Everyone has a hangover remedy. — a greasy meal, fish oil, over-the-counter hangover fixes, more booze… the list goes on.
So it’s rather disappointing to learn of new research that says drinking water and eating food won’t cure a hangover, and the only true hangover cure is to drink less. Sorry, I have a problem. If you drink less it isn’t a hangover remedy, it’s a hangover preventative, isn’t it? Is that too obvious or what? This study looked at the origins of hangovers and their cures in alround 800 Canadian college students, asking them about their drinking habits. Researchers also calculated estimated blood alcohol concentration levels for the students, on the basis of their reported habits. (Ian: so find me a college student who doesn’t boast about how much he drank last night. It’s a sign of ‘manhood’!) They are saying there is nothing special about the people who claim never to get hangovers, that neither physical differences nor behavioral factors (like drinking water or eating food) explain why these survey participants never became hungover. Instead, the 25 to 30 percent of people who never get hangovers simply drink way less in the first place. Ian: This report is about as bad as I have ever seen. What is it? An undergrad assignment? Now they are saying hangover proof people just don’t drink, thus making their original error larger and more preposterous. Yup, they seriously suggest the secret to hangover immunity is drinking less. Those drinkers may have consumed water and food too, leading them to believe that those had helped significantly, but they weren’t the deciding factor. Medical News Today puts it this way: [The researchers] found that 79% of the participants that claimed they never experienced hangovers had estimated blood alcohol concentration scores of less than 0.10%. As a point of comparison, many states in the US have a safe driving limit of 0.08%. Yep— the reliable hangover avoiders were barely drinking past the point of being able to drive. For anyone who’s ever had a bad hangover, it’s clear that it resulted from far, far overshooting that point. Unsurprisingly, they found that the more alcohol the participants consumed, the more likely they were to develop a hangover afterwards. About half the participants in the study reported drinking water or eating food after consuming the alcohol, but the water and food were not significantly associated with reduced hangover symptoms. This conflicts with the hypothesis that a hangover is just extreme dehydration, and suggests that perhaps alcohol is doing something else (like disrupting your immune system) instead. So feel free to indulge in that hangover meal, but don’t expect any miracles” Ian: Of course, the natural result if this unnatural act (getting plastered) is inflammation. That’s what hurts, and we are experiencing (not personally!) some great stories about the effect of I LOVE H2 on this. Take a look at this scientific report on the effect of H2 on alcohol consumption.
We received this email today.
Hi there, I have just purchased I love h2 tablets from you. I am curious why when i mix it up and test it with a ph strip that it is reading 5 or maybe even lower? isnt it meant to be a higher ph? An answer to this would be great. thanks, Anthony Anthony, your water in the bottle you dissolve your alkaline magnesium in goes acidic because that’s how the chemical reaction goes. Like lemon juice, (which is also acidic) the net effecxt in the body is alkalizing. In the case of lemon juice, the residue of lemon juice after metabolism is a small amount of alkaline minerals. These are then added to our alkaline buffer to counter excess acidity from the many causes we have in our modern life. Molecular hydrogen alkalizes by directly affecting the body through its antioxidant effect, it’s anti inflammatory, anti allergenic and anti apoptotic effect plus through its support for the production of our natural antioxidant, glutathione and through its support of our intercellular signalling system. It’s supporting our body so acid has less effect overall. That being said, I have to add that although the number of human studies are growing almost daily, we rely on all studies including rats and in vitro but only sell I LOVE H2 as a sports supplement for legal reasons. I’m sure you understand. One last thing: many people have the same idea; they have been to told to alkalize so they try to alkalize with everything that passes their lips. It’s just not that simple. There’s a whole range of amino ACIDS we all need; are we supposed to NOT eat them because we are trying to alkalize?
Gavin Dickinson is an old mate, even though he works for one of our competitors. His Facebook page on H2 is a great resource, and this post of his prevented me from having to write our own. I have added our observations in his article in red.
Why is it so important to fill my container all the way leaving no space when I make H2 Tablets? H2 Tablets create molecular hydrogen, which is a gas, so it wants to escape. When making H2 Tablets, we want the hydrogen gas driven into the water, so when we drink it, the H2 can do its magic in your body. So, if you leave air, guess where it goes? It goes into the headspace and the not the water. It is not a bad idea to actually fill it so that it very slightly overflows the top. So if you want maximum benefit, fill ‘er up! All the way! What size / Type of container is best for making H2 Tablets? There are definitely some things to look for when selecting a bottle to use for making your H2 Tablets. Container Size: It is best to make H2 Tablets in a 16 ounce (475ml in metric. We actually use a Schweppes glass 300ml bottle with plastic cap) bottle. You can go larger, but you’ll just have to drink more! Type: First and foremost, the bottle needs to be airtight. Any bottle that is made to hold carbonation is best; Glass Kombucha, Perrier or other sparkling water bottles work well. Screw-top aluminum also works. We have heard that due to its chemistry, aluminum optimizes the reaction somehow. (Aluminium is used in some Japanese hydrogen producing formulations) The higher grades of stainless are fine, as is glass. Plastic works but will not provide optimum results and have all the same concerns associated with plastics. Of all considerations, being airtight is most important. Is there a difference between waiting 5 minutes and 20 minutes? Assuming you have done everything else properly, typically the longer you wait, the more H2 is produced. So you will get more benefit! Can I let H2 Tablets process for more than 20 minutes? Again, assuming you have done everything else properly, typically the longer you wait, the more H2 is produced. So it is perfectly fine to allow H2 Tablets, to process for more than 20 minutes. Many people like to prepare the bottle the night before and then drink it in the morning. All things being equal, the concentration of hydrogen is likely higher; although if you are using a cheap single-use PET plastic bottle, it…will leak H2 the longer it’s in the bottle. Can I add flavor to H2 Tablets? Yes! In fact we recommend it! Lemon or essential oils like citrus or cinnamon are wonderful ways to add some pizazz. However, DO NOT add any flavoring agent at the beginning when making your hydrogen water, use only the water and the tablet per the instructions. Anything else will upset the delicate chemistry that takes place. Once the hydrogen reaction is complete (15-20 mins) and your water is at full saturation, you can add flavoring and enjoy! I add lime juice BEFORE adding the tablet. It acidifies the water which in turn makes for a better H2 conversion. What is the black residue at the bottom of my container? The black residue is simply magnesium that was not used up during the processing. It adheres like scaling calcium in hard water. It is harmless. It can be easily cleaned. It is easiest to clean after you have consumed your H2Viva by simply scrubbing it with a good brush. If you allow it to build up it becomes more difficult and we recommend softening it with some vinegar or something acidic and then scrubbing. If you add lemon or lime juice you will notice that there is much less residue. Are the minerals in H2 Tablets organic or inorganic? To address this question in the detail would require a few pages, but here is as brief as we can make it. The fact is, all minerals are inorganic. The very definition of organic means that it contains carbon. Magnesium, Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen are all elements. Their respective chemical formulae are Mg, C, O and H. These elements can combine together to form molecules, such as sugar, with the chemical formula C6H12O6. Because this molecule of sugar has carbon, it is organic. Carbon is the building block of life. All living things are made out of carbon. Carbon is what makes up amino acids, and fats. Notice that water is H2O, so water itself is inorganic. Minerals found in food are often associated (chelated) with organic compounds like acids (e.g. citric acid, fumaric acid, malic acid, etc.), fats, and amino acids. Depending on the type of mineral (alkaline minerals, or transition metals), the interaction with these organic compounds may increase or decrease the bioavailability and absorption. They may alter the transport binding affinity, redox state of the metal, and interactions with other biomolecules. Generally minerals (not metals where absorption is protein/redox-dependent) are best, and in many cases only, absorbed in their free cation state. In other words it is the inorganic form (magnesium ions) that are absorbed.Rest assured, the magnesium found in the water after it reacted is bioavailable, and easily absorbed and utilized by the cells. It is only a fraction of the DRI, and so there is no significant risk of using a few – or even more – tablets per day. Are there any contraindications from ingesting H2? No. I have noticed more free bowel movements. Can you overdose on H2? No. In fact some studies regarding specific disease models indicated that with H2, more is actually better. Any excess H2 simply escapes as a gas. So if the H2 Tablets produce high levels of H2, then is “more better”? There are studies of some specific disease models that indicate that with H2, more is actually better. What is the cost per dose and the suggested dose per day? H2 Tablets cost $1 per dose and the recommended daily dose is 2 tablets per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon/early evening. The bottle is 60 tablets or a one-month supply. We have manyn people, myself included, using one tablet. I think that the better conversion facilitated by the lime juice means I’m getting more H2 than I’d have in plain water. Can I get the same benefit from food grade hydrogen peroxide? While popular in some health circles for many things from sterilizing drinking water to reputed therapeutic benefits for specific ailments, food grade hydrogen peroxide [H2O2] has no similarity to dissolved molecular hydrogen [H2]. Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizer and is used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant. Molecular hydrogen [H2] is a reducing agent/anti-oxidant. Can H2 Tablets make you feel nausea? If people are feeling sick in conjunction with H2 Tablets, it is much more likely to be a correlation and not causation. Regardless, there is no risk of toxicity by ingesting the small amount of magnesium. In fact it is good. Hydrogen gas is void of toxicity at levels significantly higher than what the tablet provides. Hydrogen doesn’t build up in the body, and any excess is just breathed out by the lungs. In some people, hydrogen gas appears to help alleviate constipation and may even promote loose stools, which can be considered a cleansing effect, which can produce symptoms including nausea. Are H2 Tablets explosive or combustible? No. Well. just don’t let water get into the bottle. Things will start happening. the tablets will begin to combust and heat will be the result. Do H2 Tablets micro-cluster the water? No. What are the ingredients in H2 Tablets? A proprietary patent pending hydrogen formula. Other ingredients are magnesium, magnesium malate, magnesium fumarate 50mg. 10%.Mannitol, magnesium malate, magnesium, magnesium fumarate, malic acid, fumaric acid. Thanks Gavin! Ian
We keep talking about molecular hydrogen and hydrogen rich water
And yet.. I think many people don’t really hear it… and who can blame them? We are all swamped in a daily tidal wave of selling that we call the internet! So when something comes up that is the real deal, the ‘ridgy didge’ as we say in Australia, there’s a huge chance that it will be lost in this massive sea of competing advertisers. We are working hard on changing that, including creating a whole quiz-based education course on H2, combining the talents of Erica Whisson, our inhouse naturopath and Tyler LeBaron, our consultant biochemist. We want people to know about it and really understand what it means to them. Imagine for a minute if penicillin had to compete with a million rival messages and was lost in cyberspace? That’s how we feel about molecular hydrogen’s importance. When I first contacted Brandon Couchman of Elevation Chiropractic he was mad keen and received his samples some months ago, but then got sidetracked with ‘business as usual’. So it was very kool to receive his email this morning:
“Ian , I am testing Hydro FX on some patients right now and having amazing results! One was a Car accident Patient and another is severe spasm that an Emergency room visit didn’t have any effect on! I need to see how to get some more shipped as well as your hydrogen ion water.”Dr. Brandon Couchman
Elevation Chiropractic A Maximized Living Health Center 10451 Garverdale Ct. Boise, ID 83704
Want to remain at the forefront of the Hydrogen revolution? There’s just one man you need to follow. Here he is. Why should you subscribe to his blog?? becasue IMHO this is going to be the biggest self-health strategy we’ve seen in decades. It’s not a ‘fix-it’ strategy. So many of H2’s benefits are about prevention rather than fixing things up after they go wrong. And Tyler is THE MAN on H2. Want another reason? We are going BIG in molecular hydrogen and we will need a big team to support what we have in mind. Educated, committed and healthy. People like you.