July 19, 2013

Electrolytes for Runners

Electrolytes are important for athletes, especially in this super hot weather. I was sent some resource® Spring Water to try. When you sweat, you naturally lose electrolytes and with intense exercise, it is important to get those electrolytes back. I am not a huge fan of sports drinks since they contain artificial ingredients and this water gives you the electrolytes that you need without the extra calories.
It is important to have balanced electrolytes for your digestive, muscular, cardiac and nervous systems to function well. Electrolytes include sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, phosphate, bicarbonate and sulfate. The main electrolytes involved in maintaining the body's fluid balance are sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. When you run, you mainly sweat sodium and potassium making those the most important to replenish. Without these, you may experience cramping during the run and will not feel well afterwards. You will also experience muscle fatigue earlier.

Me running my last 5k race!

This past week, it was over 90 degrees each day. Even at 6 AM, it was at least 77 degrees and very humid. I knew that if I exercised, I would need an extra boost of electrolytes. While I ran, I chilled a bottle of this water and drank it when I got back. I did not feel negative effects of the heat (besides profuse sweating) which is a good sign. My personal "electrolytenment" was achieved by working out and preventing the negative effects of losing electolytes without replacing them.

I very much enjoyed trying this water since it is a good alternative to other electrolyte drinks. I think that it would be good for many different sports to replenish your electrolytes.
This water is 100% natural sourced spring water and has naturally occurring electrolytes. The bottle is made with 50% recycled plastic making it better for the environment.

resource® Natural Spring Water is a holistic bottled water brand that sustains a lifestyle of wellbeing - spring water with naturally occurring electrolytes for taste, a bottle made from 50% recycled plastic [excluding label and cap], and a source for discovery and enlightenment.  

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by resource® Natural Spring Water via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of resource® Natural Spring Water.

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