Why Some Doctors Are Calling Hydrogen Water The Next “Miracle” Drink


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If you ever took chemistry, you know that water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen (hence H2O). In recent years, wellness gurus have been taking the most basic and essential of beverages and adding supplementary benefits, with the likes of aloe, rose, and alkaline water on the rise. Now, a new trend in the States—although one that’s been in Japan for several decades—is looking to amp up the health factor of water, the compound that makes up the majority of your body—not to mention the planet. Almost ironically, it’s with the most simple of molecules: hydrogen.

You’re probably thinking, If water has hydrogen in it already, how can you add more hydrogen without making it something else? I was too, so I reached out to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist, nutritionist, and owner of his own namesake cosmetics and skin-care line, as well as the latest distributor of hydrogen water. Dr. Perricone explained that molecular hydrogen (or H2, as hydrogen cannot exist alone as a molecule and must bond with another) plus water does not equal plain water. “Think about it as if you were stirring sugar or salt into a glass of water—it dissolves, but it changes the makeup of the water, right?” Right.

Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, which was first introduced earlier this year in Women’s Wear Daily, is an “energy and recovery” beverage that the cosmeceutical guru and Yale-affiliated doctor swears offers a litany of health and beauty benefits when consumed several times per day. 

The main benefit, according to Dr. Perricone, is that it’s anti-inflammatory—which can aid with many different internal and external conditions—as inflammation can be chronic, low-grade, and under the radar, as well as acute and obvious (like, a sunburn). But Perricone believes it’s the chronic undetected kind that leads to a slew of health conditions ranging from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. And it’s not like this is the doctor’s first foray into the anti-inflammatory world, rather, he’s spent much of his career studying diets, supplements, and skin-care products designed to ward off and prevent the damage that inflammation can cause. 

But Dr. Perricone believes that hydrogenated water, what he calls “an affordable additive,” could have sweeping effects if everyone was drinking the stuff. In fact, he told WWD that he “truly believe[s] if we can get this into our country, we can really dramatically reduce the health-care costs.”

Lofty claim, but Perricone isn’t the first to enter the states with hydrogen water. Just last year, another company, H-Factor, began selling pouches (as opposed to cans, like Perricone’s formulation) of hydrogen water, along with a similar litany of claims, as well as *some* science to back it up. Both brands had something over any previous iterations of hydrogen-infused beverage, creating the water without any chemical processes.

What’s more, H-Factor cites more than 500 international studies documented in various science and medical journals that report how and whether molecular hydrogen, H2, may offer increased energy and alertness, anti-inflammatory benefits, relief from fatigue, and improved circulation, along with increased athletic performance and a boost in recovery, too. Sounds like a miracle beverage, right?

Experts like Dr. Perricone swear by it. He told me he has one “ice-cold can first thing in the morning to help reduce brain fog,” one during his meditation session later in the morning, and one for the inevitable afternoon slump, both with the intended effect of boosting focus and concentration, amongst its many claims. 

Some who look at the research, though, aren’t so sure hydrogen water is the miracle beverage that’s going to save the world—or anyone, at least anytime soon. Dr. Nitin Kumar, a Boston-based, Harvard-trained physician, looked at the aforementioned research and said that “the water is unlikely to cure diseases.” However, Dr. Kumar noted that molecular hydrogen, as seen in the studies, “does appear to be an effective mechanism to counteract reactive oxygen molecules that are thought, in some cases, to be associated with oxidative damage and perhaps therefore aging, disease, and cancer.” 

An important caveat of Dr. Kumar’s, though, was that the ideal way to get H2 into the bloodstream—and therefore into the necessary tissues—would be to inhale it, rather than throw back a pouch or can of it. The only study that cited guzzling hydrogen water’s efficacy was done on rats, which, as you might imagine, have slightly different bodies than human beings do. Therefore, we would want to see more data about the blood and tissue concentrations of H2 and the reactive oxygen species in humans before making any final determinations. The amount of molecular hydrogen a human needs per day is hard to tell, as well, Dr. Kumar says, until more research is done. Specifically, he’d want to know “how much you'd have to drink to get the right amount of H2 into your blood, how much H2 you'd need in your blood to get the right amount of H2 into your tissue, how much H2 you'd need in your tissue to reduce damaging oxidative compounds, and how much oxidative compound reduction you'd need to see a reduction in aging, cancer, or the endpoint of interest.”

Bottom line? At $3 per 8.3 oz can of Dr. Perricone’s Hydrogen Water or $3 for an 11 oz. pouch of H-Factor Hydrogen Water, more studies are needed to determine just how effective it is to be worth the price tag. But the good news is, it definitely can’t hurt you. And anecdotally, after I made my family drink it over a long weekend, some of us felt that our digestion had improved and that we had increased clarity. But don’t take my word for it—try it for yourself. If nothing else, you’re hydrating, which is definitely a good thing. 

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.