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Superhydration – To Be Healthy

by Michael on June 17, 2008

Superhydration To Be Healthy – Saturate Your Cells with Water and Oxygen

Recently – after years of thinking that I knew something about nutrition and health – I learned that I really didn’t understand the nature of water as it relates to essential health.

Boy was I all wet…

Articles about water and oxygen

What got me started was reading a very interesting article (one the best articles I had ever read actually) that really got me thinking differently about water.

Tim Ferriss

It was on the Tim Ferriss’s Brain Quicken nutrition website (yes the Four Hour Work Week Tim Ferriss). When you go there, click on articles and then read the one on water, it’s called The New Technology of Water. It’s a good use of your time. I had never heard of the term "superhydration" before and Tim talks about it in a way that differs from many other authors on the same subject. He talks about achieving many of the same effects as superhydration using technology originally developed by Panasonic. He calls this hyperhydration. the_book84x150.jpg

The article talks about using technology that takes basic water and creates what is called ‘microclusters’ resizing the ‘clusters’ of water molecules to allow a much higher percentage into the cell:


Protein channels in the cellular membrane called "aquaporins" only permit single file influx of water molecules in clusters 3-6 angstroms in diameter. Unfortunately, 50-85% of purified water molecule clusters are 20-30 angstroms in diameter.

By scientifically hydrating and increasing arterial blood plasma volume, you increase blood pH levels (alkaline), increasing the ability of hemoglobin to bind to oxygen. The end result is that proper hydration increases oxygen delivery to body tissue.


Tim Ferriss is incredibly smart and he has learned to use nutrition strategically to his advantage physically. With his success as a measuring stick, if he says something works, I’m willing to try what he suggests whether we’re talking about:

  • using time and energy efficiently
  • empowering the body energetically
  • or superhydrating cell tissue

Aren’t you?

Subsequently, I spent most of an entire day searching the engines for articles and research about water, hydration, superhydration and cleansing.

Dr Ellington Darden

Dr Darden has a great article here: Superhydration.

First off, he writes well. The premise is using superhydration – consuming 128 ounces of water a day of water (and we get even better results with cold water) – to stimulate weight loss and build muscle. Darden started formalizing this concept in 1985 and the concept evolved over 12 years while supervising studies with Nautilus and fitness centers in Florida and Dallas. He studied the results in large groups and the results have been published in several major books and publications.

His results validate the idea that this works effectively. It’s a well laid out presentation, and after reading it, I can’t think of a good reason not to try out his version of superhydration because the benefits are numerous and it is documented very well.

Aerobic Respiration

Think Quest has a great article about aerobic respiration.

It is a complex piece but offers a much better explanation than my Biology professor in 1973 did.

Cellular oxygen intake is what fuels aerobic respiration in the cells which produces energy (ATP) in the mitochondria through a complex process.

the electrons that are delivered to the electron transport system provide energy to "pump" hydrogen protons across the inner mitochondrial membrane to the outer compartment. This high concentration of hydrogen protons produces a free energy potential that can do work.

Bascially we need lots of oxygen at a cellular to power respiration and we need lots of water in the body to perform a whole host of beneficial functions. Without oxygen the electron transport chain stops and so does the release of hydrogen protons to create ATP. Diminishing the supply of oxygen will diminish energy output on a cellular level.

So in terms of physical performance, it makes sense that reduced supplies of oxygen will sigificantly diminish capacity. This is what happens when athletes start running out of gas, they are not getting adequate oxygen into the cells and tissues to maintain a high level of output.

One of the interesting things I learned from the Brain Quick article is that proper hydration actually increases the ph of the blood and enables the blood to deliver oxygen to the tissues more efficiently.  

So superhydration is a cool thing to understand and to put into practice.

We now know that there are many benefits to drinking lots of water. Hydration is essential to cellular health and metabolism.

Get started.

I Am Michael Barrett and I love to be healthy

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