An electrolyte is a substance that positively and negatively charges electricity when dissolved in water. Electrolytes play a role in numerous bodily functions, as they interact with other electrolytes and cells in the tissues, nerves, and muscles. Their two main functions are regulating the flow of water in and out of cells, and sparking nerve impulses.
The electrolytes are sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphate, chloride and calcium. We get electrolytes from fruits and vegetables, but if we don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables, or if we are exercising strenuously (cue the sweating), we may want to incorporate electrolytes to bring balance back into the body. An imbalance could mean too much or too little of one or more electrolytes.
Other causes of an electrolyte imbalance include poor diet, dehydration, an imbalance of acids and alkali, and certain drugs, such as diuretics.
An imbalance in electrolytes can show up in the body through:
- Twitching/Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness
- Heart rhythm disturbances
- Numbness or other problems associated with the nervous system
In my experience, I have found that supplementing with electrolytes is a crucial part to my workouts, beach/park days, and after a night out on the town. They help me stay hydrated while keeping my muscles functioning properly so I am left feeling replenished and energized.
Vitamin Discount Center offers a variety of products to support your electrolyte needs.