The Importance Of Electrolytes by Dr. Eddie Hall

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The Importance of Electrolytes

I get asked all too often about replenishing electrolytes from patients. As a result, I thought this would be a valuable topic to introduce to the Triple P Nation. We all should be pushing our bodies through exercise daily expending our electrolytes from excessive fluid loss.

When We Were Kids

You remember back as a kid when you got done with a sporting practice or were under the weather maybe having vomiting or diarrhea due to your body trying to rid itself of the culprit? Well if you were like us growing up we were given Gatorade for this due to a great marketing campaign.  Gatorade was the savior to revive electrolyte imbalances in our bodies. I remember “Blue” was my favorite version.

What I didn’t know until much later in life was that is one of the worst things you could possibly put into your body. It is made almost entirely of chemically treated and refined sugars (just as much as your standard soda), artificial coloring, and other ingredients that are in no way good for your body.  Even the new “natural” version is still chemically processed refined sugars and questionable “natural flavor” to cover the face that there is absolutely NO fruit juice in this drink.

What Are Electrolytes Anyway?

Some of you are asking yourself what are electrolytes’ anyway? They are nothing more than minerals that are essential for our bodies to function properly daily. Even when we aren’t under intense exercise or going through a sickness we need a proper electrolyte balance. Some of the most important functions of electrolytes are for conducting electricity throughout the body, regulating blood and fluid levels, nerve cell communication, tissue repair, pH balance, and proper release of hormones to name a few.

Where We Can Get Them

We can get these easily through real foods since the minerals required are simply sodium, chloride, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. When you are experiencing electrolyte imbalances you can keep an eye out for some of the most common symptoms which include but not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle spasms
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea/Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Irregular heart beat

Some natural substitutes to name a few of my favorites

  1. Raw coconut water + Chia seeds

Raw coconut water has a ton of electrolytes to not only keep you hydrated but avoiding muscle cramps. Chia seeds are combined for an added energy punch! These little seeds help you stay hydrated due to the face they hold 9 times their weight in water.

  1. Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon

This is my favorite replacement of electrolytes as celery is a natural source of all the above mentioned minerals required for electrolytes. Lemon is the highest electrolyte containing citrus fruit.

Now ditch the sugar filled health damaging sports drinks and start to make your own!! Remember…


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