Hydration is not only about how much you drink; it is about the quality of what you consume and the micronutrients that hydrate you. Micronutrients are substances required in trace amounts for the normal function of a living being. They include vital electrolytes like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium.
Nancy Choi, M.D., tells us that “Electrolytes are chemicals that conduct electricity when mixed with water. They regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue. The muscles and neurons are sometimes referred to as the “electric tissues” of the body. They rely on the movement of electrolytes through the fluid inside, outside, or between cells. For example, a muscle needs calcium, sodium, and potassium to contract. When these substances become imbalanced, it can lead to either muscle weakness or excessive contraction.” (Choi, M.D., 2017)
You can lose electrolytes when you sweat profusely during exercise or in a sauna or if you have had vomiting or diarrhea.
4 Sources for Hydrating Micronutrients
Replenishing your micronutrients is possible in a variety of ways. If you are not on a low salt diet, a little Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt will help to balance your water and potassium levels. That is because of its sodium content and ability to alkalize the body. Sodium and potassium together help enhance hydration. If you don’t have kidney disease try consuming 10 times more potassium than sodium daily.
Coconut water is an outstanding source of hydration because it contains sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Prickly Pear Cactus water is another unusual source of natural electrolytes, but it contains a high amount of oxalates. If you have kidney stones, stick to coconut water. Both of these options make suitable replacements for sports drinks. Since sports drinks are laden with artificial colors, preservatives, sugars, choosing one of the previous options is much better. If you prefer to have drops to add to your water, consider Concentrace Minerals. They are a comprehensive mineral formula that will make all the difference in the world.
Twenty to thirty percent of your daily water need is met through the foods you eat. Since fruits and vegetables absorb minerals during the growing process, they help to maintain your electrolyte balance. In two weeks, I’ll talk about this topic in more depth and share a list of hydrating foods with you.
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