It is a fairly common occurrence for many elderly people to enjoy a glass of hot water. How often have those of us still not in that age group to quickly say “No thank you” when offered such a refreshment? We all have wondered what our elders see in such a bland and unpalatable beverage. Perhaps, according to Dr. Faris AlHajri, they know something those of us with our energy drinks don’t grasp yet. In his videos, books and conferences, many of which can be found on YouTube, Dr. AlHajri promotes the idea that hot water—to consume, rather than soak in—is one of the best things you can do for your health.
In a video, promoted through the American Holistic Health Association recently (to subscribers of their newsletter), Dr. AlHajri, a citizen of Oman who has studied the effects of hydrogen as well as H2O on the human body, briefly explains his ideas. He maintains that this element is essential to development in the womb, to begin with. From that point he explains the important role it plays in our continued health, calling it the best of all antioxidants.
Let’s take a glance at this idea from other perspectives: first of all, for those who don’t have any degree in biology, chemistry, etc. It is a fact that when water is heated, the atoms within get “excited” and move around a lot more. Same with any substance, right? More energy involved there, so you will get more benefits from nutrients in the water, primarily minerals. This explains the reasoning behind infusions releasing more healthy ingredients (as in hot tea) when you drink an herbal remedy. A soak in cold water isn’t going to do a lot for any substance you add to the water. The heat itself, as well as what you put into the water, is going to do good things for your body.
Now, another look at the hydrogen—as an ingredient in water, remember (hydrogen bonded with oxygen = water) when it gets the heat treatment. It, too, will get all excited and eager to do great things to the person consuming it. (As if it’s saying “Oh, wow, I’m all energized and ready to fight off all those free radicals! Down the hatch!”). Just as with most of us, being cold slows us down; a warm-up lets things flow. A simple explanation, but a lot easier, perhaps, to digest than the more-technical explanation in the video. While the doctor (who obtained his PhD. in Alternative Medicine in India) does not talk down to his viewers, it could be a bit off-putting to those less familiar with chemistry, holistic medicine or any sciences. Since a great deal of Americans have no background in such subjects (thanks to massive watering-down of school curricula for decades) it would be easier for many to grasp if explained in simpler terms.
For those who do have some health and/or science behind them, another good source to use in order to check out Dr. AlHajri’s ideas is a study done by KGK Synergize, Inc., of London, Ontario, Canada. (See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831093/ for the entire article.) In this work (Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Antioxidant Status of Subjects With Potential Metabolic Syndrome—An Open Label Pilot Study), conducted in 2010 by Atsunori Nakao, Yoshiya Toyoda, Prachi Sharma, Malkanthi Evans, and Najra Guthrie, the same basic concept was demonstrated albeit in a different way. The bottom line: subjects who consumed hydrogen-enriched water over a period of time were found to have their HDL cholesterol (the “good kind”) raised, their LDL cholesterol (the kind we don’t want much of) lowered, and their metabolic syndrome problems alleviated. The experiment, in other words, was successful in improving the health overall of the participants. With less resistance to insulin, they would have no doubt lowered their body weight and found their metabolism functioning better. Indicative, then, of antioxidants at work.
So the basic premise behind Dr. AlHajri’s video in this instance is sound. While this is not a guarantee that all one needs to do is imbibe copious amounts of hot water to keep healthy, it certainly is heads above the often-expensive, usually sweetened, and frankly downright crappy-tasting energy drinks which often contain dubious ingredients (like caffeine) that may give the user a zap yet don’t do any good for the body. In other words, following Dr. AlHajri’s advice can do you no harm and a lot of good.
For more information on Dr. Faris AlHajri, see his webpage: http://www.farisAlHajri.com/AboutFarisAlHajri/Profile.aspx