Why you more than anyone need REPLENISH Electrolytes
An estimated 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration.
Dehydration has many negative effects from the mild such as irritability to the extreme, fainting and heart failure. Hydration is crucial aspect of wellness that can impact everything from how we work to how we sleep
As we move into a new year, “Hydration” is the first thing you should do if you want to improve overall health and vitality,
However as important as it is to find ways to drink more water, water alone doesn’t actually hydrate you all that well. To be healthily hydrated you need electrolytes.
This is why Go Condition has bought out a range of electrolyte powders in convenient single serve tear sticks so you can always ensure you are properly hydrated. These tear sticks enable you to customize your drinking with great flavors knowing that you’re also doing wonders for your health and energy.
They are very low in sugar with only 10-15 calories per stick and contain 500mg Sodium, 350mg Potassium and 20mg Magnesium giving you everything you need and nothing you don’t for ideal hydration at any time of the day or night.
WHAT ARE ELECTROLYTES AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
Electrolytes are as the name suggests minerals that conduct electrical charges in your body. They can make the essential difference between feeling energized, expectant and ready and feeling completely off your game.
Supplementing with electrolytes is a key means to add energy to your day especially if you’re following a low carb, Keto or Paleo protocol. Electrolytes can prevent the dreaded “Keto Flu”
Regardless of whether you are pursuing a low carb diet, if you’re active, you likely need more sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
WHY DO WE NEED ELECTROLYTES?
Every message sent through your nervous system (including your brain) involves electrical transmissions—or nerve impulses—between nerve cells. You need electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium, for these impulses to fire properly. They are particularly important for renal and cardiac regulation.
In addition to transmitting messages electrolytes regulate fluid balance, help you produce energy, and strengthen bones.
HOW DO WE DEPLETE ELECTROLYTES?
Electrolytes are lost through sweat, urine, breath and other excretion. We can only replace them through diet and supplementation.
While the body is good at regulating electrolytes under normal conditions, it is hard to do so under extremes of exercise, heat and dietary restriction such a low carb diets.
Key causes of electrolyte depletion are excessive water consumption and dietary restriction.
Excessive water consumption can dilute blood sodium levels, causing a dangerous condition called Hyponatremia. Initially this is experienced as muscle cramp and fatigue, but if sodium levels continue to drop—confusion, seizures, brain damage, and even death can occur. Endurance athletes who consume a lot of water without electrolytes run this risk.
The key to prevention is to consume sodium and electrolytes in proportion to your water intake.
Counter-intuitively, people who eat whole food diets can struggle to get enough sodium compared to people who eat processed foods, because processed foods contain so much salt, whereas whole foods do not. To compensate, athletes have to add salt consciously.
This challenge is even more pronounced for people who are following keto as they are sacrificing many electrolyte-rich (but nutrient-poor) foods - particularly sodium.
Low carb dieters have to be particularly conscious of their sodium levels as the low insulin levels invoke the kidneys to excrete more sodium in response. Keto Flu is often the result…and it is avoidable by supplementing sodium.
WHY SODIUM, POTTASSIUM & MAGNESIUM ARE SO IMPORTANT.
Sodium, Potassium and Magnesium are the most important electrolytes for athletes to keep up with. Here’s why;
Sodium is an essential mineral with numerous valuable functions such as regulating your fluid balance, blood pressure and urine production. Sodium also conducts nerve impulses as previously noted and has a role to play in digestion and absorption of nutrients in the gut.
Dietary sodium comes from salt and can also be found in processed foods…which of course we are typically trying to avoid!
Potassium is particularly important to regulate cardiac function and works with Sodium to balance fluids in the blood stream and tissues, conduct nerve impulses and maintain healthy blood pressure
A potassium-rich diet is linked to many health benefits such as reduced blood pressure and water retention, as well as protection against stroke prevention of osteoporosis and kidney stones.
It is believed that as few as 3% of Americans consume enough Potassium in their diet.
The best sources of potassium are leafy vegetables like Spinach and watercress as well as Avocado, Sweet Potato and Tomato.
Magnesium is particularly important for people who undertake exercise as it helps all of your muscles contract (including your heart),it helps in the production of ATP the body’s energy source and regulates blood sugar levels.
The best dietary source of magnesium is dark leafy greens like spinach and chard.
ELECTROLYTES SUPPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES
As you can probably tell from what has gone before…it’s easy to deplete electrolytes if you exercise hard…but much harder to replace them if you follow healthy or restrictive diets. It’s ironic that the most active, health conscious people are most likely to deplete electrolytes and least likely to restore them.
- Eat plenty leafy greens like spinach, kale, and watercress as well as nuts and fruits for potassium and magnesium.
- Drink bone broth and other salty soups…if you can stomach them.
- Add salt to your food judiciously (personally after a lifetime of not eating salt this isn’t something I’m keen on)
Because we work out harder than our diets can keep up with it makes sense to supplement in a targeted way…hence we created REPLENISH electrolytes with 500mg Sodium, 350mg Potassium and 20mg Magnesium. It’s a simple and effective way to supplement with what I need, and also to be able to track my consumption to make sure I’m on top of my electrolyte balance before it gets on top of me.
We created them in four flavors that are quite tart and with only 10-15 calories there is no added sugar. If we want to drink something sweet, we’ll add that separately. These are adult electrolytes, intentionally created to solve for a very specific challenge.