What Are Electrolytes and Why Are They Important? (Nutrition Coaching)

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What Are Electrolytes and Why Are They Important? (Nutrition Coaching)

Clients ask us what are Electrolytes and wonder if they should drink electrolyte water. I hope this short summary will clarify what they are and you can make your own decision about if / when to drink electrolyte water. 
Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity when dissolved in water.
They’re distributed through the fluid in your body and use their electrical energy to facilitate important bodily functions.

Electrolytes are essential for:

-Controlling your fluid balance.
-Regulating your blood pressure.
-Helping your muscles contract — including your heart.
-Maintaining the correct acidity of your blood (pH).
-Common electrolytes include sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Unless it’s labeled “distilled,” your regular bottled water provides at least a small amount of electrolytes, and many products contain trace amounts for taste. Tap water contains electrolytes as well.
Sports drinks are recommended over plain water to replace fluid and electrolytes if you tend to sweat a lot, exercise longer than one hour or in hot environments.
Along with electrolytes, they contain calories from added sugar. In fact, a 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade packs a whopping 30 grams of sugar. 

Continued in the comments, there is a recipe for your own homemade sports drink since they can get pricey. 

Happy Tuesday!
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