As an athlete I often get asked “what is the best source of hydration for playing sports and working out is” People seem to believe its leading sports drink. They are lead to believe that it’s filled with electrolytes which are lost through sweat, enhances performance and is more hydrating than water.

Yes granted, hydration is key to athletic performance and electrolytes are needed by the body. Electrolytes are ionic solutions that maintain fluid balance in people’s cells and are essential for muscle function, blood pressure regulation and other bodily processes. Electrolytes are lost through perspiration, and include the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorous and chloride.

Here are a few more reasons why Ionized water is superior to all sports drinks:

1. Did you know that Sports drinks are acidic and have a positive ORP, while ionized water is alkaline and negatively charged

The truth is, the leading sports drink has a pH level of only 2.95, making it MORE ACIDIC than Red Bull and Diet Coke! In fact, according to a study published by “Nutrition Research” in 2008, enamel and root surfaces of teeth were MOST DAMAGED by Gatorade as opposed to some energy drinks, Coca-Cola and apple juice. When you consume acidic foods and drinks, your body leeches alkaline minerals from the body to neutralize them; particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles–two of the most easily and frequently injured areas of an athlete’s body! Thus, drinking sports drinks may actually weaken the body and make it more prone to injury!

In addition, the leading sports drink has a positive Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP) of 318, which means it contains free radicals which actually DESTROY cells! On the contrary, Ionised Water can produce alkaline pH levels of anywhere from 8-12 (9.5 is optimal for drinking), with negative ORP levels between -150 and -1250 meaning it contains ANTI-oxidants which combat free radicals.

2. Did you know that Sports drinks contain calories and carbohydrates, artificial flavours, colours and sweeteners, ionized water is all natural

The ingredients of the leading sports drink include 94% filtered water, artificial flavours, colours and sweeteners, and not a drop of fruit juice. According to the Heart Association, women should not consume more than 24 g of sugar per day, and men are recommended not to exceed 36 g daily. However, a 16 oz. bottle of the leading sports drink contains a wopping28 g of sugar. Whereas water is a natural thirst quencher that is free of sugar and calories. But don’t reach for bottled water instead! Most bottled waters are almost as acidic, oxidizing, and many come in plastic-leeching bottles which can contaminate the water within with toxins. Ionised water filters out toxins while leaving all minerals in and is all-natural.

At Real Fit we recommend filling BPA Free Bottles with Ionized for hydrating at the gym, sporting events, and on-the-go.We only carry quality products because there are no substitutes when it comes to your health. Each of our water ionizers excel in performance and offer exceptional value in a quality product. For more information about the machines.

3. Sports drinks actually dehydrate, while ionized water is six times more hydrating than conventional water

According to the leading sports drink’s own web site it, “stimulates thirst so athletes will ingest an adequate amount of fluid and electrolytes to stay better well-hydrated compared to when using beverages without electrolytes, particularly sodium.” It is a scientific fact that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, and that acidic foods and drinks are dehydrating to the body. Therefore, what the makers of the leading sports drink do is actually dehydrate you so that you’ll drink more of their product! In contrast, Ionized water is micro clustered which makes it up to six times more hydrating than any other liquid including traditional water because it penetrates cells deeper to hydrate and flush out toxins.

In addition, a rag soaked in high alkaline Ionized water may be applied topically to sore muscles and joints to temporary alleviate pain and inflammation and help recover from workouts and injuries quicker, making it ideal for athletes. Can your sports drink do that?

Water ionizers have been used for decades in Japan, Korea and Russia but are still gaining popularity in Australia. Water ionizers are endorsed by professional athletes, scientists, Presenters and Fitness ambassador’s like me around the world.

So if your goal improvement is in health why not start with the things that make the biggest difference?

After all you are approx 70% water and every function in your body depends on it. So the type of water you drink is as important as the amount you drink when trying to achieve optimal health.

Put simply water is the second most important ingredient to your existence after breathing, yet very Few of understand how much what we drink effects our health.

Here at Real Fit we have selected and tested the best Ionized water in the World the Chanson We only carry quality products because there are no substitutes when it comes to your health. For more information please visit our website Realfit.com.au or call us here at the studio on 03 95215279.

Yours in Health & Happiness

Fred Liberatore

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