Lemon and salt water benefits are a natural way to replace electrolytes after a workout, flu, diarrhea, or a regular day at work. For me, I need quite a lot of rehydrating and electrolyte replenishing. I walk 3-4 miles per day, which is a moderate level of exercise. My nutritionist says I require a bit more effort to replenish because of allergy and high blood pressure medications that I take. She also said a person who eats a lot of sugar will need a lot more electrolytes and rehydrating with water.
This description of electrolytes and their function in the body is quick and informative:
Our bodies maintain a delicate balance of minerals to properly keep everything running. “Electrolyte” refers to essential minerals found in your blood, sweat and urine. When these minerals are dissolved in a fluid, they form electrolytes — positive or negative ions used in metabolic processes.
Electrolytes found in your body include:
Why doesn’t plain water do the job? Well, sometimes our bodies will fail to compensate the loss of electrolytes, which means it cannot hold the water. Believe it or not, it is possible to actually get dehydrated, even though you are chugging water, chugging water, chugging more water!
Lemon and Sea Salt Benefits – A Look At the Minerals
Sea salt has many “stand alone” benefits for replacing electrolytes. Look at this article with more specific details. Note-sea salt has sodium, which interacts with blood pressure. IF you have high blood pressure, consult with your physician prior to starting this drink routine.
Salt is often considered to be a “dehydrator”. Yes, it can dehydrate when it is consumed in excess. When sea salt is used in moderation, it can actually enable cell hydration and electrolyte balance.
Some great mineral-rich salt options:
- Real salt
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- Celtic sea salt
Lemon and other citrus fruits contain calcium and potassium, which, when combined with salt, provide a balance for pH and fluid levels in the body. Lemon juice has calcium, potassium, magnesium and small traces of sodium. Juice from oranges is slightly higher in calcium and magnesium. Grapefruit juice is the highest in calcium.
Lemon is good for replenishing electrolytes. Sea Salt is good for doing the same thing. However, lemon and salt water benefits do WAY MORE to give your body what it needs.
Lemon juice is just one way to stay healthy and hydrated. Read more about hydration in this article titled Stay Healthy and Hydrated – My Cactus With ED
My daily electrolyte drink is super simple:
- 25 oz. filtered water
- 1 lemon, freshly squeezed for it’s juice
- 1 pinch Himalayan sea salt (I can’t even taste the salt)
- Stevia, adjusted to taste preferences
DIY Hydrating Electrolyte Drink
- 16 oz filtered water
- 4 oz freshly-squeezed citrus juice (I prefer lemon)
- 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt, Real Salt, or Celtic sea salt
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
All you do is combine all ingredients in a jar, shake, and enjoy!
Mindful and Aware of Your Body’s Messages
I have good days, and not-so-good days. Mostly good, thank the Lord.
On the not-so-good days, I try to look beyond my funk. At times like this, I search for what could be the center source of the emotional drop. It’s not easy to take a step back from feeling sluggish or off center emotionally.
My best way to step back and look for answers is to start with a simple prayer.
“God, I am feeling very irritated. Why is this happening right now? What should I do about it?”
Then I try to pay attention to answers that show up. Sometimes God prompts me to turn on music and dance a bit, other times the answer is to go for a walk, sometimes my body sends a message of food or water to take in.
When I am sluggish, the answer often comes up as rehydration and replenishing electrolytes. When I take care to add lemon and salt water benefits, it feels like my body says, “thank you”.
Mindful awareness is something that takes practice. It doesn’t need to start in some big mystical or complicated way. Just pay attention to cravings your body is sending out to your conscious mind. I’m talking more about healthy cravings, not about addiction cravings (chocolate is mine). For instance, one time I really craved dried apricots. Later I learned that the sulfur in the apricots were exactly what I needed to help with an eye issue I was experiencing. That was a delightful clue to me that I could listen to my body.
Enjoy your healthy life!
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