Why do you need electrolytes?



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    As the second link explains: “Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. ” 

    Electrolytes must be balanced–there are health problems when you have too much or not enough. The major electrolytes are

    • sodium (Na+)
    • potassium (K+)
    • chloride (Cl)
    • calcium (Ca2+)
    • magnesium (Mg2+)
    • bicarbonate (HCO3)
    • phosphate (PO42-)
    • sulfate (SO42-)
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    Electrolytes help to maintain the elctrical charges in your cells, which allow your cells to communicate with one another -vital for the running of your body. You lose electrolytes when you sweat, which is why they’re often found in sports drinks.

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    You can even die from drinking too much water (water intoxication) and causing sodium dilution.  The electrolyte ion sodium (Na+) is constantly balanced by cells that keep a balanced flow in and out of the cell.  If you drink a great deal of water at once, you dilute the sodium levels in your body’s fluids and throw off the balance.  The cells try to recreate balance by taking in the excess water, but some cells swell better than others.  Brian cells can’t take too much swelling, and will burst more readily, putting the person into a coma and leading to death if not treated with electrolytes. 

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    If you are looking for  are found in a variety of foods and drinks.  Sports drinks are the most common when people think of electrolytes.  However, the substance with the most electrolytes is actually coconut juice.  The juice has about the same level of electrolytes as human blood, so quite a bit.

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