Is electrolyte water really worth it?
Electrolytes are the minerals required by the body to function. Drinking electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate and magnesium in water has become a popular way to replenish these minerals, especially after hitting the gym. Now found in grocery stores just about everywhere, more people are replacing their sugary sports drinks and regular water that rehydrated us in the past. Yet many are left wondering: Are buying these mineral-replenishing waters really worth it?
The level of electrolytes in a body can fluctuate, especially after a grueling workout, or on a hot day. The National Institute of Health asserts that preserving the right balance of electrolytes is essential for “helping your body’s blood chemistry, muscle action and other processes.” Therefore, drinking electrolyte water is an easy way to quickly replenish these minerals that are lost through perspiration.
Poor diet and sickness can also lead to excessive acidity and dehydration in the body, and require the need for supplemental electrolytes. Drinking electrolyte water can be an effective way to prevent dehydration before it starts and improve a body’s acidity levels. If flavored water doesn’t thrill you, many appreciate the flavorless electrolyte waters hitting the shelves.
With an average price of $1.39 for a 33.8-ounce bottle, drinking bottled water with electrolytes can get expensive. Especially when Dr. Oz and other wellness activists are offering electrolyte water recipes you can simply make at home. Furthermore, those that eat a well-balanced diet, consume a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, and drink plenty of regular water are most likely receiving adequate amounts of electrolytes anyway.
The bottom line
Electrolyte water can be an effective means of consuming essential minerals, especially after a rigorous workout, if you are sick or if you have a poor diet. However, if your diet is healthy and balanced, the tap should suit your needs just fine.
Bob Harper’s electrolyte recipe (via DoctorOz.com)
- 1 liter of water
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of agave nectar
- ½ tablespoon of sea salt
Directions: Combine all ingredients in water bottle and sip during workout as needed.