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What is muscle fatigue? Wikpedia defines it as: “Muscle fatigue is the decline in ability of a muscle to generate force. It can be a result of vigorous exercise but abnormal fatigue may be caused by barriers to or interference with the different stages of muscle contraction.

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This article from LiveStrong states that muscle fatigue:

“can be caused by a variety of physical, environmental, biochemical and nutritional factors. Writing in the December 1998 issue of the “European Journal of Applied Physiology”, Jane Kent-Braun notes that muscle fatigue can be caused either by a failure of the nervous system to communicate with muscle tissue or by metabolic processes.”

Nothing’s wrong with you

Whatever the cause, I developed “muscle fatigue” in my right arm sometime in April 2015 and my super GP, an analytical, observant and meticulous yet sympathetic doctor was perplexed.

She checked my medical records, looked at my blood work and also did a lot of prodding and tapping but she could not find anything wrong with me.

I also could not describe it to her because it was NOT muscle ache since it’s not a chronic condition.

This phenomenon only happens when I stretch out my arm in a certain way and I also found myself feeling too weak to even carry my handbag. Ridiculous, right?

Anyway, all she was willing to do was to prescribe Neurobion. She didn’t want to order an X-ray because I did not display any pain when she prodded or applied pressure all over my arm.

Sadly, the Neurobion, taken over a period of 3 months, did not help at all and I even had trouble driving because it hurt to turn the steering wheel!

Now, this could not do at all since I still had to go to work and also pick up the kids from school.

Hydrogen water effects on muscle fatigue

That’s when I agreed to try IZUMIO Hydrogen water after doing some internet research on it.

Read this article: Pilot study: Effects of drinking hydrogen-rich water on muscle fatigue caused by acute exercise in elite athletes. (2012)
Aoki K1, Nakao A2, Adachi T1, Matsui Y1, Miyakawa S1.

Ten male soccer players aged 20.9 ± 1.3 years old were subjected to exercise tests and blood sampling. Each subject was examined twice in a crossover double-blind manner; they were given either HW or placebo water (PW) for one week intervals.

Subjects were requested to use a cycle ergometer at a 75 % maximal oxygen uptake (VO2) for 30 min, followed by measurement of peak torque and muscle activity throughout 100 repetitions of maximal isokinetic knee extension.

Oxidative stress markers and creatine kinase in the peripheral blood were sequentially measured.

CONCLUSION:
Adequate hydration with hydrogen-rich water pre-exercise reduced blood lactate levels and improved exercise-induced decline of muscle function. Although further studies to elucidate the exact mechanisms and the benefits are needed to be confirmed in larger series of studies, these preliminary results may suggest that HW may be suitable hydration for athletes.

See what I underlined?

Drinking Hydrogen-rich water BEFORE a workout reduced the effects of lactic acid and exercise-induced decline of muscle function.

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I am quite an athletic person because I started long-distance running when I was about 13 years old in order to lose my baby fat.

In the end, I just enjoyed the fun of running on grass tracks, especially when I could run further and further and longer and longer distances – the runner’s high 🙂

Anyway, I started drinking 2 x 200 ml packs of IZUMIO Hydrogen water daily.

In about 2 weeks, it’s amazing but hey, I gained the full strength of my right arm!

No kidding. Seriously.

If you have experienced muscle fatigue, you will understand the feeling of helplessness when you can’t DO anything.

Thanks to this IZUMIO water, I am back to:

  • cooking for my kids,
  • driving,
  • holding my handbag,
  • typing…basically, everything I want my right arm to do.

Don’t believe me?

I have NEVER believed in any direct marketing product but this IZUMIO Hydrogen water?

You’ve got to try it once.

Email me at iamsupermum[at]gmail[dot]com for more information.

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