What is H2 Therapy?
Hydrogen Therapy is the safe and effective inhalation of less than 10% hydrogen gas.
Every cell in our body is surrounded by a membrane; a barrier designed to control what particles are allowed in and out of the cell. Hydrogen is so small that it is able to diffuse freely across these membranes; slipping through the gaps to make its way into our cells. For this reason, hydrogen is able to cross other membranes too — like the blood-brain barrier. This is important because it’s inside the cell where hydrogen performs its magic. Hydrogen seems to work at the nuclear gene transcription level, telling our cells to start pumping out more powerful free radical scavengers, like glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. These enzymes are like the special forces of rooting out harmful free radicals. Specifically, hydrogen appears to target the Nrf2 pathway; a master pathway of antioxidant regulation. Interestingly, many pharmaceutical companies researching drugs to battle neurodegenerative diseases are testing drugs that also work to target this same pathway. (Source)
Hydrogen also affects intracellular signaling, telling our cells to slow down on processes that create harmful free radicals and to downregulate the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. While the exact cellular targets that cause these changes are still unknown, research is being done to identify the exact pharmacodynamics. It’s precisely because of the effects at the cellular level that hydrogen is able to impact so many different biological processes and disease states. It’s like a skeleton key that unlocks your body’s master systems to maintain homeostasis and promote healthy immune function.
What types of conditions commonly respond well to H2 Therapy?
According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Acute Medicine and Surgery, molecular hydrogen may enhance critical care medicine as well as chronic disease management; like metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and neurodegenerative diseases. Studies have also shown that hydrogen can benefit athletes. A 2015 review in the International Journal of Sports Medicine states that hydrogen supplementation can actually increase VO2 Max and increase time to exhaustion. According to Dr. Trainor, in clinical research hydrogen gas shows some promise in treating dementia, Parkinson’s, and boosting brain functions like memory and concentration. H2 practitioners also report seeing improvements in clients with Lyme disease and coinfections.
Is H2 Therapy safe?
Hydrogen gas is a powerful cell signaling molecule with potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inhaling hydrogen gas with a hydrogen therapy machine allows this powerful molecule to rapidly disperse throughout your body, and is being widely studied for the treatment of a variety of health conditions.
Inhaled hydrogen has been shown to have numerous health benefits and has been shown to be generally safe in a large number of human and animal studies. In fact, hydrogen has been granted GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) status by the FDA — in studies going back to the 1940s, no toxic effects of hydrogen consumption have ever been reported.
Hydrogen is all-natural. In fact, we make (actually the bacteria in our gut make) up to 10L of hydrogen gas per day in our colon. This is one of the reasons that hydrogen therapy is so effective — we are already wired to recognize hydrogen at a cellular level.
Are all Hydrogen Inhalation Machines created equally?
NO. Hydrogen Inhalation should not exceed 10%. At higher levels it is explosive and unnecessary clinically. Our machine is made in Japan by the most prominent electrolytic converter companies in the world. It is a clinical therapy machine and distributes the highest safest amount of Hydrogen gas.
How long does H2 Therapy take?
The benefits of inhaled hydrogen happen in just 30 minutes!
Can I do H2 Therapy during my PEMF appointment?
Yes! We encourage it.
PEMF helps to open your cell membranes to let nutrients in and toxins out. When you let more Hydrogen into your cells there are less detox reactions and improved antioxidant benefits. Because the H2 molecules are so small, they cross the blood-brain barrier so the brain benefits too!
After her first session, one participant stated “My brain fog is gone!”
You can book an H2 appointment by itself or combine it with PEMF for even more benefits.
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Credit for this list given to the Molecular Hydrogen Institute.