13th April 2023
Electrolytes 101: Why We Need Them
Let’s talk about electrolytes… those essential minerals that carry electrical charges throughout our bodies. Among them are sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride and they can be found in our blood, urine, and other bodily fluids. While they may not be as well-known as other nutrients, electrolytes play a critical role in our overall health and wellbeing. Here’s everything you need to know.
Why are electrolytes important?
They have a few different jobs, but one of the most important is maintaining the balance of fluids in our bodies. Another thing electrolytes do is help regulate our pH levels. You might remember hearing about pH levels in science class - it's essentially a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of our blood. If our pH levels aren’t right, it can cause all sorts of problems for our bodies.
That's why electrolytes are so important - they help keep things in balance.
But that's not all. Electrolytes also play a crucial role in nerve function and muscle contraction. They help our muscles relax and contract, which is essential for movement. So the next time you hit the gym or go for a run, remember those electrolytes are powering your workout.
What does electrolyte imbalance do?
There are a few things that can cause an imbalance, like not eating a balanced diet, not drinking enough water, or taking certain medications. When this happens, it can lead to a bunch of different symptoms, depending on which electrolyte is affected.
For example, if our sodium levels aren’t right, it can cause some pretty serious symptoms like confusion, seizures, and even coma. On the other hand, if our potassium levels are too low, we might experience muscle weakness, cramping, or an irregular heartbeat.
And if our magnesium levels are imbalanced, we might feel muscle spasms, fatigue, or weakness. Calcium imbalances can cause issues with our bones, muscle weakness, and seizures.
How can you maintain proper electrolyte levels?
First and foremost, drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining proper electrolyte levels. Fluid helps transport electrolytes throughout our body and can also help flush out any excess electrolytes. Bonus: it prevents dehydration, a major cause of electrolyte imbalances.
Also, make sure you're eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods can naturally provide you with the necessary electrolytes your body needs. Some examples of high electrolyte foods include bananas, avocados, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
iPRO Hydrate: Supercharged with electrolytes
When it comes to replenishing electrolytes, it's important to choose a drink that’s low in sugar and calories. That's where iPRO Hydrate comes in…
iPRO Hydrate is a supercharged electrolyte drink that’s designed to hydrate and replenish the body. The range is sweetened naturally with Stevia and contains a blend of electrolytes and vitamins, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking to maintain a proper electrolyte balance.
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