What are Electrolytes?

November 29, 2017

 

You need a microscope to see them but, besides water, electrolytes are the vital element that keep your body hydrated. Electrolytes are elements or ions such as Sodium, Potassium, Chloride and Calcium. Electrolytes have two major purposes. Maintaining cell hydration, and internal communication. Without electrolytes cells would either severely dehydrate and shrivel or expand from being to full of liquid that is unable to escape, and nerve impulses would not be able to travel to their intended locations stopping bodily functions. 

 

Maintaining the Balance 

Electrolytes number one job it to keep the body hydrated by maintaining the flow and balance of water between cells. The concentration of electrolytes such as sodium determines where water is necessary. Water will move between cells to equalise the the level of electrolytes, for example if there is a high concentration of electrolytes outside of the cell, water will move outward to restore the balance. Without this constant balancing act water would not be able to move freely through cells, leaving cells to either dehydrate or swell from water retention; this would have a detrimental effect on the body.

 

Internal Communication

Electrolytes presence allow for the conduction of electricity throughout the body. The conduction of electricity plays a vital role in communication across cell membrane, this includes cues for muscle movement and neural activity. Without the complex balance of electrolytes, the body would not be able to sustain basic bodily function. 

 

Sustain the Electrolyte Balance

The level of electrolytes required for normal functionality are generally consumed through a good healthy diet, but are lost through sweat. A normal level of sweat is okay, but any activity that causes excessive sweat (such as intense physical work, exposure to high heat and extensive exercise)  can leave you in danger of electrolyte imbalance. 

 

Sustain the balance with electrolyte replacement beverages such as Sqwincher. Sqwincher provide low sugar, low calorie replacement options that will replace electrolytes lost through sweat. It is recommended that  a glass of electrolyte replacement beverage should be consumed at least once for every two glasses of water  for optimal hydration. 

 

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