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The Power of Electrolytes during a heat wave
by Lucia Stansbie
As the scorching sun beats upon us during this heat wave, our bodies require more than just a cool breeze to cool down.Enter electrolytes – the unsung heroes that offer crucial support for our bodies during these warm days.
In this article, I’ll explain what electrolytes are, their impact on our health and how to best include them in your diet.
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that play a vital role in various physiological functions. They include potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and chloride. These tiny powerhouses are responsible for maintaining fluid balance, facilitating nerve function, regulating muscle contractions, and supporting numerous biochemical reactions within our bodies.
Electrolytes, particularly sodium and potassium, are essential for retaining water and maintaining proper hydration levels at a cellular level.
Electrolytes can also help support cardiovascular health by ensuring proper fluid balance and regulating blood pressure. Research has shown that adequate intake of electrolytes, such as potassium and magnesium, can help maintain healthy blood pressure levels, reduce the risk of stroke, and support heart health.
Excessive sweating can deplete the body’s water and electrolyte stores, so it is important to replenish them via our food and drink intake:
Fruits and Vegetables: Incorporate potassium-rich foods like bananas, oranges, spinach, sweet potatoes, and avocados into your diet. These natural sources of electrolytes can replenish your mineral stores while providing essential vitamins and antioxidants.
Hydrating Beverages: Reach for electrolyte-rich drinks such as coconut water or homemade electrolyte solutions that contain a blend of electrolytes and water.
Nuts and Seeds: Snack on magnesium-rich almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds. These nutrient-packed treats not only offer electrolytes but also provide a healthy dose of healthy fats and proteins.
Balanced Salts: Opt for sea salt or Himalayan pink salt instead of refined table salt. These unprocessed salts contain a spectrum of minerals, including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.