It’s summertime in the South. You know what that means… Temperatures above 90 degrees and humidity greater than 90%. This combination does not bode well for staying hydrated as it increases your sweat production, thereby decreasing your water and electrolyte levels.
Mosts ‘go-to’ rehydration drink is an unmentionable sports drink (or two) that rhymes with masquerade. These drinks contain electrolytes. That is true. But they also contain high amounts of sugar (~23g in a 12oz bottle) and artificial ingredients.
It’s a shame that we have been fed the lie that we need a particular drink to supplement our electrolyte intake.
The truth is that you can replenish your reserves in a much more nutritious, and much less damaging way. Here’s how:
- Drink enough water. The general rule is to drink at least 8 cups (as in a measuring cup – 8oz) per day. We like to keep it simple — drink water when you’re thirsty. That should do the trick.
- Eat whole foods high in electrolytes. This part is not difficult with a primarily plant-based diet (which Paleo is). Some foods high in potassium include bananas, dates, raisins, coconut, avocado, and spinach.
- Do not restrict salt intake. Salt (sodium + chloride) helps to retain fluid to keep us hydrated and is the one most depleted from sweating (and why your dog likes to lick your skin after a WOD…Salty!)
With knowledge comes power. In this case, it’s the power to decide against a sugar-laden beverage and opt for life-giving resources, instead.
Cheers to making better choices!