Getting Enough Electrolytes?

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 10.13.08 AMIf you’re a runner or cardio exercise buff, you’ve likely heard of the need for electrolytes. Electrolytes are ionized (electrically charged) salts in your body. They are what your cells (especially nerve, heart,  and muscle) use to maintain electro-chemical connections across cell membranes and transmit electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) between and among cells.

Electrolyte concentrations in your blood are managed in your kidneys. And those concentrations are changing constantly as your body moves and processes waste. When you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium.

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Six Life Hacks for Wellness

earbudmomLife hacks are a strategies or techniques adopted in order to manage your time and daily activities in a more efficient or more ingenious way. Here are six of our favorites, mostly because they’re so practical, so easy to do, and have such a great impact.

1. Eat an orange before your next workout or hike

Oranges are a quick energy source and are a a solid source of simple carbohydrates. They’re also packed with vitamin C, fiber, potassium and electrolytes. Research studies also suggest oranges are good for immune support and everything from protection against arthritis to preventing ulcers.

2. When you feel depressed, try housecleaning

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Five Hydration Do’s and Don’ts

Many people have discovered that proper hydration with sports drinks helps them run faster, have better motor skills, and stay mentally sharper–and the research bears that out. But sometimes plain old water does the trick.

1  Consume sports drinks during intense workouts.

When you exercise, you lose water and salts through sweat. Gatorade and other sports drinks replace both, and often add other minerals and sometimes vitamins and carbs, too. All these help, especially during intense workouts. Stay away from sports drinks when you’re not exercising, though, lots of calories!

Don’t bother with add-ons.

Any add-ons to the basic electrolyte drink–whether it’s choline, creatine, or something else–makes no difference to anyone except the extreme hard-core professional. If you eat protein in your meals (and you should) that’s much more protein than you’ll get in drinks. Theoretically, the drinks are supposed to spare your muscle protein, but in reality it’s a marginal gain. Just eating protein will do that much. Continue reading “Five Hydration Do’s and Don’ts”