Ok, so now let's break all that down into real talk. What the heck is an Alkaline sports drink and why is that important?! Well, a pH level measures how acid or alkaline something is (do you remember acids and bases in chemistry class?). A pH of 0 is totally acidic while a pH of 14 is completely alkaline, so the middle or neutral zone would be a pH of 7. Our bodies pH level varies depending on what part of the body your looking at. Our blood's pH level ranges from 7.35 to 7.45, while our stomach can be much more acidic around 3.5 (due to digestive enzymes). The pH level of your urine is going to vary depending on your diet. It may be more acidic one day if you've had a lot of sodas and coffee or more alkaline if you avoid caffeine and had more fruits and veggies. Excretion (urine) is how your body maintains it's natural pH level so this is why your urine will change overtime. Your body is constantly working to maintain a natural pH level. When you have drinks like coffee or soda and sports drinks that are more acidic your body has to work to bring it back down and maintain it's natural pH.
Fun Fact: Did you know that most sports drinks are more acidic than coffee?
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One thing I noticed right away was the extremely light flavor. My husband described it was a Dum-Dum flavor (as in the candy) I wouldn't exactly agree. HA HA HA It does have an ever-so-sweet flavor however, it's so subtle, as if you drinking water infused with fruit or something. You mainly taste the agave and the aloe vera. I found this extremely pleasant in the morning.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the first thing you taste in the morning is often the most flavorful? Not because the food contains more flavor but because your taste buds are more receptive.
I always try to drink one big glass of water when I wake up everyday and when I get to the gym I always carry water with me. During the testing of pHenOH 7.4 I replaced my usual water bottle at the gym with pHenOH. I was pleasantly surprised! I expected to need water mid-workout (as usual) but I never did. It wasn't overwhelming and seemed to quench my thirst without creating more thirst, headaches, or upset stomachs.
I took a few bottles with me to work to see how they worked during normal activity and again, drank them without any issues. No headaches, no nothing. This drink is so low in calories too (only 30 cals each) that I didn't have to worry about the impact on my daily intake either. Another bonus considering I'm packing on the pounds faster than ever since my tarsal tunnel injury.
Now for the real test. Exercise! I took this stuff with me to the pool and cycling class. I'm not allowed to run right now or I would have tried that too (I still want to know how my stomach responds to all that jumping with a tummy full of pHenOH) Even though I missed the run test, I'm confidant in this drink. It seems the harder I worked, the better this stuff did too. I drank an entire bottle during spin class when I was sweating bullets and beet red. That ended up being 20 miles of hard hard work and I can honestly say I'm, pleased with the results. Then I swam over 1000 kilometers and still felt great! I didn't have to stop for water, I didn't feel ill, and I know I was staying hydrated. As an endurance athlete I need something that is going to maintain my electrolyte balance and replenish my stores as quickly as I'm loosing them. One of the biggest issues I've had in the past is the electrolyte to sugar ratio. pHenOH 7.4 seems to be the perfect balance for me. As a nutritionist, I love that it's made with only 7 natural ingredients, it's low calorie, and offers a low glycemic index.