Everything You Thought You Knew About Electrolytes

Everything You Thought You Knew About Electrolytes

You’ve read it in the newspaper, you’ve seen it on TV…even your mother has told you to drink more water. 

It’s no surprise that we generally don’t reach our hydration requirements each day. Mix in a jam-packed schedule, a list of chores that never end and it’s little wonder why drinking water makes its way to the very end of our list of priorities.

Staying hydrated has many perks such as: helping food to move its way through the digestive tract, keeping your kidneys working and removing unwanted toxins from your blood stream.

However, you could reap more benefits by combining hydration with electrolytes for a winning combination to help you power through your day in the office as well as in the gym later on.

 

Let’s look at electrolytes more deeply.

The term ‘electrolytes’ means essential mineral ions – calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sulphates that have an electric charge. These minerals are responsible for keeping your internal body systems up and running such as:

  • Healthy blood pressure
  • Healthy muscles and nerves
  • Healthy brain
  • Regulation of your body’s pH level
  • Movement of nutrients and waste between cells

 

An electrolyte in-balance can cause muscle spasms and cramps and high blood pressure and can lead to some serious conditions such as cardiac arrest or even a coma.

No matter your athletic ability incorporating electrolytes will help you power through your workout, avoid the nasty cramps – we’re looking at you Charlie horse’s and the fatigue that goes hand in hand with a sweaty regime.

 

Here’s a breakdown of what each electrolyte does for your body: 

  • Calcium is essential for hormone and enzyme secretion, nerve conduction as well as growth and strong teeth and bones.  
  • Potassium helps to lower high blood pressure and works with sodium to assist with muscle contractions.
  • Sodium keeps your nervous system switched on as well as keeping your muscles working in order.
  • Magnesium helps to maintain healthy nerves and muscles as well as keeps bones and the immune system strong.

 

Some of our favourite electrolyte rich foods are:

  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potato
  • Nectarine
  • Bananas
  • Sweet corn

 

In addition, our Amino range is a timely and refreshing way to boost your electrolyte intake – mix it in with your water on your way out the door in the morning and you’ve got a winning combination.