Benefits of Drinking Water to Your Workout
Water and workouts fit together like a hand in glove. To help improve your power output and endurance, experts recommend staying hydrated, before, during and after you exercise. For a high-intensity workout, pre-hydration is crucial for fluid balance. Here’s why: our bodies are made up of 50-65% water, that is over half than everything else is our bodies put together. Since it is what practically makes us who we are then why don’t we pay attention to it more!? Meaning we need to pay attention to the water we put into our bodies to keep the water is our body healthy! Not all water is treated equal. There is very bad water and there is very good water. By good, I am referring to water that is clean, full of minerals and measure on the alkaline side of the pH scale.
What is a pH scale?
pH is a measure of how acidic or basic/alkaline water with a numerical range from 0 – 14. pHs of less than 7 indicate acidity, whereas a pH of greater than 7 indicates a base/alkaline, and the number 7 remaining neutral. The U.S. Geological Survey concludes that the US is more acidic as you move in an easterly direction with numbers ranging from 5.3 to 4.3. The important thing to note here is, regardless, of where you are in the U.S. the water is acidic.
Okay…so our water is acidic. Inflammation comes from and thrives in acidic environments that leads to diseases. Feeding your body with acidity is essentially feeding your body with diseases.
It is extremely important to keep our body in a neutral or alkaline environment and not an acidic one. So how do we achieve this?
An important way to support our bodies with an alkaline environment is to drink water that is rated a 7 or higher on the pH scale.
Many of us turn to bottled water to hydrate. The wonderful thing about our Earth is that each and every thing on this planet is uniquely itself. However in the case of bottled water, this statement is true, but a lot of bottled waters are no better for you than the water coming out of your kitchen sink. It is important to research your water source and see what alternatives there are in your local area. Find out more about the water you drink here. My go-to water is Essentia and I am thrilled to be one of their hydration specialists. For more information about PH water or Essentia, find me on Facebook or Twitter.