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Why is there sea salt at the gym these days?

By admin | In Announcements, Nutrition | on August 7, 2014

sea saltRecently you may have noticed a bag of sea salt hanging around the watering station at the gym… I’ve heard a few people ask why, so I thought I’d put up a quick post with the answer!  I hope you find it interesting AND helpful.

Obviously we don’t live in the in the middle of the polar vortex here in sunny Houston, so it is hot… almost always.  The combination of sun, humidity, and the type of pain exercise Rob and Ryan dream up for us we’re bound to sweat A LOT.

Fun fact: sweating is actually a really great sign of good detoxification, it is a great avenue for our body to get rid of excess toxins!  It also supports healthy metabolism.  There is a belief that sweating also supports a healthy immune system because as the body’s core temperature heats up it generates more white blood cells.

We’ve all heard the age old guidelines to drink eight glasses of eight ounces of water a day to stay healthy, but is that really true?  Not necessarily.  Adequate hydration (and rehydration) is very important.  Kresser states, “there is no universal requirement for water intake, and your needs will vary widely based on age, gender, body size, health status, and physical activity levels… environmental factors such as high temperature and humidity also influence needs.”  Did you know that many Paleo-style foods are naturally rich in water content? Vegetables and fruits provide a good deal of water along with their nutrients.  Watermelon (a personal favorite of mine) is 92% water and broccoli is 91%.

Thirst is actually a great indicator of a need for more water, but for those that are very active (i.e. CFWH members) may not be able to rely on thirst alone.  Plain water also will not do for this population as they are sweating more than the average couch potato.

So what do you need to do?

You need to add a couple of ingredients to your water… want to guess what the first one is?

  1. Sea salt: rich in electrolytes that help the body maintain homeostasis, and give the water an optimal pH balance, which aids in absorption
  2. Carbohydrates: adding a little bit of a natural sweetener like honey can help replenish glycogen (stored glucose) stores in the muscles
  3. *Bonus* Collagen: this vital protein is used all over the body to support structure and stability, it helps build lean muscles, reduces inflammation, supports gut healing and so much more.  Collagen is the main structural protein found in the body.

Kresser also says, “sodium is essential to avoid hyponatremia, a serious condition caused by a lack of salt in the blood, leading to water imbalance and water build-up in the brain.”

Sick of “plain” water?  Try some of these great recipes

Steph’s Rehydrating Drink Recipe: Mix and enjoy throughout the day

  • 24 ounces of filtered water
  • 1 drop of lemon essential oil (Young Living only) or a squeeze of fresh lemon
  • 1-2 pinches of Real Sea Salt
  • 1 pour of collagen
  • 1-2 drops of real honey



Don’t want to make your own drink, try coconut water.  Depending on the brand you may need to add a little sea salt to it.


What do you like to drink to rehydrate?


*The information provided on this website and the blog posts there within are for educational purposes only and are not to be used as medical advice or to replace the guidance of your medical practitioner*

One Comment to "Why is there sea salt at the gym these days?"

  • Jeffrey says:

    August 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Wow! Very informative, I never knew this about water.

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