As stated above, sweating can rid your body of more than water – you can lose other essential things like electrolytes (these are minerals found in the blood that helps your body to regulate (amongst other things) the amount of water in the body). Replacing them with sports drinks or electrolyte drinks is one way to help keeping hydrated, but eating fruits and other foods are a healthy option for you and helps you maintain a healthy diet to boot.
Foods with Calcium
Your body uses calcium for lots of things – such as bone and teeth formation, it helps your body with its blood clotting, muscle and enzyme functions and maintaining a normal heart rhythm. Calcium is usually associated with milk and dairy products, but is can also be found in meat, fish with bones i.e.sardines, eggs, beans and certain fruits such as dried apricots and figs. Vegetables such as asparagus and collard greens also contain calcium.
Foods with Magnesium
Magnesium helps support bone and teeth development, maintains nerve and muscle function and enzyme activation as well as helping to reduce high blood pressure. A great source of magnesium can be found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, cereals, beans and tomato paste.
Food with Sodium and Chloride
Sodium and chloride — are two electrolytes that make up table salt. But you don’t have to just have salt on your food to get sodium and chloride, you can find them in lots of foods such as beef, pork, sardines, cheese and olives.
Foods with Potassium
Lots of fruits and vegetables contain potassium, such as bananas, tomatoes, oranges, melons, prunes, raisins and in leafy green vegetables (spinach, turnip greens, collard greens and kale), potatoes and sweet potatoes, peas and beans.