Not your average Potassium Source

If you’re not sweating during a WOD, you either have a) No sweat glans or b) you aren’t working hard enough… and when you’re in Crossfit, you sweat no matter what.

Sweating is just your bodies natural way of regulating its body temperature. When sweating occurs, your body steadily loses amounts of Potassium that is essentially needed for the growth and rebuilding of your muscles and is also needed to work alongside the nervous system in order to transmit various messages that aid in the regulation of contraction in muscles (i.e cramps).

From this explanation alone, you see that its important to replenish our depleted sources of Potassium immediately after laborious WODs or physical activity. For example, an individual deficient in potassium will often times experience cramping, fatigue, muscle weakness, slow reflexes, acne, dry skin, and an irregular heartbeat.  These negative results are completely avoidable if we take all necessary precautions to prevent them; however, as Crossfitters and Paleo followers we are already one step ahead!

Potassium is easily gathered from bananas, citrus fruit, molasses,  and various fruits and vegetables. If you weren’t already aware, Paleo folk all know to avoid bananas because of its high-er ranking on the Glycemic Index. As a rule of thumb, we need to regulate our insulin levels (I know you already know that .. =) So say you don’t have access to citrus fruit, right after a workout…then what? What other options do we have?

Has anyone ever heard of…Zico…Vita Coco…O.N.E…and Harvest Bay?

These are different brands of coconut water. I believe that this is a great option to rehydrate and replenish your depleted Potassium supply after intense physical activity.

“Coconut water is the very stuff of Nature, biologically Pure, full of Natural Sugars, Salts, and VItamins to ward off fatigue and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural”,      according to Mortin Satin, Chief of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization.

  • Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks.
  • Coconut water has less sodium (25 mg) where sports drinks have around 41 mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg.
  • Coconut water has 5 mg of Natural Sugars where Sports and energy drinks range from 10-25 mg of Altered Sugars.
  • Coconut water is very high in Chloride at 118 mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39 mg. [1]”

Quite impressive, huh? If that doesn’t surprise, you check out the: 9 Health Benefits of Coconut Water.

So you’ve read the facts, and you could clearly tell that I am a supporter of this beverage. If you don’t believe me, try one out for yourself. You could find Coconut Water (and these brands) at any specialty health food stores like Whole Foods, most Asian markets, or online and expect to pay about $2,50 to $3,00 for a 330 ml carton of it. After your WOD, consume one right after your workout, and try it out for a few days. I know that you will feel a difference. Charleane and Ben, CFSC members, already drink the Zico Brand after their WODs. If you want a live testimonial, you should hit them up.

Just when you thought a banana or even Gatorade was a great source for Potassium gains, think again!

Hope many of you find this useful. Let me know what you think.

Happy Monday Folks!


– T H E O


As you can tell, I have a thing for coconuts cuz they are that good for you! =)


[1] “Health Benefits of Cocnut Water” — pulled 03.28.2010

[2] Photo Reference: Coconut Water

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jesseb on March 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I Sweat too much!!!


  2. Cool post Theo – just noticed on Zach’s log that he was drinking Coconut water throughout the day at the Sectionals 🙂


  3. Posted by Theo on March 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Thanks Cynthia!
    Do you drink coconut water as well?

    It literally is the best!


  4. Posted by Mariko on March 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

    i heart coconut water! it tastes sweeter during/post WODs. waaaay better than the popular sports drinks or plain h2o. if you work out hard, you don’t have to worry too much about the sugar level (at least it’s natural). i’m hooked!


  5. Just tried this for the first time today. Definetely felt great post WO. I drank it with some lean protein. Not sure if this a placebo effect, however I feel VERY good today.


  6. Posted by Theo on April 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome AJ!

    You can totally feel the difference as opposed to not having anything. Plus, if you drink the coconut water before it tastes different. I don’t know if its just me, but it sure tastes better right after a WOD.


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