Not Just for Athletes: The Importance of Electrolytes

Electrolytes. 

What are they and why do we need them?

Electrolytes, a term commonly thrown around in regard to sugary sports drinks, are essential minerals in your body including sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride and others.  So called because when dissolved in water (in your body) they conduct electrical current. Not only are these needed for regulating fluid retention, blood pressure and blood acidity, but also for muscle contractility and sending nerve impulses to and from the brain.  Electrolytes are lost through your sweat and urine and can be replenished through food or by supplementation.

 

 

Sodium

-Regulates total amount of water in the body  -Maintains function of the muscular and nervous systems

Potassium

-Regulates heartbeat

-Maintains function of the muscular and nervous systems

-Extremely high or low levels of Potassium can cause irregular heart beating

Magnesium

-Maintains function of the muscular and nervous systems

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