Raise a glass to essential electrolytes
Thinking about how our bodies move and serve us through daily or physical activity is a good mental exercise. Have you ever wondered how your body is powered? While perhaps not commonplace knowledge, our own human bodies are, in fact, electric.
Electrolytes conduct electricity
Your cells conduct electrical currents that your nervous system uses to send signals throughout your brain and body. This is how you move, think, and feel. You also need a small electric charge to create new tissue.
These charges are carried by minerals called electrolytes that are essential to your survival. After you exercise you need to hydrate and replenish your electrolytes, which is why they are included in sports drinks and TruLabs drink supplements like HYDRATE, PRE-Workout, and ENERGY + FOCUS.
What are electrolytes?
The main electrolytes required for healthy body function are:
While electrolytes are naturally present many foods and beverages, it can be easy to end up with an electrolyte imbalance. Depending on your diet, you may lack magnesium, potassium, and fiber, and have too much sodium, sugar, and saturated fat.
To maintain a healthy electrolyte balance you must replace the electrolytes you lose through sweat during exercise, or from a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, or from drinking too much alcohol. All these activities can cause you to lose sodium and risk dehydration.
These are symptoms of dehydration, low electrolytes, or a pH imbalance:
- Blood pressure changes
- Muscle cramps
- Low energy
- Generally feeling unwell
- Seizures or a coma
Electrolyte drinks like HYDRATE can help restore your fluids, replenish your electrolytes, and return to a balanced system. Watch out for electrolyte drinks with a lot of sugar, as sugar hampers to body’s ability to absorb and replenish electrolytes.
Avoiding muscle cramps
The electrolyte potassium chloride helps regulate muscle contractions and fluid balance, maintains healthy nerve function, and preserves muscle mass in older adults. When you have the right electrolyte balance, your muscles contract and relax as they should.
When you do an intense workout, you can lose fluid and minerals, creating a magnesium or potassium deficiency. If you end up with a deficiency, or lose too much sodium through sweating, you may experience muscle cramps.
Eating potassium-rich bananas, or drinking a glass of HYDRATE, can help you avoid muscle cramps. This is why you want to be sure your electrolyte drink has sodium chloride or potassium chloride.
Increased energy and equilibrium
Electrolyte drinks like TruLabs PRE-Workout and ENERGY + FOCUS contain three essential nutrients to create energy — adenine, ribose and phosphate. The electrolytes phosphate and calcium work together to maintain:
- Energy for muscle contraction
- Blood clotting
- Acid-base balance
A proper pH level in balance
Your balance of acids and alkaline (base) levels are measured on a pH scale. Even mild variations from a healthy pH balance can significantly affect your vital organs and may lead to medical conditions known as acidosis (too much acid) and alkalosis (too much alkaline).
Acidosis happens when you lose too much of the electrolyte chloride through intense exercise without adequate rehydration or after vomiting or diarrhea.
Drinking too much liquid that doesn't contain electrolytes can lead to over hydration, which can also cause your electrolyte levels to drop. Electrolytes that fall too low and too quickly can be fatal.
Make the right choice
Choosing and using the right electrolyte drinks when needed can help you maintain the correct hydration and electrolyte balance levels, especially during intense exercise or while recovering from illness or overindulgence in alcohol.Discover TruLabs collection of nutrient-rich electrolyte drinks and stay healthy.