AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT YOGA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTROLYTES
Yoga doesn't only increase flexibility and develop a calm mind. Practicing yoga improves muscular strength and endurance, enhances your focus, greatly improves your balance and coordination, increases your range of motion (ROM), and improves joint health.
Practicing yoga increases ROM and muscle elasticity, which is beneficial for all activities allowing you to swing further, reach higher, dip lower, contract muscle faster, etc. With increased ROM and muscle elasticity you are able to put more power and explosiveness behind your movements. Not to mention, increase in muscle elasticity is going to decrease your risk of injury tenfold.
For your muscles to grow and for you to see results from your yoga practice, your body needs to fully recover from your yoga workouts. Hydration from natural, earth grown minerals and electrolytes are required for for fluid absorption and protein synthesis. Your body requires hydration for you to see sigficant results in strength, ROM, and muscle elascticity.
Yoga is more strenuous on the body than you think. Every pound of weight lost during (and after) a yoga session is equal to 16-20 fluid ounces lost. For that pound of fluid lost, the human body loses about 220mg sodium, 63mg potassium and 8mg magnesium directly due to perspiration, exhalation & urination.
Sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are the four major electrolytes that maintain the body's fluid balance and allow your muscles to fully recover after practicing yoga. These electrolytes are what allows your muscle tissues to stretch further and grow in strength.
Dehydrated ligaments and tendons become more vulnerable to injury due to decreased muscle elasticity and ROM. Dehydrated muscles cannot stretch as far without injury.
Therefore, without proper electrolyte supplementation, you’ll see a plateau in results from your yoga practice without getting these natural electrolytes.
There’s a considerable difference between drinking fluids and absorbing fluids into your tissues (hydrating). Your body can’t absorb fluids into your tissues (muscle, organs, skin, etc.) without these natural minerals present.
Water and typical sports drinks do not contain significant enough bioavailable levels of these minerals for you to fully recover or grow from your yoga workouts (you’re limiting your performance). These minerals are found most abundantly, and easiest for your body to absorb, in nature from coconut water and other fruit juices.
Greater Than has all of the great natural mineral compounds and hydrating properties of coconut water. Currently it is one of the best options to fully hydrate, beyond average levels. It’s Paleo, vegan, and keto friendly and is packed with 2-3x the amount of electrolytes that the bigger artificial sports drinks have. Greater Than is coconut water based and uses other super fruits to recover from the electrolyte washout during exercise and ensure your muscles and tissues are properly hydrated for maximum performance.
When you want to flourish and you want to see real results in your yoga practice, take your hydration seriously. Yogis from all over the country choose Greater Than to fuel their greatness, so what are you waiting for?