When it comes to exercise and fitness, we’re all different, yet ironically, we all want the same thing. Regardless if you are 20 or 80 years old, a walker, a jogger, a recreational athlete or a serious competitor. We all want an easy, safe and natural way to get more enjoyment and benefit out of our fitness pursuits. What if there was a convenient and natural way to have more energy while also reducing fatigue, lactic acid buildup and oxidative stress? A way you could recover faster, elevate your performance and allow you to enjoy your activities more?

There is a highly credible body of science that shows molecular hydrogen – or H2 – offers all of those benefits. Over 1,000 peer reviewed papers show that H2 benefits every organ of the body and has therapeutic potential in 170 disease models. A growing number of them show H2 offers significant benefits for the exerciser or athlete.

What Makes Activities / Exercise Hard?

Gentle exerciser? Olympic athlete? The answer is the same. Any activity above a resting state immediately increases our body’s needs for energy and oxygen. More oxygen means you take in more cell damaging oxygen (free) radicals, which cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress attacks or “stresses” your cells causing muscle damage, weakness, fatigue and inflammation.

If the activity is more intense than what you are used to, you eventually start to burn glycogen causing a lactic acid “burn”. That leads to fatigue and possible muscle soreness, decreasing endurance and reducing performance causing. You end up with poor results and less enjoyment.

H2 Water Increases your Energy

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is made in our mitochondria and is the “energy-currency” that powers our cells and all our biological activities. Free radicals – especially oxygen radicals – damage your mitochondria.

Research shows that H2 neutralizes free radical damage, improving mitochondrial function and therefore increasing ATP production. Its protective properties allow the mitochondria to produce optimal levels of ATP, providing you with more energy.

When damaged mitochondria cannot produce the necessary levels of ATP, the body turns to metabolizing stored glycogen in the liver. When you have to dig deep and go beyond your ATP production, research also shows that H2 can also support an increase of glycogen.4

H2 Water for Reducing Muscle Soreness

A recent study found that H2 water can positively impact athletic performance in elite highly trained athletes. Both muscle fatigue and lactate were decreased in the control group when they consumed H2 rich water before exercise.

A similar study found that H2 infused water had a beneficial effect on the maximal rate of perceived exertion and lactic acid build-up at critical running speed. It concluded that hydrogen-rich water decreases the physical stress during maximal exercise.

A quote from one of the multiple research papers on this topic says it succinctly: "Adequate hydration with hydrogen-rich water pre-exercise reduced blood lactate levels and improved exercise-induced decline of muscle function." ~K. Aoki, et al Medical Gas Research, 2012.

H2 Water Protects Against Oxidative Stress

Any increase in activity produces more oxidative stress. Unusually intense activity over a short period of time causes even higher levels of oxidative stress and lactic acid buildup. This causes more fatigue, residual muscle soreness, micro-tears to the muscle fibers, and inflammation. Oxidative stress in any form, no matter it happens, isn’t good.

Scientists have proven that H2 selectively neutralizes free radicals. That meaans it targets the “bad” radicals that are the most toxic to our cells, while leaving the “good” radicals which are crucial to cell physiology and homeostasis.8,9 That makes H2 a unique and novel antioxidant as antioxidants neutralize good and bad.

H2 Improves Recovery Time and Healing

Proper recovery from an injury or exertion involves more than muscle repair; it takes chemical and hormonal rebalancing, nervous system repair, mental state, and more. H2 has been shown to help maintain homeostasis of enzymes including glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase and others.4 H2 has also demonstrated cell signaling capability critical to neurological function.4,14 It’s also beneficial treating soft tissue injuries.10 Drink H2water. It’s far more than a simple recovery drink focused only repairs muscles.

H2 Water Can Increase your VO2 max

A recent study5 showed that drinking hydrogen-rich water increased VO2 max, time to exhaustion and total work when compared to the placebo group who were given tap water. The study noted there were no side effects or contraindications.

Hydrogen Water Improves Cellular Hydration

As H2 molecules neutralize oxygen radicals, it converts them to water (O- + H2 > H2O), leading researchers to deduce that H2 improves cellular hydration. It takes something bad and makes it good. That potentially explains why no published study has found any negative effect of consuming hydrogen water. It's 100% natural.

The verdict is in!

Research shows drinking H2 saturated water will help with our fitness activities and athletics. It gives you more energy by improving ATP production. It mitigates fatigue and muscle damage by increasing your glycogen. It can increase VO2Max and improve hydration, all while selectively neutralizing and reducing the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Research also shows it’s effective for a broad range of conditions related to general health including many chronic diseases. Go longer. Go stronger.

The Best Way to Get H2 Water?

There are natural "healing water" springs, which have been shown to be alkaline, be negatively ionized (-redox) and contain dissolved molecular hydrogen. They are also contaminant free.

Our H2 Series ionizers re-create each of these healthy properties in the water that comes straight from your tap!

First, our proprietary UltraWater™ Filtration Technology cleans the water. In independent EPA-certified lab testing against 249 contaminants, it reduced virtually all of them to 99.9%. Once the water is cleaned up, AlkaViva’s H2 Infusion technology creates the documented benefits of H2. And it’s alkaline and ionized too.

So if you are looking for an easy, safe and natural way to get more enjoyment and benefit out of your fitness pursuits, the magic bullet is here! It’s in the H2!

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