Electrolytes: What are they? What is their role?
Let’s start by defining what an electrolyte is.
Electrolytes are minerals present in blood which from electrically-charged particles called ions in body fluids; ions conduct the electrical energy necessary for many body functions, including:
- Muscle function
- Nerve impulses
They are fundamental for the optimal operation of the body. Electrolytes are analogous to the motor oil in your car, they do not make the engine run, but they´re absolutely necessary to keep everything running smoothly. The following example of the system that largely depend upon the correct level of electrolytes:
- The digestive system
- The nervous system
- The cardiovascular and muscular system
In sports, muscle cramps are usually associated with poor fluid intake or improper replenishment of electrolytes in the blood.
6 symptoms of dehydration:
- Infrequent dark yellow urination
- Faster Heart beat
- Feeling dizzy
- Headache that doesn’t go away
- Feeling tired
- Low blood pressure
If you have any of the symptoms above, you might be dehydrated.
Your first reaction may be to immediately chug several glasses of water, but that is not the best way to rehydrate.
Electrolytes are critically important to hydrate your body, maintain nerve and muscle function, and balance blood acidity and pressure. In order to maintain optimal hydration, you should take electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium) diluted in water. A Hydro-Power effervescent tablet offers perfect electrolyte balance.