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Sea salt is required by our bodies for optimum health. While we can add it to our food, should we also be adding it to our water? After exercise, the answer is, Yes.
Called Hyponatremia, the Weston A. Price Foundation informs us,
Studies have confirmed the importance of a balance of electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. When the body loses electrolytes in perspiration or when suffering diarrhea, serious consequences ensue. Likewise, when we drink only water after exercise, the usual electrolyte balance is not restored and “water intoxication” or hyponatremia occurs…If you are thirsty for water—plain or sparkling—be sure to add a pinch of salt to it. Otherwise the body simply gets rid of the water as fast as possible so as not to further dilute low salt levels. If you are using unrefined salt, you will be taking in small amounts of magnesium, and even calcium and potassium, as well.
Interestingly enough, soft drinks, while being an unhealthy mix of ingredients, do provide sodium. This one quality makes them beneficial to rehydrate the body after a sweaty workout.
But we needn’t consume the rest of soda’s pejorative ingredients to get the one thing we’re after!
Fermented beverages provide sodium; lacto-fermented sodas and beet kvass are great examples of good ways to hydrate. We often make an electrolyte beverage for my daughter who dances: filtered water, Celtic sea salt, fresh minced ginger and apple cider vinegar- easy and helpful.
Here’s the link to my Beet Kvass recipe.
Here’s our Electrolyte Drink recipe:
- Place the following ingredients into a water bottle:
- 3 cups filtered water, preferably warm or room temperature
- 1-2 T. local raw honey, to taste, preferably warm or room temperature, or 10 drops NuNaturals brand stevia
- 1 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. Celtic sea salt
- Put the lid on and shake it vigorously to dissolve the honey.
- Add the following optional ingredients, as desired:
- 1 T. chia seeds (shake immediately if you use these, to prevent clumping)
- 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne (I like it this way; but it’s too spicy for most kids)
Or if you’d like a quick and easy solution, these liquid minerals are excellent. Often as we’re headed out the door to my son’s soccer or basketball practice we put a generous squirt into his water bottle.