Physical activity, whether its running, biking, sports or gardening, all generate sweat. The sweat releases electrolytes and toxins to make our bodies healthier, but the loss of electrolytes must be replenished to maintain optimal health and improve stamina.
Electrolytes are minerals:
Electrolytes are mineral salts such as Calcium ,Magnesium ,Potassium , sodium and chloride. Excessive loss of these electrolytes can cause muscle cramps, nausea, exhaustion, and even dizziness or delirium.
Most people think that drinking water alone will help give full recovery, but most bottled water is lacking sufficient quantities of electrolytes. Not only will your recovery suffer, so will athletic performance, stamina, and bodily repair, if sufficient nutrient supplies are not met.
There are several electrolyte products in local health shops:
Its really up to you if you prefer taking electrolytes in tablet or powder form, but here are some suggestions:
- E-load is a common electrolyte product thats very good for preventing muscle cramping caused by excessive exercise.
- Emergen-C is an effervescent Vitamin C product that also contains B vitamins and electrolytes. Its an excellent for those looking to improve their Immune system and energy levels while replacing electrolytes.
- A product by Sisu, called Hydrade, is an electrolyte drink which contains Vitamin E,C and B-complex along with a rich carbohydrate and electrolyte load. Hydrade is an excellent energizing and recovery drink because it also restores glycogen (a form of energy storage in the tissues), along with replacing lost electrolytes.
Why is proper replacement so important?
Proper replacement of electrolytes will help you exercise longer and enjoy your outdoor activities more. For extended periods of exercise or activity, choose an electrolyte drink with some form of carbohydrates provided through good sugars, to increase energy levels along with improving recovery.
Its also very important not to wait until your body is totally deficient in nutrients, but rather start taking electrolytes at the beginning of your activity.
Baljinder Chhoker, Naturopathic Consultant for Nature's Source.