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28.April.2020

DOES ALKALINE WATER INCREASE HYDRATION AND ENERGY IN ATHLETES?

by: BJ Bergey

The purpose of drinking alkaline water is to help the body maintain a more alkaline state as opposed to being in a more acidic state which is unhealthy for our bodies. The “alkaline” in alkaline water is referring to the pH level.  The pH level ranges from 0-14, with 1 being extremely acidic and 13 being very alkaline. 

Normal drinking water is a neutral pH of 7, typically alkaline water has a pH of 8 or 9, sometimes even 10. One of many benefits to regularly drinking alkaline water is that it helps maintain hydration, which is key to athletic performance and maintaining good energy levels. 

For this reason many athletes are now incorporating into their diets pH booster drops that will help the water they drink maintain a higher pH level and increase the overall alkalinity in their system. A good hydration state provides a higher opportunity to achieve an optimal physical and mental state in which to compete or train with higher intensity. 

This isn’t just speculation either in 2017 there was a study done taking 36 well trained male soccer players to see if alkaline water supplements helped maintain hydration after intense exercise.  That study can be found here as well as here.

The study concluded with saying, “It can be concluded that the habitual consumption of highly alkaline mineralized water can significantly improve hydration status. Alkaline water with a pH as high as 9.3 can improve resting and exercise acid-base balance and thus improve both, aerobic and anaerobic performance. Daily recommendations for alkaline water intake should be strictly individualized, and in case of competitive athletes depend on their age, sex, body mass, BMR, training volume and intensity, diet, type of sport discipline and the environment in which the training or competition takes place. ”

The top company providing alkaline water supplements is the original patented pH booster Alkalife. With just a few drops a normal glass of water can be turned into alkaline drinking water with a pH of 10.