Hydrogen Water and Arthritis
The definition of arthritis is simply inflammation and pain in the joints. The root of the word is arthr= Joints and itis= inflammation, hence, arthritis. There are several different causes of arthritis, but the most common causes are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis worsens with age, weight gain, and stress.
The hallmark of any type of arthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage in the joints themselves. Mechanical stress from abnormal joint biomechanics and the presence of pro-inflammatory free radicals speeds this breakdown and makes the condition worse as time goes on.
As the director of regenerative medicine for Sensor Medica Clinics, my main focus is what we call joint preservation. We use several different modalities, including Stem Cell Exosomes, Shockwave therapy, and cold laser to help us not only slow the effects of arthritis, these procedures can actually help the body restore and regenerate new tissue!
One of my favorite tools in this battle is hydrogen rich water. By simply drinking water with increased amounts of hydrogen in it, you can increase your dissolved hydrogen gas concentration in your blood.
Why is this important?
There are two main reasons why I like to use hydrogen water in arthritic cases.
The first reason is an indirect effect. Drinking hydrogen water can create a healthy gut environment and increase your metabolism. Doing so can help you lose weight, and thus take pressure off of your joints.
The second reason is a direct mechanism. Hydrogen can act as an anti-inflammatory.
Much of the pain and inflammation that is associated with arthritis is because of the role that Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) plays in the aging process. ROS are unstable oxygen containing compounds that are highly reactive and easily damage all types of tissue in the human body.
The older, the heavier, and the more stressed out (from all sources of stress, including emotional, dietary, chemical, etc.) the more our bodies will form ROS. ROS has been shown in many clinical studies to directly break down the cartilage in our joints.
According to one study, Hydrogen “selectively quenches detrimental reactive oxygen species (ROS), and it has become a novel anti-oxidant due to its anti-apoptotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy effects”. In other words, the hydrogen acts as an anti-inflammatory to extinguish the damaging effects of ROS in the joint.
In another study, patients with Rheumatoid arthritis that were given hydrogen rich water saw a significant improvement in their symptoms, with some of them experiencing a remission of the disease!
Hydrogen neutralizes ROS to help decrease joint pain and inflammation in arthritis!
I love to use hydrogen water with these cases not only because it is backed by research, but also because of its simplicity. Hydrogen water is not a drug. There are no negative side effects. There are no known contraindications. There are no known drug reactions. It is simply hydrogen gas dissolved in water that you drink.
I hope that from this article you can plainly see the advantages of hydrogen water in arthritic cases. If you live in or near Idaho Falls, I would be happy to provide you with a gallon or two to try on your own. Otherwise, follow this link to learn how simple it is to put an Echo H2 machine in your home.
Yours in health,