Electrolyte water: Myths and Benefits

All type of water contains electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium whether you drink bottled or tap water. However, the concentration of electrolytes may vary. Some brands add a significant amount while others only add a negligible amount for taste. Gatorade was the trend leader in electrolyte-fused drinks and originally developed it at the University of Florida to replenish fluid and electrolyte loss in football players doing two-a-day training sessions.

Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity when dissolved in water. They are also electrically-charged substances found in urine, blood and other bodily fluids. Maintaining electrolyte balance within your body allows to maintain proper water amounts, balance blood acidity, employ proper muscle action and allows other important processes to occur. Electrolytes escape the body via sweat, so in order to replenish them, you must consume foods and drinks that contain them.

Electrolytes are essential for:

·         Controlling your fluid balance.

·         Regulating your blood pressure.

·         Helping your muscles contract — including your heart.

·         Maintaining the correct acidity of your blood (pH).

There are certain myths regarding electrolyte water that we believe in:

Myth: Electrolytes are necessary after working out.

Truth: Electrolyte replenishment is dependent on the duration and intensity of your workout, but usually most people’s regular workouts aren’t intense enough to need electrolytes immediately after exercise. Electrolytes are necessary for sportsmen because their sessions of work out are usually long and intense.

Our body requires some electrolytes to function. However, most of the people consume more than required. Sodium is something that most people get in much larger quantities than their bodies need. If your workout is less than 1 hour, you don’t need to worry about replenishing your electrolytes since your body will still have plenty left. If you’re exercising to lose weight, drinking a sports drink after may hinder your progress. You need to consume fewer calories than you burn, and the extra calories from the sugar in the sports drink may not help. In this case, adding electrolytes during or right after your training will not provide any additional benefit.

Myth: Sports drink is better than water to keep us hydrated.

Truth: Nothing beats plain water when it comes to hydration and water does the job without any unnecessary sugar or calories. The taste of sports drinks might help you to drink more liquids while working out, but it may add up to your extra calories.

Making electrolyte water is a cost-effective and healthy way to replace fluid and electrolytes when needed.

Here is an easy lemon-lime sports drink recipe to try at home:

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp of salt

1/4 cup (60 ml) of lemon juice

1/4 cup (60 ml) of lime juice

1 1/2 cups (360 ml) of unsweetened coconut water

2 cups (480 ml) of cold water

This recipe provides a refreshing boost of electrolytes without added sugar or any artificial colors or flavors.

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Source: https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/5-myths-about-sports-drinks