Shannon Walter

Sports Drinks

For Hydration and Performance

Drink 8-10 Glasses of Water a Day

Yeah, about that- some days I just don’t have time to drink all the water I’m suppose to. Not to mention,, getting my 3 year old to drink at least 3 sippy cups full. Time for a hydration intervention! While there’s no replacement for good ol’ water- we can supplement our bodies with minerals that help us stay hydrated.


Pretty much everyone has heard of electrolytes, and that they are important to prevent dehydration. What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are small, electrically charged particles, that when dissolved in water conduct electrical pulses. Our muscles are require certain levels of electrolytes to function. When our bodies have an improper balance of electrolytes, our muscles can become weak or sore.


Calcium regulates the heart’s rhythm and is needed to breakdown fuel stores.


Magnesium helps the muscles to relax between contractions.


Potassium prevents muscles from contracting too hard and causing cramps.


Sodium helps the body maintain proper fluid levels.

All four of these minerals are crucial.

Calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium work together to contract and relax all the muscles in our body. Too little sodium would lead to weak muscles; too little potassium would lead to cramping. Calcium and magnesium work together just like sodium and potassium. Keeping these minerals in proper balance can be difficult. Here are some of the ways our electrolyte balance can become imbalanced:
Congestive Heart Failure
Kidney Disease
Prolonged Vomiting- such as hyperemesis gravidarum and chemotherapy sickness

Sourcing Your Electrolytes

Sports drinks are easy to find- pretty much every gas station in the US carries Gatorade and Powerade. However, be careful drinking these. They don’t contain all the electrolytes that you need and are primarily sodium. If you can’t find a good alternative, in a pinch, drink these diluted half drink and half water. This company sells a complete electrolyte drink that isn’t full of sodium.

Here’s some tips to use your diet to regain lost electrolytes:
Infographic of foods and minerals

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Shannon Walter

About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.

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