Jacqueline is a former member of the Canadian National swim team with over 10 years experience as a fitness professional. She holds a graduate degree in Health Sciences and is also a nutrition expert. Jacqueline is the co-owner of Move to Heal, a sport injury, yoga, and pilates clinic located in the heart of downtown Toronto in the Thompson Hotel Residences.
Everyone sweats during a workout, especially long workouts. Athletes and weekend warriors alike can become dehydrated fairly quickly, especially during the summer months when everyone wants to be outside. With marathon season creeping up on us, it’s even more likely that with all the hours you spend pounding the pavement you will become dehydrated. The kicker? You can’t really rely on your body feeling thirsty as a reminder to replace the fluid you lose from sweating and working out.
Believe it or not, exercise actually suppresses thirst. In fact, the thirst sensation doesn’t trigger until after your cardiovascular system is adversely affected by diminished hydrations levels. Dehydration impairs both physical and mental performance in all types and levels of sport, but it can be avoided (or at least minimized) by appropriate drinking strategies.
So, what’s my favourite solution to this problem? Homemade recovery water. Forget Gatorade and also those sugary sport drinks and check out homemade vitamin water. This recipe (found below) is ideal for recovery post-workout or after a large bout of physical activity. The best part is that it’s homemade so you aren’t getting crazy amounts of sugar, preservatives, or sweeteners, and you are getting a lot of antioxidants and nutrition. Blackberries and cherries aid in replenishing oxygen in the blood, while pomegranate and glutamine help to restore and repair muscle tissue damage…
1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
1/2 cup Blackberries
1 cup Cherries (pitted)
5 ml Glutamine Powder
Pinch Himalayan Crystal Salt
750 ml to 1 litre Filtered Alkaline Water (or Purified Water + 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice)
1. Muddle blackberries, cherries, and pomegranate in a small bowl and add to a large 1 litre glass or mason jar. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
2. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
Will you be testing out this recover water? Let us know how you enjoyed it in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.