In sports, alkaline water is used to improve body hydration levels and counteract muscular acidity. Sports hydration is different than ordinary hydration because electrolytes are consumed faster. Ultimate sports hydration with alkaline water is achieved by using a combination of high pH water and powdered electrolyte drink mixes.
An hour before your workout, start drinking alkaline ionized water with a ph of 10 greater. This helps to alkalize and hydrate the body at the same time. Drink as you normally would but make sure you drink at least one 16 ounce glass of water to properly hydrate your body.
Alkaline Water and Electrolytes during Workouts
For workouts, mix alkaline water with a pH of 10 or greater with a powdered electrolyte drink mix. As a general rule of thumb, drink one 16 oz. electrolyte-enhanced alkaline water per hour of workout. Electrolyte-enhanced alkaline water is rapidly absorbed by the body, so you will probably “feel it” right away.
How to control your hydration level
After drinking your electrolyte-enhanced alkaline ionized water, continue drinking alkaline water with a pH of 10 or greater. This will help maintain body hydration levels and fight lactic acid build-up. To avoid dehydration, track your body weight before, during and after your workout. Avoid losing weight!
If you lose just 1% of your body weight in water, you are dehydrated!
Example: The author of this article weighs 142 Lbs, so 1% dehydration equals a loss of 1.4 lbs, divided by 128 (the number of ounces in a pound) is just 22.4 ounces of water! Here’s how to calculate how much water you lose with 1% dehydration by body weight:
(Body weight before workout – Body weight during or after x 1%) / 128 = water loss in ounces
Alkaline Water Workout Recovery
After working out, you need to make sure your body is at pre-workout hydration levels. Additionally, you need to flush any lactic acid build-up. Alkaline ionized water with a pH of 9 – 9.5 is perfect for post workout hydration. Remember that you lose water when you urinate.
Hydration Tip: Alkaline ionized water with a pH of 9 – 9.5 is fine for daily use. So for a general rule of thumb, use alkaline ionized water with a ph of 10 or higher for workouts, and 9.5 or less otherwise.
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Has the FDA evaluated alkaline water for sports hydration?
Yes. One company has filed for recognition by the FDA for alkaline ionized water as a health supplement for hydration.