Electrolytes - What Are They? Why Do We Need Them?
You’ve almost certainly heard of electrolytes. We are told we need them for energy and especially after a workout to help replace lost fluids and prevent fatigue and exhaustion.
But now comes the question, do you actually know what electrolytes are?
If you have no idea, don’t feel embarrassed, because you aren’t the only one. This is a question we hear often, so decided to finally answer it in a blog post!
So keep on reading and by the end of this article you’ll fully understand, not only what electrolytes are, but why they are so important for your body.
So, what are electrolytes?
Electrolytes are salts needed by our bodies to function properly. Magnesium, potassium, calcium and regular table salt are all electrolytes that dissolve into positive and negative charges once they enter our bodies.
These charges help to spark nerve impulses and regulate the flow of water in and out of cells. These nerve impulses keep our bodies functioning as they should; our lungs breathing, our hearts beating, and a lack of electrolytes in our bodies could cause our cells to actually die!
Electrolytes are essential for maintaining hydration levels, because when potassium and sodium flow in and out of our cells, it indicates how much water our body holds on to or flushes out.
Electrolytes are transported by nerve cells around the body and when your body has sufficient electrolytes flowing through it, you will sleep better, have an improved mood and abundant energy. Electrolytes also aid in relaxation and contraction of muscles and without them you would experience weak muscles, muscle cramps, muscle twitches and even spasms.
An imbalance of electrolytes will also affect hydration levels and can even lower immune function!
As you can see, your whole body benefits from a perfect electrolyte balance.
Do I need extra electrolytes even if I’m not an athlete?
Strenuous exercise can certainly cause water and sodium loss, so it’s important to replace lost fluids not only with plain water, but rather with water with electrolytes. Our Vitamin C sachets are added to water and will infuse plain water with an array of important vitamins and electrolytes to amp up hydration levels, balance electrolytes and leave you feeling good!Of course exercise isn’t the only thing that can affect electrolyte balance. Here’s a few other factors that can cause a loss of electrolytes in your body:
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Increased sweating due to fever and high temperatures
- Kidney problems
- Digestive issues
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