By AA Patawaran
Images by Noel Pabalate
Last Wednesday, Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo hosted a lunch at the Sala Restaurant on Makati Avenue and it felt like a kind of New Year get-together, if only because what she had to introduce to us was something quite perfect at a time like this, still too early in the New Year to forget about our New Year’s resolutions.
Sure, on our list of resolutions at the beginning of each year, we have something about food, about exercises, about taking it slow and taking it easy, even about the soul and how to enrich it with activities like forgiveness or yoga or prayers or a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Maybe we have thought about drinking enough water—eight glasses a day or two liters!—but have we ever thought about drinking the right kind of water or a better kind of water that, other than hydrating us, also keeps us glowing with health?
So we drank to Aivee’s new baby, which she and her husband Dr. Z. Teo have been working on for the past year—Aivee Water. And, though you might think it’s a slight departure from their core business, the business of beauty, or an expansion of it, it is in fact vital to their mission and commitment to beauty, Aivee being a licensed dermatologist and expert in non-invasive treatments like Botox, fillers, Ulthera, and lasers for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging, and Z being a medical doctor specializing in aesthetic medicine and surgery.
Aivee Water is a premium hydrogen-generating water bottle, designed to provide some kind of a blanket answer to questions she or Dr. Z is often asked, questions like how can I improve my metabolism or how can I improve my anti-oxidant intake and, particularly, how do I rejuvenate my skin? But Aivee Water answers other such questions as how can I speed up weight loss or how can I boost my immune system?
That’s because the Aivee Water bottle is a top-tier molecular hydrogen water bottle made from actual Titanium plates that, unlike other hydrogen bottles that make only up to 600 parts per billion of molecular hydrogen, allow the Aivee Water bottle to produce 900 parts per billion of molecular hydrogen-rich water. Indeed, this new product of the Teos capitalizes the “H” in your H20!
The value of molecular hydrogen came to the fore when, inspired by the healing bodies of water around the world, the Japanese took samples to study the compositions, thereby discovering that the healing properties were mostly due to a high concentration of hydrogen. To date, there have been 700 peer-reviewed papers that prove hydrogen water’s major role in healing the body and protecting it from both internal and external damage. Did you know, for instance, that in its duty to create energy for the body’s sustenance, the power plant (mitochondria) in each of our cells also releases harmful free radicals as a by-product, which not only decreases energy but also links the body to diseases? This is why the cells need to work overtime and they need the help of hydrogen and its antioxidant properties to counteract these free radicals. As the lightest in the table of elements, hydrogen is small enough to enter cells. Easily absorbed by the body, it promotes cell regeneration, slows down the aging process, and enables the cells to fight or prevent diseases and malfunctions.
Since water makes up 60 percent of our bodies, the Aivee Water bottle is a breakthrough, giving us the option to choose water in an antioxidant form, which is a more efficient and less costly means to beat the free radicals. What the water bottle produces is rich with sacrificial hydrogen ions that unite with positively charged molecules, and this is how molecular hydrogen thwarts free radical damage. The good news is there is no such thing as too much hydrogen water. The worst thing that can happen is increased urination, which is a good thing, too, as it disposes of the excess and also indicates that your body is undergoing detoxification. Aivee says, “At first, it may be a diuretic, like buko juice, but after a while, you will get used to it.”
Hydrogen water is no longer new to the Japanese, who call it the Shin’nooru solution, but here it promises to be the next big thing in wellness. Many of its proponents, like Aivee, swear by its benefits and, although research on it has not been extensive yet, many published trials, such as in the journals Research in Sports Medicine and Medical Gas Research, provide them with the basis.
In a 2014 study, for example, in which people were subjected to a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, it was found that those who drank two liters of hydrogen water for 14 days had “significantly increased” arterial blood pH than those who drank tap water. The results led researchers to vouch for the “alkalizing effect” of hydrogen water, which, as happens when our body is in a more alkaline state, allows us to have more energy, think better, and stay younger longer. In another study, some soccer players were given hydrogen water and then regular water for one-week intervals and results, as determined through blood tests, showed that during the week the athletes drank hydrogen water, their muscles were less fatigued.
Water is life and, after the launch, I swore never to drink dead, tepid water again. It’s great news that maybe it only takes water to turn my cells into an antioxidant factory that produces a host of health benefits, including clarity of thinking, quick recovery from stress, prevention and healing of inflammation, slower aging process, and detoxification.
What’s more, the Aivee Water is an easy, portable, reusable (and rechargeable) system that transforms regular water to hydrogen water on demand. Just pour drinking water into the bottle, press the button for 1.5 seconds, then press a second time until a blue light appears at the base where lies the system that generates hydrogen. Then wait when the unit turns off automatically and drink to your health. Each brew produces 480 ml worth of hydrogen-rich water and it takes about 15 uses before the Aivee Water needs recharging. Made in Korea, the bottle lasts up to five years.
Give me two weeks to try this hydrogen water and maybe then I will recommend we change the Benjamin Franklin axiom into “Two liters of Aivee Water are worth a 15ml jar of beauty cream.” I’m only skimming the surface because, of course, given its many promising benefits for over-all health and holistic wellness, two liters of hydrogen water must be way better than seven day’s worth of antibiotics.
The Aivee Water is available at an introductory price at all Aivee Clinic branches and at The A Institute in Taguig City or order online at firstname.lastname@example.org.