Along with staying active and eating right, staying properly hydrated is key to healthy aging. In fact, proper hydration is often overlooked as a health risk for older adults. Try these delicious, healthy and hydrating post-workout drinks to keep you cool and healthy!
Electrolytes are minerals that play a role in controlling heartbeat, balancing bodily fluids and sending electrical impulses to muscles in order to coordinate movement, according to the University of Michigan Medical School. Sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, phosphate and calcium are the minerals known as electrolytes.
We all know what it feels like to be thirsty, especially on a hot summer day! But as you age, that sense of thirst diminishes. So even when your body needs to be replenished with water, you might not realize it.
Each time we exercise, muscles lose water. This is important because 76% of muscle content is water. If we do not properly replenish the body with water and electrolytes, there’s a risk for side effects such as muscle cramping or irregular heartbeat.
According to the National Institutes of Health, muscle function is associated with successful aging and is a major contributor to overall health status. Therefore, one of the best healthy aging practices is to replace the body with electrolyte-rich fluid post-workout. Common electrolyte drinks on the market such as Pedialyte or Gatorade can be full of refined sugars and artificial flavors, so try these delicious, easy recipes instead!
If your muscles tend to feel tense or you have occasional bloating after meals, this is a great choice for you!
If you feel you have a slow metabolism or struggle with weight issues, cheers — this drink is for you!
If you tend toward inflammation in your joints or have skin irritations–this replenishing drink is sure to cool you down!