You might be wondering, “what in the world is an electrolyte?”. Well, here you go.
Electrolytes are minerals that when mixed with water, conduct an electrical charge. They assist in regulating a number of the body’s essential functions. Functions like muscle contraction, pH balance, hydration, and nerve signalling.
Our bodies have primary electrolytes for these functions. We have chloride, bicarbonate, sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus. Although electrolytes are great, having extremely high or extremely low levels can cause serious health complications.
We naturally lose electrolyte through sweat and other waste products. It is therefore important that we replenish regularly with an electrolyte rich diet.
Here are 5 electrolyte-rich drinks you can hydrate yourself with.
- Coconut water
Coconut water is the semi clear liquid found inside a coconut. It is relatively low in sugar and it contain various electrolytes, including magnesium, sodium and calcium.
Certainly most of us had no idea of milk’s electrolyte content. Milk is typically rich in mineral electrolytes including, calcium, sodium and potassium. Which allows them refuel and promote muscle tissues after consumption. Milk also has protein and carbohydrates embedded within, making them good post-workout drinks.
Smoothies allow you to blend a combination of foods that are rich in electrolyte content. They can contain fruits, dairy products and vegetables. For better recovery after strenuous workout sessions, a smoothie can come in handy.
- Watermelon juice
Juice gotten from the watermelon contains several electrolytes but they are relatively low in sodium content and high in sugars. Watermelons are also rich in L-citrulline which is known to enhance oxygen transport and improve athletic performance.
- Sports drinks
Sports drinks typically contain electrolytes. This is because athletes require more of it to maintain hydration and boost their energy levels through out their events or training sessions. You can however make an healthier version for yourself at home. The combination of 100% fruit juice, a pinch of salt and coconut water can do the trick.