By Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
It’s springtime here in the northern hemisphere, which means warmer weather and more outdoor activities and sports. One of the most important ways to both prepare for activity and to recover post-workout is to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat. Electrolytes that include primarily sodium and potassium play important roles in fluid balance and hydration among other important functions, and are often lost through sweat.
Juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables make for a great way to replenish electrolytes after a sweaty workout as they are naturally rich in potassium and some sodium. This juice is made primarily from potassium-rich red and orange produce, tomatoes, carrots and clementines along with celery that naturally contains sodium.
The best times to drink electrolyte-rich beverages around exercise include 30-60 minutes pre-workout and within an hour post-exercise. Additionally, If you’re doing 60+ minutes of rigorous exercise you may be losing more electrolytes and therefore sipping on an electrolyte-rich beverage like this juice can be a great way to replenish electrolytes as you lose them while you sweat.
To mix up this juice you can add other or different red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables that are naturally potassium-rich- like beets, bell peppers, and pineapple.
Serving Size: 16 - 18 oz (500 ml)