By: Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, Jr
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Take a walk up and down the bottled water aisle at your favorite health food, grocery, or convenience store, and you’ll see that functional, alkaline water is becoming more and more popular, growing at a faster rate than most other beverage industry categories. With so many choices, how do you know which brand to choose? And what are the benefits of alkaline water, anyway?
For decades, I have encouraged my patients to drink functional water. Even before I became involved as an advisor to the brand, I encouraged patients to drink Essentia Water, with a 9.5 pH. As such, I am encouraged to continue to see Essentia educate consumers about the importance of proper hydration — and the fact that not all bottled water is created equally.
So, Why Choose Functional, Alkaline Water?
There are several benefits to drinking alkaline water, including:
Improved sports performance.
Today’s active consumers are pushing themselves to new limits, with everything from hot yoga to hybrid workouts to ultra-marathon running. Consuming alkaline water before, during, and after a workout can improve performance and recovery. A study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found alkaline water slowed fluid loss, and resulted in more energy during workouts and faster recovery of athletes.
Reduced belly bloat.
Conventional thinking in the wellness community is that consuming an optimally alkaline, high-pH diet, including functional water, can restore the body to a more balanced state. Proper hydration supports ideal pH in the body, balancing the digestive tract and protecting the stomach lining. Reduced tummy swish and bloat can make you more comfortable during a run or workout.
Body homeostasis and fewer “bugs.”
Most unhealthy humans are in an acidic state, due to factors such as chronic inflammation, infection, stress, bad diet, and harmful environmental contaminants. Over time, a high level of acidity can have a negative impact on the body, mind, and overall health. Wellness experts agree that disease, infection, and associated chronic inflammation have a hard time thriving in an alkaline environment. Plus, proper hydration can help flush out toxins to help get you on the mend quicker, if you do succumb to a cold or the flu.
The Essentia Water Difference
Essentia Water launched its hydrating ionized alkaline water in 1998. It was the first functional bottled water offered in the United States. Today it is the top-selling bottled water brand in the natural channel. Essentia is created using a proprietary three-step process — purification, electrolyte infusion, and ionic separation — that results in an optimal alkaline water with a pH of 9.5 (most other bottled water has a pH of 7.0).
Recently, Essentia announced a team of Hydration Specialist ambassadors, comprised of respected trendsetters in the health and fitness space. These ambassadors help to spread the word about the importance of proper hydration, and the benefits of drinking Essentia Water.
Athletes, nutritionists, doctors, and health-conscious consumers have noted that functional, alkaline water from Ionic Separation Technology makes them feel better and more hydrated. And many Essentia customers have said that they swear by Essentia for better hydration. But there have never been any clinical studies to prove alkaline water hydrates better than regular bottled water… until now. This summer (pending publication in a peer-review publication) Essentia will release findings from a clinical study that found Essentia’s alkalinized, 9.5 pH water hydrates 88 percent better than a leading brand of regular, purified bottled water.
There are so many known health risks caused by dehydration. Whether you are running, practicing hot yoga, or just taking a brisk walk, by switching to an ionized alkaline water brand like Essentia you give your body the ability to more effectively hydrate itself. By simply consuming a different brand of water, you give your body the gift of more effective hydration and a more natural state.
Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, Jr. is director of clinical & scientific research for Essentia Water, and medical physician at Southeast Colorado Hospital. Throughout his career as a medical professional, Dr. Holsworth has seen too many people in his clinic and emergency room suffer serious medical conditions due to dehydration. That is why he is so passionate about the importance of proper hydration.