It’s getting hot our there!
I thought I’d share some simple ways you can avoid dehydration by adding electrolytes to your water.
Many of us don’t drink enough water, especially on hot days. If you are exercising or working physically it is extra important to make sure you drink enough water that contains the electrolytes you need for all of the chemical reactions in your body.
When we sweat, we lose electrolytes along with the water. We need electrolytes for chemical reactions throughout the body including brain, nerve and muscle function.
Common electrolytes are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium. They are minerals and salts (yes, we need to consume salts) and can become depleted through exercise, sickness and heat. Keeping our electrolytes in balance can help you focus and concentrate, keep your blood pressure in check, decrease stress levels and help you recover from exercise or illness.
Here are 5 ways to add electrolytes to your water
1. Squeeze in some natural lemon juice. Lemons contain lots or potassium and trace amounts of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They are high in the antioxidant vitamin C which can be great for mopping up antioxidants after exercise and for an immune system boost if you have not been well.
2. Adding a small pinch of high quality, non-processed salt will add sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The best kinds of salt are rock salt or sea salt rather than processed table salt.
3. Drinking coconut water will replenish high amounts of potassium, magnesium and sodium. It can be a great post exercise drink and we often recommend it before bed to people who suffer with muscle cramps during the night.
4. Eating or drinking cucumbers and watermelon. You can juice or blend these fruits into a smoothie or add slices to a water jug. As well as contributing magnesium, potassium and phosphorus to your body they are extremely hydrating as they are made mostly of water!
5. Oral hydration solutions are convenient and safe to use daily, for sports, during holidays and hot weather, or whilst recovering from illness. Choose a brand without artificial flavours or sweeteners. We also recommend avoiding high fructose corn syrup. We have tried and tested Arbonne’s truesport hydration sachets which contain balanced electrolytes, anti-inflammatory botanicals, vitamins C and E, plus D-ribose which is essential for cell energy.
We can upset our electrolyte balance by either not drinking enough water OR if we drink a lot of water without adding high electrolyte food or drinks. Tap water alone is not enough!
We hope you can use the tips above to stay happy and Vibrant whatever you do, whatever the weather.
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