Hydrogen Water: The Truth About This Amazing Skin SolutionBy Thomas Ropp | Posted on Feb 24, 2017
A Miracle Molecule For Younger-Looking SkinNo one will ever confuse molecular hydrogen (H2) or hydrogen water with creamy, perfumed skin creams. But while molecular hydrogen may not have the cachet of an expensive cosmetic, it does have science on its side. Molecular hydrogen is the smallest molecule in existence. It’s also a tasteless, odorless, flammable gas. As an antioxidant health supplement, there are now hundreds of studies linking molecular hydrogen to more than five dozen diseases. It works primarily by reducing oxidative stress, one of the major causes of most lifestyle-related illnesses, cancers, and the aging process. Simply put, oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance at the cellular level favoring the bad guys (reactive oxygen species including free radicals) over beneficial antioxidants. Numerous studies also suggest that H2 should be an integral part of your anti-aging arsenal because of its amazing skin health benefits. “Our skin is our largest organ encompassing all other organs of our body,” says author and certified integrative nutritional holistic health coach Connie Rogers. “It’s constantly exposed to reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the environment, pollution, radiation, and more. Molecular hydrogen acts as an antioxidant, reduces oxidative damage in the skin, and fights inflammation.” The Free Radical Theory of AgingIn the 1950s, biogerontologist Denham Harman first proposed the free radical theory of aging. The idea is that our skin loses its elasticity and we age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. Exposure to ultraviolet light can increase concentrations of ROS and free radicals dramatically. “By taking an antioxidant such as molecular hydrogen, you could help mitigate some of the damage caused by this increase in ROS,” says health care writer and editor Claudia Rallis. Rallis says H2 shouldn’t be a substitute for organic sunscreen or other UV protection, but reducing oxidative stress through the use of molecular hydrogen “should help slow down the aging process and help give you younger, healthier-looking skin.” Sunburn: A Hot TopicSeveral studies extol molecular hydrogen’s curative powers after skin cells suffer UV damage. One animal study involved hairless mice with sunburns. Group A was bathed in tap water while group B was bathed in hydrogen water. The skin of the mice bathed in hydrogen water showed significantly lower indices of skin injury and lower inflammatory cytokine (harmful protein) levels. Then a similar study was done and found that bathing mice in hydrogen water reduced the level of skin damage as well as increased the antioxidant glutathione peroxidase, and lowered inflammatory cytokines. This research was further validated in yet another study where hydrogen water was shown to be very beneficial for UV induced skin cell damage. The study showed that Type-1 collagen (important structural protein found in the skin) was synthesized about twofold more in the cells treated with hydrogen water. It also prevented DNA damage, cell death, and decreased levels of intracellular free radicals. Tyler LeBaron, founder and executive director of molecular hydrogen foundation, says this last human study was particularly significant. “The study also reveals that in human subjects, bathing in hydrogen water for three months significantly improved wrinkles in the skin,” LeBaron says. “The authors concluded that hydrogen water might serve as a daily skin care to repress UVA-induced skin damage by scavenging free radicals and promoting type-1 collagen synthesis.” Speaking Of WrinklesThe desire to have healthy, elastic, wrinkle-free, and young looking skin dates back to primeval times. One popular skin rejuvenation method has been bathing in springs and mineral waters. Unlike unproven lotions, creams, oils, powders, and other cosmetics, bathing in waters that have reductive characteristics appear to provide great therapeutic potential. One study tested mineral water and a prepared water containing H2. The results revealed that bathing in both of these waters decreased the oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) of human skin. Essentially this means a reduction of free radicals at the cellular level. “Bathing in the hydrogen water not only reduced the ORP of skin, but also improved its elasticity,” LeBaron says. The Skinny On DiseasesSkin-related diseases are also getting a look to see if H2 can help. A 2015 studyshowed that psoriasis and skin lesions associated with arthritis can show improvement with H2 treatments. Three different methods of administering molecular hydrogen were used, and in all cases the lesions nearly disappeared at the conclusion of the treatment. This led the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to report that H2 may indeed “be considered as a treatment strategy for psoriasis-associated skin lesions and arthritis.” NCBI also says that H2 “shows significant therapeutic potential” for rheumatoid arthritis, especially in the early stages by reducing oxidative stress in patients. Hydration MattersWater is absolutely essential for the normal functioning of the skin and especially its outer layer, the stratum corneum (SC). Drink too little water and you can expect dry, flaky skin, among other health issues. Nationally recognized sports nutritionist, strength, and conditioning coachBrandon Mentore says hydrogen-infused water helps with proper hydration. “This helps the skin naturally through hydration and detoxification,” Mentore says. “Because H2 has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the natural perfusion of water throughout the body helps process metabolites.” According to Mentore, all this encourages skin regeneration and rejuvenation over time. There has been research that backs up molecular hydrogen’s ability to hydrate better than ordinary water, including a study that showed a 4 percent increase in hydration levels after a one-time use. A 2012 study concluded, “Adequate hydration with hydrogen-rich water pre-exercise reduced blood lactate levels and improved exercise-induced decline of muscle function.” Hydrogen Water: Drink It, Breathe It, Rub It OnFew if any antioxidant supplements have the versatility of molecular hydrogen. There are several ways to get molecular hydrogen into your system including drinking hydrogen infused water, inhalation, taking an H2 bath, or putting H2-saline into the eyes. The easiest and probably most efficient method is by simply dropping an H2 tablet like Hydra in water and then drinking it. In all cases, molecular hydrogen (H2) easily enters the bloodstream and is transported throughout the body. As far as how much you should drink, there is no specific amount that’s right for everyone. According to LeBaron, a good general recommendation for significant health benefits is to drink a concentration of 1-3 mg of dissolved H2 per liter of water. “These doses are simply what have been seen to exert benefits,” says LeBaron. And there doesn’t appear to be an upper limit of use. Molecular hydrogen is very safe because when H2 neutralizes a free-radical, the byproduct is water.
Tell Tale TelomeresThe end parts of the chromosomes are called telomeres. They are often compared to the plastic protective tips in shoelaces that protect a shoelace from unravelling. In this same way, telomeres play an important role in protecting the DNA and keeping it stable. Telomere shortening has been identified as the primary cause of human aging. “Once the telomeres are at their shortest length, new cells will not be produced and death occurs,” says Ed Wunder, who holds a Molecular Hydrogen Foundationcertification. “It is, quite literally, like living with a ticking clock in our bodies.” According to Wunder, molecular hydrogen can stop premature cell death (apoptosis) from occurring, by correcting and regulating the natural cellular functions. In this way, it can help to prolong life. “It is also irrefutable at this point (with over 600 studies) that the usage of molecular hydrogen allows people to live with a much higher quality of life as they age,” says Wunder, “because many common so-called ‘age related’ diseases are unlikely to occur with the help of molecular hydrogen to defend the body against the attack of free radicals.”
The Anti-Aging Effects of Infrared HeatApril 17, 2017 byKara Willingham The incredibly knowledgeable Dr. Howard Murad says, “Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.” We couldn’t agree more! Here at FIT, we’re always sharing anti-aging tips and tricks, and we know we aren’t alone. Sales of anti-aging remedies are at an all-time high, and many will try anything they can get their hands on to improve their appearance and overall wellness. But did you know that infrared heat can positively affect the signs of aging? In fact, infrared heat has been an anti-aging tool for many years!As we age our bodies change and the collagen and elastin our skin produces lessen. This, along with exposure to environmental toxins allows for wrinkles and creases to take hold. We may also notice weight gain, stubborn cellulite, arthritis, body pain, hair loss, cold intolerance, insomnia and slow healing. Many of these ailments can be attributed to a low body temperature, poor circulation, high toxicity levels and more. And this is where the benefits of infrared heat come in. Graceful Aging with the Help of Infrared
Increased Circulation and the Increase of Blood FlowAn infrared session can increase blood flow to vital organs and muscles. As you may know, blood flow is necessary for our organs and muscles to receive oxygen. Blood circulation and flow are important factors in human wellness because the blood supplies oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and cells. Red blood cells, also known as erythrocytes, carry oxygen to the organs, tissues, and cells in the body and perform an important function of controlling the release of a compound known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The benefits of increased blood circulation include passive exercise for the heart muscle and conditioning for the blood vessels. “ATP is the energy molecule of the living organism that transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism,” says Dr. Aaron Flickstein, our Clinical Director. “Erythrocytes release ATP when they arrive in a region of tissue where the oxygen need is increased, such as an exercising muscle. Thus, increased blood flow helps the organs and cells to receive more oxygen from which to make more ATP, improving your metabolism. The benefits of increased blood circulation include passive exercise for the heart muscle and conditioning for the blood vessels.” Therefore, infrared heat can improve problems that arise from poor blood flow which can have an adverse effect on aging. “Passively experiencing immersion in infrared radiation gives you similar results as from workout regimes that increase blood flow to vital organs and muscles,” says Flickstein.
Additionally, our blood flow and blood pressure can contribute to the aging of our brains. “Increasing blood circulation leads to many beneficial effects upon the human body, such as promoting cell growth and organ functions, rejuvenation of skin, and maintenance of healthy blood pressure,” says Flickstein. “The oxygen supply from blood flow is critical for the brain to maintain its cognitive functions.” Rejuvenating the SkinTaking care of your skin is the way to keep your youthful glow. How do we know? A study on the effects of infrared on skin photo-aging and pigmentation investigated how infrared affects the collagen and elastin production in dermal fibroblasts. The study group consisted of 20 female patients who were experiencing mild to moderate facial wrinkles and hyperpigmented lesions. These patients were exposed to infrared daily for six months with evaluations every-four-weeks. So, what did the researchers find? They noticed that the content of the collagen and elastin produced by the fibroblasts had increased and that all patients reported improvements in skin texture. Additionally, some patients saw improvements in their skin tone leading researchers to the conclusion that infrared heat can be a safe and efficient treatment for aging skin. FIT Tip: The FIT Booster Spray contains hydrating, anti-aging, slimming and toning ingredients to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improve the overall feel and appearance of the skin. Skin rejuvenation at it's finest! The Effects of DetoxificationIf you’ve done your research, you may be aware that the toxins we are exposed to each day can become lodged in our skin and bodies. Though it may sound scary, there are ways to release them such as infrared induced sweating. A common concern is an excess of acids in our system. These may include cholesterol, fatty acid, and uric acid, which can contribute to health concerns. How can you lower the acidity in your system? Some medical professionals recommend infrared immersion in addition to using alkaline supplements. Experts say that infrared therapy can increase circulation to help the blood in arteries efficiently transport and excrete acidic toxins.
Another way infrared detoxification helps combat the appearance of aging? By stimulation of tissue cell production and regeneration to increase cellular metabolism, oxygenation of tissue and blood flow. This, in turn, can have a positive effect on wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, and skin elasticity.
With all the incredible benefits listed above, infrared sessions can and will quickly become your favorite anti-aging tool! By simply relaxing in the soothing heat you can achieve the beautiful toned and tightened complexion you desire. Infrared immersion is a safe and effective way to increase blood flow and circulation, improve the appearance of wrinkles and skin texture as well as detoxify the body.
Infrared sessions may not lessen the number of candles on your birthday cake, but they sure can improve your wellness and the appearance of your skin to help you look and feel younger.
Send to J Drugs Dermatol. 2009 Aug;8(8):708-12.Long-term evaluation of collagen and elastin following infrared (1100 to 1800 nm) irradiation.Tanaka Y1, Matsuo K, Yuzuriha S.Author informationAbstractBACKGROUND:Infrared irradiation stimulates collagen production, but histological differences in its long-term effects on type I versus type III collagen and elastin in human tissue are unclear. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the effects of infrared irradiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS:In vivo human tissues in sun-protected and sun-exposed areas were irradiated with infrared. Histological samples were analyzed, and visual changes were assessed up to 90 days post-treatment. RESULTS:Infrared irradiation provided long-term increases in collagen and elastin levels on post-irradiation days 30, 60 and 90 compared to controls. Significant increases in type I collagen persisted until 30 and 60 days, and in sun-protected and exposed skin biopsies, respectively. Significant increases in type III collagen and elastin persisted until 90 days in both sun-protected and sun-exposed skin biopsies. CONCLUSION:Infrared irradiation provides safe and effective long-term stimulation of collagen I and III and elastin, which is beneficial for improving skin laxity and wrinkles.