Ritu Krishnatreye, BHMS
Natural electrolyte drink
During a grueling spin class or rigorous exercise session, you may
think of reaching for a neon-green Gatorade or a PowerBar Endurance
Sports Drink. Yes, these drinks are better than nothing, but are they
the best choice for replenishing lost electrolytes?
You need these 4 electrolytes
Excessive sweating results
in a loss of water AND important electrolytes. The four major electrolytes
that you need to properly rehydrate your body are:
Not replacing these 4 major electrolytes may result in:
Magnesium is especially helpful for preventing cramping and headaches,
plus helps with oxygen utilization and added energy. Trace mineral
important as well.
Most electrolyte sports drinks come up short
Gatorade is the most
popular sports drink for rehydration. Some
question whether it is
good for you.
Gatorade, PowerBar, Powerade and other popular electrolyte
sports drinks only say they include 1 or 2 electrolytes, potassium and sodium.
Guzzling sports drinks can
also add calories, sugar, and toxins from artificial flavors, sweeteners
and artificial colors. Some have High Fructose Corn Syrup and numerous chemical
Do you really want these additional burdens when you are trying to rehydrate.
Recent research even questions
the validity of carb loading before strenuous exercise.
A more perfect rehydration solution
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 contains all of these.
Why No Sports Drink is Complete Without Magnesium
When your body sweats out
other electrolytes, it also sweats out magnesium. Not replacing the
electrolyte magnesium can be costly.
Magnesium is required in over 300 biochemical cell reactions
is needed for muscle contraction and relaxation
is needed for the production of ATP, the body's major energy producer
helps in lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease
Magnesium is needed for muscle
repair after exercise
A deficiency of magnesium
is often associated with structural damage of muscle cells, which
hampers the process of recovery after exercise. It is a vital component
that assists in muscle repair and improves athletic performance.
Hence, those who are
involved in sports or are actively involved in physical exercise should
consume a sufficient amount of magnesium.
Benefits of Chloride
Chloride works with other
electrolytes to maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance within the
body. It, therefore, plays a vital role in treating dehydration.
Chloride, the negative ion, acts as a neutralizing agent that
balances positive electrolyte ions, helping the body to maintain proper
alkaline levels. It balances positive magnesium, potassium and sodium
ions, which helps to maintain optimal pH in the body.
Chloride helps to regulate the flow of fluids between blood
vessels and body tissue.
Studies have found that seawater has almost the same percentage of
chloride electrolyte as our body fluids. (Read the full article,
natural electrolyte drink)
Make a Great Sports Electrolyte Drink at Home
It is easy and simple to prepare an all natural electrolyte solution
Ionic Sea Minerals.
Here are the ingredients:
1 teaspoon of Ionic Sea Minerals
1 liter of water
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt (optional, for added sodium during heavy
sweating, to help prevent muscle cramps)
For flavoring, lemonade does a good job of masking the somewhat bitter
taste of the electrolytes. In a taste test of a number of natural lemonade
Lite Pure Lemonade won
hands down. Two packets in a quart is what is recommended.
Of course, you can do your own taste tests to see what lemonade flavoring
works best for you.
Another option is to add the above ingredients to 2 or 3
liters of water, and skip the flavoring. Some people are quite satisfied
with the slightly salty taste.
Conclusion, Natural Electrolyte Drink
A natural electrolyte sports drink should have a good balance of
chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium, plus trace mineral
A sea mineral concentrate contains all of these
Next time, instead of reaching for a Gatorade, PowerBar or
Powerade, why not put together your own? Drink with water, or flavor
and sweeten to taste.