It?s been an incredibly hot summer for us here in North Carolina, in fact, scientist report that the first half of 2016 is among the hottest ever recorded. ?It may not mean much to you, but if you enjoy nature, love taking walks or exercising outside, you know that you have to prepare for it.
Earlier this week I had a workout that put me on my butt. ?It was in the upper 90?s all day, and the humidity was unbearable. ?I was sweating all day, and I thought I drank enough water, but evidently I didn?t.
By the time I completed the workout, my mouth was dry, I could ?throw up? at any moment, and I was light headed. ?I was dehydrated and needed to recover.
But let me ask you? ?If you?ve been working out, and you need to refuel and replace those electrolytes, what?s the first thing you think about?
I think about all of the commercials where my favorite athlete is on the sideline refueling with Gatorade. ?So anytime I work up a sweat without even thinking; my first instinct is to buy a Gatorade.
But listen up, I want to challenge you, and I want you to ask yourself if you really need Gatorade. ?If Gatorade and these other sports drinks give us electrolytes that we’ve lost working out, are there other ways that we can replenish those? ?Is it necessary to have 34 grams of sugar from Gatorade after a workout?
Sugar is one of the leading causes of weight gain for most people, so why should we workout and burn all of those calories, just to put them all back trying to get electrolytes.
What Your Body Really Needs
In most cases, it?s sufficient to drink water to hydrate.
Then there are those days when you squeeze in a good workout. ?Those workouts where you have your headphones in, and you push it for about an hour or so.
Those are the days when you want to consider drinking a sports drink to supplement electrolyte replacement. ?Ever wondered why your sweat tasted salty? ?Well, it?s because sodium is the most common mineral that you lose when you workout.
So it?s recommended to drink something with a higher sodium content than you normally would, which is why sports drinks are so popular.
But as I said before sports drinks have a high sugar content, and honestly that?s not what you need coming off your workout. ?You would be taking two steps forward and one step back.
One day I asked myself this question, what?s the best way to hydrate throughout the day? ?And what?s the best way to recover or replace electrolytes after a workout?
In a nutshell, here?s my method and the rules I go by:
- Drink water throughout the day (about a total of 2 liters)
- I love coffee, so I have a cup of black coffee in the morning?and another one at 3:30 pm. ?Sometimes I sneak a cup in before lunch around 10:30 am. ?But always black coffee, black coffee has very few calories. ?Coffee dehydrates, so I make sure to account for that.
- Rule #3 kicks in after my CrossFit training, I drink water and maybe a 16-ounce glass of Pedialyte.
When my day is over, most likely I?ve had close to a gallon of water, and 3 cups of coffee.
A few weeks ago, I had no clue what electrolytes were. ?I had an idea, but I?ve never taken the time to examine the best way to replace them.
Since then I have developed a little bit of a method and system to recover after my workout.
What I?ve decided to do is put together a graph for you briefly touching on the different minerals that we call electrolytes. ?Of course, you have your water, but the fruits and vegetables we eat also give us the electrolytes that we need.
Having just a little bit of an understanding of what to drink and knowing just a few fruits and vegetables, can help you tremendously in putting together a good solid meal.
I hope you find this helpful!
Also, I’ve attached a couple of articles that may interest you as well, here’s an article which was?written around the 2012?Olympics. (here)
Check this one out when you get a?chance, Gatorade is coming out with an organic product. ?Pay close attention to this article; it touches on the effects of sugar on your body, and the high sugar content in sports drinks.