Consuming enough electrolytes is an important part of any Reboot plan but I often get asked where can I get them? So here’s a break down of everything you need to know about electrolytes, where they come from, when to consume them, and our favorite juices to keep you full of them
Processes such as digestion, excretion and respiration cannot be performed efficiently if these electrolytes are not present in adequate amounts. They are present in various body fluids such as blood, urine and digestive juices. Electrolytes are responsible for maintaining the pH level in the human body. On a normal basis, these electrolytes are balanced in the body.
However, these electrolytes can be rapidly lost from the body due to excessive sweating. Dysentery, diarrhoea and vomiting can also result in the loss of vital electrolytes from the body. There can also be certain situations wherein the electrolyte levels in the body rise to abnormally high levels. Such a situation can also cause serious consequences.
It is important to take immediate corrective action so as to restore the electrolyte levels back to normal. Electrolytes are present in various fruits, nuts and vegetables. They can also be obtained from energy drinks.
Best Sources Of Electrolytes
Potassium is in a multitude of fruits and vegetables especially leafy green vegetables such as spinach, turnip greens, collard greens and kale, bananas, tomatoes, oranges, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes, prunes, raisins, peas and beans. Potassium is also in milk and salt substitutes made from potassium chloride. Potassium supports normal cell function, regulates blood pressure and prevents bone loss and kidney stones. Consume 4.7 grams of potassium daily to maintain your health.
Coconut water is an excellent rehydration solution and has been used in numerous cases of electrolyte imbalance around the world. Coconut water is obtained from the tender coconut. Such coconuts do not have much flesh or meat.They contain a sweet fluid which is commonly called coconut water. Those who suffer from diarrhoea or dysentery are often given this water on a regular basis so as to compensate for the loss of bodily fluids. In certain cases, this water can also be used intravenously so as to restore the electrolyte balance of the patient back to normal within a short span of time.
Nut butters are a great source of magnesium, sodium, and phosphorus. They also contain protein and are easy on your stomach. You can always opt for nut butter as an easy snack after a hard workout session. Even a spoonful of nut butter is enough to give you a quick electrolyte boost. It also works great as an ingredient in your electrolyte-filled smoothies
There are several varieties of sports drinks which are available in the market today. These drinks are also very effective in supplying the body with vital electrolytes which are needed for its proper functioning.
People must choose sports drinks which contain fruit juices as these are more effective than other non-fruit varieties of sports drinks. Apart from containing natural sources of electrolytes such as fruits, these drinks also contain various added electrolytes which work to counter any imbalances in the body. One such sports drink is Gatorade.
Citrus juices are always a great source of electrolytes. Lemon water is one great choice because it is incredibly hydrating and is rich in magnesium and potassium. It also contains some sodium and calcium. To make a refreshing drink, mix fresh lemon juice with sea salt, water, and honey. Adding coconut water instead of water to this energy drink will give you a quick electrolyte boost.
Bananas and Avocados
Both these fruits are very good sources of vital electrolytes. Bananas are easily digested by the body and are often given to patients who are recovering from dysentery and diarrhoea. Avocados are also extremely effective as they help to nourish the body.