It may be “fall” but it is still a hot 90-something degrees here in the heart of Texas, meaning: You’re a fried egg if you’re out in the sun for longer than 10-minutes (a tough thing to swallow for this Vitamin-D-hungry girl).
Bad move: 12-noon walk at townlake with a friend on a little “lunch break.”
If you’re not familiar with Austin—Townlake (or “Lady Bird Lake”) is the mecca of this city—a central hike-bike-walk-paddleboarding-kayaking-dog parking-concerting-ultimate Frisbee-bootcamping experience. It’s the place where every one goes to see and be seen, and no matter what time of day it is, you can always find someone walking, running or biking the 10+ mile trail around the lake.
(A running joke in Austin is: Does anyone even work here? There’s always people at the trail in the middle of the day, as well as coffee shops and other play places in town. #ILoveThisCity).
30-minutes at high noon, however, was enough Vitamin-D time to do both me and my friend in for the afternoon…we were hot, sweaty and THIRSTY!
102 degrees is not the ideal brisk walking temp.
If you can relate to the swelter of summer, you know that hydration is CRUCIAL!
Water, that is.
And not just water—but ELECTROLYTES.
Electrolytes to keep us from overheating, muscle cramping and water loss.
“Gatorade and Propel!” you say. (“Sugar free at least.”)
Although Gatorade commercials and Propel advertisements have us believing that we neeeeeed these electrolyte sports drinks to nourish our bodies, Gatorade (Powerade, Propel, etc.) is one of the worst things you can put in your body:
Water, sugar, dextrose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium, phosphate, modified corn starch, colour, ester gum.
Sugar. Artificial sugars. Corn starch. Synthesized chemicals. Brominated vegetable oil (Hidden in the ‘natural flavors,’ with side effects linked to: skin rashes, severe acne and thyroid disease. Plus it is banned in Europe and Japan!).
Even the new natural version of Gatorade still has chemically processed refined sugars and unknown natural flavor to mask the fact there is absolutely no fruit juice in this drink to make their fruity flavors.
Although Gatorade and these products DO replenish electrolytes, they also wreak havoc on your blood sugar balance (yes even artificial sweeteners)—which does the LAST thing from helping your body recover and replenish.
Ironically, Gatorade and other sugary and artificial sugar drinks end up making your kidneys WORK HARDER and make you have to pee more (meaning you do not absorb all the “nutrients” from that Gatorade).
However…there’s a better way: Natural electrolyte drinks!!!
Electrolytes are substances comprised of 4 minerals including Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium.
They are like the motor oil in your car—they don’t make the engine run, but they’re necessary to keep everything running smoothly (keep your body fluids balanced and metabolism up to speed).
Proper function of your digestive, nervous, cardiac, and muscular systems depends on adequate electrolyte levels.
When we sweat, get hot or exercise, our electrolytes can get out of whack
(We lose sodium in our sweat, and our body tries to compensate by sending as much sodium as it can inside our cells as well to counteract this, leading to dehydrated cells).
So how do you prevent this imbalance from happening?
Add some electrolytes to your fluids! Consuming electrolytes can be helpful to help your cells maintain balance AND peace.
Some good alternatives to sugary Gatorade (that your body can actually absorb and use for balance)?
- Coconut water
- Water with sea salt
- Ultima (powder you put into your water)
- Natural Calm + Calcium (Magnesium and Calcium supplement)
- And your own concoction!
Make your own electrolyte drink this weekend to stay nourished (and hydrated):
- 1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal tea, coconut water, plain water, etc)
- ⅛-1/4 tsp sea salt(or more if needed)
- 1 teaspoon Natural Calm (Calcium-Magnesium powder)
- ¼ cup or more of FRESH squeezed or cold-pressed juice or fruit (optional)- Ex. apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc
- 1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional)- can use honey, stevia, etc.
- Brew tea if using or slightly warm base liquid
- Add sea salt and calcium magnesium to mix.
- Add juice and sweetener if using and mix or shake well.
- Cool and store in fridge until ready to use (up to 4 days)