The Benefits of Electrolytes

One great way to be beef up one’s strength, stamina and endurance is to make sure you are getting enough electrolytes to replenish, hydrate and restore healthy energy levels in the cells, heart and muscle tissues your body needs to perform at its best during strenuous summer activities. Proper hydration helps to reduce the incidence of cramps and muscle fatigue so you can endure longer.

So get the edge you need to perform at your best by loading up on extra electrolytes.

Definition :  Electrolyte is a “medical/scientific” term for salts, specifically ions. The term electrolyte means that this ion is electrically-charged and moves to either a negative (cathode) or positive (anode) electrode:

  • ions that move to the cathode (cations) are positively charged
  • ions that move to the anode (anions) are negatively charged

Electrolytes are for Everyone

Everyone can benefit from Electrolytes. Electrolytes support a number of vital functions in the body. Electrolytes allow the body to stay hydrated, help the brain and nervous system transmit and receive important signals, help the body’s cells generate energy, and allow the muscles to contract and relax.*

The Major Electrolytes are as Follows:

– sodium (Na+)
– potassium (K+)
– chloride (Cl-)
– calcium (Ca2+)
– magnesium (Mg2+)
– bicarbonate (HCO3-)
– phosphate (PO42-)
– sulfate (SO42-)

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Electrolyte Functions    

Sodium (NA+) is the major positive ion in fluid outside of cells (extracellular) and when combined with chloride the resulting substance is table salt. Some functions of sodium include the regulation of the total amount of water in the body and the transmission of sodium into and out of individual’s cells, which plays a role in critical body functions. Many processes in the body, especially in the brain, nervous system, and muscles require electrical signals for communication. The movement of sodium is critical in generation of these electrical signals. Too much or too little sodium can cause cells to malfunction and extremes in the blood sodium levels.

Potassium (K+) is the major positive ion found inside of cells. Some of the functions of K+ are the regulation of heartbeat and muscle function. The proper level of potassium is essential for normal cell function. Any seriously abnormal increase or decrease in K+ can profoundly affect the nervous system and increase change of irregular heartbeats.

Chloride (CI-) is the major anion (negatively charged ion). CI- is found in the fluid outside of the cells and in the blood. The balance of chloride ion (CI-) is closely regulated by the body. Seawater has almost the same concentration of chloride ion as human body fluids. CI- plays a role in helping the body maintain a normal balance of fluids.

Calcium (Ca2+) is needed to build and maintain bones. It also plays a role in nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction.

Magnesium (Mg) is an essential mineral that is involved in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Mg supports heart and nerve function. Mg is essential in the formation of bones and teeth and in converting blood sugar into energy.

Bicarbonate (HCO3-) is an ion that acts as a buffer to maintain the normal levels of acidity (pH) in blood and other fluids in the body. Bicarbonate levels are measured to monitor the acidity of the blood and body fluids. The acidity is affected by foods or medications that we ingest and the function of the kidneys and lungs.

Phosphate (PO42-) helps control the acidity level (pH) of the blood. Phosphate also causes calcium to be deposited in bones.

Sulfate (SO42-) is a compound found in nature. It is the salts of sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, ammonium, and potassium. Sulfates are not only found in minerals, but also in water, soil, rocks, plants and food.

Use Electrolytes Anytime:

  • To prepare for a run or hike
  • To boost your performance
  • To enhance endurance
  • To prevent muscle cramps
  • To support recovery after a workout
  • To hydrate cells
  • During your workout
  • Restore balance

So to be your best and to breeze through the summer fun, take extra electrolytes with ionic trace minerals to handle all of your many roles, so you too can have an enjoyable summer.* Have a great one!

To Your Health and a Wonderful Summer,

Dr. Bo

*These statements in this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition before beginning supplementation. Information contained in this bulletin is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician.

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