For years now I’ve had a piece of ‘knowledge in my head that has made me prey to all sorts of woo woo cures.
It’s the idea that our telomeres in our DNA ‘shorten’ as we get older, and that this is the reason for ageing and decline. The ‘woo-woo’ cures were always using some new ‘technology’ or ‘technique’ either from Russia or Tibet that claimed to use quantum physics to restore telomere health. Of course it’s a complete load of BS but I always looked at the adverts because fixed in my mind was a picture of my trillions of little telomeres randomly dropping bits off their strings.
So today’s news is very good news to me. The big news is that there is a reason that bits drop off them and that reason is something I personally can address. You see, news from a team of experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo is that INFLAMMATION is the cause of telomere destruction.
Why is that making me happy?
Because molecular hydrogen – the same H2 that our UltraStream adds to its pure water oputput, and according to published scientific studies, it’s a super efficient inflammation fighter. We are getting some great reports from users already (see our testimonials page).
In tablet form it’s classified as a sports supplement and Steve, our inhouse trainer swears by it. he plays two games of soccer each weekend and at age 45, he says he was never able to achieve this so easily.
There are some many books, studies and reports on the problem of inflammation. It’s already been linked as a precursor to many of our 5 star diseases – the ones that keep the Big Pharma industry so happy. It’s acknowledged as the big cause that no-one really takes much notice of, but just think; if the scientists are right, then H2 is the fabled ‘elixir of youth’.
We’ve had quite a long association with Pete Evans.
He actually uses our products every day in the form of our UltraStream So I have learned a few things about him. He’s certainly a guy who leads with his jaw.
I do wonder what all the social media storm against Pete Evans is for.
One thing I have learned is that people are very protective over their knowledge and health and diet is a particularly sensitive issue. I remember another ‘lead with your chin’ lady who wrote a book about veganism, suggesting that broad acre farming was responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing of many thousands of small animals whose home was naturally in open prarie or paddock. At a press conference a (I assume) vegan jumped out from behind her and hit her in the face with an acid-laced cream pie. Horrible.. but evidence of how aggressive people can be over food choices.
So what were the big objections to Pete Evans’ 2 week trial with Mike Willesee? The comments I bothered to look at came from either Vegans or established dieticians.. and I have to say that the Paleo diet is indeed a challenge to anyone attempting to adhere to the old and now disproven theories of diet we were brought up on.
Experts are Speaking up on Paleo diet
Never mind that very qualified medical professionals like David Perlmutter and cardiologist Dr William Davis (and an increasing number of others) agree with the basics of a no-grain diet. Never mind that Mike Willesee, a man steeped in bad diet and lifestyle emerged from the test wanting to continue. Never mind that Pete Evans may be a bit of a wild card, as I said, leading with his chin.
I see the Paleo Diet situation as akin to the Climate Change Debate. It took time for the established order to understand and respond to the fact that they just could not keep on polluting in the name of progress. The evidence for the Paleo diet is clear, whether you, like the climate denialists, want to nit pick about what he eats on his TV show, or whether fermented nuts are good for you.
Big changes are always accompanied by big resistance. It’s true ona grand scale as it is on a small personal scale: we are all inherently scared of change. But if the science is right, there’s a much bigger and (up until now) hidden factor at work here. Our power to think clearly about diet is affected by our addictions – as strong, we are reliably informed – as cocaine. These addictions cause our mood swings, many of our unexplained health problems, and our mental fuzz. They are, simply, sugar and wheat.
I have no issue with anyone expressing themselves. But if I see someone under the influence of drugs I always think I should relate to the person behind the addiction because the addiction is presenting a false face to the world. The real and perfect person lives somewhere in there, smothered emotionally and mentally as well as physically by a ‘habit’ that has true power over them. It remains to be seen and accepted that people with these addictions cannot help but protest because their ‘reality’ is totally in opposition to removing the sources of their addiction.
A ‘Pete Evans Challenge’
I’d like to lay down a challenge to the people with the most heat with Pete Evans. Go here, and I’ll hold our online Alkaline Paleo Course open and free for now (normally $95). Put yourself through our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
Expose yourself to some theories you may disagree with.
Argue with us; we have a forum for that purpose.
But try us out.
I can only say that like Pete Evans I have come to a clearer mind, better daylong energy, and a greater than ever appreciation of food without bread/sugar driven eating rampages.
That old saying ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ seems apt here. Pete Evans, I admit, isn’t the ideal messenger. But the message is what it’s all about, is it not?
Alexandra Allen from Utah was recently diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria – an allergy to water.
Yep, water. It’s an incurable condition that causes the skin to become highly irritated and break out in hives.
17 year old Alex first noticed a s reaction during a family vacation at age 12. She remembers swimming in a pool one minute, the next minute waking up a few hours later itching and covered in hives. Initially thought to be a chlorine allergy, it turned into something much more unavoidable. At age 15, she discovered a story about aqagenic urticaria on the net describing the same symptoms and breakouts she had experienced – and to her doctor’s amazement, the symptoms fit her profile perfectly.
Alaxandria keeps a blog about her journey in life with the challenges created by this water allergy. “There will be days when you lay in bed covered in hives or whatever your symptoms may be and think that maybe I’m a mess up, a flaw in the assembly line of humanity, a printing error in the contract of life,” she writes.
The word “urticaria” literally means “hives”. Aquagenic urticaria is an allergic reaction that causes small hives or wheals of edema when water touches the skin. Daily activities like showering, crying or getting rained on may all cause itchy and painful reactions, sometimes even burning.
“Individual hives last 24 hours or less. However, the course of a hive episode may be days to weeks, but there is usually a spontaneous resolution when the response burns out,” says Lawrence Eichenfield, MD, Chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at the University of California, San Diego.
A doctor may diagnose the allergy by applying tap and distilled water to the skin and watching for a reaction. The cause of the condition is still left unknown, but victims to this unfortunate reaction can tame the breakouts with antihistamines.
(Source: Yahoo Health)
OMIGOD! Cried the manager of my local juice bar. I’m ruined!
The news article was all about the findings of molecular biologist Ernie Hubbard who pointed out that superstar of the alkaline diet, kale …full of all the goodies like calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin K, and various healthful phytochemicals and anti-oxidants… had a dark side. Not just Kale, but also cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and collard greens—are hyper-accumulators of heavy metals like thallium and cesium.
What’s more, traces of nickel, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic are also common in greens, and this contamination affected both organic and standard produce samples.
So all those promoters of the old alkaline diet who have been telling you that you should have 80% alkaline-style foods… are suggesting you have 80% of possible heavy metal laden foods..
So.. how serious is this, and what can we do about it if we want to keep up with high levels of these vegetables?
Well. first up we can stop taking them in as juices. Juices, as I’ve said before, are concentrated to such an extent that your natural limiting function is circumvented. Erica, our inhouse Naturopath pointed out that we have evolved to eat in certain ways, and it’s the fibre we get that limits our intake of certain foods. When we remove the fibre through juicing we are massively and unnaturally increasing our intake of everything else – often in juice form – megaloads of fruit sugars and yes, heavy metals!
One could theorise that the only problem with the presence of heavy metals is related to juicing because we may be getting irrelevantly low levels in kale’s normal form.
Secondly if you are ‘growing your own’ you can ask local authorities to learn whether there really are heavy metals in your soil. I find it hard to believe that my local soil would have relevantly high levels.. but I may be wrong.
Finally, you can give up the 80/20 Old Alkaline diet rule and unsubscribe from the people selling this idea. We’ve done SO much more work on alkaline diet and simply reject this idea. The ‘Old’ diet was, frankly, simplistic, and Cassie has done amazing work evolving our new Alkaline Diet which balances power foods and alkaline foods, looks at all the areas of diet the Old diet just ignored.. and at the moment it’s gratis here!
And there’s one more point here. Dark leafy greens are our source of natural fluoride. Not the stuff they put in your water. The good stuff.
Shared by Stephanie Langford.
There’s nothing like the gentle flicker of a candle flame, and a warm, sweet scent filling your home to evoke feelings of peace and wellness.
Except when that candle is actually filling your home with toxic chemicals and contributing to indoor air pollution.
I know. I hear that sigh, and have sighed myself many times. It can be discouraging. We work so hard to eat healthy, stay fit, and rid our homes and bodies of toxins, only to find that something as simple and innocent as a pretty candle on our mantle or kitchen windowsill is actually a culprit in the war against our health and wellbeing.
I’m going to tell you why I think you need to reconsider your use of candles, but then I’m also going to share some encouraging ways to bring back those pretty scents, oh yes, and even some healthy candle options as well. Non-toxic living does NOT mean boring, un-enjoyable, avoid-everything-pleasant living, so hang with me a little while longer, won’t you, friend?
What Makes Candles So Bad
- Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.
- Scented candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which releases dangerous amounts of lead into your home through the candle soot. Candle wicks are supposed to be made from pure paper or cotton, but a University of Michigan study in the late 1999 found that 30% of candles in the USA still released lead into the air, in amounts higher than is considered safe by the EPA (and personally, I’m not sure that I would consider there to be a “safe” level). Legislation was passed in the USA to ban lead in wicks in 2003, but it is still present in some candles which make their way onto store shelves, particularly those that are imported (made in China or Taiwan, for example). For my fellow Canadians, there has not yet been a Canadian ban on lead in candle wicks.
- Two particularly toxic chemicals, benzene and toluene, are found in the sooty residue from burning candles. Benzene is cancer-causing and toluene affects the central nervous system.
- Artificial scents and colors may be irritants to some people and/or trigger allergic reactions.
- Other toxic chemicals that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning include: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of the toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers– that’s potent and powerful stuff!
Tips for Avoiding the Worst Offenders
Even among conventional candles, there are some that are better (or worse) than others. Here are some tips for what to look for and what to avoid.
- Dollar store or super-cheap candles
- Imported candles (stick with ones that are made in North America)
- Any candle that appears to have a metal-core wick
- Scented candles (unless they are naturally scented- more on this below)
- Gel candles
- Cheap “aromatherapy” candles, from brands like Febreeze and Glade. There is actually nothing truly therapeutic about the scents in these candles and much that is harmful.
- Higher-end candles from reputable stores. These are more likely to have safe wicks and are less likely to use synthetic fragrances (although some still do). IKEA candles are apparently all lead-free.
- Taper candles, as opposed to candles like tea lights and pillar candles that melt into puddles. They are less likely to contain lead.
- Anytime you burn a regular candle, do it in an open space (ie. not a teeny tiny bathroom), with a window cracked open to allow fumes to be released.
- If you must stick to cheaper candles and you really don’t want to stop using them entirely, keep your use very minimal, once a week at most, or preferably even less.
The Very Best Options for Candles
I ever so sadly cut out 95% of my candle use several years ago when I realized that they were toxic. Although I still find beeswax candles pricey enough that I buy and use them infrequently, they are definitely my top choice for a healthy candle option. They are absolutely pure and burn clean.
Beeswax is about as natural a product as you can find. It is simply a natural wax that is made by bees and collected from the hives by beekeepers. It has a light scent of honey, which I find extremely beautiful and soothing. They can also sometimes be found with essential oils for added scent, although they are just lovely au naturel.
Color options range between off-white, yellow (most common) and light browns (like these beauties) for un-dyed beeswax candles, but you can also find brilliantly hued candles made with non-toxic dyes. Make sure to look for 100% beeswax, as some companies will use only a portion of beeswax mixed with regular paraffin, and then label them as “beeswax candles”. This isn’t what you want. Go for the truly pure stuff.
One option that beeswax allows is the ability to easily make your own. You can purchase sheets of beeswax to roll into various types of taper and pillar candles. You can also easily melt beeswax granules into glass jars to make your own.
While I don’t recommend soy for most eating purposes, I do think that soy candles are another great option. They also burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have very long burn times as well.
I have a bit of a conundrum about whether I like supporting soy farming, which is the only thing that holds me back from giving soy candles my full support. Almost all soy in North America is genetically-modified, either on purpose or because it has become contaminated by nearby farms that are using GMO seed. I also wonder if a vote “yes” for soy is a bit of a vote for Monsanto, whose evils I will refrain from ranting about for the purposes of this post. All that said, I don’t think that there is any physical harm from using soy candles made from GMO soy, but I would generally prefer to put my money into supporting local beekeepers above soy farming.
As with beeswax candles, these come in a wide variety of colors and natural scents, and you do need to look for the 100% soy label as well, to avoid candles made with part soy, part paraffin. Though I haven’t tried it, you can also buy soy wax and make your own gorgeous soy and beeswax jar candles.
Other Ways to Make Your Home Smell Beautiful
If it’s more about the scents than it is about burning candles for you, there are plenty of other ways to safely enjoy natural fragrances:
- Add essential oils to your bath. Lavender is particularly relaxing.
- Simmer homemade potpourri on your stove.
- Use a nebulizer to enjoy both the scent and the health benefits of essential oils.
- Make your own homemade air freshener, complete with essential oils for a light lingering fragrance.
By Stephanie Langford
Stephanie has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they’ve been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.
(Source: keeperofthehome.org; August 17, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/mjl9omf)
When you’ve watched this, you’ll probably be eager to get more ‘HOW TO’ facts about the best way to use molecular hydrogen from Cassie and Ian here.
We received this email today.
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.
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?
Our UltraStream has been tested to 3500 litres by Griffith University laboratory for (among many other things) fluoride reduction.
We use an NSF approved non-eluting (it doesn’t leach into your water) US supplied Activated Alumina. It’s THE best we could find anywhere in the world, in line with all other filter media in our UltraStream.
Yet.. we still have some competitors trying to tell people that using activated alumina means you may get aluminium in your water, frightening them with fears of Alzheimers and anything else they can think of. So let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they really don’t understand what alumina is.
The first thing we all learned in high school was the difference between an element (atom) and compound (molecule). But did we remember that well enough to remember it? Obviously not for some people.
Point #1. The difference between an atom and a molecule.
Salt is, as we know, safe to consume. But if we were told to consume chlorine we’d say no.
But.. chlorine is one of two parts of salt! Sodium is the other.
Sodium is an atom.
Chlorine is an atom.
Sodium chloride is a molecule, bound together ionically so it isn’t poisonous,
Aluminium is an atom.
Activated alumina is a molecule.
Point #2 What activated alumina actually is in nature
Now.. what if I told you we added ultrapure semiprecious gems rubies and sapphires to your UltraStream and used them to reduce fluoride? I’m guessing you’d be pretty impressed, right? Well.. that’s exactly what we are doing.
Look at this from Wikipedia.
Activated alumina is manufactured from aluminium hydroxide by dehydroxylating it in a way that produces a highly porous material; this material can have a surface area significantly over 200 square metres/g. The compound is used as a desiccant (to keep things dry by absorbing water from the air) and as a filter of fluoride, arsenic and selenium in drinking water. It is made of aluminium oxide (alumina; Al2O3), the same chemical substance as sapphire and ruby (but without the impurities that give those gems their color). It has a very high surface-area-to-weight ratio, due to the many “tunnel like” pores that it has.”
Go here to see how we use Activated Alumina in the UltraStream. And remember, we tested the UltraStream to the expected life of the filter. The tests are in our downloads section. There’s not another water ionizer in the world that has been tested to this degree. It’s obvious why: other methods of fluoride removal in water filters can be sold using an ‘as new’ laboratory test, without showing the rapid decrease in reduction each day you continue to use your filter.
If you’re looking at a water filter, watch for ‘Up To 99%” on the advertising and always ask for an independent LIFE OF FILTER test done in the country you are in, not Asia!
In every case I have seen of people attacking AA, their competing product hes been using a cheaper method. As in life, when you buy a water filter you ‘gets what you pays for’.
In just one week we’ve seen two new threats to our water supply.
Here in Australia we are all familiar with the blessing and the curse of flying foxes, who nest in their thousands in native forest, and overfly our cities at dusk every night. Now we have been told that their pee harbours deadly Hendra virus, so be careful if you are looking up in awe at their spectacular flypast, make sure your mouth is closed! We have already heard of local cases of serious illness from this source – and – of course – if you have a lovely fruit or berry tree near your house, they’ll target it in season peeing as they pass over your roof – which, in the country, empties into your home water tanks.
Secondly, now we hear that the drought in California and a wet witner followed by a dry summer in New York is creating ideal conditions for mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus – another nasty.
Some experts theorize that a wet NY winter followed by drought created ideal conditions for the culex mosquitoes that spread the virus.
They lay their eggs in dirty, nutrient-filled pools like those left when rivers dry up, and they can survive winters with the virus by hiding in tunnels or sewers.
The year before, the city cracked down on bird baths and swimming pools as a way to fight the virus. Around 700 New Yorkers received citations for failing to properly treat water in their yard.
Ian: Poor little birdies! We’re installing more and more systems in rural properties for many reasons. Check our site here.
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?
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.
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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We talk a lot about the antioxidant capability of molecular hydrogen on this page.
Not only is it unique in selectively targeting the ‘baddie’ free radicals and leaving the ‘goodies’ alone, it also supports our natural antioxidant, glutathione. However.. I remind myself and anyone else interested in living longer that glutathione, our internal super-antioxidant needs one special mineral to be produced by our body. This mineral is selenium. and here’s where you get it.
That’s why I use molecular hydrogen every day. It powers up my glutathione ability, but I also make sure I’m eating selenium-rich foods.
Click each heading for more info…
|#1: Brazil Nuts||1917µg (2739% DV) per 100 grams||536.8µg (767% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brazil Nuts|
|#2: Liver (Lambs)||116.1µg (166% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||98.7µg (141% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver|
|#3: Seafood (Oysters)||154µg (220% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||130.9µg (187% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oysters|
|#4: Fish (Tuna)||108.2µg (155% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||92.0µg (131% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fish|
|#5: Wheat Germ||79.2µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||91.1µg (130% DV) per cup (115 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Germ|
|#6: Sunflower Seeds||79.3µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||22.2µg (32% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sunflower Seeds|
|#7: Bacon||65.1µg (93% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||5.9µg (8% DV) per rasher (9 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon|
|#8: Chia Seeds||55.2µg (79% DV) per 100 grams||15.5µg (22% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chia Seeds|
|#9: Oat Bran||45.2µg (65% DV) per 100 grams||42.5µg (61% DV) per cup (94 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oat Bran|
|#10: Sesame Seeds||34.4µg (49% DV) per 100 grams||9.6µg (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds|
(With thanks to http://www.healthaliciousness.com/)
Ian: SO True! My extra best meals are at home.
In most areas of life, the old saying “You get what you pay for” holds true. But when it comes to healthy dining options, the more expensive option may not be the best.
Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois looked at eight years of data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in its National Health and Nutrition Survey, covering 18,098 US adults from 2003-2010.
H discovered that people who dine out at full-service restaurants are no healthier than people who opt for fast food. Instead, eating at home is the healthiest option by a significant margin. An’s findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
For instance, according to a report on the university’s news website, people who ate at full-service restaurants consumed about 58 more milligrams of cholesterol each day compared to people who ate at home. Those who ate fast food ate only 10 milligrams more than at-home diners, on average.
An found a similar result when he looked at sodium intake. Eating at a fast food restaurant added about 300 milligrams of sodium to a diner’s daily intake. But eating at a full-service restaurant added 412 milligrams.
Meanwhile, at-home diners consumed about 10 fewer grams of fat each day compared to both fast-food and restaurant diners.
When it comes to saturated fat restaurants proved slightly better. Fast-food diners consumed 3.49 more grams per day versus at-home diners, while restaurant diners consumed 2.46 additional grams each day.
“These findings reveal that eating at a full-service restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating at a fast-food outlet,” he said, according to the university. “In fact, you may be at higher risk of overeating in a full-service restaurant when eating fast food. My advice to those hoping to consume a healthy diet is that it is healthier to prepare your own foods, and avoid eating outside the home whenever possible.”
An said public health campaigns ought to be focused on limiting eating out in general, rather than on simply avoiding fast food.
– See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/physicians-money-digest/lifestyle/full-service-restaurants-no-healthier-than-fast-food-study-finds?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=HCPLive&utm_campaign=Trending_News_#2_07-18-15
As readers know I have had my own relationship with Alzheimers.
That’s why I think this article may be of interest to the people that have seen our video on my journey.
This article was co-written by Smita Patel, DO, FAASM, and Anne Marie Fosnacht, MPH, CPT
The rate of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) continues to soar due, in part, to the successful aging of the largest generation ever to walk the earth.
Limited by a dearth of successful pharmacological agents, more and more physicians are shifting from a treatment paradigm to one of prevention. Here at the NorthShore Center for Brain Health we believe that getting enough sleep–7 or more hours nightly–is a way to help prevent AD.
Prevention necessitates intervening on modifiable risk factors. Evidence is mounting that lifestyle factors, such as diet, daily activity, education, and social engagement–combined with non-modifiable factors such as family history and genetics–play a significant role in the ontogeny of Alzheimer’s disease in patients over time.
Recent clinical trials in Spain and Finland have shown that eating a Mediterranean diet, or receiving healthy-eating counseling and assistance are associated with improvement in cognitive function.
Exercise training has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain, and to improve memory.
Epidemiologic studies suggest that people with more years of education can tolerate changes associated with neurodegeneration longer than those with less education, effectively delaying onset of cognitive dysfunction.
Cohort studies have found that social engagement is associated with larger brain volume.
Non-modifiable risk factors include a family history of dementia and having a certain variant (APOE4) of the apolipoprotein allele, which is responsible for cholesterol transport and mediation in the brain. Individuals with 1 copy of APOE4 have a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of AD while those who have inherited 2 copies have 10-fold increased risk.
While disturbances in the sleep cycle and altered circadian rhythms are common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, sleep quality throughout one’s lifetime is gaining momentum as a possible factor associated with eventual development of AD.
Helping patients achieve better sleep may help reduce their risk of developing the disease.
While experimental studies in humans are rare, there are animal models of sleep-related causation. The results of these studies are compelling. In 2009, Kang and colleagues reported that beta amyloid dynamics were found to be regulated by the sleep-wake cycle in mice.
In 2013, Xie and colleagues reported that in mice sleep was associated with naturally-occurring flushing/removal of exogenous AB from the brain by cerebrospinal fluid. Others have found that deprivation of sleep exacerbates neuronal injury and tau phosphorylation.
Recently, key cross-sectional studies have shown an association between Alzheimer’s and sleep variables in humans.
Spira and colleagues found that self-reported short sleep duration and poor sleep quality were associated with increased AB burden as seen in PET amyloid imaging. Similarly Ju and colleagues reported that greater amyloid burden was associated with poor sleep efficiency and wakefulness episodes.
Observational studies also offer compelling data linking sleep to Alzheimer’s risk. Virta et al. report that among 2,300 middle age Finnish twins, self reports of too much (>8 hrs) sleep was associated with 1.8 times higher odds of developing AD. Hahn and colleagues found that self reports of decrease in depth of sleep were associated with 70 to 100% greater odds of having AD 9 years later.
While the exact mechanisms by which sleep duration and quality affect development of Alzheimer’s and dementia are still enigmatic, more and more research show they are firmly associated.
Educating patients on the impact of sleep on their brain health and helping patients achieve high quality sleep can be important steps in mitigating the risk of neurodegeneration.
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Cassie had an inquiry from a lady today about the cost of filters for the UltraStream today. The lady wanted a comparison between what it would cost to replicate the power of filtration of an UltraStream by buying alternative filters.
Here’s what she came up with!
- Fluoride x 2: $160
- KDF 85: $65 (this media is not available in Australia still and is much better and more expensive than the KDF 55 which we did originally put into the cartridge)
- Catalytic carbon filter (best and most expensive carbon there is): $75
- Then there is the media that makes the Hydrogen, alkalizing, and more media to make the water soft, $200 (this is the AlkaLina’s retail cost which makes hydrogen but doesn’t filter)
All up to buy all these separately would be around $500.
Nathan recently ordered his own UltraStream, the water filter that purifies water plus alkalizes, plus adds molecular hydrogen. Learn much more here.
In Canada, go here
In the US, go here
In the UK and EU, go here.
And Nathan, we’re sending you a congratulatory bottle of I LOVE H2. It’s obviously working for you.
Chloramine is a more recent water treatment additive that is now being used in many water treatment facilities. It is a combination of gasses (chlorine and ammonia) used in addition to or in place of chlorine because its effects are longer lasting. However, numerous difficulties have been identified with the use of chloramine as a water disinfectant:
Chloramine remains in the water longer than chlorine-it does not evaporate when left in the open as chlorine does
- Chloramine is toxic to fish, and it cannot be removed by boiling.
- Chloramine reacts with (deteriorates) certain types of rubber hose and gaskets, such as those used on washing machines and hot water heaters.
- Chloramine reacts with lead and lead solder in plumbing, causing toxic levels of lead to be released into drinking water.
- Chloramine is potentially lethal to kidney dialysis patients.
The use of chloramine as a water disinfectant can lead to the generation of iodoacid by-products-the most potent genetic toxin of mammalian cells. This was discovered recently by research scientist Michel Plewa.
Plewa states, “When chloramines were put into use in Washington DC, lead levels 3,200 times EPA’s “action level” were found in drinking water. When several cities in California switched to the use of chloramine, kidney dialysis patients suffered serious consequences”.
Replacing chlorine with chloramine is like jumping from the fire into the frying pan, yet many large cities have already made the switch. You can read more about the public outcry against chloramine in this American Free Press at http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/chloraminateed_water.html on line article.
Carbon filters have a very limited capacity for chloramine removal-it takes much more carbon and much more contact time to do the job. If you were to use a simple carbon filter to remove chloramine, you would have to replace your filter so often that it would not become economically feasible. A reverse osmoses (RO) system cannot be counted on to remove chloramine either. The filter membranes in a typical RO system do not filter out chloramine. Most RO systems have a carbon pre-filter, but that will not last long in the presence of chloramine.
Chloramine removal requires a special type of catalytic carbon filter. Most of these devise are tanks designed to filter the incoming water for the whole house. Vitamin C has also been shown to neutralize chloramine, “but this method is only realistic for smaller application such as shower filters or countertop systems. The above methods are the only methods available at this time to remove or neutralize chloramine.”
Do we have catalytic carbon? Of course we do!
I have a theory about detoxification.
It goes like this;
1. We start our life untoxified.
2. As we live ina toxic world we ‘toxify’.
3. It’s our choice whether we decide to reverse this process.
4. The best ongoing way to detox is to drink enough water.
Too simple, right?
Hey, we’re bombarded with toxins in today’s modern world… from the polluted air we breathe, the water we drink, the shampoos and other cosmetics that lather our body with chemicals, and let’s not dismiss all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food we eat.
All TOXINS can have harmful effects on your body, harming your metabolism and hormones, impairing your digestive system, and zapping your energy levels. That’s why they are called toxins. Duh-Oh!
If I could share ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help your body eliminate more of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and BOOST your energy, would you do it?
Of course you would… and it takes less than 1 minute!
Here’s it is.. and it also alkalizes you!
When you get up, first up -squeeze about 1/2 to 1 full lemon into a 250ml glass of warm or room temperature purified water. It’s more gentle on your body first thing in the morning compared to iced water.
I drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food for the day. Luckily I live in a region where everyone grows lemons and limes. This time of year we go for a walk and return who 20 or 30 lemons!
If you have to buy them, ensure you use fresh organic lemons to make this drink. Bypass all of those bottled products. Organic lemons help you to avoid the pesticides that can accumulate.
3 BIG benefits of this heart starter drink to your body, health, and energy:
A leading health publication, TheAlternativeDaily.com is very good.
“The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.
Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.
Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood. Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints.
This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.”
Benefits you’ll enjoy:
1. Improved digestion
Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion. It stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.
2. All Day Energy Boost
Even just the scmellof lemon juice can improve your mood and energy levels, and even reduce anxiety. The detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.
3. Fat Buster
Lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system. It aids in removal of toxins. It increases your energy levels.
All together, it helps you to slash the kilos as well through improving your hormonal balance.
That’s a pretty simple trick, right?
Ever since I spent a year in India I’ve loved the sight, the smell and the taste of Turmeric.
Given the basically carbohydrate dominated diet of most Indians, and the shocking state of pollution of their diet staple foods, maybe Turmeric is keeping most of India alive and healthy!
I’m also lucky living here at Byron Bay because turmeric is easy to grow- and the taste of fresh turmeric is simply sensational with a stir fry.
But there is a downside to this wonderful root, and I’m going to explain to you why I DON’T use it exclusively.
But first, let’s explore the GOOD reasons for using turmeric daily.
Turmeric has been shown to combat short term and long term fatigue. Yes, there is a study, carried out here in Australia, and effects were noticed within an hour!
Cholesterol is slowly emerging from its bad boy status’ to being seen as useful and necessary for the body, particularly as fuel for our hormone cascade system. Oxidation of cholesterol therefore is no longer a good thing. Now it’s bad!
Confused? Join the club.
It’s the process of oxidation of cholesterol that causes plaque and plaque is definitely still on the ‘bad boy’ list. Plaque in turn is a forerunner of atherosclerosis and heart disease. This study showed a 33% reduction in oxidized cholesterol and and almost equal increased percentage of good HDL cholesterol. Subjects were given 500mg of curcumin, which is the active ingredient of turmeric.
We never mention cancer unless we can prove what we say. But the number of studies of turmeric’s effect on cancer are growing almost daily. Studies showing positive results include
How does curcumin achieve these results?
- Curcumin can induce apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells.
- Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant.
- Curcumin assists in the destruction of mutated cancer cells
- Curcumin inhibits vascular epithelial growth factors. These are the body’s support systems that supply cancer and keep it ‘healthy’.
Inflammation is the ‘beast in the attic’. We all know about it but we think that if we don’t address it perhaps it will go away. And yet it’s seen by many researchers as the prime precipitator of serious disease conditions, including cancers, type 2 diabetes, brain diseases, arthritis and more.
In one study, three control groups were used, but the one that ONLY took 500mg of curcumin daily fared far better than the other two.
Free Radical Buster
Curcumin has been shown conclusively in study after study to be a powerful antioxidant. I’m not going to bore you with the antioxidant-free radical theory but just remember this point when I reveal to you how something very close in function has a hugely significant advantage over curcumin.
Curcumin’s ability to support the immune system means it has wide ranging effects on many common disease types. Immunity means you don’t GET the disease in the first place. So if we have adequate immunity we have a built in fully armed army of defenders against things(all subject to studies) like Alzheimers, Heart disease, Diabetes, and even cancers.
As frequent readers here know, I had my own run-in with incipient Alzheimers and I firmly believe that my health regime is still holding back the effects I experienced in 2007. I’m a big fan and reader of Dr Dave Perlmutter who wrote the wonderful book, Grain Brain, linking our grain based diet to mental deterioration. In his work he discusses the results of studies showing Curcumin’s beneficial effect on amyloid plaque, the foundation symptom of Alzheimers. Newest research on Alzheimers suggests that plaque begins at least 15 years before symptoms appear and so anything we can incorporate into our diet to reduce or halt the slow growth of amyloid plaque makes me very excited. Here’s one summary of experiments. In the summary the scientists involved state:
“ All cases have been taking turmeric for more than 1 year, re-exacerbation of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia was not seen.”
If you are incorporating something in your diet that has strong pain relief through any means such as inflammation management, then you also have a strategy that make arthritis more livable.
Turmeric in the form of curcumin has the ability to support enzyme production. The liver relies on adequate supplies of specific enzymes to be able to carry out its ongoing blood detox function.
In another study of 60 depressed volunteers Curcumin was found to be as effective as Prozac!
Yet another study, this one published by the American Diabetes association, used 240 volunteers, all termed prediabetes. After 40 weeks, 16.4% of the placebo group had ‘advanced’ to Type 2 Diabetes. Those on curcumin had NO advancement to Type 2.
Of course, this has to be seen in perspective. For instance, this study shows that replacing one sugary drink with either water, unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14 percent and 25 percent.
Just to be clear, it’s curcumin, not just turmeric that is used in these studies, so your choice of method of accessing the benefits of turmeric will involve whether you want to eat lots of turmeric or buy curcumin supplements. You will have a very hard time getting enough curcumin simply by adding turmeric to your diet, and even if you decide to supplement with curcumin, care is required because so many brands are.. well, useless!
Curcumin has been shown to have a number of therapeutic actions in the body, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and to be safe at high doses (up to 12g/day). However the body’s ability to utilise it is poor; this is due to its low absorption, rapid metabolism and rapid excretion; resulting in low plasma and tissue levels of curcumin.
In fact, it is so poorly absorbed that studies using unadulterated curcumin rarely progress beyond the test tube. There have been many attempts to increase the body’s ability to utilise curcumin. Many of these techniques have increased bioavailability, but are prohibitively expensive and the required dose is still high, up to 2g/day.
Then there is conjecture as to which particular parts of curcumin are the most effective. It has long been thought that just the curcuminoids were the essential part; however recent studies have suggested that concentrating the curcuminoids and adding them back to turmeric oil may increase the bioavailability.
The Missing Link
I mentioned to you why I have chosen NOT to depend on Turmeric or a curcumin supplement and what I choose that gives me all of the benefits – and more. The heading of this article is ‘Turmeric, Curcumin and Hydrogen. The Missing Link’. So far I haven’t mentioned molecular hydrogen, and yes, that IS the ‘Missing Link’.
Let’s first finish off our description of turmeric and curcumin.
Yes, curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and supplements are available. They have been necessary because as I said earlier, absorption and utilization levels of turmeric in its original form are very low. Very, very low. So the scientists have got together to extract curcumin from raw turmeric, and as I also mentioned, if you are serious about gaining the sort of benefits I have listed, you will need to buy a supplement. And our own research on what supplement to buy will be very handy, because we’ve looked at the fact that many supplement are still plagued with low absorbability rates. But.. the recommended dosage of curcumin for best effect is TWO GRAMS a day! I couldn’t do that. Too much.
Now here’s the missing link.
Turmeric creates molecular hydrogen in the body.
The big question, then, is what causes the benefits we’ve spoken about.
Just as curcumin has many studies showing health benefits, so does molecular hydrogen. It’s as big a ‘rockstar’ in the supplement world as curcumin in numbers of new studies and studied disease types. It’s just not as publicised, probably because of Western science establishment’s apparent bias against anything from Japan, the home of H2 research for over a decade.
Now.. let’s connect the dots.
If turmeric causes the production of H2 in the body, is it the turmeric itself, or the H2 that is causing the spectacular results? There is only one clue in this study, which says:
“Curry with turmeric significantly increased the area under the curve of breath hydrogen and shortened small-bowel transit time, compared with curry not containing turmeric. These results suggested that dietary turmeric activated bowel motility and carbohydrate colonic fermentation.’
The truth is, we don’t know. But there’s an eerie similarity between the results of studies on molecular hydrogen to studies we’ve already looked at.
Molecular hydrogen has very similar effects as curcumin. We now have some quite amazing stories from users on file who have lifted more weights, run further and faster, and experienced a complete lack of exercise afterburn. (Also exhaustion, tiredness, languidness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness) is a subjective feeling of tiredness which is distinct from weakness, and has a gradual onset. Though there are many causes of fatigue, the underlying physiological mechanism is almost always a decrease in mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are the part of almost every cell that creates energy, in the form of ATP, so the cell can function. Poor mitochondrial function can also lead to using anaerobic energy generation which leads to lactic acid build up and acidosis. Molecular Hydrogen studies indicate that it may be an ideal antioxidant molecule for oxidative stress in the mitochondria due to its small size. It is one of the very few, if not only antioxidant molecules that can reach the inside of the mitochondria. By measuring oxygen consumption and CO2 production, scientists have been able to conclude that consumption of H2 enhances our energy metabolism. This may also relate to fat loss through burning energy more efficiently. Long-term drinking H2-water has been shown to significantly control fat and body weight, despite no change in the amount of water consumed. Drinking molecular hydrogen infused water decreased levels of plasma glucose, insulin, and triglyceride, the effect similar to diet restriction.
Molecular Hydrogen isn’t just an anti-oxidation strategy. Yes, it’s a powerful antioxidant in its own right, but it also supports our body’s natural antioxidant, glutathione peroxidase. And wait, there’s more, but I’ll leave that until you go down the list to antioxidants. Here’s one study that examines the beneficial effect of molecular hydrogen on oxidation in the brain. (Being the smallest molecule in the universe means it can easily penetrate the body/brain barrier.)
- Homocysteine reduction
If you are serious about reducing homocysteine levels, folate, B6 and B12 will do a much better job than curcumin. Molecular hydrogen has not been studied for this yet.
There are a number of studies showing positive outcomes using hydrogen rich water for various cancers including this one:
Molecular Hydrogen has shown itself to be an outstanding performer as an anti inflammatory agent by itself. It also supports the body’s natural inflammation cycle. We’ve received simply amazing stories form users, but the most common one is the absence of ‘day after’ pain following a hard training session or football game. Chronic long term pain has also been reduced in humans through the ingestion of molecular hydrogen..
A number of studies show that molecular hydrogen isn’t your run-of-the-mill antioxidant. It possesses a unique capability that I’ve never seen in any other antioxidant including curcumin. Few people realise that we have ‘good’ and ‘bad’ free radicals. The ‘good’ ones are our tiny janitors, basically cleaning up the mess left over from our normal daily metabolism. Our ‘bad’ one in particular is the Hydroxyl radical. Molecular hydrogen does not neutralize the good free radicals but when it finds a ‘bad’ hydroxyl radical, it unites with it, creating a new molecule of H2O. The problem seldom spoken of with most antioxidants is that when they find a free radical, the resulting reaction may neutralize that particular free radical, but creates new, possibly worse ones as a result of the reaction.
Molecular hydrogen supports our cell signaling system. This is our body’s communication matrix, without which nothing works properly because nothing ‘talks to each other’. Conversely, a properly functioning cell signaling system means your body functions to its maximum, responding quickly and efficiently to any and all threats.
Rat studies show Molecular Hydrogen inhibits signalling pathways in animal models of amyloid-beta-induced Alzheimer’s disease. In the rat model of Alzheimer’s disease, hydrogen-rich saline prevented neuro inflammation, oxidative stress and improved memory. Here’s the link.
- Cognitive Function/ Neurodegeneration
Declining cognitive function is often considered a precursor to the development of serious neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, senile dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Due to its ability to easily cross the blood brain barrier, Molecular Hydrogen is an ideal consideration to assist the health and wellbeing of those with Parkinson’s disease. Administration of saturated hydrogen water led to symptomatic improvement in PD patients.
The liver detoxifies and is therefore an accumulator of oxidative stress. Studies indicate that H2 significantly reduces oxidative stress – even to normal healthy levels. When fat accumulates in the liver, it often leads to inflammation and actual liver damage. Studies indicate that H2 inhibits signalling pathways in acute liver injury and also inhibits fatty acid uptake and lipid accumulation in the liver.
Molecular hydrogen has been tested to show protection of the fine hairs inside the ear that receive sound and transfer it into brain signals. It also showed that it can reduce damage caused by excess noise.
And now.. there’s more!
- Weight Loss
Obesity is always an inflammatory state. One of molecular hydrogen’s 3 big effects is reported as anti-inflammatory. Studies show supplementation of hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. Molecular Hydrogen Improves Obesity and Diabetes by Inducing Hepatic FGF21 and Stimulating Energy Metabolism.
H2 has been shown to protect the lungs from oxygen toxicity. It even protects the lungs against radiation damage.
- Heart Health
A number of studies show that H2 reduces the effect of serious heart surgery.
This study demonstrates the beneficial effect of H2 on pancreatitis. Studies of rats with acute pancreatitis treated with Molecular Hydrogen indicated that it has a protective effect against pancreatitis, and the effect may be due to its ability to inhibit oxidative stress, reduce cell death, decrease inflammation and to promote proliferation of healthy cells.
This study highlights the correlation of h2 and exercise as a therapy for kids. Now H2 is really beginning to look like turmeric on steroids!
Hydrogen attenuates allergies by its ability to increase cell signalling ability, and decrease inflammatory and oxidant reactions.
- GI Health
Studies so far on Molecular Hydrogen’s effect on the Gastro Intestinal Tract have shown a reduction of symptoms and indicators of damage in serious health conditions. This indicates a potential role in reducing the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, reduced liver function and Pancreatitis.
Yes, Turmeric is a good spice and it is a healthy spice. But it’s not going to save your life because the main ingredient is in short supply if you only eat turmeric.
Curcumin is the active ingredient, the secret of turmeric. But you’ll need a whopping 2 grams a day and that’s going to cost you a packet!
Molecular Hydrogen is a tasteless odourless, lighter-than-air gas delivered in water. There is no known reason for its effectiveness but head to head, it trounces turmeric and curcumin! It’s also very easy to get enough. Most people either use a hydrogen rich water filter, or a dissolvable magnesium based tablet. There’s much more detailed info on the wonder of molecular hydrogen here.
Ty Bollinger from ‘The Truth About Cancer’ just published this excellent recipe. His website is a treasure trove of alternative cancer thought. I love it becasue I love Arugala AKA Rocket.
It self-seeds in our garden, providing us with an almost continual accompaniment to our alkaline paleo breakfast. (And the new chickens DON’T like it thank God!)
Whether you have cancer or are incorporating a cancer prevention diet, this Spicy Arugula Sprout Salad below is loaded with many different anti-cancer superstars.
Extra virgin olive oil is known for its monounsaturated fatty acids and phytochemicals that inhibit cancer. The minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients boost your immune system for tumor protection.
Dark leafy greens, sprouts, and cruciferous vegetables contain indoles and isothiocyanates that assist the body in being alkaline, help detoxification, and prevent and reverse cancer. Turmeric with curcumin is famous for its anti-inflammatory, blood purifying, and antioxidant effects. And to top it off, this salad tastes delicious.
Most people over the age of 50 are low in digestive enzymes and what’s also great about this salad recipe is that the dressing contains freshly squeezed lemon to help you digest the dark leafy greens. All the ingredients are available at health food stores and farmers markets. Buy organic whenever possible.
- 1½ teaspoons fresh turmeric, finely chopped
- 1½ cups sunflower sprouts (rinsed) and broccoli sprouts
- 2 cloves fresh garlic (preferably locally grown), crushed and minced
- 1 organic cucumber, diced unpeeled
- 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
- 4 organic kale leaves (thoroughly washed), chopped
- ½ medium red onion, julienned
- 1 handful cilantro, rinsed and chopped
- 1 organic yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 2½ cups organic arugula, rinsed and chopped
- 6 medium radishes, washed and thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons raw organic pumpkin seeds
- 8-10 organic cherry tomatoes, halved
- 10 organic Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- 1 Haas avocado, peeled, sliced and placed on top of the salad
- 1 small fresh hot chili pepper sliced for garnish (to be eaten)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of whole grain tahini (preferably stone crushed)
- 3 tablespoons of water
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan, Celtic or other high quality salt, to taste
- Organic extra virgin olive oil, add before serving to taste
- Gather all the ingredients together
- In a large salad bowl toss together the turmeric, sunflower sprouts, garlic, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, kale, red onion, arugula, cilantro, radishes, bell pepper and olives.
- Place the tahini in a small bowl and add the water, lemon juice, and salt. Blend with a fork to the consistency of syrup. If too thick add more water and lemon juice; if too thin add more tahini.
- Pour dressing into the salad bowl and toss it with the salad
- Spoon the salad evenly into your bowls, arrange the avocado and hot chili pepper on top
- Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy
This salad is rich in minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and many anti-cancer superfoods. It is also anti-inflammatory, is loaded with silicon, nutritional sulfur, vitamins, protein and helps balance blood pH. For emphasis, do your best to buy organic ingredients to minimize chemical pesticides and herbicides and ensure you will not be consuming any genetically modified (GMO) foods.