Hydrogen – How it is an absolute game changer for your health!

Hydrogen.. what is it? How can this invisible, orderless gas help your health? That is what we are talking about today. Hydrogen is getting a lot of attention currently in the health and wellness scene and for good reason! Whilst hydrogen may help to feel rockets, it also is the ultimate element for unlocking many health benefits on a cellular level.


What is Hydrogen?

Hydrogen within the body primarily exists as a component of water (H2O). As a vital element, hydrogen participates in biochemical reactions, it helps with forming bonds for the structure of particular molecules in the body like proteins and carbohydrates. Hydrogen also assists in maintaining cellular pH balance and ensuring proper enzyme function. But most importantly, hydrogen contributes to cellular respiration, meaning it participates in the electron transport chain within mitochondria. The electron transport chain is what creates ATP – which you may remember from high school biology or chemistry as being the energy. So to put things simply, think of the mitochondria as the car engine of your cells, and think of the electron transport chain as the petrol station and ATP as the petrol. So think of hydrogen therapy as ensuring that the petrol station is fully stocked with lots of petrol so you can make sure that your engine works well to therefore drive your car drive to it’s best ability.

Molecular hydrogen (H2) has gained attention for its health benefits, as its role within the body primarily revolves around fundamental biological processes that support life and energy production which can therefore be harnessed to create optimal health!


Ways that hydrogen directly impacts your health



At the molecular level, hydrogen acts as a powerful antioxidant, exhibiting unique abilities to neutralize harmful free radicals. Free radicals, which are unstable molecules within the body that contribute to ageing and various health issues. Hydrogen’s antioxidant properties, however, help mitigate this damage by selectively targeting and neutralizing these free radicals, providing a robust defense against oxidative stress.


Slow / prevent ageing:

Oxidative stress is a common denominator in the aging process and the development of chronic diseases. As we age, our cells are constantly bombarded by free radicals, leading to cellular damage and dysfunction. Hydrogen’s ability to quench these free radicals has been linked to potential anti-aging effects. Studies suggest that hydrogen may support cellular longevity by reducing oxidative damage, contributing to a more resilient and youthful cellular environment.


More cellular energy – promoting healing

Within our cells, the mitochondria act as energy powerhouses, producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – the cellular currency of energy. Hydrogen has demonstrated the ability to positively influence mitochondrial function, enhancing ATP production. By optimizing mitochondrial efficiency, hydrogen may contribute to increased energy levels and improved cellular function, which are vital components of overall health and vitality. Improving cellular function can help the body heal naturally from disease and promote optimal health.


A Shield Against Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is at the root of many health conditions, from cardiovascular diseases to neurodegenerative disorders. Hydrogen has been well studied for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to modulate inflammatory pathways at a cellular level.


Cognitive Clarity and Brain Health

The brain, with its high metabolic activity, is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress. Research suggests that hydrogen may cross the blood-brain barrier, allowing it to exert its antioxidant effects directly in neural tissues. This has led to investigations into hydrogen’s potential benefits for cognitive function and neuroprotection. Preliminary studies indicate that hydrogen may have a protective effect against neurodegenerative disorders, offering a promising avenue for brain health support.


Supporting Cellular Detoxification

Detoxification at the cellular level is crucial for maintaining optimal cellular function. Hydrogen has been shown to enhance cellular detoxification processes by promoting the activity of antioxidant enzymes, such as catalase and superoxide dismutase. By aiding in the removal of harmful substances and supporting the body’s natural detox mechanisms, hydrogen contributes to a cleaner, more efficient cellular environment.


How To Increase Your Molecular Hydrogen – Ways to Incorporate Hydrogen into Your Wellness Routine

Integrating hydrogen into your wellness routine can be approached in various ways. Hydrogen-rich water, hydrogen inhalation, and hydrogen-infused skincare products are among the methods gaining popularity. At Tsavo Wellness, we offer AirPod Therapy which works by pressurising your environment to increase the availability of oxygen and hydrogen in your blood as well as directly infusing hydrogen into the environment. This means you are receiving more hydrogen via inhalation as well as increasing hydrogen availability in the body via the increase in atmospheric pressure. You can read more about our AirPod therapy here. 


In conclusion, the benefits of hydrogen on a cellular level are a game changer when it comes to holistic health. From its antioxidant potential to its anti-aging effects, hydrogen’s impact on cellular wellness is a promising area of exploration. As research continues to unfold, harnessing the power of hydrogen may emerge as a transformative strategy for promoting vitality and longevity at the fundamental level of our cells.

Written by Abbey Farrell (Naturopath – BHSc)