Can Healthy Individuals Improve Their Hydration Status

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Can healthy individuals improve their hydration status by drinking alkaline mineralized water, which has been claimed to positively effect blood and urine? The popularity of water bottles like Core and Essentia has been on the rise. These options are thought to be “healthier” because of their high alkalinity, which is a pH above 7, and mineral content which includes calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, and potassium. This type of water is specifically targeted to athletes and workout gurus who want to improve performance through improving their hydration status. Although alkaline water has been said to help with digestion, prevent and even cure diseases, there is more research on it’s effect on hydration. We should be skeptical about some of…show more content…
Supplementation of Acqua Lete (Bicarbonate Calcic Mineral Water) improves hydration status in athletes after short term anaerobic exercise. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 9(35), 1-7. Retrieved March 31, 2017, from
This study tests the differences between bicarbonate calcic mineral water (Acqua Lete) and a minimally mineralized water. The differences assessed were based off of acid-base balance, total body water, muscle thickness and urinary markers of hydration including specific urine gravity. Aqua Lete mineral water is high in calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate and low in sodium and potassium. Eighty-eight male athletes who swam or ran 4-5 hours per week volunteered to participate, and were randomly divided into two groups. A two week study period for both groups included no training and following a diet without supplementation of minerals. Both groups underwent two experimental trials. Cycling without hydration was first performed by both groups. The same cycling trial was repeated after one week of controlled hydration, which consisted of group A drinking 1.5 L per day of a very low mineral content water while group B had 1.5 L per day of Acqua Lete water. Physical examinations were performed at rest before exercise, and included body temperature, bioimpedance analysis for total body weight, extracellular water, intracellular water, muscular ultrasound for detection of muscular size,
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