Out on your bike, on the field or on the courts; when performance counts and being at your absolute best is absolutely crucial, count on electrolytes to stay hydrated, keep muscles working in tip-top condition, and recover quickly following exertion.
Electrolytes provide balanced ions of magnesium, potassium, sodium and chloride – and should be without carbs, sugars, or any artificial ingredients.
Whenever your body loses fluids, you are also losing electrolytes. The loss of electrolytes alone can create problems, but dehydration can also cause cramps or spasms.
Replacing electrolytes along with fluids will fuel the rehydration process as well as help prevent electrolyte shortages. For this reason, my advice is to include an electrolytes add-in formula for your water or other beverages – depending on your taste preferences.
Many sports drinks and electrolyte-replacement formulas contain high amounts of sugar and low levels of electrolytes, which often leads to a host of unpleasant side effects such as bloating, stomach cramps, and nausea that interfere when performance truly counts.
Further, most electrolyte-replacement products contain one or two electrolytes, sodium and/or potassium. Ask at your local health store for an electrolyte that can add to your hydration system or water bottle which allows you to replace all of the electrolytes you lose during activity, while maintaining complete control over the amount of carbs you consume.
Electrolytes not only prevent dehydration, but they’re critical to muscle function, nerve conduction, energy production and flow, and heart function. For the endurance athlete, a major benefit of electrolytes is that they help prevent muscle cramps, which can impede performance.
Athletes must be careful to avoid a shortage of electrolytes during training.
Loss of electrolytes through sweat must be replaced, but most sports drinks and electrolyte replacement supplements, powders, and gels ignore the fact that the body also uses an additional balance of minerals beyond sodium.
One essential electrolyte is magnesium, which is necessary for energy production, muscle contraction, and cardiovascular health. Another important reason athletes need to supplement with a balance of electrolytes is that if minerals (electrolytes) become depleted, negative effects like cramping occur.
Magnesium, not sodium, supports optimal muscle function.
Sugar-laden sports drinks can be overwhelming. While carbohydrates are necessary for the body to manufacture energy, drinking sugar in every gulp fatigues the palate, causes nausea, and provides more calories than is necessary.
I personally recommend Elete Electrolytes – they are without carbs, sugars, or any artificial ingredients. Elete is a pure, liquid electrolyte concentrate that contains four essential electrolytes—sodium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride. Elete Electrolyte Add-In instantly turns water or any beverage into electrolyte-fuelled hydration.