HFactor: Hydrogen-infused Water
I was given six packets of HFactor water to review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by any of the companies. I will always give you an open, honest review of the product. Remember, any products listed on this website that you decide to try is your own decision. Colitis Ninja will not be held liable for any results that come from using any of the products that I have reviewed. Please see my disclaimer for details.
People with whacky colons or no colons at all know that hydration is extremely important. Many of us have been hospitalized due to dehydration. Not fun.
So, this week, I want to tell you about the award-winning HFactor, hydrogen-rich water. As stated above, I was given this product as a gift for review. When the product arrived, I was impressed with how well-packaged it is. It comes in a sleek design and I was reminded of the Capri Sun drink packages… only slightly more sophisticated.
The back reads:
HFactor is purified water, naturally invigorated by an optimal level of additional hydrogen for super hydration and recovery. Hydrogen has the potential to act as a remarkably powerful antioxidant which may result in therapeutic benefits and an enhanced healthy lifestyle. Through its patent-pending infusion method, HFactor blends pure hydrogen gas with pristine water resulting in a clean, crisp and smooth taste. Our special aluminum hydrogen-locking package keeps the highest levels of hydrogen inside the container until it is opened to be readily consumed. Molecular hydrogen, extremely small and soluble, has the potential to quickly circulate into many locations within the body, including the difficult to penetrate powerhouses at the cellular level.
For those of you who are environmentally conscious, you’ll be pleased to know that the containers can be recycled. They’re packed in a BPA free, aluminum, standup pouch that helps preserve the hydrogen-enriched water until you are ready to drink it.
I was not impressed with opening the product. While the packaging suggests you remove the straw to make it easier to open, I didn’t find it much more helpful. I still had slight difficulty opening the package. This may be problematic for those IBD’ers who also have rheumatoid arthritis. You might want a pair of scissors handy when attempting to open it. The water does spill out a bit if you aren’t careful.
Their website states that research suggests that hydrogen gas is a powerful antioxidant and according to a scientific study, molecular hydrogen gas was reported to protect organs from tissue damage in mouse models with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
I am no scientist or medical professional. I am just your average IBD patient. Although I cannot tell you with any certainty if it helped reduce my own inflammation, or if it helped reduce mental fatigue, I can at least tell you what the water was like and how it tasted.
In my own experience, I did not feel as though it reduced my own mental fatigue. However, I was only given a three-day supply of the water and have been going through several physically and mentally draining circumstances in my personal life.
As far as taste, I was relieved to know it wasn’t carbonated. I’m not a fan of sparkling water, so that’s definitely a plus. My initial thought upon the first few sips was that it was definitely crisp, clean, refreshing and “sweet.” I chilled 5 out of the 6 bottles that I tried. I generally prefer room-temperature water, but in my opinion, HFactor was better chilled.
When I tried the third package, it had a somewhat plastic taste… but this isn’t really a deal-breaker. There are plenty of waters out there that have a plastic taste.
As a patient, I am not sure that I would buy HFactor myself. Six of them cost about $18 on Amazon.com—which isn’t wallet-friendly. I think, perhaps, these waters are probably geared more toward those who are more into physical fitness than chronic illness, so if you are into that great. If you’re just looking for hydration as a patient, I’d say stick with a quality spring water that won’t break the bank.