For all you hardworking humans getting a summer sweat on, whether it be in the gym, studio, or great outdoors, the heat can leave us a little dehydrated. We all know to drink more 💦 but if you are working out at a high intensity or are active for a long period of time, to properly re-hydrate straight up H2O isn’t going to cut it so let’s bring in a little extra intra or post workout boost.
When we sweat we don’t just loose water, we loose minerals and this is where electrolytes come in (electrolytes = electronically charged minerals/compounds which are essential for a variety of bodily functions). These include sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and phosphate.
To keep this happy fluid-mineral balance, and to make sure we are properly hydrated, replenishing these minerals as well as enough actual water intake is important.
The sports drinks available often come with way more sugar than we need for the amount of exercise we are doing so can play havoc with blood sugar levels, or they have artificial sweeteners which can cause some digestive issues and effect the bacteria in our gut. They may have their time and place, but for the everyday athlete shooting for thirst quenching health, I got us covered with an easy homemade version thanks to the minerals in salt and coconut water.
I have often recommended to clients taking part in endurance events to add pink salt to their water, or switch between water and coconut water, but I love this mix of half and half here. It takes the sweetness right down, and I find straight up coconut water to be a bit too sweet, especially if drank during exercise.
You can of course completely ignore the recipe BUT if you are working out and sweating in the sun you are likely to benefit from adding in some extra mineral salt to your drink or meal after.
Side note: This is also great for hangovers which also often come with summer heat! 😉
If you are after some personalised advice and extra support for fueling your sport, including food and supplementation around your training, you can get in contact or arrange a call through my ‘contact’ page.