A scorcher of a heat wave, the second in as many weeks, pushed temperatures up into record-breaking triple digits across the Northeast. Some people continue to exercise outdoors during heat waves but dehydration may become an issue.
Dehydration is a serious condition caused by the excessive loss of water from the body. We tend to sweat a lot more and are likely to be dehydrated in hot muggy days.
Dehydration is best avoided by drinking plenty of water but people on intense workouts may consider taking electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness or fainting.
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. Electrolyte drinks contains high levels of two key minerals: sodium and potassium. These drinks are the best way to replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by extreme exercising conditions.
Most electrolyte products come in powder form and can be easily mixed with water and should be drunk before, during and after exercising. Electrolytes products are generally not needed for light to moderate workouts.
Additionally, dehydration may be caused by different problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, intoxication, starvation or prolonged exposure to dry air. Electrolytes are highly recommended in serious cases of diarrhea or after stomach disorders such as food poising or vomiting, preventing headaches and dizziness due to the lack of minerals in the system.
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