Minerals like potassium, iodine, magnesium, and sodium are electrolytes that are extremely valuable to athletes. We lose them when we sweat, and when electrolyte levels get too low, the result is muscular inefficacy and eventually cramping. Unfortunately most North Americans lack adequate mineral intake, thanks in large part to the declining levels found in our food.
Sea vegetables such as kelp, nori, and dulse – better known as seaweed – are exceptionally rich in minerals and low in calories, and when added to your daily diet will keep your body balanced without the need for sugary Gatorade-style sport drinks. Tearing up two nori sheets and putting the strips in your daily salad are enough to make the difference.