Electro-WHAT? Electrolytes!

March 28, 2010

Hello, Powerful People!

I hope this finds ya’ll fantastic and feeling fine!

As the weather gets warmer and we start sweating more during workouts, it is even more important to be sure that we are replacing our electrolytes.

Electro-WHAT?  Electrolytes!  They are basically the salts in your body.  The fluids in your body (blood, plasma, and the fluid between your cells) are like seawater, containing a high concentration of sodium chloride.  Let’s pause right there for a moment—just to acknowledge that it is pretty cool that the make-up of our fluids is like seawater.  Anyone see a world to self connection??  Kinda crazy!  Anyways, the electrolytes in sodium chloride are: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate, and sulfate.  When we sweat, we lose some of our electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium.

While sport drinks, ones like Gatorade try to allure us in, they contain SO much sugar and salt and not too much else that they are really not worth it!  Even Vitamin Water is full of sugar!  Often times, when you look at the nutritional value on the back (which is true of foods, often times, too), they are only talking about the serving, so you have to multiply that number times the amount of servings.  A 12-oz bottle of Gatorade contains 42 grams of sugar!  WOAH!

SO, how do we get our electrolytes back?  Personally, I’m a big fan of cranberry Emergen-C, which are packets that you add to water.  These are probably my fav for when I’m working out, as they only have 5 grams of sugar and have lots of vitamins.  They have 3% of your recommended sodium and 6% of your recommended potassium.  So, obviously, this is not gonna take care of all your needs.  I find the rest of my electrolytes through my food, and have been loving eating a banana post-workout.  In addition, I adore coconut water.  I cannot say enough about how fantabulous coconut water is and how good it is for you!  It is FULL of electrolytes naturally, and has 15 times the potassium as a banana! You may also want to try a home-made Himalayan Rock Salt recipe like one suggested by Elizabeth Buddington, who is a Certified Medical Esthetician:

Dissolve a large rock of Himalayan rock salt in enough water to absorb all of the salt, the water should be slightly pink in color and their will be a bit of mineral floating on the bottom.  Add 2-3 Tlb. of salt liquid and 2-3 Tlb. of honey or agave nectar to 16-24oz of purified water for a nice homemade electrolyte replenishing drink.

Bottom line to keep your electrolytes in balance:  stay hydrated, and find ways to get salt and potassium back into your body!

Happy hydration AND electrolyte-ization! (I think I made that word up!)

Love, Heather

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