The importance of electrolytes are talked about all over the wellness world. With their benefits ranging from exercise support to hangover cures, it’s no surprise they’re on everyone’s radar. Electrolytes for exercise, hydration or muscle cramps? DOSE writer Demi explores the world of electrolytes and gives you the answers you need.
What Are Electrolytes And Why Are They Important?
Electrolytes are small, charged particles in our bodies. They’re usually found in our diet and drinks we consume such as coconut water and seeds.
Electrolytes regulate how much water your body retains or flushes out. Our nerve cells rely on electrolytes to help carry electrical impulses around the body. They support your nervous system, mental health and sleep quality. Electrolytes are vital for muscle function, as they send signals to muscles controlling when they contract or relax. Without the correct balance of electrolytes, you may experience muscle cramps and weakness.
Basically, you’re whole body relies on electrolytes to function at its best.
Should You Drink Electrolytes For Exercise?
Low electrolytes can lead to headaches, nausea, muscle pains, fatigue or low energy. We mainly lose electrolytes through sweat, so consuming them after a workout is recommended. Electrolyte drinks can support your muscles and keep you hydrated during and after working out.
Can Electrolytes Get Rid Of A Hangover?
We all take a trip to the ladies room more often when we’re drinking alcohol. Alcohol makes you lose more electrolytes as alcohol suppresses the antidiuretic hormone that usually helps your body to hold onto water and electrolytes. If you’ve had a big night at the pub, drinking lots of water with electrolytes tablets should make you feel a lot better the next day.
How To Add More Electrolytes Into Your Diet
There are many natural foods that include electrolytes and you may be eating a lot more of then than you think. Some include: pickled foods, sweet potato, avocado, coconut milk and seeds and nuts.
For regular replacement of electrolytes plant waters are a good option. They’re naturally high in electrolytes and natural sugars. Below are some of our favourite electrolyte drinks and tablets.
Original Pink Coconut Water
Coconut water can turn pink when the varying levels of antioxidants interact with the elements, such as light. This drink is a good source of potassium and certified organic. Additionally, we recommend drinking Harmless Harvest after a workout for a refreshing pick me up.
Wow Hydrate Electrolyte
WOW HYDRATE Electrolyte is the latest innovation in fitness. Giving a new angle to hydration. It delivers the essential ingredients, re-fuelling the body without carbs or sugar. WOW HYDRATE includes electrolytes, vitamins B6, C and D. Their flavours include Exotic Fruits and Lemon and Lime.
Electrolytes Plus Tablets For Warm Weather Exercise
These convenient tablets help to keep your electrolyte balance in check after a heavy training session. Each tablet contains a powerful blend of essential electrolytes. Including calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and sodium – which the body loses through sweat.
These electrolytes are vital to provide the electrical energy necessary for many important functions in the body, for example:
- Calcium — helps to maintain normal muscle function and contributes to normal neurotransmission.
- Chloride — supports normal digestion through producing hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
- Magnesium — contributes to electrolyte balance, as well as supporting the nervous system, metabolism and psychological function.
- Potassium — supports muscle function and the function of the nervous system.
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Born and bred in London and an avid vegan, Demi has explored most of the hidden vegan spots in London and is on a mission to try them all. Her experience working for wellness and vegan startups has enhanced her passion for health trends and vegan food. Her time is mostly spent in vintage stores, painting or cleaning her growing sneaker collection. Her next goal is to earn her scuba diving license and hopefully explore oceans all around the world.