If you work out on a regular basis, you know that electrolytes are important for preventing muscle cramps and staying hydrated. But did you know that you can actually get the electrolytes you need through a healthy diet?
Electrolytes are actually just minerals you already probably knew you needed! Your body uses them to regulate a wide variety of processes, from your nervous system to your cardiovascular function.
- Sodium is present in so many things we eat, from table salt to canned foods. The healthiest sources of sodium, however, might surprise you. Leafy green veggies and tomatoes, for example, actually contain plenty of sodiumâ€”and they confer other health benefits.
- Potassium is found in some kinds of fish, nuts, and even potato skins. Youâ€™ll also find it in good old bananas. Your body uses sodium and potassium together to continue muscle function during intense workouts.
- Calcium is present in dairy products, of course. Opt for low-fat dairy options. Youâ€™ll also find calcium in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.
- Magnesium is also often present in leafy green vegetables, but you can also find it in nuts, legumes, and some kinds of seeds. Pregnant women need more magnesium than other adults.
Your diet is the first important component of getting the electrolytes you need. The second component is water! Your body needs water to absorb all these awesome nutrients. So be sure to get plenty all day long, not just during your workout!
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