Electrolytes and mineral balance are essential for our health. Here are several food sources of electrolytes and minerals. Minerals are cofactors in almost every function in the body. Most importantly bone production, regulating your heartbeat, Ph balance, muscle contractions, and hormone productions. It’s important to consume plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet through whole food sources! When you eat a diverse, whole food diet, you’re probably already getting in all of these minerals! But here is a little #farmacy action to make things simpler.
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Food Sources of Electrolytes and Minerals:
- Magnesium: almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, kelp, molasses, dark leafy greens
- Calcium: kelp, collard greens, kale, sardines, parsley, cheese
- Sodium: Redmon Real Salt, pickled foods
- Iodine: kelp, sea vegetables
- Phosphorus: salmon, beef, halibut, chicken
- Potassium: avocado, asparagus, tomato, carrots, sweet potatoes
- Zinc: oysters, pumpkin seeds, pecans
- Selenium: brazil nuts, eggs, sunflower seeds, shrimp, mushrooms
- Chromium: broccoli, green beans, beef, chicken, cheese
- Manganese: almonds, pecans, spinach, acai, pineapple
- Iron: beef, fish, poultry, eggs, oysters, molasses, spinach
In Made Simple, I explain how hydration and mineral balance plays a huge role in our health and why dehydration is more common than you think and the reason behind many common symptoms people face today. Remember to drink your water, eat your minerals and be happy!
Electrolytes and Keto
When people lower their carbohydrate intake they do not retain as much water, for every gram of carbohydrates you consume your body stores 3 grams of water. Not only do you store less water, but when your insulin levels lower (which is a good thing), it has a diuretic effect. A lot of people find that they are very thirsty and/or urinate a lot when lowering carbs. Some even get muscle cramps. These are signs of dehydration. This graphic from my next book shows how serious the signs of dehydration can be:
It’s important to consume electrolytes. I even add some Real Salt to my water throughout the day!