5 Foods To Help You Replenish Electrolytes That Aren't Sugary Sports Drinks

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Try peanut butter on a bagel. What this will do is replace sodium. Usually we feel like a lot of sodium is perhaps a bad thing that we shouldn't be putting in to our bodies, however, it's what we lose most of when intense exercise is involved. Of course, it is salt which helps our bodies hold on to water, so it must be replenished after extreme exertion.

Anything like this will do, it doesn't have to be a bagel with peanut butter. Probably stop shy of downing a hole bag of pretzels, though...

Olives

Olives

Now that we have the sodium side of things sorted, how about its buddy, chloride? Chloride is found in a lot of processed foods and is in no danger of extinction from Western diets, however, isn't it better to get it from more natural sources?

Integral in maintain a good pH balance and fluid levels, chloride can be better acquired by eating foods like olives, tomatoes, celery, and even seaweed.



Bananas

Bananas

It doesn't seem like there's much that bananas can't do! In this case, we want them for their potassium replenishing skills. You lose a whole bunch of potassium during a high intensity workout, and in truth, there's many ways to get it back. It doesn't have to be a banana although, we chose it simply because of the ease of portability factor; you can have it immediately post workout without too much fuss.

Other foods include sweet potato, beans, avocado, spinach or kale.

Milk/Yogurt

Milk/Yogurt

What is in these two? Calcium, of course. It might sound strange at first, but research actually suggests that milk or yogurt may be more beneficial than an electrolyte replacing sports drink when it comes to, not just calcium, but sodium, potassium and top-quality protein and carbs. That makes it a pretty damn good post workout snack/drink.



Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens were always going to be somewhere on this list, weren't they, and so we saved the best for last. It helps with an array of things from calcium to enzyme activation, to bone strength and nerve function!