Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard a lot about the supposed health benefits of functional waters, including alkaline and hydrogen-rich water. Up until recently, I thought it was all hype.
But after receiving a couple of offers to review a bottle that alkalizes your water and a hydrogen-rich water, I decided to do a bit more research. And as it turns out, there are in fact several well-documented health benefits of both.
Alkaline water is made by purifying drinking water and adding alkaline minerals, such as magnesium, back in. The water is then electrolyzed, producing antioxidant rich alkaline water.
This type of water has been shown to provide us with potent “scavenging antioxidants”. Scavenging antioxidants absorb free radicals, which are responsible for cell and DNA damage in the body. Cell and DNA damage cause aging, inflammation, and progression of disease. Alkaline water has also been shown to slow down bone loss (find more on bone health here).
The water bottle I was offered to review didn’t end up coming through, but I thought these looked good. They’re ergonomic, have different sleeve colors you can choose from, and come with one diffuser that’s good for 400 refills (extra diffusers are $10 each).
These bottles are on the pricey side at $46, but I think if you can afford one, get it. Scavenging antioxidants are hard to come by, and so good for your health!
If you can’t afford one though, don’t worry about it. Just shoot for 3 servings of vegetables and 2 fruits daily, and you’ll get plenty of antioxidants.
Like alkaline water, hydrogen enriched water provides the body scavenging antioxidants. Several studies have shown benefits from hydrogen rich water, including improved mental function, reduced blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and improvement of exercise-related muscle fatigue. It’s also been shown to improve markers of rheumatoid arthritis. Apparently, hydrogen water is all the rage in Japan- they even bathe in it!
I received a sample of HFactor, a hydrogen enriched water made and distributed here in the US. It comes in a foil pouch to keep the hydrogen active, and they recommend you finish drinking it within 30 minutes of opening for maximum health benefit. It tasted like good, fresh, pure water- there was no noticeable difference in flavor. At 11 ounces, it was easy to finish within 30 minutes.
This water is pricey as well, running $18 for six 11 ounce pouches. My recommendations are the same as the alkaline water bottle- if you can afford it, buy it! Especially if you’re an elite athlete and improving your performance equals greater income, I think this is a worthwhile investment.
These functional waters are expensive and still being researched, but all the data looks very promising for improving your health. If you can afford them, get them! Especially if you’re an athlete. But if your budget doesn’t allow it, don’t worry. Just make sure to get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily for plenty of antioxidants.
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