Hydrogen sticks and hydrogen pills generate hydrogen in water. While hydrogen has been
shown to have some antioxidant health benefits, there is something that the companies that sell them don’t tell you: They also put magnesium hydroxide in your water.
Why is that a big deal? Because magnesium hydroxide has health effects of its own. Consumed properly, magnesium hydroxide is beneficial to your health, but you can overdo it. If you overdose on magnesium hydroxide, it can lead to digestive problems like diarrhea. The problem with hydrogen sticks and hydrogen pills is that they make it easy to overdo it.
What can go wrong with hydrogen sticks and hydrogen pills
Diarrhea: Magnesium hydroxide is the active ingredient in Ex-Lax, Milk of Magnesia and other laxatives. If you consume too much of it you’ll get diarrhea.
Pregnant or nursing mothers: Women who are expecting or nursing should be especially careful: The effects of magnesium hydroxide on unborn or new-born infants is unknown. If you are pregnant or nursing, speak with your doctor before consuming anything with large amounts of magnesium hydroxide in it. That includes water that has been spiked with hydrogen sticks or pills.
Overdose: If you do consume too much magnesium hydroxide, you may experience the following overdose symptoms: severe diarrhea, muscle weakness, mood changes, slow or irregular heartbeats, and little or no urinating.
How much magnesium hydroxide is safe to consume for daily use?
The smartest thing you can do is to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation: You should get 10 – 20% of your daily needs for calcium and magnesium from the water you drink. For adults, that means:
- Calcium: 120 – 240 mg
- Magnesium 40 – 80 mg
Otherwise, you should get the rest of your magnesium from the foods you eat. The problem with hydrogen sticks and hydrogen pills is that they put a lot more than 40 – 80 mg of magnesium into your water. The potential health effects of taking high doses of magnesium in water haven’t been studied. Your safest bet is to stay within the WHO guidelines listed above. They also don’t supply any calcium, and for best results, you should consume calcium and magnesium at the same time. Calcium and magnesium are co-factors: They are easiest absorbed when you get both at the same time.
The safer way to get calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide in your water
A water ionizer machine is the safest way to get beneficial amounts of calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide in your water. This is because the machine converts the naturally-occurring calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate in your tap water into calcium hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide. The calcium and magnesium in your tap water comes from nature. Both are present in the same concentrations you find in nature.
Because the calcium and magnesium present in ionized alkaline water is at natural levels, you can’t overdo it. You can drink 2 – 4 liters per day ionized alkaline water, and not overdo it on magnesium or calcium.
A water ionizer combines the benefits of hydrogen and alkaline water
The best reason to get your healthy water from a water ionizer is that the machine combines the benefits of antioxidant ionized alkaline water with the benefits of hydrogen. You get water with naturally healthy levels of calcium and magnesium in it, plus molecular hydrogen!
If you want the ultimate machine for healthy water, the Life Ionizers MXL-15 is it. The MXL-15 has more power and plates than any other ionizer. Because of that, you get water with higher antioxidant potential, and more molecular hydrogen that you’ll get from any other machine, or than you would from hydrogen sticks and hydrogen pills. Plus, you’ll get Life’s industry-leading custom filtration, so your water will be far more pure than it would if you drank bottled water with hydrogen sticks or hydrogen pills in it. You also get our 75 day return policy, so you can make sure that hydrogen-rich alkaline water is right for you.