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
- Over ice
What is your go to coffee?💖J