We hear a buzz all the time about the importance of electrolytes, and how such-and-such sports drink offers all the electrolytes you need to replenish your body. While this may or may not be the case, do you really understand what an electrolyte is and why it matters? We at Infuze believe in the power of drink enhancers that can also replenish the body’s electrolytes. Here is why electrolytes matter so much to us, as well as what they are.
What are Electrolytes?
According to Medical News Today, “An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Electrolytes carry a charge and are essential for life. All higher forms of life need electrolytes to survive.” This means that they can be made up of several different elements. In our bodies specifically, our electrolytes include hydrogen phosphate, bicarbonate, calcium, potassium, and sodium.
Why do They Matter?
Electrolytes help us regulate our nerve and muscle function, the pH level of our blood, our blood pressure levels, and help us rebuild any damaged tissue we may have. You may have heard the muscles and the neurons of your body being referred to as the “electric tissues.” This is because they rely on electrolytes moving between their cellular fluids to function. In order for your muscles to contract, they need both calcium and sodium present. Without these necessary elements, or with an imbalance in electrolyte levels, it can lead to weakened muscles that contract too severely.
That aside, our heart, nerve, and muscle cells all use electrolytes to carry pulses to other cells. Our electrolyte levels have a tendency to change when we are dehydrated. This is because the electrolyte levels in our bodies are kept consistent by different hormones and our kidneys. As we exercise, we lose hydration and electrolytes. In order to replace these lost electrolytes, we can eat fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as rehydrate.
What Happens When Electrolyte Levels are Imbalanced?
You may have too many electrolytes, or you may have too few. These imbalances can lead to an irregular heartbeat, muscle spasms, fatigue, weakness, blood pressure changes, confusion, nervous system disorders, convulsions, and bone disorders.
What can Cause an Electrolyte Imbalance?
For the most part, this imbalance is caused by dehydration. Kidney disease, prolonged vomiting, severe dehydration, heatwaves, congestive heart failure, cancer treatment, some diuretic medications, bulimia, and even pregnancy can cause these imbalances.
How can I Regain my Electrolyte Levels?
When it comes to keeping your body running the way you want it to, a great first step is to ensure that you have all the proper electrolytes. You can do this by staying hydrated and using drink enhancers that were designed to boost your electrolyte levels. For example, at Infuze, we offer a natural water enhancer that attaches to your Camelbak. It allows you to get the hydration you need with delicious flavor and guarantees no backflow. You won’t need to worry about ruining your water pack, as the flavor is isolated to our attachment. Also, you can customize your flavor levels to match your personal tastes!
If you would like to see the difference that a tasty drink enhancer can make for you and your hydration levels, be sure to shop with us today! We look forward to helping you stay on top of your game during your long hike or mountain biking adventure. With a convenient and easy-to-use attachment, you can be sure that your taste needs will be met. Our cartridges accept any flavored water enhancer, so take your pick. Just be sure to replenish those electrolytes you lose along the way!