Have you ever felt dizzy, exhausted, and even nauseous after a long run or exercise?
Our body is composed mostly of water, and with the natural sweating of physical exercise we lose water necessary for the functioning of our body. It is not enough to just drink water trying to replace the loss after physical effort, because we need electrolytes (a solution generally composed of Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphate and Bicarbonate, which contain ions that act as an electrical conductor) to help move that water between cells and tissues quickly and efficiently.
A person who exercises regularly can lose up to 32 oz of water per hour of exercise, which represents up to 5% of body fluid loss. As you lose more water in your body, symptoms and damage can range from cramps, dizziness, fatigue, tiredness, reddening of the skin, increased heart rate and body temperature, nausea; to a clinical picture with symptoms of deafness, swollen tongue, darkened vision and loss of consciousness. To avoid such effects, it is advisable to hydrate yourself by drinking a sufficient amount of water before, during and after physical activities.
Today, with the growing concern of human beings for their health, many corporations have introduced electrolyte sports drinks to hydrate athletes quickly. However, many of them have been shown to be loaded with artificial colors, sugar and calories, which are contraindicated in the long term for health. Even dentists dismiss them for being very corrosive to tooth enamel.
To avoid this we recommend you be careful and check the labels of the products and avoid these components. Preferably use sachets with soluble powders, or drink coconut water, which is, to make a strong comparison, a natural battery water for your body full of electrolytes without any adverse chemical component.
Also remember to maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated to maintain the balance of fluids in your body at all times, not only during extreme physical activity. Consume energy bars low in processed sugars and foods rich in potassium and carbohydrates.
Even so, below we provide you with a natural recipe that you can make at home and that will give your body the ability to replace the electrolyte levels of water that you require after a physical test.
Electrolytic Orangeade Recipe:
1/2 liter of water
1/2 liter of coconut water
½ cup of orange juice
¼ teaspoon salt (sodium)
¼ teaspoon of baking soda