Why do we need electrolytes – Especially during a diet


Often this goes really under the radar before we start dieting. I gotta admit that I don’t even think about this until it hits me at months deep into a diet and then I start to realize why do we need electrolytes. Especially if you are an athlete who sweats a lot like a runner boxer etc. I noticed that after boxer that dehydrates them self to make weight the first thing they will do is to hydrate and get some electrolytes in the system because believe me they are essential for essential functioning on the body.

This is an important element to keep our body functioning the right way. Remember when you are dieting you are putting your body on a stressful situation by eating less or restricting calories forcing your body to mechanically burn more because of fewer calories you are feeding in and as a result comes to the weight loss from a caloric deficit.

How do you notice you are running low on electrolytes

Common symptoms are feeling dizzy or nausea maybe you noticed while performing a physical task. For me, it fitted me when I was running my morning 6 miles and out of the blue, I wobble like literary if somebody punched me right on the chin. It was not a pleasant experience to be on especially knowing that I am just like 3 miles deep and had the courage to muster up the other half but if you ask me that wasn’t safe to do.

I won’t recommend doing what I did because you might actually pass out, me being a hardcore boxer always say in my mind don’t quit because its a painful sport. We always gotta be mentally tough but something I think we get a little bit stubborn and we might hinder our self instead of progressing to get better and stronger.

Ways to replenish electrolytes

When you hear this its pretty much an assumption that electrolytes only have to come from sports drink which is not true at all. There is healthy food out there that can help you get some electrolytes but just like why supplementation sometimes has the upper hand its because it has that mineral or nutrition element that you are looking for more concentrated.

To start with some food lists sweet potatoes are really good for potassium which is one of the main electrolytes your body needs, you can add to the list green beans, avocado, spinach, potatoes, and peas. See you got a good variety of food to choose to also replenish your electrolytes.

I have noticed that the day before at night if I take my electrolytes before going to sleep it will travel to my system and since when you sleep your metabolic rate slow down I believe that it will still have an effect the next morning, I can tell you this by experience.

Will salt tablets be a solution?

A person in the gym recommended me this but I had to do my research and base of it it seems it only supply 2 different types of electrolytes which is sodium and chloride. They are important but they aren’t the full spectrum of the electrolytes realm.

You gotta know and remember the body its like a machine and whatever you try to do drastically, expect the body to drastically do something about it because it’s looking for the homeostasis status. It likes to recalibrate a lot of stuff in your body so I guess just like dieting experimenting with minimal doze until you feel its working.

Be careful of not over supplementing because it may end up doing a secondary unwanted effect for a temporal problem. You don’t want to retain water or elevate to much your blood pressure and that’s truly real if you overexaggerate with sodium intake. Instead of helping the body you might be hindered in the long run.

Instead of aiming high consumption for sodium lets try to minimize it to around 2300 mg or less to try to not over ramp it and not interfere with the body mechanics of retaining essential sodium levels. Trust me the body will auto-regulated everything that you have lost on a workout.

Recommended electrolytes supplement

Nuun(https://nuunlife.com/free-shipping?gclid=CjwKCAjwg_fZBRAoEiwAppvp-VJ2ZoCf8G2eBfgX86S62NMyFpFB-LJMXJ8JU3no8SvaOkVrFYr5HBoCXagQAvD_BwE) seems to be a low-calorie safe alternative to replenish electrolyte loses after or before the sports activity. It’s really convenient as it comes in tablet form or powder and different varieties of flavors to kill the monotony.

This is a good replacement for those really heavy sugared beverages like Gatorade because some people have stomach issues they might feel sick if they consume something very sugary. And with only 10 calories per tablet its safe for people like me who are dieting.

I even laugh a bit while reading the review section some fellow actually use this to prevent hangovers and apparently it does work like a charm. But the very wise guy also notice abusing this electrolyte replenish is not healthy at all. I will definitely try this supplement within this giving time due to the fact I do very heavy active workouts and for now, the dieting state that I am approaching it is temporary and won’t be for long.

Also another common trend its to avoid cramping which its a heating issue related and that’s how the body let you know that you are running low on electrolytes. Trust me I suffered from a pull hamstring injury and thankfully I didn’t tear or damage a muscle but I guess I wasn’t hydrating enough and not even stretching enough on my long runs.

It was an experience I won’t desire to anyone my hip lock up, could walk or crawl and the more I screamed the more pain I suffered, thankfully there were people around and help me to calm down. So if you are in a situation like this the best thing you can do is to try to slow your heart rate and deep breathing calming those nerves that are shooting pain.

References

https://www.hammernutrition.com/knowledge/electrolyte-replenishment-why-its-important-and-how-to-do-it-right/