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Electrolyte balance while NOT training

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM

So I just discovered these little things: http://www.nuun.com and I think they're great. I'm not drinking enough fluids as it is, and I probably drank about a gallon today, just at work - about 4 of these tablets + all the rest clear water. Bought a new water bottle too (a camelbak kind - really spiffy).

So my question is: is it BAD to consume "hydration" drinks when not actively training?

Is it possible to drink TOO MANY electrolytes (because these things are damn good!)

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 18, 2011
at 06:20 PM

True, but the impression I got from the original poster was that they pretty much wanted to be drinking these electrolytic type drinks instead of plain water all day.

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on June 17, 2011
at 09:48 PM

Salt only exacerbates high blood pressure if you're on a high-carb diet and your kidneys aren't getting the right signals. If you're on a lowish carb paleo diet, eat as much salt as you want (within reason) and your kidneys will flush out what you don't need.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on May 07, 2011
at 07:26 PM

If your BP is fine, then I wouldn't worry about salt (there's plenty of people like that, contrary to common medical opinion). In terms of bleached/processed salt. Salt is sodium chloride. It's not like flour. There's no minerals with salt that you don't get from other sources.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I use a lot of salt and still have very good, even maybe low blood pressure. I use good salt, not processed table salt that's been stripped and bleached. IMO salt is important, and I would be worried to cut it out of my diet, particularly with the lack of minerals in most farm land these days (this extends to meat, as not all farmers remineralize their soil)

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:32 AM

True, but I've always had good blood pressure, and I've never used much salt in my cooking, especially so now that I"m eating paleo and cut out all processed foods. Oddly enough, it got everything moving, and I was getting concerned about that. Didn't know electrolytes effected that.

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Well for training days, its better than gatorade or propel, that's for sure. Plus, you can cut it with as much water as you want! :D

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on June 03, 2011
at 08:24 PM

What's wrong with good ol' water?

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on April 22, 2011
at 07:16 PM

In general, you pee out the extra. However, you're taking a lot of sodium in with these types of drinks. That can affect your blood pressure negatively.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:32 AM

True, but I've always had good blood pressure, and I've never used much salt in my cooking, especially so now that I"m eating paleo and cut out all processed foods. Oddly enough, it got everything moving, and I was getting concerned about that. Didn't know electrolytes effected that.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 06, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I use a lot of salt and still have very good, even maybe low blood pressure. I use good salt, not processed table salt that's been stripped and bleached. IMO salt is important, and I would be worried to cut it out of my diet, particularly with the lack of minerals in most farm land these days (this extends to meat, as not all farmers remineralize their soil)

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on May 07, 2011
at 07:26 PM

If your BP is fine, then I wouldn't worry about salt (there's plenty of people like that, contrary to common medical opinion). In terms of bleached/processed salt. Salt is sodium chloride. It's not like flour. There's no minerals with salt that you don't get from other sources.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on June 17, 2011
at 09:48 PM

Salt only exacerbates high blood pressure if you're on a high-carb diet and your kidneys aren't getting the right signals. If you're on a lowish carb paleo diet, eat as much salt as you want (within reason) and your kidneys will flush out what you don't need.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on June 18, 2011
at 06:20 PM

True, but the impression I got from the original poster was that they pretty much wanted to be drinking these electrolytic type drinks instead of plain water all day.

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on April 22, 2011
at 06:52 PM

You probably can't go wrong with these. People generally don't suffer badly from to many electrolytes, but you can die from a lack of them. That said, I usually feel lousy the day after bingeing on pistachios - but it doesn't stop me from eating the other half of a big bag! (and feeling lousy for another 2 days)

I would be slightly concerned about some of the ingredients in these: sorbitol, acesulfame K, natural colors and flavors. No wonder it tatses so good! Depends on how strict your paleo is, but I am trying to limit stuff like this - too bad cause I would probably love these!

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Well for training days, its better than gatorade or propel, that's for sure. Plus, you can cut it with as much water as you want! :D

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