The A, B, Cs of Electrolytes by Guest Blogger Alexis
If any of you are like me you have seen ads in your lifetime about electrolytes.
Usually coming from a celebrity athlete holding a sports drink, looking refreshingly
bright and crisp. Since the majority of us live in the real world and are not working
out 7 days a week or getting paid the big bucks to play our favorite sport, why would we need electrolytes?
I always imagined that electrolytes were for the fabulous fit, who work out and need that pick up or push for all those bench presses. Don’t get me wrong I am pretty healthy. I follow a low carb diet, I practice yoga 4-5 times a week, walk my dog more than I probably should and I am a great sleeper. But not in a million years did I think it was necessary for me to drink electrolytes. Turns out I was wrong, and I am pretty sure I am not alone in that thought.
So I am going to share with you some of the research I found for myself. At times I was confused as I don’t have a medical background and the medical jargon can get overwhelming no matter how much you want to be good to your body. Hopefully, I can save you one less Google search, which turns into 50. Instead, I'll give you the brief and simple bullet points on all things electrolytes.
What they are might be a good place to start…
Electrolytes are minerals within our bodies that have an electric charge. We can find them in our blood, urine, tissues and other bodily fluids. They help to BALANCE the amount of water in our body.
Why do we need them?
We need electrolytes to keep our nervous system and muscles functioning and to
keep us in BALANCE.
So why does a healthy guy or gal like me need electrolytes…
Because when your CARB intake is LOW, electrolytes especially salt levels can get out of BALANCE and if this happens you may not be performing at your top speed.
How do you know if you need electrolytes while traveling on the low carb journey?
Here are a few symptoms you may encounter…
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Muscle Cramps
- Muscles twitching
- Heart Palpitations
- Increased Awareness of Heartbeat
(You can also go visit your GP and have them do a blood test to find out more!)
The key electrolytes we can lose with a low carb lifestyle are:
What can I do Alexis?
Well lucky for you their lies many options to help find BALANCE within your body.
From the food, we eat to the supplements we choose to take…
If your sodium is low you can add 1 teaspoon of salt to your water bottle over the
day, that’s right folks you heard me correctly. Remember that 1 teaspoon is 2.4
grams of sodium. Or if you are a bone broth junkie like me grab your favorite flavor and sip away, there is usually about 1g of sodium per cup
Low in Potassium and Magnesium…
Food is the best place to add this in! I chose foods that specifically would give you an increase in both Potassium and Magnesium. I know how hard it can be to make sure we are always consuming what is right for us.
Last but not least…
Here is the thing if you are on a low carb lifestyle already you are probably eating a lot of the above already. But my issue has always been, am I eating enough of it? For me this is where the broths like, Giants Bone Broth Plus Greens and Ultima Replenisher come in. Just two of my favorites of the millions out there! The GOOD supplements have all the electrolytes and support minerals for BALANCED hydration.
At the end of the day isn't that what we are all looking for… BALANCE and to FEEL AMAZING in our bodies!
Just a little reminder as you travel down your own path of wellness, always
remember to Pause. Breathe. Smile
Email any questions to: Alexisonpause@gmail.com