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Posted on 07-31-2018
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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