Why Are Electrolytes So Important?

Why Are Electrolytes So Important?

What are they?

Electrolytes are essential minerals that the body requires for vital bodily functions. They are electrically charged and they produce energy and help contract muscles. Without them we can feel thirsty, lightheaded, fatigued, have an irregular heartbeat and nauseas. So which minerals are the electrolytes that we need? Let's take a look.

What are the electrolytes?

  • Potassium 
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Calcium
  • Chloride

These minerals are found in our food, however with an increase in soil degradation we are continuing to lose essential minerals. Our food simply doesn't have the same mineral content it did ten, twenty and one hundred years ago. So how can we ensure sufficient levels?

Obtaining a diet that's rich in colorful fruits and vegetables can help ensure adequate levels. But if you feel like you need some extra help, here are some of the best sources of electrolytes for when you're in need of hydration:

  • Coconut Water
  • Watermelon with salt
  • Trace Minerals
  • Electrolyte Supplement
  • Homemade Electrolyte Drink

 

 A homemade electrolyte drink mix is easy to make and can support you without all the added sugars that common electrolyte drinks contain. Here is a simple recipe to try:

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions 

1. Add everything into a mason jar, put on a lid and shake well.

2. Store in a fridge up to a week.

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