Why drink Electrolyte replacements?
We sweat when we workout, but our sweat isn’t just water. Since our bodies our made up of 60-75% water when we sweat, we begin to lose water fast. To avoid getting cramps, nauseous, confused, and headaches we need to replace the water we lose. How ever just drinking water alone will not replace what we lose when we sweat. In addition to water, our sweat is made up of electrolytes that contain sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. All of these minerals are used by our bodies for every day function and if we do not replace them we might have larger problems. Potassium helps prevent post-exercise exhaustion, supports intense training (like a Rebel class) and helps replenish glycogen stores by aiding in the conversion from glucose to glycogen. Low on magnesium? If so you might experience inflammation, soreness, and sleep issues. We use calcium not just in our bones but it is used for vitally important tasks such as your heart beat. Sodium however makes up 90% of the electrolytes in our sweat and plays an important role in helping our bodies perform.
Science behind our Sweat
As you sweat you lose more water than you do sodium. On average people sweat approximately 1 liter of water for every 1-2 hours of endurance exercise they perform. In every liter of sweat is about ½ to 1 teaspoon of sodium. As you exercise, your sodium level begins to rise in your blood making you feel thirsty. This thirst can only be quenched when you consume enough water to bring the sodium concentration in your blood back down, and as crazy as it sounds sometimes we need to increase the amount of sodium we consume and not rely on water alone.
But why not water alone?
When we consume just water we are not replacing everything we lost when we are sweating and it is important to replace both the fluid and the electrolytes, specifically the sodium lost in sweat, otherwise we’re going to run the risk feeling terrible. If we were to drink enough water to quench our thirst and then continue to drink water we could become hyponatremic which means that we dilute the sodium levels so low in our blood stream that we can begin to feel like crap. Feeling like crap can take on many different forms but some of the most common are headaches, nausea, fatigue, and confusion. This is why we encourage you to find an electrolyte replacement mix or beverage that works for you and your body.
What we recommend:
We highly recommend Skratch not just because we sell it but because after years of trying lots of products this product is simple, Skratch has low sugar, high sodium and real fruit for flavor. We have found the simpler something is, the easier it is for you body to absorb and process. This means the faster you can get back to working out, riding bikes, running, or just enjoying your day.
Next time you join us for a class, ask your trainer about Skratch and how it might help you replenish your electrolytes!