Natural electrolyte replacement
When there is an excessive loss of body fluid, it leads to a corresponding depletion of electrolytes. This loss of electrolytes can cause a lot of problems.
Electrolyte imbalance is generally a result of the following:
When the body loses an excessive amount of water and electrolytes it can lead to symptoms like:
The predominant electrolytes in the body include potassium, magnesium, chloride and sodium. Of these, most Americans get an overabundance of sodium and chloride (table salt) in the processed foods they eat.
Therefore, unless an individual is losing excessive body fluids and electrolytes as discussed above, they probably don’t need to be concerned with getting enough Sodium and Chloride.
However, if a person is losing electrolytes through vomiting, diarrhea or excessive sweating, they probably need natural replacement sodium chloride, along with other electrolytes.
Drinking water can help deal with dehydration, but to restore electrolyte replacement balance, it is important to consume foods or substances that are rich in macro and trace minerals.
The body processes these minerals to convert them into electrolytes.
Commercially available sports electrolyte drinks and other electrolyte products are useful for replacing 2 or 3 electrolytes, and are certainly better than nothing.
However, most of these drinks contain a lot of sugar, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives and even artificial sweeteners that are less than desirable.
All of the electrolytes needed by the body are found in the ocean.
Here is the recipe for a more balanced and natural electrolyte drink that can be used to rehydrate after substantial water and electrolyte loss for replacement.
For a more diluted formula that may not need any flavoring and can be consumed while exercising or throughout the day, try this.
Can I just take some colloidal minerals to help with electrolyte replacement?
While this may sound like a good idea, colloidal minerals are quite difficult for the body to absorb and convert to the ionic form required by the body for use as electrolytes. Ionic minerals (minerals in salt form) are a much better choice.
Fruits are a powerhouse of nutrients. By choosing the right fruits it is possible to maintain the body’s electrolyte balance at an optimal level.
Like fruits, vegetables are also a rich source of important electrolytes.
There is another natural and healthy way of replacing electrolytes the body has lost – coconut water.
In fact, in many of the tropical countries where the coconut is easily available, coconut water is the first remedy people use when dealing with diarrhea or dehydration due to summer heat or a high fever.
Coconut water is rich in minerals, including magnesium, potassium, iodine, zinc and selenium. Equally important, it has a natural sweetness, but is low in sugar.
Citrus fruits and fruit juices are also a good way to naturally replenish lost electrolytes.
Fruit juices like lime, orange and lemon can be mixed into water that contains sea salt and sugar to make a nutritious and refreshing drink.
Most diets focus on ensuring an intake of the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fiber.
However, it is equally important to pay attention to getting an adequate amount of electrolytes to keep the body functioning in top condition. Sports drinks and electrolyte formulations can help in emergencies, but for healthier results, the natural electrolytes mentioned in this article are a better way to go.