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0 (1s): Hello, and welcome to the get lean and eat clean podcast. My name is Brian Gryn. I'm a certified health coach, trainer and author. And this podcast is for middle-aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long-term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show. All right, welcome to the get lean eat clean podcast. My name is Brian Gryn. Hope you had a great weekend. Happy Tuesday if you're listening to this on Tuesday, and hopefully you listened to my interview with Tracy plush court. 0 (44s): Love that one all about mastering metabolic health and mastering mental health when it comes to, you know, losing inches and feeling more energy. So definitely check out my interview with Tracy. And my next topic I wanted to discuss was about hydration because we've had some really hot days here in Chicago. It's been a beautiful summer so far, but we've had days upwards to a hundred degrees and it made me think of how crucial it was to make sure that you're getting the right electrolytes because people think, oh, I'm consuming water, but it goes a lot deeper than that. And one of the things that I've done over that I did over the last few months was get my hair mineral test on with Barton Scott's company. 0 (1m 29s): He's been on my podcast. You can check that one out Martin Scott with upgraded formulas, and I'll leave a link if you want to check that out and get a bit of a discount, but I think it's worth it to get tested and see where you're at at, regarding your minerals. Because as you'll see, when I'm done with this podcast, they play quite a role in, you know, the heart pumping blood circulating neurons firing. So you'll start to realize that, you know, maybe I do need to start supplementing with more salt and adding it to my water. So we'll, we'll discuss that. You know, if you're asking what are electrolytes, I mean, you hear it all the time with these sports drinks and there's a lot of junk out there with a lot of sugar. 0 (2m 10s): So just be careful, actually a good buddy of mine has a drink called greater than and check that one out. If you're looking for a solid electrolyte drink, but what are the main electrolytes there? Sodium chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium phosphate, and by carbonate there's seven minerals. I'm going to touch on the two heavy hitters, sodium potassium, but magnesium, calcium, and phosphate. They serve some super important functions as well, like building bones and repairing DNA, but regarding sodium potassium, I want to touch on those because they have two primary roles in the body. One is regulating fluid balance and the other two is enabling cell communication. 0 (2m 54s): And so I think sodium potassium is one of those things that get overlooked a lot, because everyone always thinks about, like I mentioned earlier, how much water you drink? Well, the other question is how much electronics have you consumed? And then the third question you want to ask yourself is how much water and electrolytes are you losing through sweat, urine and feces because you're losing it all the time. Especially if you're doing like myself, hot yoga sauna and outside sweating. So working out and things like that. So I think it's really important to keep an eye because I was actually low in sodium potassium. And those are things that I'm adding back in to my dad and trying to consciously put it in my water, Rob Wolf, who's on my podcast. 0 (3m 40s): Maybe I'll get them back on again. He has a cool drink called element. It's actually a, not a drink. It's a powder that you can put these, you know, the salt mixes into your, your, in some of them are slightly flavored. So there's a few, there's actually quite a few. There's probably like seven or eight different flavors, but you know, you can check that out. That's called element L M N T, but I wanted to touch on, you know, what do electrolytes do for you? Because I think once you realize what they do and how they sort of regulate your body, you'll realize how important they are. One is for your energy levels. Electrolytes are essential for something called cell respiration. 0 (4m 24s): In other words, what they do is they turn stored energy, which is food that stored energy into usable energy, which is called ATP. Second thing they do is they help. They can help with exercise performance. And I've been messing around with this a little bit and seeing how it affects my performance in the gym, but a lot of athletes can lose, you know, they could lose upwards of 10 grams of sodium per day, exercising and heat. So if it's not replaced, performance will suffer. So that would be number two. Number three is heart health, plain and simple sodium and potassium helps keep your heart pumping and beating. 0 (5m 6s): So I don't probably need to go into more detail regarding that, but right there, you know, heart health when it comes to, to, I think when people think, oh, keep your salt levels low, keep your salt love as well. And there's this recommended, you know, two grams of D daily salt from the government, but really I think that you should shoot for five grams of sodium per day and potassium as well. Potassium can help with high blood pressure. A lot of people that are inadequate potassium could have high blood pressure. Okay. So that's number three, heart health is huge brain health. So for brain cells to fire, you need adequate sodium and potassium in and around the cell. 0 (5m 50s): Okay. So sodium is critical for brain health. So we got heart health, brain health, we got mood, you know, it's closely connected to brain health, right? So the look, the links between electrolytes and mental health. There's, you know, if you have low sodium it's well-documented, that could cause mood swings as well. So the other one is immune health, both sodium potassium, help maintain electrical charge, both inside and outside the cells. And you know, this could obviously affect your immune system. So, so far, I think I've made a decent case that you should keep an eye on your sodium potassium levels. 0 (6m 32s): Lastly, as hormonal health, low sodium status could increase, what's called your stress hormones. So that's cortisol epinephrin and north nor effort and effort. Okay. So no one ever thinks, oh wow, I might have low sodium, which could affect my stress. So, you know, there's a lot of these deficiencies that, that, you know, w if you are deficient in sodium potassium, that it could cause which I've just mentioned what seven things right there. So if those reasons enough, aren't enough for you to go check out your sodium potassium levels. You can do a blood test as well, then I dunno, but either way, keep an eye on those levels. 0 (7m 19s): I'll go through that. One more time. Energy levels, exercise, performance, heart health, brain health, mood, immune health, hormone health. So they are a lot of times the villain. I think a lot of times SOC gets a bad name, but most people don't consume enough quality salt. I try to add a little Redmond's sea salt onto all my food, and now I'm even adding it into my drinks, or I can use like element or there's obviously other electrolyte powders out there as well. Just make sure it's high quality and not with a lot of junk and sugar and things like that. So anyways, hope this hope this helps regarding electrolytes gives us sort of an explanation and what they do in the body. 0 (7m 59s): And if you have any questions, you can email me email@example.com and have a great rest of the day. And I will talk to you on Friday. Thanks for listening. The get lean, eat clean podcast. I understand there are millions of other podcasts out there, and you've chosen to listen to mine. And I appreciate that. Check out the show firstname.lastname@example.org for everything that was mentioned in this episode, feel free to subscribe to the podcast and share it with a friend or family member. That's looking to get their body back to what it once was. Thanks again, and have a great day.
This week I discuss the importance of having optimal hydration! Working out, sauna, and hot yoga are all beneficial activities but could you be losing too many essential minerals that are playing a key role in your health? Your main electrolytes are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and bicarbonate. Of these seven minerals, only three—sodium, chloride, and potassium—are essential minerals that function primarily as electrolytes. Three factors to keep an eye on are: