Hydration is an essential—and sometimes—overlooked part of training and performance. SportsMD talked recently with Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, Jr., D.O., Director of Clinical and Scientific Research, Essentia Water about the importance of proper hydration and some reasons why alkaline water is an effective alternative to other liquids before, during and after exercise.
Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth Jr.: The duration or length of time and intensity of the physical activity, determines the type of hydration. Specifically, physical activity sustained over one hour (i.e., marathon) would generally require water with electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium and chloride). In comparison, shorter athletic events (i.e., basketball), less than one hour, consisting of shorter sprints and frequent rests, may only require hydration of a trusted purified water source. The intensity of professional sports though usually requires an electrolyte-enriched water while mere, weekend warriors and mortals, usually only require water for rehydration.
SMD: In developing Essentia Water, what were some factors that led you to the current formula, and are you continuing research to determine if they are optimal?