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Nutrition & Your Home Workout – Electrolytes

Welcome to the Anais Fitness blog! If you are just joining us, our blog is your source for all your fitness tips, nutrition guidance, and more. Lately, we have been focused on how your nutrition and your home workout plan go hand in hand to give you the results that you are looking for. You can not have the body that you want if you don’t also adjust your nutrition to support it. In part one, we talked about how the amount of calories you eat affects your success. In part two, we discussed the type of calories and how they can help or hurt your workout. In part three, we shared pre- and post-workout snacks that can fuel your workout and replenish your body afterwards. Your post workout routine must also include rehydration and the replenishment of your electrolytes. Today, on the Anais Fitness blog, we are going to talk about why electrolytes are important.  

What’s the Big Deal About Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are essential for your body to function. Bodily functions that electrolytes aid in hydration, nerve impulse, muscle function, and maintaining the pH of your body. Without them, your body won’t be able to function and you won’t be able to workout well. Our bodies need seven main electrolytes: sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and bicarbonate. Having too many electrolytes can also create harm as well.

“How Can Electrolytes Affect Your Workout?”

We lose electrolytes everytime we perspire, along with all the toxins and other elements that we sweat out while we’re pushing our bodies to the limits. You can also lose electrolytes from urination, vomiting, diarrhea, and wounds, and need them to recover from a night of drinking. If you aren’t getting enough electrolytes, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Muscle aches, spasms, and weakness
  • Restlessness,
  • Anxiety, confusion, or trouble concentration
  • Headaches
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Heart palpitations and irregular heartbeats
  • Digestive issues
  • And other symptoms

If you are experiencing these symptoms chronically, then you should consult your doctor. Some people have an electrolyte imbalance that must be treated. Make an appointment with a medical professional in the Miami area as soon as possible.

Where Can I Find the Electrolytes That I Need?

Electrolytes can be found in a variety food and drinks that we consume — and aren’t just found in those brightly colored sports drinks that we are all so familiar with. Gatorade, Powerade, and others can provide the electrolytes that you need, but there are many natural sources that provide the same benefits with less calories.

Post-Workout Drinks

Protein shakes found at your local nutrition stores can also be a great source of electrolytes for your post-workout routine, but there are many natural alternatives that you can use instead of or as a supplement to that post-workout shake that we work so hard for:

  • Coconut water
  • Aloe vera water

Both on their own or combined make for an excellent post-workout drink.

Post-Workout Foods

There are even some foods such as spinach, limes, lemons, nuts, and bananas that have some of those essential electrolytes that we need to recover. To get the most out of your post-workout snack, include these foods:

  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pistachos
  • Beans
  • Spinach
  • Kale and other dark greens

Combine these in a delicious post-workout salad made up of spinach, walnuts, orange slices, and with a side of sweet potato, and healthy protein — and some coconut water: watch the pounds drop off, muscle build, and feel your best.

Get the electrolytes that you need throughout the day and especially after your workout, and invest in a workout that will take your fitness to the next. Anais Fitness offers a home workout plan that is affordable and effective and can work with your Miami schedule. Learn more on our website!