CY­CLING SUPERFOODS #18 SALT

Cycling Plus - - BIKE FIT -

As we ride, the harder we work the more we per­spire and the more elec­trolytes we lose through this process. Of­ten we reach for the wa­ter to hy­drate our­selves, which is im­por­tant, but if we keep hy­drat­ing with­out re­plac­ing elec­trolytes we can quickly di­lute our bod­ies and end up suf­fer­ing from headaches, cramps, fa­tigue, sick­ness and dizzi­ness.

Elec­trolytes?

Elec­trolytes are the min­er­als we lose through sweat­ing. They help with mus­cle con­trac­tion and fluid bal­ance, to name just a cou­ple of func­tions. The main elec­trolyte we lose in ex­er­cise is sodium, fol­lowed by a small amount of potas­sium.

It’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to stay on top of your elec­trolyte bal­ance, as if you run too low you can get some­thing called hy­pona­traemia (low lev­els of sodium in your blood), which is a danger­ous place to be as it can lead to chronic con­di­tions like kid­ney or con­ges­tive heart fail­ure.

Salty sweat

Some in­di­vid­u­als can be par­tic­u­larly salty sweaters and may need 1000mg of sodium per drinks bot­tle to main­tain their elec­trolyte bal­ance. Con­sid­er­ing most com­mer­cial elec­trolyte tabs only pro­vide 300mg a serv­ing you can eas­ily see why you might still be hav­ing some is­sues.

If you ex­pe­ri­ence the symp­toms men­tioned or no­tice you have a par­tic­u­larly salty face or salt lines on your jersey there is a good chance you may need more.

Try upping the dosage and see how you feel or if you’re be­ing left caught out while on the road give our emer­gency elec­trolyte drink recipe a try... will­girling.com

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