I spent a long time in the past working on debunking the alkaline water ionizer quackwatcher Dr. Steven Lower (PhD in chemistry).
At the time, I was drinking the alkaline water koolaid because of the help I had received from the water and from the hundreds if not thousands of readers who contacted me with the personal stories of how the water helped them as well. As such, I was determined to prove the ex-science professor wrong.
I reached out to the professor and offered to test out the water in the lab of his choice using whatever methodology of his choosing. He refused, which furthered my conviction.
I had another scientist reach out to the professor. Dr. Lower told her that there was probably something worthwhile about the water based upon the mountain of anecdotal. However, Dr. Lower refused to back down on his assertion that the benefits that were being attained were not from the alkaline water itself.
I wasn’t satisfied with DrLower’s explanation that the body balanced the pH of any contents leaving the stomach heading to the small intestine.
It took a few years before a young American chemist showed me the error of my thinking by explaining to me that the benefits that I and thousands of others had received from the water were due to the presence of hydrogen gas (H2) as opposed to the alkaline story.
It turns out that Dr. Lower was right about the alkaline water fallacy. Dr. Lower never said the water didn’t have benefits, he just said the benefits were not due to the alkaline water story.
Where do the benefits come from?
People did experience benefits from drinking water from alkaline water ionizers. However, it turns out that the benefits come from the consumption of hydrogen gas (H2). More than 700 studies and review papers indicate that consuming H2 is beneficial for more than 170 diseases and is beneficial to every organ in your body. The studies provide me with the comfort that I never really felt about the alkaline story which never had any scientific backing.
Do you need to consume hydrogen rich water?
Technically no, but most of us can benefit from consuming H2 through H2 enriched water or by breathing it from a machine that dispenses H2.
The human body produces enough H2 on its own if you eat well….really well. The problem for most of us is that we don’t eat what is optimal for our bodies and the result is a shortage in the production of H2.
Do alkaline water ionizers produce H2?
Yes. They produce lots of H2. The problem is that almost all of the H2 is lost during the dispensing process or within one minute after the water is dispensed because H2 is lighter than water and dissipates into the air.
Is there a better solution?
Yes. Asian manufactures came up with a method of diffusing the H2 created during electrolysis by ionizers back into the water. That means the H2 stays in the water for a significant period of time as opposed to the gas bubbles created by alkaline water ionizers which rise to the top of the container of water and dissipate into the air.
The ionizers that produce hydrogen enriched water that remains stable long enough to be able to drink the water at your convenience have been coined HIM’s (Hydrogen Infusion Machines).
What do HIM’s cost?
There are a number of HIM’s offered in the market place which sell in the range of $2,000 to $3000. My personal choice is the HIM2 (above counter unit) or its under the counter counterpart the HIM3 from Brilliantz (see www.brilliantz.com) which have been selling for $2,000 for the past couple of years.
Brilliantz recently decided to change is business strategy from selling through an affiliate network to selling directly to the public. The end result is that Brilliantz cut the prices for their H2 products in half. That means consumers can now buy the HIM2 and HIM3 directly from their website for $1,000. That is by far the best value on the market.
Are there cheaper ways to try H2?
Yes. Brilliantz offers a portable H2 unit for $150 and a month supply of magnesium tablets (60 tablets) for $30 which produce therapeutic concentrations of H2. You can buy similar products on the market, but you will pay double the price.
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