Have you ever felt an acute pain in your side or a leg cramp when you are doing exercise? There is a good chance that your electrolytes are not balanced. This is how to fix it!
If you have never heard of electrolytes, here is a complete guide, but in short, electrolytes are minerals that spark electrical impulses in your body when they are combined with water. They are part of your regular diet, sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium are all electrolytes that support muscle health, brain function, blood circulation and hydration.
It is not too uncommon for an imbalance of electrolytes to occur. Especially when you sweat during exercise, you can deplete these minerals. An electrolyte imbalance causes muscle cramps, fatigue, headaches, dizziness or accelerated heartbeat.
Luckily foods and drinks will recharge and balance your electrolyte levels so your muscles stay active and improve your performance.
Foods to replenish your electrolytes
Our bodies do need some salt to function well, of course, excess sodium is not good for you, so stay away from highly processed foods and added sodium in general. But you can eat some foods that contain sodium but are still natural and healthy.
2. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great snack especially if you are planning on doing exercise. They contain magnesium and phosphorus and they are super tasty!
3. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are rich in electrolytes and they absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, so they are both nutritious and hydrating. Have some chia seeds with your yogurt or smoothie to create your own hydrating gel drink.
Kidney beans, black beans, white beans, soybeans and so on, are nutritious to eat, super versatile and packed with electrolytes.
If you are a vegetarian, this is a really good source of protein, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Try some baked tempeh treats!
Packed with potassium they come in their own natural wrapping and are super easy to have on the go, and they will keep you fueled for exercise.
7. Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale, chard, beet greens, and more are part of a healthy diet and they are rich in electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium. Plus, they provide healthy carbohydrates to help you better absorb those minerals.
8. Vegetable smoothies
Any fruit and vegetable mixed before a workout session will replenish all the electrolytes you need –just make sure to avoid adding sugar to it.
9. Sweet potatoes
They are delicious, nutritious, packed with electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and vitamins! You can bake your own healthy sweet potato chips!
10. Coconut water
Hydrating, tasty and full of minerals –an easy way to gulp all the electrolytes you need!
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