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Summer & Exercise: Rehydration

By May 30, 2020No Comments

☀️Summer and Exercise? – Rehydration drinks.

Hopefully you are outside daily and enjoying the sunlight. Yesterday on my run, a friend almost passed out due to dehydration. So let’s talk hydration drinks!

Did you know there are a lot of better options out there than Gatorade or Powerade? Both of those have versions with artifical sweeteners, artificial dyes, artificial preservatives, and flavors. All unnecessary ingredients.

Electrolyte drinks:
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that are found in the fluids in our bodies. Potassium, sodium, phosphorus and magnesium are all part of these minerals.

From Lynn Braun, PhD: “The heart can’t pump without electrolytes. If you think of the heart as a lamp, electrolytes are like the electrical circuit, generating the current that keeps the light burning steady and strong. If the connection is weak or disorganized, the light might flicker rapidly or dim-it won’t work properly. If you unplug the lamp, it won’t work at all.”
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Dehydration can upset the balance of electrolytes. It’s important to replenish electrolytes after a long or strenuous workout, whether you sweated a lot or not. You actually lose electrolytes even when you breathe heavily! (1)

Being low on electrolytes has a variety of symptoms:
-disorientation/dizziness
-passing out
-muscle fatigue
-irregular heartbeats
-difficulty breathing
-menstrual cramps in some women

A favorite rehydration drink of mine is coconut water.

Coconut water:

1️⃣Is the juice found in the center of a young green coconut. It contains 94% water.
2️⃣Contains magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium.
3️⃣Contains antioxidants
4️⃣Studies show it hydrates better than water due to these naturally occurring minerals
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Electrolyte drinks are not needed on a daily basis. I save them for hard workouts or activities out in hot weather.

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