When it comes to electrolyte drinks, the first thing that comes to mind are sports drinks. The problem with this is, for diabetics that practice endurance activities like long-distance running or fitness routines these are not an option because these sports drinks are filled with sugar or sugar substitutes. The sugar or sugar substitutes can cause spiking in blood sugar levels.
Maintaining your electrolyte balance is crucial, especially if you have type 2 diabetes and fluctuating blood sugar levels. However, sports drinks aren't the best way to restore electrolyte balance for diabetics.
So, when a diabetic finds a healthy electrolyte drink that they can drink and tastes great….it’s pure happiness!
WHAT ARE ELECTROLYTES?
Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that flow through the fluids in your body and perform vital bodily functions, such as:
- Balancing acid/base (pH) level
- Transporting waste out of cells
- Transporting nutrients into cells
- Balancing the amount of water in the body
- Regulating nerve, muscle, heart and brain function
Names of Electrolytes In the Body:
Risk Factors For Electrolyte Imbalance:
- kidney disease
- thyroid disorders
- alcohol use disorder
- congestive heart failure
- adrenal gland disorders
- eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
- trauma, such as severe burns or broken bones
What Are the Signs of An Electrolyte Imbalance?
- fast heart rate
- muscle cramping
- muscle weakness
- irregular heartbeat
- abdominal cramping
- numbness and tingling
- convulsions or seizures
- diarrhea or constipation
There are different levels of electrolyte imbalances, and some of the symptoms listed above are symptoms of very severe electrolyte disorders. However, catching imbalances early and taking measures to prevent them can avoid getting into a dire situation.
DO BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS AFFECT ELECTROLYTES?
Absolutely. Recent studies show that electrolyte levels are significantly influenced by uncontrolled blood glucose levels, especially in patients with type 2 diabetes. As you probably recall, some of the first symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination and excessive thirst.
Without getting too scientific, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) causes water to move outside of the cells and into the body's extracellular spaces, which depletes sodium. The body gets rid of the fluid through more frequent urination, which in turn causes other electrolytes like chloride and potassium to become unbalanced.
This is a simplified version of what goes on inside the body when your blood sugars are uncontrolled; there are many other processes that are also affected.
HOW DO HEALTHY ELECTROLYTE DRINKS HELP?
First of all, healthy electrolyte drinks will not contain sugar, and if they do, it should be so minimal that your sugar levels will not be affected at all. Second, healthy electrolyte drinks will not contain artificial flavors, colors, or heavily processed minerals that lose their nutritional benefit during processing.
Knowing that you are actually drinking a healthy electrolyte drink is the first step in replenishing depleted electrolytes.
Incorporating an oral rehydration solution (healthy electrolyte drink) into your diet will go a long way toward keeping your electrolyte levels stable as your blood sugar fluctuates. The key is to continually replenish electrolytes as your body loses them through excessive sweating or frequent urination. Imbalance becomes a problem when you have more electrolytes going out than you have coming in.
Any hydration solution should not take the place of drinking water, continue to drink the recommended amount of water per day for optimal hydration. If you have a strong aversion to water, then try cutting it in half with fruit juice or coconut water for a healthy hydration alternative.
THE PROBLEM WITH UNHEALTHY HYDRATION DRINKS
Well, there is more than one problem with unhealthy hydration drinks. First of all, major brand hydration drinks can have as much as 40 g of sugar in a single serving.
If you have diabetes and are trying to replenish your electrolytes with a solution that contains 40 mg of sugar that will cause your blood sugar to skyrocket restarting the cell cycle that results in diabetic electrolyte imbalance in the first place. And even worse, the minerals in those drinks are highly processed too.
So you may be thinking, "what about sugar-free hydration drinks?" Honestly, if you have diabetes, it does sound like the perfect option. However, these are the drinks that contain artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners that have been proven to cause much more significant health problems than electrolyte imbalances. And the minerals they do contain are so processed it is unclear how much good they actually do, if any.
HYDRATE (The Perfect Electrolyte Drink For Diabetics)
Staying hydrated and replenishing electrolytes with a healthy hydration drink like HYDRATE is essential to effective long term diabetes management. HYDRATE is made with 100% real, organic ingredients and contains 1g of sugar per serving. Only 1g of sugar!
HYDRATE gets its refreshing homemade lemonade flavor from organic lemon juice and organic, plant-based stevia. The minerals in HYDRATE are high quality, clean, organic, and unprocessed to replenish your body with the purest form of electrolytes.
Used daily, HYDRATE keeps dehydration from ever happening in the first place.
If you have diabetes, you already know the importance of monitoring and maintaining your blood sugar levels. However, even with the most careful supervision, you can still experience high blood sugar and even low blood sugar on occasion. Being aware that fluctuations in your blood sugar affect your electrolyte levels puts you one step ahead of potential problems.
High sugar hydrating drinks are counterproductive as they rapidly raise blood glucose levels during the rehydration process, and the minerals they do contain lose some of their effectiveness during processing.
Sugar-free hydrating drinks are full of artificial everything with highly processed minerals and many unknown health risks.
Treat your body well by keeping it hydrated every day with good quality water and healthy hydrating drinks like HYDRATE. You will notice a difference in how you feel when your body is fueled with whole, organic ingredients that are clean and fresh, just like nature intended.
For people with diabetes, especially people with diabetes that exercise or do physical work that burns up energy, finding a hydration/electrolyte drink they can use is just pure happiness!