- Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014 05:30
- by Alisa Profumo
Do you experience muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, or maybe mental confusion post workout? If so, these are all symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance. Additionally, if your electrolytes continue to remain low it may result in muscle weakness during your next workout. Long term risks include seizures, kidney failure and even disturbances in heart rhythm. In an effort to prevent the above symptoms I see parents, coaches, and others at ball games during the hot summer months hand their children bottles of Gatorade or Powerade. I even see athletes in the gym throwing back a bottle of that neon-colored liquid. Ever wonder what is in that bottle of goodness? Well, the short list contains artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, high fructose corn syrup, refined sweeteners, etc. Both Gatorade and PowerAde previously contained a controversial ingredient called brominated vegetable oil (BVO) until just recently. PepsiCo has agreed to remove BVO from Gatorade after much consumer pressure but, has not given a timeline. PepsiCo has no plans to remove BVO from its other sodas including Mountain Dew. Coca-Cola has also agreed to remove BVO from PowerAde by the end of this year. If you’re not familiar with BVO, it is patented as a flame retardant and its use as a food additive has been banned in Europe, Australia, India and Japan. I don’t know about you but I don’t find flame retardants too appetizing!
A complicated formula laden with chemicals is not necessary to replace electrolytes. All you will need is a few key minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium chloride, hydrogen carbonate (a salt) and hydrogen phosphate (a mineral.)Here are a few of my favorite recipes that will not only be appetizing to your palate but will also provide the key ingredients needed to replenish your electrolytes naturally. (Please remember to always use Organic ingredients where necessary.)
Creamy Coconut Strawberry Refresher
3- Cups of coconut water- (preferably from a raw green coconut, if you drink the water from a mature coconut the nutrients
have already seeped into the meat of the coconut.)
1- Cup of Strawberries (if frozen omit ice)
1- Cup fresh filtered water (I’m a huge fan of the Clearly Filtered water pitcher…check it out here - http://superhumanradio.com/clearly-filtered.html)
1- Cup of ice (you can replace ice with frozen strawberries)
1/8 –Tsp. Sea Salt
2- Tbsp. of local honey.
Blend all ingredients together in blender until smooth.
Lemons are the highest electrolyte containing fruit. The juice of a lemon includes calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium,
potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium. Most of the essential minerals required by the human body are
present in lemon juice.
Double Citrus Electro Mix
½ -Tsp Sea salt
½-Tsp baking soda
½ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ Cup lime juice
½ Frozen Banana
2 Cups filtered water
1 Tbsp. local Honey, Organic Maple Syrup or Stevia to taste.
Pour ingredients into a blender. Blend ingredients together until smooth. Enjoy with ice! This one is for the extreme
Almond Banana Replenisher
¼ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ Cup freshly squeezed orange juice
½ Frozen banana
1 Cup Almond Milk (I prefer homemade almond milk)
1/8 Tsp of sea salt…unless your almond milk already contains salt.
Place ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Want to add additional magnesium and calcium to this recipe…simply
add the superfood Kale approximately 1 cup.
Fruity Sensation Sipper
¼ Cup Lemon Juice
¼ Cup Lime Juice
2 Cups Filtered Water
6 Stalks of Celery
You will need a juicer for this recipe.
Frothy Lemon-Pear Chiller
6 cups filtered water
3 large lemons, peeled and chopped
1 pear, cored and chopped
3 Tbsp. organic coconut oil
6 Tsp. (or to taste) natural sweetener…local honey, maple syrup or stevia
1 tsp sea salt
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth