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Lecture by Karl Heinz Asenbaum Drinking water in the hydrogen age Hydrogen water

Lecture by KH Asenbaum | Drinking water in the hydrogen age (2018)

In this lecture from January 6, 2018, Karl Heinz Asenbaum describes the possibilities and limits of drinking water for health from the Stone Age to the latest hydrogen boosters.

Spoken content of Karl Heinz Asenbaum's lecture on drinking water in the hydrogen age






00-The drinking revolution in the age of hydrogen


Drinking water has been a fundamental problem since the beginning of human history because water is known to become contaminated very quickly and very easily. Homo sapiens had to protect themselves from this right from the start.

Here you can see the first water treatment pot in the world discovered by archaeologists. A ceramic from China. 20.000 years old. A Chinese emperor named Shennong is said to have lived around 2737 B.C. have passed a law that drinking water must be boiled.

It is probably the oldest food safety regulation.

In our time, almost 5000 years later, water is still not a safe drink worldwide and Louis Pasteur's statement that 90 percent of all diseases are transmitted through drinking water is still part of the world's reality today. So drinking water is still a problem. And for a long time the solution was:

01-Drinking water is the problem


Drink tea or brew beer. To make these first two cultured drinks, the water must be boiled. And thanks to the addition of tea, spices and the alcohol produced from grain malt, water lasts longer even at warm temperatures. The Chinese and other peoples have an advanced culture of tea drinking. And since around 3500 B.C. In the 17th century BC, the Sumerians in Mesopotamia discovered “liquid bread” as a staple food with which they could combine eating and drinking in a relatively harmless form. Some researchers even believe that brewing beer came into use before baking bread. In ancient Egypt there were XNUMX types of beer, which – like the euro today – were also accepted as a means of payment.


From the Code of Hammurabi to the Bavarian Purity Law. Drinking water laws from older sources are rare. The technology of filtering water so that it is harmless even without boiling only achieved its breakthrough in the 20th century. And this is how drinking water became possible in the first place.

03-Purity? More like beer


The first highly effective water filter appears to have been invented by ancient Greek sailors who ran out of drinking water on their long voyages at sea. In the 4th century BC, Aristotle reported a porous vessel made of clay and beeswax that was sunk to the bottom of the sea. The high external pressure forced the water into the vessel and cleaned it of salt. It was only in the 20th century that the American NASA further developed this intelligent process into today's reverse osmosis, which also uses pressure differences to ensure that astronauts can even drink their urine again.

04-The first water filter


The ancient Greeks even developed an early form of atomic theory from the first water filter. Some philosophers concluded that there was something like matter that could no longer be filtered, that is, parts in the smallest, indivisible form. For example, Thales of Miletus said that water is ultimately in everything and is the smallest of all parts and therefore indivisible.

05-The water as the origin


Thales of Miletus was a mathematician. Antoine de Lavoisier was the French king's gunpowder administrator. And he proved that water is indeed divisible. He placed a shotgun barrel over a very hot oven and ran water through it until it dissolved into two gases: hydrogen and oxygen. That was shortly before the French Revolution, which of course cost Lavoisier his head. And it was a much more important revolution in science: the belief that water was a primal element alongside fire, water, air and earth, which had been believed for millions of years, had dissolved into two gases. And the great thing was that some of the energy that had been put into the furnace could be extracted from these gases. If you bring hydrogen and oxygen back together with an ignition spark, they form water again after a big bang. Water is not an element, although many people still believe that today.

06-The Water Revolution


The water can be divided into gases with less effort. To do this you need electrical current from a battery, i.e. direct current. The Italian Alessandro Volta invented it. He thought to himself: Money doesn't stink, but it tickles when he placed coins made of different metals on his wet tongue. This is how Volta became an electricity stacker, because the more coins and wet water rags he stacked on top of each other, the more electricity flowed. So he invented the battery and recognized water as an electrolyte. The Italian gourmet even realized that the water on one coin tasted sour while the other tasted alkaline.

07-Aqua Volta


The German physicist Johann Wilhelm Ritter was a poor man and had no money to suck. But he hit the frog's legs and himself with different metals and determined where the frog twitched best. In 1798 he presented the different voltage values ​​(redox potentials) of individual metals in a letter to Volta. This enabled the battery to be systematically improved and Ritter then also invented the battery. For example, the redox potential of gold is + 1,68 V, and that of lithium is - 3,04 V. Due to the voltage difference, a lithium-gold battery with a voltage of 4,72 volts could be constructed. But it's also cheaper.

08-The Redox Knight


It has been clear since Lavoisier that water can be broken down into gases using thermolysis, i.e. high heat. But with the new form of energy, electricity from a battery, things were much easier. This became known in England and Germany in 1800. While the other researchers were enjoying the oxyhydrogen gas, Johann-Wilhelm Ritter wanted to know more precisely than the others: How much gas comes out when I split water with electricity using so-called electrolysis? But strangely enough, his gasification experiment found that the ratio of oxygen (colored dark blue at the bottom left) to hydrogen (colored light blue at the bottom right) was about 1 to 2,5. And not 1 to 2 two, as it should be according to the H2O formula. What was happening? It was also strange that the unsplit red-colored water in the tube became acidic with the oxygen, while the purple-colored water on the right became basic. The originally neutral, green-colored water has changed in pH as it passes through the two gases.

09-Ritter's water - electrolysis


The mystery was solved when Hofmann's water decomposition device was invented in the 19th century. Only if you let the two gases outgasse through the water for around 10 minutes and then close them off at the top will you get the correct gas ratio of H2O, namely 1 oxygen to 2 hydrogen. This means: a different proportion of oxygen and hydrogen dissolve in the water and it doesn't bubble out until the water is saturated with the respective gas. Water can dissolve significantly more oxygen than hydrogen. For hydrogen, for example, at 20 degrees C it is 1,7 mg per liter, while for oxygen it is 45,5 mg per liter. Some of the electrolysis gases disappear in the water. And so the targeted production of hydrogen water and oxygen water becomes technically feasible. In the 21st century it was discovered that hydrogen water is the ideal form of drinking water. The more or less alkaline character change of the water also plays a role.

10-Hofmann's water decomposition apparatus


It was already known in the 19th century that water as a drink is not always full of bacteria and pollutants and that it must at least be boiled. There were already systematic representations of natural healing springs, i.e. the knowledge of healthy water. But they are usually not where the sick are, and not everyone can afford treatment in a spa. The original healing waters also seemed to lose their effectiveness when transported to the patient. This gave the Dresden pharmacist Friedrich Adolph August Struve the idea of ​​producing artificial medicinal water in 1821. He recreated them based on their mineral composition and produced them locally in major European cities. This continued until the middle of the 20th century and was financially quite lucrative. Until you realized: There must be something else in the water that is healing other than the minerals. We know today: It is primarily hydrogen gas.

11-Artificial medicinal water

The electrochemist Botho Graf von Schwerin developed another idea for producing artificial mineral water with his Berlin-based Elektro-Osmose AG, which received a patent for a remarkable electrolysis machine in 1923. The minerals in water are present as ions with different electrical charges, which can be directed as desired using direct current. Using membranes, the ions can then be separated and mixed together again as desired. The origin of the technology that I want to explain to you today actually lies in Berlin.

12-The electro-osmosis


However, it was the Munich engineer Alfons Natterer who turned water into medicine for 50 years using electrolysis. He called it Hydropuryl and sold it through pharmacies in an alkaline, an acidic and a pH-neutral version.

13-The electrolyte water therapy


From the 60s onwards, pH-neutral electrolyte water disappeared from the market because Natterer realized that it could also be produced by mixing the acidic and basic types. Since the 1950s, electrolyte water with two types has also been developed in Japan and from the 2s also in the former Soviet Union, which extensively promoted the topic with a secret government research program. Alfons Natterer's last water factory in Bavaria was closed after his death in 1970.

13-The electrolyte water therapy


The first electrolysis device was certified as a medical device in Japan as early as 1962. In 1965, the local Ministry of Health certified the following uses: Alkaline electrolyte water helps against chronic diarrhea, indigestion, abnormal fermentations in the stomach and intestines, and impaired acid regulation in the digestive tract. It supports the metabolism of healthy intestinal flora.

In 1966, Yoshimi Sano revolutionized electrolyte water technology by developing the first so-called water ionizer for the home. This meant that electrolyte water was freed from central production in a factory and well-known Japanese clinics were also dedicated to its use. The name Alkaline ionized water became popular and when a television series reported on the healing successes in 1992, the number of devices sold rose to over a million. The news came from Japan via Korea to America and from there back to Germany, where increasingly modern water ionizers have been available to buy since 2004.

15-The alkaline water boom


As the alkaline water boom slowly spread to the Western world, the previously unknown results of the Russian-speaking researchers gradually emerged. In short, they said that the basic pH value is less responsible for the observable health effects than the negative redox potential. Boom. That was a slap in the face to the acid-base apostles like Robert O. Young in America, who achieved millions of copies of his books on pH diets. But in fact the extraordinary potential of this water, which is also the subtitle of my book on electro-activated water, was apparently more plausible. The redox potential of the basic electrolyte water is apparently inexplicably negative. Up to – 0,8 volts! This cannot be explained by the ions present, i.e. charge carriers. Russian professor Vitold Bakhir even thought he had discovered a new chapter in chemistry. To explain the excitement: A negative redox potential means a high excess of electrons and therefore a high willingness to give them up. This is a characteristic of rust preventatives and anti-aging formulations of all kinds. In short: this potential is antioxidant and therefore of great medical importance in intercepting free radicals. The water ionizers were immediately relabeled and bore the label “Antioxidant water.” But there was one of the Japanese doctors who had done the most extensive research and he said yes, but!

16-key factor redox potential


This negative redox potential can be removed from the water within minutes if you swirl it a little. This was recognized by Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi first. So it must be an antioxidant substance that is thrown out that is responsible for the unusually low redox potential. And the only option for this was the hydrogen produced during electrolysis, because oxygen is known to be oxidative.

17-Much ado about Hayashi


Dr. In 1997, Hayashi got the renowned cell researcher Sanetaka Shirahata to examine various medicinal waters in more detail and find what they had in common with alkaline ionized water. And lo and behold. It turned out what Hayashi had suspected for a long time: it was not the redox potential that was common, but rather the hydrogen it contained that had an antioxidant effect at the cellular level. The effect was even stronger than that of vitamin C and more similar to that of the body's own antioxidants such as SOD superoxide dismutase. Shirahata's 1997 study had only one flaw. He only found atomic hydrogen, which is actually very unstable. It took at least 10 years until it became clear that molecular, and not atomic, hydrogen was the decisive factor. But what is the connection?

Control group tap water mineral water B mineral water A Tracote water Hita water Nordenau water Water ionizer alkaline Vitamin C solution
Amount of free radicals in percent

18 key factor hydrogen


I previously mentioned 1,68 volts as the high positive redox potential of gold. In our bodies, the combustion of oxygen or radiation damage often creates substances with an even higher potential. For example the hydroxyl radical at 2,3 volts. But that doesn't make this molecule more valuable than gold, but rather damn harmful because it is the most dangerous electron robber. It can even tear out parts of the DNA and thereby damage the genetic material of the cells. However, the body would be completely powerless against this if it were not for the molecular, freely gassing hydrogen that is produced by bacteria in our large intestine.

Until 2007, people didn't really know what hydrogen gas was good for in the body because until then it was considered inert, i.e. unreactive. It simply steamed outwards, through the breath, the skin or simply in the form of flatulence. The discovery that hydrogen reacts to the health-critical hydroxyl radicals and ultimately transforms them into harmless water can probably already be considered a milestone in medicine. The lead researcher was the Japanese Shigeo Ohta. Hydrogen doesn't even think about taking care of small pests. It is only available for showdowns with the most damaging radicals. A selective antioxidant. The body's sprinkler system. She only intervenes if there is a real fire. - with water.

19-Hydrogen as the body's sprinkler system


Why do humans have such a large head with so much brain in it compared to their monkey relative, the chimpanzee? Because evolution shortened his colon. For every centimeter of colon that is shortened, more brain convolutions can grow. This has now been calculated mathematically beyond any doubt. What is neglected is the hydrogen balance. Of course, less colon means fewer hydrogen-producing bacteria and therefore more damage from oxidative stress in the form of free radicals. This shortcoming, which evolution has burdened us with, can be compensated for by taking hydrogen from outside. It's that simple when you know it. It is similar to NO, nitrogen monoxide, which has already won a Nobel Prize. Before it was known that it acts as a signaling molecule and regulates blood pressure, for example, it was considered unnecessary and even harmful nonsense. But you can really make billions from such findings, as the success of the potency pill Viagra shows, which is ultimately based on this NO effect. Of course, many researchers are now checking this out with hydrogen. Around 1000 scientists worldwide are currently researching the role of hydrogen. And according to reliable estimates, the global market for hydrogen as a nutritional supplement was already around 850 million euros per year.

20-The short colon of Homo Sapiens

21 REVIEW 2015

Garth Nicolson, a cell biologist in California, is at least nominated for the Nobel Prize. In 2015, he reviewed and evaluated the research results that have taken place on hydrogen in medicine since 2007.

19-Hydrogen as the body's sprinkler system


And there are promising approaches everywhere. Successful approaches are reported for inflammation, autoimmune diseases, ulcers, nerve and skin diseases, infections and blood poisoning, cancer, radiation damage, stroke, heart and circulatory diseases. A key topic is the new mass disease diabetes as well as kidney diseases and obesity. Of course, after such a short time, none of this is yet established in conventional medicine. But in China, Japan, Korea, the USA and, by the way, in Bavaria, people are already trying to transform the whole thing into practical medicine.

22 research fields H2


Liu C, et al, 2014. What is already very well known is the pharmacokinetics of hydrogen. When does it come to which organ and for how long, for example if you drank hydrogen water. Everything happens within minutes after you drink a glass of hydrogen water, for example.

23-PPM concentrations

Liu C, et al, 2014 Damit sind Grundlagen da, um gezielt zu forschen, denn Forschen heißt messen, Und die Publikationen sind hochrangigen wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften veröffentlicht worden wie hier in Nature.

24-PPM values


Let's take a quick look at this new shooting star in medicine, which of course also magically attracts alternative medicine practitioners. Because: Pharmacists from all countries unite. This material is not for you, because it is the most common in the entire universe and is therefore cheap mass-produced material! 75% of the total mass of the universe is hydrogen.



But on our planet Earth it is in rather short supply. Only 0,12% of the total mass consists of hydrogen. Yes, where is it?

26-Lots of water - little hydrogen


Well, I think you can say that hydrogen is the gas of life. Because in all of our mitochondrial cells the sole aim is to ultimately extract the hydrogen from the food. Albert von Szent Györgyi already pointed this out in his Nobel Prize speech in 1937.

27-Albert by Szent Györgyi


And now, with electrolysis and water ionizers, over the last 80 years we have developed very mass-compatible devices to enrich our drinking water with hydrogen and thereby do something good for ourselves.

26-Lots of water - little hydrogen


Since the 1990s, water ionizers have been developed that not only enrich the water with hydrogen, but also make it slightly alkaline, so that the so-called alkaline active water also helps to avoid or control chronic hyperacidity.



And since around 2010, devices called hydrogen generators or hydrogen boosters have been specifically developed. They are usually smaller than basic water ionizers and are also cheaper to purchase.

30-Leaps of development


The hydrogen boosters have become popular very quickly because, thanks to their mobility and USB compatibility, they are a product for the smartphone generation, which, thanks to clever apps for personal health monitoring, is actually interested in health topics at a younger age than previous generations.

31-Mobile hydrogen boosters


• LOSS FROM 5,3 TO 2,6 PPM = 2,7 PPM

The small hydrogen boosters solve the long-known problem that the antioxidant power of activated water can be retained for a few days by storing it in a bulging, gas-tight bottle. But as soon as you open the bottle, the hydrogen gases out significantly within an hour and the power of the water dwindles. After 2 – 3 hours half of it is gone.

32 storage 17 days in stainless steel bottle


On the other hand, you can even screw mineral water bottles into most boosters and provide yourself with clean water for hydrogen enrichment even when you're on the go and don't have a water filter available.

33 bottle suitable


Of course, you can now also buy hydrogen water in multi-layer aluminum bags. But they cost around 10 times as much as mineral water and are not exactly environmentally friendly.

34-Bottled hydrogen water

There are even cans, at least in the USA, where the environment minister has no say. But the hydrogen content is nowhere near that of a hydrogen booster, which creates concentrations of up to 6000 ppb or 6 ppm due to its overpressure system.

35-canned hydrogen water


It is important to correctly determine the hydrogen content. This is most easily done with chemical reagents based on methylene blue with platinum colloid, which decolorizes drop by drop when hydrogen is actually present. Often measurements are taken with a cheap electronic measuring device from Trustlex, which cannot measure the hydrogen content at all because it only has a redox electrode. However, converting the redox potential into a hydrogen value using the so-called Nernst equation only provides correct results if there are no other substances with redox potentials in the water apart from hydrogen. So only with distilled water.

Measure 36-hydrogen correctly


You can find more detailed explanations and detailed measurement tables in my book: “Electroactivated Water – An Invention with Extraordinary Potential”, which you can get in bookstores or as a free PDF if you send me a short email to the address send.


Higher hydrogen concentrations can also be achieved with hydrogen fizzy tablets, depending on the amount of water in which they are dissolved. They are based on a reaction of water with pure magnesium metal. However, very high concentrations are often associated with taste problems and create unpleasant sensations in the mouth with gold teeth or amalgam fillings.

38-H2 fizzy tablets


For most people, the water that tastes most pleasant is that which is obtained from a modern water ionizer and has a full saturation of 1600 ppb of dissolved hydrogen. It then has a content of 1,6 mg hydrogen per liter. For comparison: Most scientists consider as little as 0,5 mg of hydrogen in water to be therapeutically effective. The redox potential of such water is then around -600 mV.

39-full saturation 1600 PPB


Alkaline/acidic water
Electrolytic cell
Filtered water
filter system
tap water

Now I will explain to you the difference between a water ionizer and a hydrogen booster. Both devices are used to produce hydrogen-rich water for drinking. On the right you see the booster with a so-called PEM cell. This creates hydrogen bubbles on the upper side, which must be filled with clean drinking water or mineral water, which are created by electrolysis of the water. Under pressure they dissolve very well in the water. Otherwise nothing changes. The pH value and mineralization of the water remain unchanged. The oxygen produced during electrolysis is released downwards into the air via a valve.

On the left, however, with the water ionizer, the tap water flows from bottom to top through a water filter to clean it of any pollutants. Then it goes into an electrolysis cell with 2 chambers. Basic hydrogen water with an increased pH value is formed in the left chamber and acidic oxygen water is formed in the right chamber. Not only are the resulting water gases separated, but also the ions present in the water. The negatively charged ones move into the right chamber with the acidic water, the positively charged ones, which include the valuable calcium and magnesium, enrich themselves in the left chamber with the alkaline hydrogen water, which is then also called alkaline active water or Kangen water or aquionized water or Aqua Volta and whatever other names there are for it. The Russians, for example, call it Living Water.

40-water ionizer hydrogen booster


Home water ionizers have been around since the 1960s. They are highly sophisticated today, but they usually cost between €1000 and €2000 or even more for some companies. Nevertheless, despite the competition from hydrogen boosters, they are becoming increasingly popular, especially among population groups over 40. At this age, the consequences of our acid-heavy lifestyle are noticeable in almost everyone. Sweets, fries and meat, coffee, alcohol and sour sparkling water deplete the body's alkaline buffer reserves over the decades. And so it happens that those affected find alkaline hydrogen water from the water ionizer to be tastier than neutral hydrogen water from a booster. I have been observing the water scene very intensively since 2004 and can only advise everyone to listen to the voice of their senses. Taste the difference. If you don't like it, you should choose a booster. Because hydrogen is the main purpose of all devices. However, if you only want a booster, you should be really careful when choosing your mineral water or at least get a good water filter for your home. Both together cost a maximum of €400 today.

41 equalizer


In any case, you should stop carrying water forever. In the long run, this not only affects your wallet, but also your intervertebral discs. What's in it for you if your orthopedist is happy?

42-No more dragging


Of course, it's most convenient if you have both. Even with a simple water ionizer with 7 electrode cells you can achieve 1200 ppb and a pH value of 10,6 in one minute. If you then boost it for 10 minutes, you already have 3300 ppb hydrogen. You may not need that much. But when you're on the go, it's ideal if you can simply refresh the water that has now lost hydrogen with hydrogen. Speaking of refreshing.

43 ionizer plus booster


Don't think that the human body is the only one that is refreshed by hydrogen water. Just like here the lentil seeds germinate much faster with hydrogen water



You can also help a wilting lettuce with its aging problems by soaking it in hydrogen-rich water for a few minutes.

45-Reverse aging


Because hydrogen is the smallest of all molecules, it penetrates effortlessly through an eggshell and causes a significant increase in the supply of electrons in 30 minutes. 18 mV less redox potential already means a doubling. That means nothing other than freshness!

46-Fresh Egg


When mixed with normal baby water, baby milk powder is far from the ideal values ​​of fresh breast milk in terms of pH and redox potential. When using alkaline hydrogen water you come close to the ideal.

47-Mom joins in


Here, with this diet powder, the use of alkaline hydrogen water from an ionizer brings an incredible 481 mV gain.

48-Losing weight


But athletes can also significantly improve the biological attractiveness of their muscle building preparations by mixing them. You are welcome to study these and other examples in my aforementioned book about electro-activated water.

49-gain muscle mass


Of course, juice and syrup are also ideal candidates for using hydrogen water. Fruit juice manufacturers mix plain water into their concentrates. I'd rather buy a real concentrate or a good syrup. How much better do you think this tastes? And how do the redox potentials improve? Many examples of this are also in my book. So you no longer have to just drink water to improve your life.

Pimp 50 concentrates


I want to summarize it again very briefly. There are basically only 4 types of water that we are dealing with. Tap water that is inconspicuous according to the standards of the Drinking Water Ordinance. Then there are sometimes noticeably contaminated tap water, where individual standard values ​​such as nitrate or heavy metals are too high. And finally the bottled water. We can only process still, non-sparkling mineral water.

51-Water origin


With normal tap water, the remaining pollutants can then be removed using either a simple jug filter or a continuous filter. Or you can use a water ionizer, which not only filters the water but also makes it alkaline and rich in hydrogen.

52-Water origin 2


Both can be upgraded with a hydrogen booster. In the case of can filters and flow-through filters, the hydrogen water produced retains its original pH value. With the water ionizer, the pH value remains as it was created by the ionizer, but even more hydrogen is dissolved or hydrogen losses that have already occurred can be compensated for.

53-Water origin 3


If the water deviates significantly and critically from the standards, a reverse osmosis system with downstream remineralization is the most likely option.
Mineral water is not subject to such strict standards as drinking water from the tap. Radioactive elements in particular are common. For example, you should consult the tests from Stiftung Warentest.

54-Water origin 4


You can boost, i.e. enrich it with hydrogen, any clean, trustworthy water except water that is carbonated. This would have to be degassed first so that the booster doesn't burst.

55-Water origin 5


You can see small and large bubbles rising in the hydrogen boosters or in freshly bottled water from a water ionizer. It is often claimed that this represents the special performance of a device. But the bubbles only indicate that hydrogen is being produced. But the only thing that matters is how much hydrogen dissolves in the water. The larger the bubbles become, the lower the chance of solution. The bubbles that can come off are so small that you can't even see them with the naked eye.

56-bubbles and blah blah


Up here is a reminder of my extensive book on the subject.

57-electro activated water


Can be requested free of charge at this email address. You can also send me further questions there. But please give me a little time to answer. Thank you.

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