Are you consuming enough water each day?
Are you providing your body with the necessary nutrients and electrolytes it needs for optimal health?
Despite the importance of water it is often the overlooked nutrient. We all have heard for years that we need at least eight cups of water a day but few of us are listening, especially in children; at least two-thirds of Americans pull up a quart short according to survey data.
Your body needs water for proper functioning of blood circulation, metabolism, regulation of body temperature, waste removal and detoxification. Once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty. Sugar cravings in particular can also be a sign that your body is crying for water. When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Who wants that!? Drink up!
I want you to try for just 1 week, drink 8 8oz cups of water a day, and have 1 cup from those 8 cups be with electrolytes. I want to know how your feeling after that 1 week. Honestly!
Lets talk about electrolytes.
What are they? Why your body needs them.
Electrolytes are important because they are minerals that provide what your cells (especially nerves, heart, & muscles ) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses across themselves & to other cells. They affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood (pH). Every time you sweat you lose electrolytes. Not having enough electrolytes in the body can cause your muscles to cramp. In order to replace the electrolytes lost you must drink fluids containing these minerals.
What do electrolytes consist of?
The most common electrolytes are:
Sodium- Plays a critical role in maintaining charge balances in cell membranes. The amount of sodium in the body determines the volume of extracellular fluid in circulation, making it critical for maintaining blood pressure.
Potassium- Together with sodium, potassium maintains and influences membrane potential, except it acts from within the cell walls rather than from extracellular fluid. Low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, digestive disorders.
Magnesium- Its an important electrolyte needed for proper muscle, nerve, and enzyme function. It also helps the body use energy and is needed to move other electrolytes (potassium and sodium) into and out of cells. Most of the magnesium in the body is found in the bones and inside the cells.
Calcium- About 99% of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones, buts cells (particularly muscle cells) and blood also contain calcium. Calcium is essential for formation of bone and teeth, muscle contraction, blood clotting, normal heart rhythm. The body moves calcium out of the bones into blood as needed to maintain a steady level of calcium in the blood.
And again, these are just to name a few.
Lets talk about getting the right electrolyte drink!
I want to talk to you guys about what to look out for when your out at the grocery store, or the gas station, or where ever it may be because I too was blind at one time. Taking the easy way out and just buying what was convenient at the store not realizing or noticing that it was not as replenishing as I had thought.
Plain water alone does not provide necessary nutrients or electrolytes.
Many sports drinks have sodium chloride and/or potassium chloride added, however the ratio is improperly balanced to manage the issue of fast rehydration.
Below is a list of electrolyte replacement drink comparisons that I wanted to show you.
GATORADE (8 fl oz) 4:1 ADVOCARE REHYDRATE (8 fl oz) 1:1
Calories 50 Calories 40
Sodium 110mg Sodium 100mg
Potassium 30mg Potassium 100mg
Carbs 14g Carbs 9g
Sugars 14g Sugars 6g
REHYDRATE supplies L-GLUTAMINE which helps serve as an energy source for mental function. Also L-ARGININE which helps optimize cardiovascular flow.
Stay away from all that sugar! Your doing more harm than good.
I have been comsuming Advocare Rehydrate for a over a year now, and I LOVE IT. I feel a difference when I drink it. It helps with my work outs. I drink it when im doing yoga. GREAT for recovery. Reassures me that im properly hydrated. Tastes amazing! I just love how it makes me feel.
I created this blog so i could share my experiences with you and to help you!
If you have never heard of Advocare I will be posting a blog on my experience I have had with this company very soon.
I will also be posting a blog on how to do a Sugar detox with the next week. Stay tuned!
I would love to hear from you guys!!
To purchase Advocare Rehydrate I have provided a link below.