When you workout hard, you sweat. When you sweat, you don’t just lose water. You also lose valuable minerals your body needs to stay healthy. These minerals are called electrolytes and they support your body’s hydration. So after a hard workout, you want to do more than just grab some water. You need to replace these valuable minerals. An easy way to do this is with an electrolyte drink like Gatorade or a post-workout shake. However, many of these drinks contain high levels of sugar, chemical ingredients, and do not taste very good. Luckily there are other ways to replace these minerals besides grabbing a post workout drink including:
1. Grab A Snack:
A healthy snack loaded with the necessary minerals can be really helpful. One of the best things you can do is eat a banana. Bananas are loaded with 400 mg of potassium. If bananas aren’t your thing you can try potatoes or yogurt for potassium. You’ll also want to eat something with magnesium such as pumpkin seeds, nuts, spinach, or beans. Both potassium and magnesium help your body stay hydrated and reduce muscle tension and soreness.
2. Add A Pinch Of Salt To Your Water:
Salt is made of sodium and chloride. Sodium is crucial to helping you stay hydrated because it holds water in your body. If you don’t like the idea of adding a pinch of salt to your water you can consider drinking some broth or vegetable juice to increase your sodium. Drinking tomato juice will offer both sodium and chloride.
3. Have Some Dairy:
Finally, you’ll want to replace your lost calcium. The easiest way to do this is with dairy. Grab a glass of milk which has 300 mg of calcium or snack on a yogurt which has 400 mg of yogurt per serving.
4. Drink Coconut Water
Coconut water is nature’s electrolyte drink. It has potassium, sodium, and magnesium. It works as well as an electrolyte drink but without all the sugars and added ingredients. You can find coconut water nowadays at most grocery stores. They even come in a variety of flavors.
Hydration requires more than just drinking lots of water. You need to also equip your body with the right minerals like electrolytes. To ensure that you are getting all the things your body needs after a workout, the best idea is to hire a nutritionist. At Everlasting Changes, all of our personal trainers are also certified nutritionists. Not only will we make sure that your workout makes you sweat, but that you’ll replenish all the nutrients your body needs. Call now for 3 risk-free, complimentary sessions. We include a 30-day guarantee on all of our packages.