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The Power of Electrolytes

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition at 1:06 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
CyclingElectrolytes may be the missing ingredient for a power workout.

An electrolyte is any substance such as acids, bases or salts that dissolves in water to give a solution an electric current, generating energy for the human body. Sports drinks are a good source of electrolytes supporting a common problems for people exercising: dehydration.

Dehydration is normally caused by the excessive loss of water from the body. It is best avoided by drinking plenty of water but people on intense workouts may consider taking electrolytes to prevent additional problems such as muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness or fainting.

Electrolyte drinks contains high levels of two key minerals: sodium and potassium. Sport drinks are the best way to replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by extreme exercising conditions.

Electrolytes are not needed on normal training since most drinks offer enough supplements for a light to moderate workouts.

Dehydration may be caused by different problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, intoxication, starvation or prolonged exposure to dry air.

Most people do not need electrolytes if occasional diarrhea occurs. Drinking plenty of water should be enough to remedy the problem. Nevertheless, electrolytes are normally recommended in more serious cases or after stomach disorders such as food poising or vomiting, preventing headaches and dizziness due to the lack of minerals in the system.

In conclusion, whether you are an athlete pushing to the limit or you are fighting stomach issues, electrolytes may provide the power you need to stay in good shape.

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9 Responses to “The Power of Electrolytes”

  1. jh says:

    I find electrolytes particularly useful when I have been engaging in intense workouts day after day…I bicycled down the pacific coast this summer at being conscious of electrolytes really helped my fatigue. The days that I didn’t up my electrolytes I could really tell a difference. Thanks for bringing this up, it’s so important.

  2. Mike says:

    Many of the so-called sports drinks that claim to replinish our electrolytes, are so loaded with sugar and caffiene that they are actually unhealthy. You just can’t improve on nature. Try some coconut water.

  3. chris says:

    Agreed on the sugar in the so-called replenishing/hydrating sports drinks. What i found to be great is this new drink called WAT-AAH! I love the WAT-AAH! Brain… it is ultra pure w/ added electrolytes. Cant go wrong w/ that? My kids love it too… they are bringing it to all their sporting events. Its got a great website too..

  4. Brad Johnson says:

    Great post again mate. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard ywet mose people fail to realize the basics

  5. Eric says:

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

  6. christian says:

    Very good article, very informative. Keep up the great work.

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