Staying hydrated: it takes more than H2O

During times of excess heat or heavy exercise our bodies lose fluid through our sweat glands. It is important that we replace it to avoid dehydration. But have you ever tasted sweaty skin? Did you notice that it tastes salty? That’s because, in addition to losing water, we are losing valuable electrolytes – comprised of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate. So, while you may be inclined to drink some water (H2O – hydrogen & oxygen), during extreme times that may not be enough. Some may reach for their Gatorade or Powerade drinks – in addition to electrolytes, these are packed full of sugar and chemicals that our bodies simply do not need. Try for something a bit more natural in coconut water. An equal serving of coconut water supplies more than two times the sodium and more than 13 times the potassium of these sports drinks.

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