What are electrolytes and how do they work?

The Benefits Of Electrolytes

The Benefits Of Electrolytes 
By Megan Roosevelt, RDN & Founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com





Have you ever wondered if it’s necessary to consume those electrolytes drinks and powders? Maybe you’re wondering what electrolytes are and when you would use them? Today’s blog will explore all about electrolytes and their benefits and share more about Purecane’s NEW electrolyte drink mixes!



What Are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, magnesium, and phosphate. In the body, they can be found in many places, including blood, tissues, and fluid. They have an electric charge and have many essential roles, such as water and pH balance, helping nutrients go into cells, and helping rid the cells of waste. All of these functions are just a few examples of the ways our body utilizes electrolytes. So what can cause electrolyte imbalance? While there are many different reasons, we will focus on dehydration and the importance of staying hydrated! 


Benefits of Hydration

Did you know that as an adult, your body is anywhere from 55-60% water? All of this water works with electrolytes to maintain balance. Dehydration and loss of electrolytes can impair your body’s ability to regulate fluids, contract muscles and even clot blood. Some signs of dehydration and loss of electrolytes include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, blood pressure changes, infrequent urination and confusion. So how can we maintain electrolyte balance? One easy way is drinking electrolyte water!


What Are The Benefits of Electrolyte Water

Consuming electrolyte water is a simple way to replenish these minerals back into your body. Purecane’s No Calorie Electrolyte Immune System Drink is an excellent product for this! This mix contains 30x more electrolytes than water and is all-natural, zero-calorie, and sugar-free! When should you consume electrolyte water? Below are some examples of moments when this can be especially useful. 


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5 Life Moments When You Should Consider An Electrolyte Drink

1. Exercise - Strenuous exercise is one of the easiest ways to lose electrolytes. This may look like exercising over 45 minutes, sweating profusely, or exercising in the heat. 
2. Sickness - Experiencing vomiting or diarrhea will result in extreme fluid loss. Sipping on electrolyte water as you can handle it is a great place to start to prevent dehydration. You can also make electrolyte popsicles for both adults and kids, which are delicious when not feeling well!
3. Postpartum, Nursing, Pumping - These times of life are extremely demanding on the body and can lead to dehydration. Staying hydrated and adding in an electrolyte beverage after birth or when your nursing or pumping is a great way to support your body during a very taxing time. Staying properly hydrated can also support milk production and supply! 
4. Hot Climates - Living in hot climates can lead to lots of sweating. As you sweat, your body loses electrolytes. Consuming a quick electrolyte drink such as Purecane electrolyte mix can help!
5. Consuming Too Much Alcohol - Drinking alcohol also leads to dehydration and is a diuretic. Look to consume an electrolyte drink before bed to help avoid dehydration symptoms the following day.  

Have a happy and healthy day!

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