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When the really nice folks at AquaHydrate offered to send me some of their water, you think I would be jumping for joy. But the truth is I loathe don’t really enjoy drinking water. I really can’t explain it, but generally I have to force it down. Sometimes I add lemon, sometimes tea bags and honey. Anything but plain water. To really review the water, I knew I should drink it consistently and for all my workouts. Those bottles looked awfully big.
The problem is dehydration is bad news. It can decrease plasma volume, cardiac output, your sweat rate, maximal oxygen uptake, muscle strength and liver glycogen. Sports like football, tennis and distance running commonly see 5% dehydration levels. Levels greater than 7% are extremely dangerous. Specialized receptors in the hypothalamus called Osmoreceptors cause you to get thirsty. The problem is your thirst doesn’t keep up with what you need. All this is to say that we need to drink water.
What pleasantly surprised me was how easy this water was to drink. The bottles were the 33.8 Fl Oz size and before I knew it, I drank the whole thing! That had never happened to me before. No way I could down that much water and like it! But there was no weird aftertaste I’ve experienced at times with bottled water. If water can have a taste, this tasted really good. Also, I personally liked the big bottles. They were great for my hour workouts. As far as plastic bottles are concerned, it was good to know they are 100% recyclable.
There are many sport’s drinks out there to choose from. What’s inside the bottles is what counts.
Sugar is commonly found in sports drinks and most people are unaware of how much. Just to give you an idea of how much sugar you’re drinking in, Dave Patania / Eyewitness News writes:
Many have additives such as artificial colors in addition to the sugar.
So the idea of pure water appeals to me. I wanted to know the science behind their water. Here’s a bit of the science I found on their site:
Purity: Undergoes a proprietary seven-stage purification process that is finer than the human kidney. They note that purity is critically important in light of recent studies that have shown municipal tap water to be contaminated wide a wide variety of pharmaceuticals or drug byproducts including medicines for pain infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease and mental illness.
Ionic Minerals: More than 72 macro and trace minerals in AquaHydrate. Macrominerals in their ionic form are essential for athletes -for example, ionic calcium, sodium and potassium are necessary for muscle contraction and magnesium is essential for energy production. You actually need dozens of macro and trace minerals in order to replace what you’re sweating out.
Alkaline pH: The pH of AquaHydrate is raised to 9.15, putting it squarely in the alkaline range. This is important because the tongue responds better to an alkaline than an acid pH. Most people find that they can drink more water if it has an alkaline pH, because of its soft or silky texture and taste.
There’s tons of info on their site about all things bottled water. You’ll also find testimonials from a variety of athletes like Jack Nicklaus and others that give their personal experiences from drinking AquaHydrate. I also noted that AquaHydrate was a supporter of the The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The Foundation has grown from a vision to reality, providing charitable services for children’s health care in five Florida counties: Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River.The Foundation’s mission is to provide support for activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders. In addition, it supports not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at children’s health, safety, and well-being.
My personal experience with AquaHydrate: I made sure during my review to make no changes to my diet or supplements. I didn’t alter my sleep patterns or work schedule. I have to say I noticed a significant increase in energy throughout the day but especially during my workouts. From workout to workout I felt I had recovered from the one before and even started adding an extra workout like a 3 mile run every other day to my 6 day schedule of training. Because I liked the taste I did drink a lot more water all day long and not just for workouts.
Now for the fun part for you!
For a chance to win a case of AquaHydrate it’s easy! Just leave a comment sharing if you’re an avid water drinker or mostly drink other beverages?
Giveaway ends Saturday at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time 2/06/2010
Winner announced 2/o7/2010 - USA only.
Winner chosen using a random number generator
Reviews on Joyce Cherrier’s Blog reflect the personal opinion of the writer. This product was supplied to me (Joyce Cherrier) by the company for review purposes. No compensation was accepted by me for this review but I was given a case of Aquahydrate to keep.