Montana State University study shows: Alkaline water hydrates you 17% better
A hydration study performed on cyclists by Daniel P Heil shows that a brand of Alkaline water called Alkaplex hydrates you 17% better than plain bottled water. The study looked at 10 male cyclists that were an average of 40 years old. Each of the men in the study participated in two trials each a week a part. One trial was conducted with mineral alkaline water with a 10 pH. The other trial used bottled water that had a pH of 7.
How dehydration during exercise is measured
Dehydration during exercise is measured by tracking your body weight before, during and after exercise. For example, if you lose 2.5% of your body weight during exercise, you are very dehydrated! The author of this article weighs 145 Lbs. 2.5% of the author’s body weight is 3.625 pounds.
Keep in mind that a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds, so a loss of less than half a pound (about two quarts of water) means that the author of this article would be dehydrated.
How hydration after exercise is measured
The study had the cyclists exercise until 2.5% of their body weight was lost due to dehydration. When each man had lost 2.5% of his body weight, he then drank either alkaline water or the neutral pH water.
Their hydration level was then determined by comparing the amount of water they drank, to the amount of water they peed out over the next three hours. The more water that each cyclist retained, the better hydrated they were considered to be. The formula used in the study to measure hydration is:
Your body hydration % = [1 – (Total amount of urine/ total amount of water drank) *100].
If you don’t want to do the math, just remember: When you are dehydrated, the less water that you lose to urine, the better!
Alkaline water hydrated better than plain water
Cyclists in the study retained 79.2% of the alkaline water they drank, versus. 62.5% of the plain water. In plain terms, the cyclists were about 17% better hydrated by drinking the alkaline water than they were with plain water.
When it comes to healthy alkaline water, freshness counts!
Alkaline water is best when it is served fresh. Alkaline water’s beneficial properties begin to diminish with 24 hours of when it is made. This is why water from a home water ionizer is better than bottled water. You should consider bottled water to be “stale” water (notice how it tastes that way!). When you make it yourself, with a home water ionizer, you get the maximum health benefits that alkaline water has to offer.
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Heil, P, and J Seifert. “Influence of bottled water on rehydration following a dehydrating bout of cycling exercise..” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition Springerlink. n. page. Print. <http://www.springerlink.com/content/kn41764j65165u3x/fulltext.pdf>.
Has the FDA Evaluated Alkaline Water for Safety?
Yes, Alkaplex was evaluated by the FDA for safety. Alkaline water from Life Ionizers hasn’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration yet. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.