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:
- Eat a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. Bananas, spinach, coconut, avocado, and beans are especially great sources of electrolytes.
- 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.
- Don’t overdo it with the coffee and alcohol, both of which are diuretics and will dehydrate you further.
- 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.