000 (see http://tryh2.brilliantz.com) is remarkably superior to any other water ionizers on the market. Please believe me when I tell you that it costs a lot more to produce the HIM2 than it costs to produce Enagic’s top of the line K8 machine. If you don’t believe me, take another look at the schematic of the HIM2 water cell again and compare it to a simple alkline water cell. The plates used in alkaline water ionizers cost about $15 each which begins to add up, but the PEM material used in the Xcell is made by Dupont and costs $800 per sheet (obviously, the HIM2 doesn’t use a full sheet) and that is just a starting point. And yet, the HIM2 sells for 60% less than the K8. If you check out the “our story” link on the www.tryh2.brilliantz.com website, I think you will understand and appreciate the value equation as they actually care about putting their customers first.