Health & Fitness

You Need Sodium

Last month I talked about the negative side affects of being dehydrated and I gave four (4) tips to stay hydrated this summer and it is a hot one, so I hope you are using couple of them. Today I am going to talk about why you need sodium (and how to incorporate it).

But first, why am I talking about dehydration again?

According to the NIH, 75% of adults are chronically dehydrated- which leads me to believe people are just not educated on how to stay hydrated.

I use to think sodium was bad, I rarely consumed salt. That was until my accident in 2019, the doctor told me my sodium level was really low. It did not make sense because I felt like having low sodium was good, so I did some research.

Without getting into the data the truth is you need sodium to function optimally, there is a plethora of data that is easy to find if you want to.

So, I started adding salt to my diet. 

What I noticed- after a few days:

  • I did not retain as much water as it previously did when I consumed salt.
  • I was sleeping better, longer deep sleep cycles (tracked via my apple watch).
  • I felt stronger during my cardio workouts.
  • I recovered quicker from workouts.

You are likely wondering how to (easily) incorporate sodium into your diet. I started adding salt to my coffee but I do not drink coffee everyday so I also incorporate sodium to my diet is via LMNT packets.

Not only do these packets have the sodium you need they also have potassium and magnesium both of which have a numerous benefits as well (more on those later).

Side note- I am not affiliated with LMNT, I just love their product.

Try adding sodium to your diet and let me know how you feel!

Here is the ingredients for my favorite latte. 

  • Homemade almond milk
  • Himalayan salt
  • Espresso
  • Over ice

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