Electrolytes are essential for the body to function well. For example, they help maintain electrical neutrality in cells, and generate and conduct actions in the nerves and muscles.
Sodium, potassium, and chloride are the significant electrolytes along with magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and bicarbonates.
Warm, sunny days mean being properly hydrated and maintaining electrolyte balance is even more important, particularly if you’re doing a lot of exercise outdoors. Avoid muscle cramps, fatigue, headaches, dizziness/light-headedness, confusion, weakness and bowel complaints, just by drinking the right thing.
Below is the recipe for my home-made electrolyte drink, which I use before, during (on the bike) and after training or racing. Cheaper than using hydro tabs or buying electrolyte drinks from the supermarket, takes less time to make than it takes to dissolve a hydro tab in water and has 100% natural ingredients – no artificial sweeteners or other nasties.
Just wizz the following ingredients in a blender and enjoy.
1 cup/240ml organic 100% pure coconut water. I like Jax Coco, Mindful Chef and Cocofina, all available online and from good supermarkets.
1 cup/240ml filtered water.
1/8 teaspoon of pink Himalayan rock salt.
Juice of 1 lime or lemon.
1/2 teaspoon of potassium magnesium citrate or calcium magnesium powder. Viridian has a good range.
1 teaspoon of pure strawberry or raspberry or blueberry or beetroot powder. I like Arctic Power Berries and Honeyberry.
If you have medical condition and need to avoid certain foods e.g. salt, please consult your GP before trying the recipe.
To close, Julia Jacklin’s fab Tiny Desk Concert from many moons ago. Perfect drowsy ballads for a warm, sunny day. Just need a hammock and a big old tree…