Summer hydration – are you getting enough?

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By Julia Abelsohn

It’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining and it’s a perfect day to go out for a paddle. You grab your gear and start to head out the door. But are you forgetting something?

Even though you’ve got your water bottle in hand, don’t go out to exercise before making sure you’re properly hydrated. Hydration is particularly important for the morning workout enthusiast. Remember, you’ve just awakened from an 8-10 hour fast. Because proper hydration improves the quality of your workout, reduces fatigue, reduces recovery time, and increases your level of satisfaction, it is especially important for you to hydrate yourself before as well as after your workout session.

Keep in mind that thirst is not the best scale by which to measure whether or not you are well hydrated. Drink water before your workout; you lose water while you exercise even without heavy perspiration.

Can drinking cold water burn more calories? Yes, your body expends a little more energy to warm up ice-cold water to body temperature. Same hydration burns more calories.


Water temperature and hydration

Is the temperature of the water important for hydration? During and after exercise, you want to rapidly replace fluids lost due to sweat, so cold water is preferable to room temperature drinks.

There are some other good reasons for drinking cold water. Your body expends a little more energy to warm up ice-cold water to body temperature. The effect is minor – about 17.6 calories for a 16-ounce glass of ice water. But if you repeat this throughout the day for five or more glasses, you may burn as many calories as walking or running a mile!

What happens if you become dehydrated while exercising?

Even mild to moderate dehydration can create potentially damaging consequences to your body during exercise.

Heat illness can occur when your body is dehydrated and can’t cool itself effectively during exercise in hot or humid weather. There are 3 stages of heat illness:

  • Heat cramps
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heatstroke

What are the symptoms of heat cramps?

Symptoms of heat cramps include:

  • Painful muscle spasms in the legs, stomach, arms, or back.
Headaches are a common first sign of dehydration. Stay hydrated and stay healthy in the summer months.


What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Symptoms of heat exhaustion are more serious. Of course never leave a child or a pet in a hot vehicle. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include:

  • Faint or weak feelings
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure.
Never leave a pet in a hot car in the summer, even if you think it’s just for a short time. Dehydration and heat stroke can occur very quickly for pets and it goes without saying, for young children.


What are the symptoms of heatstroke?

The most serious heat-related illness is heatstroke. Symptoms can include:

  • High body temperature (higher than 104°F)
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Flushed skin
  • Fast breathing
  • Possibly even delirium, loss of consciousness, or seizures.

You should get emergency medical attention immediately if you experience any of the symptoms of heatstroke. Untreated heatstroke can lead to death.

Does the quality of the water matter?

Make sure you have plenty of clean, filtered water to drink before, during and after exercise. And did you know that drinking H2 water could actually help your workout?

Perhaps you’re already enjoying the benefits of drinking H2 rich water in your daily life and it’s a great way to boost your health but what about when you’re exercising?

In a recent study on sports related injury, oral and topical hydrogen intervention was found to be effective in the treatment of soft tissue injuries in male professional athletes. They recovered faster than the athletes that just had the traditional interventions and were able to return to training quicker.

Another study examined the effects of 28-days supplementation with one liter per day of hydrogen-rich water on exercise capacity and quality of life in overweight mid-age women. H2 significantly improved cardiorespiratory endurance as compared to placebo at 28-day follow-up. Improvements were also found for time to exhaustion and total work completed during an incremental exercise, with H2 water. Results indicate that H2 can be used as an alternative hydration formulation to improve exercise performance in mid-age overweight women.

That means that not only will H2 water help your cardiovascular fitness and help your muscles recover faster after your run or your, H2 water will also help you recover should you injure yourself while working out.

Rainbow water in a bottle

Next time you head out to exercise in the great outdoors, don’t forget to take your portable H2 water bottle with you. It looks like a water bottle from the future but it uses the most current scientific technology to enhance your health. Not just your regular water bottle, this bottle generates dissolved hydrogen in just five minutes or less, anywhere, all day long.

It’s a water bottle like no other. It sizzles, it bubbles and it glows multi-colours in the dark. But the H2 water bottle is more than a flashy way to carry your water. It’s a revolution in a bottle and a revolutionary way to ensure that you have H2 or dissolved hydrogen while you travel. H2 is proposed by the science community as a safer antioxidant that selectively reduces levels of toxic reactive-oxygen species (ROS), helping the body detox.

Every single second, whenever our cells use oxygen, they also generate free radicals. Free radicals are notorious for their close relationships with aging and many diseases. We need antioxidants to get rid of these free radicals, to stop them from causing damage in the body, thus keeping the immune system strong and healthy.

Hydrogen rich water has so many health benefits that over 400 studies have looked at its healing properties including reducing chronic inflammation, which has been linked to many illnesses. H2 is anti-inflammatory and hydrogen water can significantly improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, which is a chronic inflammatory disease

H2 water is energized so that it will help you fight fatigue and improve your workouts. Drinking hydrogen water before exercise can reduce blood lactate levels and decrease muscle fatigue.

You’ll feel hydrated and energized for your workout and your muscles will recover faster with the extra boost from the dissolved hydrogen.

H2 water – how does it work?

H2 – dissolved hydrogen in your drinking water – is a unique selective antioxidant and more effective than any other antioxidants because it is the smallest molecule in the universe and capable of superlative bio availability to fluidly penetrate far more effectively than any other supplements.

As the smallest and lightest element in the periodic table H2, when ingested, travels throughout the bloodstream and—according to a 2013 review published in the journal Medical Gas Research—weasels its way into the mitochondria, the energy centers of a cell, and penetrates the nucleus, where the majority of DNA is stored. Once there, it significantly reduces free radicals—inflammation-causing molecules linked to everything from accelerated skin aging to cancer. It scavenges only harmful cytotoxic oxygen radicals and leaves the beneficial radicals alone. Molecular hydrogen also has anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, anti-allergic properties and it also positively stimulates the metabolism. It is possible to consume high concentrations of hydrogen, as there are no negative side effects and therefore is extremely safe for consumption.

Humans are not the only ones that need to stay hydrated, especially in the heat and summer months.


Studies Show

Human, animal, and cell studies show that his hydrogen exerts beneficial effects via three primary methods.

  • Instantaneously converts the toxic hydroxyl radicals in your body to water
  • Maintains the homeostatic levels of our body’s own antioxidants
  • Has a beneficial effect on cell signaling, cell metabolism, and gene expression, which gives it anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, and anti-aging effects.

So you might be thinking, “It acts like an anti-oxidant, is anti-inflammatory and has anti-aging effects. Sounds great but I thought hydrogenation was bad for me? What about hydrogenated margarine?”

Infusing hydrogen into water is very different from hydrogenating margarine. “To be very clear about this, H2 molecular hydrogen gas is NOT a foreign substance,” says Tyler LeBaron, founder of the Molecular Hydrogen Institute (MHI), and one of the foremost authorities in the science of hydration. “In fact, after a fiber-rich meal our gut bacteria produces a large amount of this hydrogen gas which diffuses into the blood and exerts many beneficial effects which is another reason why your Mom was right and told you to, ‘Eat your vegetables because they are good for you.’”

Paying special attention to staying hydrated in the summer months involves making sure you are drinking the cleanest, tastiest water possible.


Are you drinking the best water possible?

If you’re not sure about drinking tap water, don’t like the taste, or are worried about the contaminants in tap water, you will want to check out our range of water filters and ionizers. They all infuse dissolved hydrogen into the water which further aids in hydration and H2 has numerous other health benefits.

To find out more about the many benefits of H2 water, research studies and the many different ionizers available that purify water while infusing H2 into it check out: for more information. We are known for our excellent customer service. Give us a call at: 1-877-771-1942 and speak to one of our water experts.

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Julia Abelsohn

Julia Abelsohn is a writer, editor and clinical aromatherapist. She has been sharing her expertise and passion for health and wellness for over 25 years. When not at her desk she can be found exploring the many trails and green spaces near her home in Edmonton, Alberta.

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