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Molecular Hydrogen

A Key Player in Brain Health

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Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements on Earth. We need to drink water to be hydrated, but many really don’t understand why.

Hydrogen is a gas. In 1839, British scientist Sir William Robert Grove found that it has the ability to create energy through electrolysis. He found that by encasing platinum strips in separate sealed bottles and submerging them in sulfuric acid, a current flowed between the two and water was created.

For many years, natural health practitioners have been sharing the need for antioxidants in our diets to reduce oxidative stress in the body. There are two types of oxidative stress. One is a naturally occurring oxidation that is created in the metabolic process (as well as in other natural body functions). This is considered good for the body to function normally. The other is reactive oxidative stress caused by environmental factors such as electromagnetic field (EMF), toxins in the air or by the processed foods we eat. Antioxidants are useful but their downside is they are non-discriminatory, meaning they will neutralize both naturally occurring “good” oxidation as well as reactive oxidative stress.

In 2007, a group of scientists from Japan had a breakthrough in the understanding of hydrogen gas. They were able to show that hydrogen could neutralize free radicals. Since then, there have been over 400 additional studies on hydrogen and its effects on overall health.

Studies have found hydrogen seems to neutralize reactive oxidative stress while not interfering with the metabolic process, allowing the body to better function and, in turn, have improved health. It’s been found to protect the brain from stroke damage, improve memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, lower “bad” LDL and boost “good” HDL cholesterol levels, and balance glucose and insulin, preventing or slowing diabetes.

With hydrogen’s ability to neutralize reactive oxidative stress and improve brain health, it is easy to see why it is being studied so closely in many areas of health, suggesting that hydrogen is a key player not only in brain health but in the health of the whole body.

There are many hydrogen products on the market, from pre-bottled water units to hydrogen drops. To ensure you are getting the amount of hydrogen you are seeking, you can buy an inexpensive hydrogen water testing kit and check to make sure the amount reported on the package is the actual amount in the product.

Dori Trossen, health coach, holistic practitioner and owner of Mind Body Soul, LLC, utilizes nutrition, bioresonance, dietary theories and practical lifestyle management techniques to create customized wellness plans for her clients. For more information, call 763-639-9133 or visit BalancedDori.com

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