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Posted on 07-31-2018

Swimmer Essentials

by Marlaina Donato

Stay Hydrated. Even in water, we perspire, and a mere 2 percent dehydration can affect muscle performance. Even slight dehydration leads to water absorption during swimming and in turn, considerable amounts of chlorine or salt.

         Sip water every 15 to 20 minutes during a swimming session

         Drink water within 30 minutes after swimming for optimum rehydration

         Avoid sugary sports drinks; opt for water

Rinse off. Due to chlorine’s magnetic alkaline composition and healthy skin and hair’s natural acidity, soaping up doesn’t remove it. To outwit the chemical bond and reestablish a healthy pH balance after exposure to chlorinated or salt water:

         Shower before swimming to protect skin from excessive absorption of chemicals.          Apply coconut or olive oil before swimming to moisturize and maintain pH to fend off viruses and bacteria.

         Shower immediately after swimming; start with warm-hot water to open the pores and finish with a cooling spray to close them.

         Add a few jar capfuls of apple cider vinegar to water and rinse hair and skin thoroughly; the vinegar’s acidity breaks the chemical bond between chlorine and skin/hair, restores pH and prevents skin and hair damage.

          Wash hair and skin with sulphate-free, antioxidant shampoo and body wash. Check out GoodbyeChlorine.com.

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