Regular exercise is essential for a healthy body, but it's important to give your body the electrolytes it needs to recover properly. Without electrolytes, you can experience muscle cramps, dehydration, and other unpleasant side effects.
Electrolytes are minerals that are found in your body fluids, including blood and sweat. They are vital for metabolic function, which is required for efficient muscular activity, helping to regulate fluid balance, blood pressure, and heart rate. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes through your skin which can lead to electrolyte imbalance and dehydration if you don't replace them.
The most important electrolytes for post-workout recovery are sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
Sodium helps to maintain fluid balance in the body as it helps regulate the amount of water that's in and around your cells.
Potassium helps your nerves to function and muscles to contract, say for example helping your heartbeat to stay regular, and also aids in muscle recovery.
Calcium is involved in skeletal mineralization, contraction of muscles, the transmission of nerve impulses, blood clotting, and secretion of hormones.
Magnesium is important for energy production and helps to prevent muscle cramps.
All these vital minerals are lost from sweating. There are a few methods to add electrolytes to your daily diet. Electrolyte supplements, which are available at most health food stores, may be taken as pills or liquids. You can also eat foods that are high in electrolytes, such as bananas, avocados, leafy greens, and yogurt.
Another important source is to drink plenty of fluids during and after your workout to replace the electrolytes you've lost. Sports drinks usually have high sugar, which might give you a burst of energy in the short term, but it may not be the best option in the grand scheme of your nutrition plan. Coconut water is a natural electrolyte drink that has fewer calories and sugar than sports drinks.
The best option is water, but how do you get the right balance of electrolytes without the sugar? IONICAID FULVIC TRACE MINERAL COMPLEX offers an excellent electrolyte concentrate for during or post-workout. blend including calcium, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D3 to help your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. It is blended into a Fulvic Acid concentrate, which increases the absorption of these nutrients. To learn more about fulvic acid, please check out this article.
The Original Formula is a delicious ginger citrus flavour and is allergen/gluten/sugar free so it's suitable for any dietary program! Drop a teaspoon of the concentrate into your water bottle and you are good to go!
So, there you have it! The most important electrolytes for post-workout recovery. Be sure to add them to your diet in order to avoid any unpleasant side effects from electrolyte imbalance. Do you have any tips for getting electrolytes into your diet? Share them in the comments below! And be sure to check out our other blog posts on healthy eating and exercise!