The temperatures are rising so it's time to raise our hydration and nutrition game! Not only does hydration come from drinking, but also from eating healthy. In these higher temperatures and humidity levels, it is very important for us to eat right and take in additional antioxidants and electrolytes. Foods that are rich in antioxidants and electrolytes are also foods that carry extra water. In a sense, we can drink while we eat.
Electrolytes will allow our bodies to stay hydrated, operating correctly during these hot workouts. The fluid is stored and used in different areas of the body, while sodium is the electrolyte that will keep us in balance. Water tends to chase sodium, so if our levels drop, water will leave its designated area. This scary condition is called hyponatremia or "water intoxication" and can cause us to feel weak and be very dangerous in extreme cases. Let's everyone start eating those healthy fruits and vegetables and avoid burnout and injury. Here's a quick list of some of my favorites power foods:
- All Berries!
- Other fruits (bananas, plums, oranges, apricots, and grapes)
- Colorful Veggies (tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, sweet potato)
- Whole Grains (quinoa, oats, rice)
- Nuts and Seeds (sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds)
- Himalayan Salt and Seasoning!