Electrolytes Uses and Benefits
An electrolyte is a salt that we digest through food or water that conducts electricity when dissolved in water. Small electric currents assist with several bodily functions that happen as go about our today. It’s important to maintain a balance of electrolytes in the body by replenishing them after exercise and fluid loss. In fact, this balance is required for our survival.
Types of Electrolytes
- Sodium - Manages fluids, supports muscle and nerve function.
- Chloride - Balances acidity and alkalinity for a healthy pH balance and digestive health.
- Potassium - Regulates your heart and blood pressure and contributes to bone health.
- Magnesium - Important to the production of DNA and RNA, promotes nerve and muscle functions.
- Calcium - Critical for bone and teeth health.
- Phosphate - Also important for bone and teeth health, contributes to tissue growth and repair.
- Bicarbonate - Also for maintaining healthy pH and regulating heart function.
Electrolytes, sodium and potassium predominantly, are deplenished during exercise through sweat (or through less pleasant methods of rapid fluid loss). Organ and hormone function relies on a healthy amount of electrolytes in the blood so timely replenishment is crucial. Drinking water and electrolyte water drinks can restore the body unless there’s a more prolonged issue caused by kidney disease, cancer treatment or congestive heart failure which creates an electrolyte imbalance.
Long-term low electrolyte levels can result in symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, weakness, muscle spasms, changes in blood pressure and more serious issues like seizures, nervous system disorders and calcium excess. Consult your doctor if you’re still feeling symptoms after consuming plenty of electrolytes and fluids.
RESQWATER Proactive Recovery can help the body restore lost electrolytes which can be depleted during exercise and celebration. Electrolytes can help the body keep the muscular and nervous system in shape, as well as help the body absorb fluids more efficiently to allow for quicker and more effective hydration.