This summer has been a hot one folks! You know I'm a fan of real-food, whole-food nutrition, so here's a spin on real-food hydration!
First, let's take a moment to identify and explain what electrolytes are!
Electrolytes are substances that, when dissolved in water, form ions, which carry a charge - either positive or negative - and thus conduct electricity. Our entire body operates on these little guys, depending on them for everything from muscle movement to thinking! You might say electrolytes are very important.
There six commonly identified electrolytes (though most sources will tell you that there are five). The six electrolytes are:
Phosphorous (often left out :/)
When we exert our bodies for multiple hours on end, whether in the hot hot heat or not, we begin to use up our electrolytes. (Even if we're not doing arduous exercise - i.e. mountain running or biking or swimming - we are still using electrolytes, just at a slower rate.) Thus, it is super important that we continually supply our bodies with new sources of these six electrolytes so that we can continue to do...everything. And yes, it is true, we utilize each of these electrolytes at different rates.
Fun fact about mother nature: she tends to supply our foods with all the micronutrients we need, in the ratios that we need them :)