Alkaline water for skaters

Our bodies are made up of 70-90% water.

Water is the largest component in the body.

Many functions such as cellular metabolism, enzyme sustained reactions take place in a fluid medium. Water helps in the removal of fat cells and toxins from the body, it keeps all systems functioning optimally, hydrates the skin and aids in cooling the body.

Water is vital to life.

It is cleansing and rejuvenating.

Figure Skaters need to drink a lot of high quality water to replenish the fluids lost during intense training. In addition, skaters need to replenish the electrolytes and trace minerals lost during training. This can be as simple as adding a small amount of *Himalayan Crystal salt to your water post training.

Is all water the same? Is drinking water from the tap good enough?

Most tap water is acidic around PH5, acidic water is okay for bathing an as an antiseptic for skin. An acidic body is a breeding ground for disease, such as cancers. There are many acid forming foods in most people’s diets, such as grains, meats, dairy, junk foods, chemically processed, fast foods and altered food.

The importance of alkaline water for great health cannot be understated.

High alkaline water contributes to feeling and thinking more clearly, flushing toxins and increased energy.

It is said that alkaline water is superior to antioxidants, it permeates cells and body fluids, decreasing oxidation (aging) it has a negative charge effect thereby decreasing free radical damage to the cells. Free radicals age the body; antioxidants limit the oxidative damage by pacifying free radicals.

Alkaline water is healing, cleansing and nutritive.

Bottled water is not alkaline. First, it is bottled in *plastic, a known carcinogen. Second, sometimes the water has been sitting for a long time, exposed to temperature fluctuations heat and sun (which release petrochemicals into the water).

Much of the water on the market is only filtered tap water so you are wasting your money when you could have the same thing with a Brita.

Brita filters do not increase the alkalinity of water; they take out the chlorine and lead and mercury deposits.

So how do you get alkaline water? Several water filtration systems on the market purify the water and turn the water alkaline ranging from PH 8 to PH9.5.

It is recommended to start at PH 8 otherwise; you may shock your system with too much of a good thing all at once.

Santevia water filter is great; it makes the water around PH8 and will not break your bank account. They are around $160 Canadian. If you want, a more sophisticated filter there is machines like the Kangen and others like it. The Kangen offers different PH levels from 8- 9.5. This water tastes amazing.

Both systems take out chlorine, dirt, industrial chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals as well as other pollutants, it tastes clean, pure and you will want to drink a lot of it.

I recommend 2-4 litres of water a day; the more active you are the more you need to replenish what is lost in sweat.

Start the day with a cup of hot water, as this will get your digestive system up and running before you eat. Then drink water throughout the day.

If you wait until you feel thirsty to drink water this is an indicator that you are already dehydrated. Go out and buy yourself a water bottle and carry it with you everywhere you go avoiding plastic containers. There are stainless steel and covered glass water bottles on the market. The best is glass, always. Santevia (no, I do not work for them!) has a new bottle out with a filter in it so you can have your Santevia on the run! That’s cool and convenient.

Drinking more water will make you feel energized, clear and your body and skin will love you for it. The better hydrated you are the better your skating will be.

*Himalayan Crystal salt is the oldest, purest form of salt on the earth; it has not been altered or chemically processed. It contains 84 trace minerals. Regular table salt is processed and is high in sodium, which raised blood pressure and has no value nutritionally. Our bodies need high quality salts and minerals.

*Not all plastics are the same check out this article to learn what the numbers on the bottom of plastic bottles mean and which are the safest ones for human consumption

Copyright Anica Brandt 2011

Anica is a trainer and nutrition specialist focused on high-energy super-foods and vegan raw food diets for competitive athletes.