Your body is a vessel and like any ship the waters you sail through will have a great impact on the speed of your journey. When traveling towards peak performance staying hydrated is essential, especially for an athlete. Water is the key component in helping your muscles contract and relax and getting nutrients to your cells that aid in recovery. It’s recommended that you should drink about 3 liters of water a day to stay properly hydrated, that’s almost a gallon a day. But before you rush out and grab a huge jug of water at your local market you should keep this in mind, not all water is bottled equally.
Without knowing it, many of us are drinking water with anything from Flouride to Arsenic in it, continually drinking it can have some significant effects on your body. Flouride has been added to tap water for decades It was most commonly known for it’s benefits in dental hygienics but before that it was used as an insecticide. At one time when public health was at risk due to poor dental hygiene it was determined the best course of action to assist with improving general dental health would be to artificially add fluoride to tap water. This sounds good in practice but what happens when you get too much in your system? Like many things we consume too much of it becomes toxic. Flouride has been associated with alzheimer’s disease , Skeletal Flourosis- which has similar symptoms to arthritis, underactive thyroid problems that can cause obesity, and can also affect your melatonin levels- the hormone your body produces that is necessary for sleep. And that is just one of the major chemicals that has been studied, the NY Times reported that only 91 contaminants are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (in the US) but over 60,000 chemicals are used in tap water. All of these extraneous chemicals can affect not only your athletic performance, but your overall health as well.
A great way to ensure that you’re not slowly introducing unnecessary and potentially detrimental contaminants is to drink alkaline water. Alkaline water has a higher pH level than tap water and it’s available under various brands in nearly all grocery stores. Some studies suggest that alkaline water may help slow bone loss, neutralize acids in your blood stream, boost your metabolism to help your body absorb more nutrients. It may even help prevent certain diseases.
Alkaline water is becoming more popular and easier to find with many brands to choose from.
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