Lately I’ve been feeling tired after hot yoga. It doesn’t help that most days I’ve been skipping breakfast in favor of a morning writing routine. Morning time is not only when I get most of my inspiration but also when I have uninterrupted periods of silence, which for me, are very conducive to writing.
I know that keeping the body well nourished is crucial for optimal performance and longevity, but once I get in the flow of writing, I don’t want to stop for fear of losing momentum.
Well it’s about time I cut the crap and heed my body’s warnings. For days I’ve been learning more about how to replenish the minerals that are lost through sweat in a hot yoga class. There isn’t an exact measure of how much water and minerals are actually lost during a strenuous hot yoga workout, since every person sweats differently in terms of mineral content and quantity. Some may lose more minerals than others, so always pay attention to how your body reacts after a workout.
Yes, I could just go to the store and load up on gatorade and other mass produced drinks and powders, but I don’t like artificial colors and flavors, or ingredients I can’t pronounce. Besides, I’m a DIY type of girl, who just figured out how to make her own electrolyte replenishment drink.
Meet your friend the electrolyte
As the name suggests, electrolytes are substances that conduct electricity when dissolved in water. Who knew we needed this type of “electricity” in our bodies? but, apparently it’s vital for its normal functioning.
Sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium are all electrolytes. We get these substances from the foods and fluids we consume but their levels decrease when the body loses water.
What I’m doing now is preparing my own electrolyte drinks for a natural boost of energy, vitamins, and minerals. I make enough to fill up my re-usable glass or stainless steel water bottles and sip away during and after hot yoga practice.
Learn how to make my DIY electrolyte drink for natural rehydration after physical exertion:
The Yogi Apprentice Homemade Electrolyte Drink Recipe In 4 cups of water, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of Celtic salt, then mix in some freshly grated ginger and raw honey to taste.
A few notes on my choice of ingredients:
- I prefer Celtic Salt to Pink Himalayan Salt because Celtic Salt has a higher mineral content.
- Some people like to add lemon juice or slices, but I prefer not to (unless I’m able to brush my teeth right away) because the acid in lemons eats away at the teeth’s enamel.
Sip up and stay hydrated yogis. Your body needs it.