Ever wondered about the crucial link between salt intake and your body's resilience to the heat? In this blog, we'll unpack the vital role of salt in preventing heat strokes and muscle cramps, especially for those pushing their limits in warm climates. 

Salt's CRUCIAL Role in Exercise

August 10, 2023

The Many Benefits Of Salt When You're Working Out In The Heat

Low Salt Intake & Heat Stroke ---

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Heat stroke is when you overheat due to a lack of salt and fluids in your system. When we exercise in the heat, our bodies can lose up to 6,000mg per hour! Losing this much puts you at 10x the risk of having a heat stroke.

Salt's Role in Muscle Cramp Prevention ---

Salt plays a vital role in reducing muscle cramps in those who exercise in the heat. Studies have even shown that upping your salt intake can give you almost immediate relief from cramps post-workout.

Benefits of Pre-Exercise Salt Intake ---

Incorporating an appropriate amount of salt into your diet before exercising can offer a range of advantages, including:

  • Decreased thirst and reduced dehydration
  • Mitigated fatigue and cramps
  • Increased blood volume, power, speed, and endurance

Note The Mineral Loss Through Sweat ---

Sweating not only expels water but also carries away with it essential minerals from our bodies. The minerals lost during sweating include sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, iodine, selenium, and chromium. That's a lot!

Comprehensive Benefits of Replenishing Sodium ---

Reestablishing adequate sodium levels can replenish minerals lost AND offers a host of other  benefits, including:

  • Diminished headaches
  • Alleviation of muscle cramps
  • Restoration of muscle pumps
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Increased energy levels

Moral of the story...maybe it's time to start looking more into sodium...

We're all on a journey here. Most of us want to keep chasing our 'peak' health and wellness. That's why, we're going to keep bringing you topics that will help you on that journey! By acknowledging the crucial role sodium has and its broader impact on overall well-being, you can further tune your exercise routines and enhance your daily lives! 

Keep moving forward.

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