Love it or hate it, Los Angeles is a dry desert and most of us love to get our sweat on. Dry weather plus water-loss equals the fact that most of us are running around totally dehydrated.
Signs of being under-hydrated include having dry and lifeless skin, getting headaches, being tired all the time, and a number of other symptoms that don’t fit in with our LA wellness-based lifestyles. This isn’t an issue for just the LA folk. This is something that affects a lot of us.
The problem is, sometimes water just won’t do it. If your electrolytes are off, you can drink as much water as you want, but you’ll just end up peeing it out. Another problem is that most sports drinks in the store are full of some pretty gross stuff, including chemicals I can’t pronounce, food colorings, and probably some genetically modified corn syrup somewhere in there. Let’s not even get into all the waste those plastic bottles and aluminum cans create!
So what’s a health-conscious athlete (or the tired mama with a toddler) to do?
Yesterday, as I prepared for my first training session since my baby was born (actually, my first serious training session in about 12 years), I remembered the recipe for what my midwife termed “labor-ade”. While I was in early labor with my daughter a few years ago, I mixed some of that stuff up and poured it into little ice cube trays and then sucked on labor-ade ice chips. They were pretty awesome! They kept me cool and hydrated and the electrolytes helped my muscles function optimally all through labor.
This time though, I made a hybrid labor-ade chia drink. If you’ve Googled “chia seeds” before, you’re probably familiar with their “superfood” benefits and how the ancient Aztec warriors used them for prolonged strength. They also suck up quite a bit of water when they are soaked, so they hydrate the body for an extended period as they are absorbed.
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12 oz shaker bottle
1 dose (or less) of Natural Calm Plus Calcium (dissolved in boiling water then cooled)
⅛ tsp sea salt
1 tsp of real maple syrup or raw honey
1 Tbsp organic chia seeds
Mix it all together in your shaker bottle and put it in the fridge to sit. The longer it sits, the more water those little chia seeds will absorb. Feel free to modify the amounts to taste and need. Will you be eating an energy bar? Maybe you don’t need so much maple syrup. Or, if you think you’ll need more calories, add more. Think you get enough salt? Leave it out. Not sure how much calcium and magnesium you need? Start with a small amount of Natural Calm and increase from there next time. Be careful with calcium and magnesium, though, too much and you may get diarrhea. Way too much and it could seriously affect your heart, kidneys, nerves, digestion, mental state, and more.
So, how did my first training session go? It was excellent! I brought water and my chia energy drink. I primarily drank my water, but I remembered my energy drink half way through and took a few big swigs. I felt like I could have kept going even after my session was over. Rather than waking up this morning feeling like I’d overtrained, I woke up feeling good. In fact, I’m eager to get back at it!
Happy hydrating everyone!
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