So yesterday we spoke about the importance of drinking water and keeping the body hydrated. Well, today we're going to talk about "Electrolytes"!
What is an "Electrolyte"?
Electrolytes are important nutrients that help maintain the body's fluid balance.
You see . . . when you sweat, your body loses both water and electrolytes. These electrolytes help make the "most" of the water you drink. which in turn is the key to proper hydration.
Electrolytes are mineral with an electric charge, such as magnesium, sodium, chloride, bicarbonate or potassium. When electrolyte levels become too low or too high, they can cause shifts in fluid balance. This may lead to an increase in water weight. Symptoms of "electrolyte" imbalance can include twitching and weakness and if unchecked, seizure, heart rhythm disturbances, cardiac arrest or coma can occur.
So we now know that maintaining the proper level of electrolytes in the body is a must!
And how do we do that? . . .
Well, here are just a few healthy ways:
Drinking organic "vegetable" juices is an excellent way to hydrate the body (much better for hydration than fruit juices as we are normally taught).
And drinking natural "coconut water" is the best hydrating drink.
But drinking "broth" or eating "sweet potatoes" are also a good way to raise your electrolytes and hydrate the body.
And my personal favorite is drinking "chlorophyll" in my water, due to its "potassium" level which help regulates electrolyte levels. (chlorophyll also is rich in vitamins A, C, K and E. and supports everything from blood clotting ot healthy skin and vision. It's full of essential fatty acids and important other minerals like iron and calcium)
So with the stress that this country is under and the season of "sweat" that we're now in . . . make sure you are staying "hydrated" and getting enough "electrolytes" in your water.
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