Any time you hear about hydration you probably hear something about replenishing your electrolytes. But what does that really mean and what do electrolytes really do? Find the answers below with help from Brode Electrolyte Vitamins.
What is an Electrolyte?
An electrolyte is a term for salts, or ionic solutions, in your body. The term electrolyte literally means that the ion is electrically-charged and moves to either a negative or positive electrode...but all you need to know is that the major electrolytes include: sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride and magnesium.
What does it do?
Electrolytes regulate your body's fluid levels, helping to maintain a healthy blood pH balance and keeping all your muscles and nerves (including your brain) in working order - that's a big job! Basically, electrolytes help keep you hydrated and maintain bodily function.
How do you lose electrolytes?
During exercise you lose electrolytes through sweat, which can cause muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, and mental confusion. Being low on electrolytes or having an imbalance can cause a series of other health complications including kidney failure, seizures, muscle weakness and more.
Where do you get electrolytes?
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a good source of sodium and potassium. If you're on the go, traveling, or physically active it might not be realistic to replenish your electrolytes right away through fresh fruits and veggies. In these cases, many people turn to sports drinks but these can be packed with almost you full daily-recommended value of sugar and tons of calories, which can undo all the work you just did in the gym. Instead, check out Brode Electrolyte Vitamins. These complete hydration packs are easy to take and provide tons of hydration and activity support. Brode's on-the-go packs contain enough electrolytes to completely restore your body to proper balance.
Other times you might be losing electrolytes:
Travel: Being on the move or in the air leaves you more dehydrated than you might think. Between rushing at the airport and long flights with minimal beverage service you can be left a little dehydrated and in need of an electrolyte boost.
After a night of drinking: Alcohol acts as a diuretic in your body, causing you to urinate more frequently. This leaves you dehydrated and is a big reason you get headaches and hangover symptoms. Rehydrating with an electrolyte vitamin, like Brode, helps your body absorb fluid faster to knock away hangover symptoms.
More on Brode Electrolyte Vitamins
These convenient on-the-go packs are packed with electrolytes to completely restore your body's natural balance. Use Brode to rehydrate after a workout or air travel. They also work to knock out hangover symptoms fast! Find Brode On-the-Go Electrolyte Vitamin Packs here.