Hydrogen: What a Gas!

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Hydrogen is one of the most fascinating elements with a wide range of uses and chemical properties.  It powers the sun in fusion, it is key to ATP production within the mitochondria, and it is the father of all other elements.

Many get confused when they hear that hydrogen water is healthy for you. This is because many times hydrogen has reference to pH (i.e. potential of hydrogen), which makes it sound like acidic water.




However there are many different forms of hydrogen:

  • What is atomic hydrogen?
  • What is molecular hydrogen?
  • What is the hydrogen cation (i.e. proton)?
  • What is the hydrogen anion (i.e. hydride)?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help to prevent you from being confused when discussing hydrogen with others.  The page Dummies’ Guide to Hydrogen, found under Core Information, addresses and explains these questions in simple scientific detail.

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  • Ian

    So. I think it has an identity crisis in the making. If we call it mlecular hydrogen people don’t relate to the ‘molecular’ part of it. If we call it hydrogen gas people can’t understand how it can be in water. If we call it H2 it’s clear only to people who understand chemical symbols.
    Hands up for 1, 2 or 3? Who thinks what name is best?

  • Judy Gilmore

    How about hydrogen-rich water?

    • Tyler (Admin)

      Generally when you hear “Hydrogen-rich water” it has reference to water that contains molecular hydrogen gas dissolved into it…I just added “hydrogen-rich water” to the description of molecular hydrogen.

  • Cassie

    Hi Tyler,

    Could you tell me why we have problems occasionally with the electronic and non electronic water ionizers where it makes the water taste fishy? Not rotten egg, fishy?

    Thanks Tyler! In hope you have an idea of what is in the water that reacts with the ionization!

    • Tyler (Admin)

      It is probably just the increase in pH and thus decrease in H+ concentration. There are specific taste receptors that detect H+, which is if you decrease the H+ concentration a lot then you will have far less than normal (like 10,000 less from pH 7 to 10) and this can result in a fishy taste.

      • Cassie

        Thanks, this could be it. The only thing it is a household that tastes it. Mind you I have encountered that when one person says something tastes weird other people start tasting what the other one describes.
        The idea something tastes bad can be catching!

        • Tyler (Admin)

          Yes, good point…and maybe there source water is such that it has greater susceptibility to have these problems.

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