I say banana, you think potassium. These two words are inextricably linked.
But there’s another fruit containing nearly double of this important mineral and electrolyte by weight than bananas: dates.
For those still wondering what potassium truly is and why we need it, here’s a quick primer.
- Potassium is a mineral that works with fellow mineral sodium to balance the fluids and electrolyte levels in your body.
- Because steady fluid levels help regulate your heartbeat and prevent muscle cramps, potassium is especially important to endurance athletes such as bikers and runners.
RECOVER WITH NATURAL ELECTROLYTES
There are no shortageof artificially flavored electrolyte drinks out there. But for those looking to go natural, Runner’s World sums it up best:
The carbs and potassium in dates are especially useful for athletes. The sustained release of carbs refills your body’s glycogen, the main source of energy that is expended during strenuous activity. By also replenishing potassium and rebalancing electrolytes lost through sweat during exercise, dates also help prevent post-workout cramping and aid with muscle recovery.
Given all this, it’s not surprising that so many athletes turn to dates to fuel up and recover from their events.
You can typically find dates in the bulk section at your local grocer or natural food store. The delicious fruit can be eaten raw or thrown into smoothies post-exercise to get your potassium fix.