Pre-hydrating pre-run juice!
Hitting the roads for my long run in a few hours time, and so I’m trying to hydrate as much as possible before. Water alone isn’t enough, so I’ve blitzed up a juice.
The main electrolytes responsible for water balance in our cells are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate. During long and sweaty workouts (run longs at the top of this list) we lose much more than just water in our sweat. Rehydration is about these salts and minerals, not just the H2O.
So today I’ve juiced up celery, kiwi, ginger in my water.
Celery is loaded in water and fibre, and a good source of potassium and sodium. Also magnesium, phosphorus and calcium (vital for muscle contractions too).
Kiwi is rich in Vitamin C (ace for antioxidant purposes – intense long duration exercise will cause oxidative, damaging reactions in our cells) and is also a good source of potassium and magnesium with chloride and calcium too.
Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent (so is a good choice for after a long run too) and great for digestive relief. Long workouts can be tough on the digestive system, especially fuelling during runs. Ginger is full of a whole host of vitamins and minerals too including potassium, calcium and magnesium.