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Electrolytes are involved in many essential processes in your body
They play a role in conducting nervous impulses, contracting muscles, keeping you hydrated and regulating your body’s pH levels
Electrolytes are crucial to keeping your nervous system and muscles functioning and your internal environment balanced
Therefore, you need to get an adequate amount of electrolytes from your diet to keep your body functioning as it should
What Are Electrolytes?
“Electrolyte” is the umbrella term for particles that carry a positive or negative electric charge
In nutrition, the term refers to essential minerals found in your blood, sweat and urine
When these minerals dissolve in a fluid, they form electrolytes — positive or negative ions used in metabolic processes
Electrolytes found in your body include:
Electrolyte imbalances often occur due to dehydration caused by excess heat, vomiting or diarrhea. This is why you should be mindful of replacing any lost fluids when it’s hot or when you’re sick
When you sweat, you lose both water and electrolytes, especially sodium and chloride.
As a result, long periods of exercise or activity, particularly in the heat, can cause significant electrolyte loss
Some illnesses, including kidney disease, eating disorders and injuries like severe burns, can cause electrolyte imbalances as well
Here are some foods that provide electrolytes:
Sodium: Pickled foods, cheese and sea salt
Chloride: sea salt and Himalayan salt
Potassium: Fruits and vegetables like avocado, bananas and sweet potato
Magnesium: Seeds and nuts
Calcium: Green leafy vegetables and dairy products
A quick remedy for electrolytes at home I to put Himalayan salt or sea salt into water, stir and drink.
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