By Dr. Ritu Krishnatreye, BHMS
Natural electrolyte drink
During a gruelling spin class or rigorous exercise session, you may think of reaching for a neon-green Gatorade or Endurance Sports Drink.
Yes, these drinks are better than nothing, but are they the best choice for replenishing lost electrolytes?
Excessive sweating results in a loss of water AND important electrolytes.
Magnesium, chlorine, potassium and sodium are the four major electrolytes that you need to rehydrate your body.
When these 4 major electrolytes are not replaced, it can result in dehydration, headaches, muscle cramping, weakness and dizziness.
Magnesium is especially helpful for:
Trace mineral electrolytes are important as well.
Gatorade is the most popular sports drink for rehydration. Some question just how healthy this product is for us. PowerBar is another popular electrolyte drink. What many may not realize is that most of these electrolyte replacement sports drinks only boast of 1 or 2 electrolytes, potassium and sodium.
Some defend the extra sugar in energy drinks by arguing that carbohydrates need to be included for energy. Recent research challenges the validity of carb loading.
Research even shows that drinking large amounts of sports electrolyte drinks contributes to dental problems, due to the sugar content.
Guzzling sports drinks can also add calories, sugar and toxins from artificial flavors, sweeteners and colors. Some have High Fructose Corn Syrup and numerous chemicals. Do you really want these additional items when you are trying to rehydrate?
Where can you find an electrolyte solution that contains the 4 main electrolytes, plus valuable trace mineral electrolytes?
Yes. Low sodium concentrated sea minerals naturally contain all of these electrolytes.
Potassium plays a major role in maintaining water and electrolyte balance in the body. A low level of potassium (hypokalemia) is often associated with severe symptoms, including:
Why potassium is so important
Magnesium is needed for muscle repair after exercise
A deficiency of magnesium is often associated with structural damage to muscle cells, which hampers the process of recovery after exercise.
Magnesium assists in muscle repair and improves athletic performance. Hence, those who are involved in sports or other physical activity should include the electrolyte magnesium.
Magnesium does the following
Magnesium is also important for improving psychological health.
Magnesium supplements have been found to be effective in relieving the symptoms of depression and insomnia.
When your body sweats out other electrolytes, it also sweats out magnesium. Not replacing the electrolyte magnesium can be costly.
Chloride is vital to health. As an electrolyte, chloride has the ability to move effortlessly through cell membranes and almost all parts of the body.
Chlorine works with other electrolytes to maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance within the body. It therefore plays a vital role in treating the symptoms of dehydration.
Studies have found that seawater has almost the exact same amount of chloride ions as human body fluids.
Sodium plays a pivotal role in various enzyme reactions and biochemical reactions.
A deficiency of sodium in the body can lead to:
Too much sodium isn't good, either
Although a deficiency of sodium is associated with various signs and symptoms, an excess of sodium is also to be avoided. It is responsible for causing high blood pressure and cerebral oedema.
Want a sports electrolyte drink that contains potassium, chloride, magnesium and sodium, plus trace mineral electrolytes?
Why not put together your own all natural electrolyte drink - using Ionic Sea Minerals.
Here are the ingredients:
1 liter of water
1 teaspoon of Ionic Sea Minerals
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
(the sea salt is optional, to provide added sodium that may be
needed to help eliminate muscle cramps caused by heavy sweating)
For flavoring, lemonade does a good job of masking the somewhat bitter taste of electrolytes.
In a taste test between a number of natural lemonade mixes, Crystal Lite Pure Lemonade won hands down.
Another alternative is to mix a tsp. of sea minerals into 2 or 3 liters of water. For many, this is enough water to dilute the sea minerals down to an acceptable, slightly salty flavor.
Imagine eliminating headaches that come after exercising
Imagine no more muscle cramps after hard workouts
Imagine a quicker rebound
Imagine all these benefits in an inexpensive,
all natural sports drink you make yourself!!!
Don’t wait. Get a bottle today and experience
this rehydration remedy for yourself.