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Liga Norcal - NorCal Premier

Hydration

WHY IS HYDRATION IMPORTANT?

Electrolytes are found in your blood and cells and are essential for physical activity because they regulate our bodily fluids. If out of whack your energy and future athletic performance can be compromised, and if untreated the condition can actually be life threatening. Sodium and chloride help to maintain normal blood pressure and support normal muscle functioning. Calcium helps prevent muscle contractions. Magnesium, potassium, and chloride help to regulate your pH balance. Add to that bicarbonate and sulfate and you’ve got your whole electrolyte bundle.

Why it’s important to make sure you don’t lose too many of these essential players is that as the body loses electrolytes, an imbalance can cause muscle cramps,  fatigue, nausea, and even mental confusion. There are tons of energy drinks on grocery store shelves claiming to provide you with exactly what you need to restore balance, but all of these sport drinks also usually contain a bunch of chemicals, preservatives, and artificial sugars that do more harm than good. Interestingly Pepsi-Co makes Gatorade, and Coca-Cola company makes Powerade? These companies are still selling you the same sugar laden liquids that do absolutely nothing for your long-term health.

 

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU REHYDRATE MORE NATURALLY:

 

FRESH COCONUT WATER:

Fresh coconut water is the perfect electrolyte tonic post workout, no preservatives or added sugar necessary. Coconut water will replenish your body of any electrolytes you lost during training. Use coconut water in a smoothie with other fruit and veg for maximum post training/game recovery. For instance a green smoothie with coconut water, banana, pineapple, and spinach packs in additional potassium and magnesium. 

 

WATERMELON:

Try making a smoothie with watermelon, which studies have shown can relieve muscle soreness; strawberries, which offer carbs to restore energy; hydrating cucumber, and electrolyte-packed coconut water.