The human body cannot function without the right balance of electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes are necessary for organ and cell function and for the body to carry on its activities.
That is why, when a person has diarrhea, doctors almost always advise an electrolyte solution to be taken, whether the person can take food or not. A simple blood test is all that is required to measure the important electrolytes in the body. It is necessary to know what are electrolytes and what is their function.
What are electrolytes?
The electrolytes in your body are actually salts and minerals, which are present in all the liquids in your body like blood, sweat, urine and tears. They carry negative and positive electric charges in your body.
All these are vital for the functioning of the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the muscles, blood pressure, repair and even digestion. They also affect the amount of water in your body.
The important electrolytes are
There are other micronutrients, which are also important. All these electrolytes have to be in a fine balance for the body to work at an optimum level. When the balance goes and whatever is missing and not replaced, the body can go into seizure or shock and the result can even be fatal.
How do you get electrolytes?
A normal balanced diet comprising food and drink should provide all the electrolytes in the body. Since most vegetables and fruits are mainly composed of water, it is vital to take in lots of fruits and vegetables, some in the raw state.
If your diet consists mainly of breads and meats, you may develop a deficiency in some electrolyte.
When do you need more fluid and electrolytes?
If you are very physically active and sweat a lot, if you do a lot of outdoor physical work or are an athlete, then electrolytes are even more important for you. When you sweat, you lose a lot of water and salt (electrolytes).
So, it is important to replenish amount of fluid and electrolytes that was lost in sweat. If you don’t do so, you will have electrolytes imbalance.
Signs of electrolyte imbalance
If you indulge in strenuous exercise, it is all the more important to know what are the sings of electrolyte imbalance. Among the signs are:
What you should do to maintain electrolytes in the body
It is simply not enough to drink water. In fact, drinking too much water can deplete the electrolytes even further. It is necessary to replace the fluid lost with an electrolyte solution. You should drink sports drinks which contain a balance of the important electrolytes.
Herbalife makes H3O fitness drink and Herbalife24 Hydrate for professional athletes for advanced hydration. Herbalife24 Hydrate contains bioavailable electrolytes like potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium and vitamins. It comes in tangerine citrus flavor in a portable stick packing which has to be mixed with water.
Before and after workouts, you should also eat well and eat the right foods. This will keep the body energized and fit and also help in damage repair and prevent wearing out of tissues and joints.
Basic Nutrition Information For Young Athletes. When teens take part in sports, whether it is simple play or serious sport, they need to optimize their nutritional intake.
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