Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity in cells. We need to replenish electrolytes when we work out or suffer the consequences of accelerated aging. Electrolytes regulate nerve and muscle function, blood pH, hydration, blood pressure, and manage tissue repair.
Electrolyte levels change when you sweat (become dehydrated).
Drinking sugary and chemicalized drinks like Gatorade isn’t a good idea. You’re trying to be an optimal machine so why not take that discipline a little further, and not consume sugar and weird science chemicals?
Gatorade contains high fructose corn syrup even though they say it doesn’t, that sugar is the same as HFCS. It also contains dyes, which are toxic, as well as monopotassium phosphate, which is used as fertilizer and fungicide.
Some flavors contain bromine, also used as a flame retardant in computers and electronics.
I like to put biochemicals into my body that are used either as fuel, or as building supplies, not things that have to be detoxified in my liver and kidneys.
If you need hydration drink coconut water, eat bananas, drink lemonade (made with organic cane sugar), add kale to your green juice as it contains high amounts of magnesium and calcium, to relax your muscles after an intense workout and rebuild bone.
I personally have to take care to replace electrolytes because I sweat a lot when I work out. There are all kinds variations of this drink, but here’s a good one:
Nancy’s sports drink, two 16-ounce servings
1 small peeled and pitted lemon
1 large green apple, quartered and seeded
1 bunch of cilantro
2 celery stalks
1 bottle of coconut water
1 heaping tablespoon organic gelatin
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Put in Vitamix and blend well for about 2 minutes. It comes out frothy and thick. Because of the gelatin you need to drink it immediately.
Lemons: Highest electrolyte fruit because of its calcium content
Green Apples: Potassium for electrolyte balance and to make the drink palatable (sweet)
Cilantro: A heavy metal chelator
Celery: Sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus
Coconut water: Very high potassium
Organic gelatin: Humans used to eat animal parts like eyeballs, sinews, and ligaments, which we don’t consume anymore, so we are not getting enough of the amino acid glycine. Glycine is essential for tissue repair and to reduce inflammation.
Baking soda: Blocks the conversion of lactate into lactic acid so that you don’t hit the wall as fast.