Powerade and Gatorade are not healthy electrolyte replacements. They are full of sugar or artificial sweeteners, chemicals and dye. The truth is, you likely don’t need an electrolyte replacement to begin with. Unless you are working out intensely for more than two hours or, you are working out in a hot climate, all you need is water (really, this is nature’s electrolyte). If you want to move beyond water, you can make your own electrolyte replacement! Here are four NATURAL ways to make an electrolyte whole food replacement:
Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon – This juice combination works wonders for replacement of electrolytes. The celery has a natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus. Apple provides additional potassium and natural sweetness. Lemon is the highest electrolyte containing citrus fruit.
Stir Sea Salt + Baking Soda + Lemon Juice + Real Maple Syrup into 8 ounces of Water – This is a great natural remedy for serious endurance athletes – You might think drinking baking soda is a little weird, but it’s been used for centuries to treat various ailments. In this case, it’s added to the mix because it makes the body less acidic and provides an additional source of sodium bicarbonate.
Shake Raw Coconut Water + Chia Seeds – Raw coconut water has a ton of electrolytes and potassium that will not only help you stay hydrated but also keep your body from getting any cramps. It is completely natural and very low in sugar. Combine this with a packet of chia seeds and you have a 1-2 punch! Chia seeds are an incredible energy food – full of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber. These seeds have the ability to keep you from getting dehydrated because of they can hold 9 times their weight in water! There are travel packs available that don’t need refrigeration either – perfect for just throwing in your gym bag or purse.
Blend Frozen Banana + Almond Milk + Kale – This smoothie is extremely hydrating. The banana provides a good source of potassium and magnesium which help regulate your fluid stores. Almonds are extremely rich in magnesium and potassium. When you make your almond milk, make sure you add sea salt (store bought almond milk already has salt added to it). Kale is a superfood and another excellent source of magnesium and calcium.
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