Furthermore, nobody likes to feel ‘rough’ in the office. It affects productivity and you are constantly clock-watching! But have no fear, there are a number of tips and tricks we can use to have us feeling right-as-rain. Either by making a visit to the local pharmacy or with simple ingredients found in the comfort of your very own home.
What are electrolytes?
So let’s take a brief look at the science of it all. The following are the major electrolytes found within the body, each of which is vital for the normal function of the human body. They regulate neurons and muscle function sometimes referred to as the “electric tissues” of the body.
Sodium (Na+) – help maintain fluid balance, needed for muscle contractions, and helps with muscle functions.
Chloride (Cl-) – Maintains fluid balance.
Potassium (K+) – maintains stable blood pressure levels, regulates heart contractions and assists with muscle functions.
Magnesium (Mg++) – required for muscle contractions, reducing anxiety, nerve functioning, bone-building and strength, proper heart rhythms, digestion, and maintaining a stable protein-fluid balance.
Calcium (Ca++) – assists with muscle contractions, nerve signalling, blood clotting, cell division, and formation/maintenance of teeth and bones.
How to re-kindle your inner harmony?
1. Himalayan Salt & Water
According to Barbara O’Neill, qualified naturopath and nutritionist, a pinch of Himalayan salt and water is a very healthy way to hydrate the system. Himalayan salt contains a wide spectrum of minerals but mainly provides a strong source of sodium and chloride. So, you can take a piece of rock salt, allow it to dissolve on your tongue and drink a glass of water. In effect, this allows the water to be absorbed much faster than drinking a glass on its own.
Lassi is a well-known summer beverage originating from India that is used to cool and hydrate the body. There are many different flavours to satisfy your taste-buds some of which include sweet, salty and even mango! So how can this Indian summery drink help replenish your electrolytes? Well, just one cup of lassi contains 280mg of calcium as well as probiotics to populate your digestive tract with plenty of good bacteria! So pick up one at lunch time from your local supermarket – it should be near the milkshakes! 😉
We all have an abundant supply of these at home I bet!? To the point where they are starting to change complexion and become unrecognisable! So why not make use of them? – Just pack one in your bag for work every day. Two birds, one stone! Plus, you can get a banana guard to protect it – a very popular choice with people who travel to work in the city.
One medium-sized banana contains a massive 422mg of potassium. So do something about it because you’re not short of options. You can either cook it, blend it, pancake it or just eat it the traditional way – Raw!
Come on Popeye! Surely you’ve been notified of the health benefits of this powerful superfood!? Well, if you haven’t your education begins now.
One cup of spinach contains 157mg of magnesium, another important and major electrolyte for the human body. In addition to this, studies have shown that spinach helps maintain vigorous brain function, memory and mental acuity.
So, when you are whipping up your packed lunch, don’t be afraid to throw some of these leafy greens in there – Or, throw it in a Nutribullet if you are feeling lazy!
5. Home-made Electrolyte Drink
The easiest option is to go to your local supermarket and pick up a luminous sports drink. However, it’s clearly not the healthiest option – no pun intended. So here is a recipe from everydayroots.com you can use instead:
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ to 2 cups fresh water
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste
You can refrigerate this mixture the night before and take it to work the next-day – perfect! The citrus fruits provide a good source of potassium, calcium and magnesium. But when they are combined with salt (preferably Himalayan) they provide added benefit! So, while you are replenishing your electrolytes you are also balancing your pH and fluid levels in the body. Finally, if you have chosen to add honey, rather than sugar, you’ll be glad to know that it possesses unique benefits too! Especially Manuka honey!!
6. Nature’s Electrolyte Drink – Coconut Water
Coconut water is known as the earth’s natural electrolyte because it contains all of the major minerals: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, chloride and many more! Just one cup of this re-hydrating beverage contains double the amount of potassium than what’s in a banana. It can also be found conveniently in your local supermarket! E.g. Vita Coco
So, there you have it. These are just a few different healthy ways you can rebalance and rejuvenate your system whether it’s a heavy night-out or a heavy session in the gym! After applying your new-found knowledge, your quality of sleep will improve and you will be replying to emails effortlessly!
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