Electrolyte me up!

March 7, 2017

Blinded by the lyte

What are electrolytes, and do we need them? Short answer: yes. Electrolytes are substances that produce an electrically-conducting solution when dissolved in water. Yeaaah, we didn’t quite get that either. In much simpler terms, electrolytes are minerals that are essential for life. The human body requires electrolytes—including sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, and chloride—to function. We need these electrolytes to regulate our muscle function and balance our body’s pH level (among other things). A poor diet, an intense workout, a bout of sickness, or a long night of drinking can all lead to an electrolyte deficiency. These are all occasions when your body feels dehydrated and worn down.

So… how do we replenish electrolytes?

The best way to get electrolytes is through a healthy, well-balanced diet. That means eat your fruits and veggies, kiddos! That’s the bottom line, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a schemer. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes!

If you’re an overachiever and reallllly want to supplement your intake, water with natural electrolytes is usually your best option, especially compared against drinks loaded with added sugars, chemical sweeteners, and artificial colors.

Good news, Green Sheep Water has you covered

Our Still Water has natural electrolytes in greater quantities than most—even more than those brands touting their waters as being packed with these mysterious nutrients. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s just one more reason Green Sheep is the best solution for on-the-go healthy hydration ;)

Don’t forget, drinking water is just one piece of the puzzle—no drink provides you with all of the electrolytes your body needs on a daily basis. Just remember:

  1. Eat a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. Bananas, spinach, coconut, avocado, and beans are especially great sources of electrolytes.
  2. Don’t be afraid of a little salt. Sodium and chloride (which combined make plain ‘ol table salt) are the most depleted nutrients after a particularly sweaty workout. 
  3. Don’t overdo it with the coffee and alcohol, both of which are diuretics and will dehydrate you further. 
  4. Skip those “-ade” drinks (and their heavy doses of sugar), opting for plain water instead. You can lose up to a liter of water during an hour-long workout, so make sure you’re drinking enough to make up for the loss. 

If you’re a numbers nerd, take a look below at how Green Sheep Water's electrolytes stack up.

Natural Electrolytes

Climate Change is Real

Climate Change is Real

November 8, 2016

ICYMI—Check out Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic's documentary exploring climate change and the dangers it brings. We like Global Citizen's run down of 9 takeaway facts:

  1. Greenland and the Arctic are on track to melt entirely. 
  2. The last time the Earth was four degrees celsius warmer was 4 million years ago.
  3. 50% of all coral has been lost in the past 30 years.
  4. 700 million Indians cook with biomass, aka cow dung.
  5. Cows are environmentally hazardous.
  6. China is the world’s biggest polluter, but it also invests the most in sustainable energy.
  7. Elon Musk has a plan.
  8. espite scientific evidence, not everyone believes in climate change, and that has slowed action.
  9. You can make a difference.

 

 

Hollow

Hollow

November 3, 2016

Comissioned by the University of Bristol, Hollow is a permanent public artwork by artist Katie Paterson and architects Zeller & Moye.

Under your feet lie fossils, which span 390 million years, and above you thousands of unique tree samples connect across time and space, each with their own story to tell.

Designed as a "miniature forest", when you step inside and you'll find wood samples collected from over 10,000 different tree species that the artist collected from nearly every country around the world. Not only is it visually stunning, but it also is a truly unique look at our planet's history. Learn more about the project and explore over 1,000 of the trees' stories here.

Volvo Life Paint

Volvo Life Paint

October 17, 2016

The best way to survive a crash, is not to crash.

In an effort to minimize bicycle-vehicle collisions, Volvo has created Life Paint, which is a paint that can be sprayed onto any material. During the day it's invisible, but at night it glows by reflecting cars' headlights. It lasts about a week and can be washed off without affecting the color of the surface where you've applied it. Pretty cool!

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