The Importance of Electrolytes

As we exercise and exert ourselves, we are not only expelling a great deal of water through our sweat, but we are also losing a variety of important nutrients that are involved in any number of healthy bodily functions. These chemicals, known as electrolytes, are essential to healthy living, and must be properly replenished through wholefoods or dietary supplementation throughout the day, but especially during periods of extensive exercise.

Most are familiar with the common electrolytes calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium and sodium, which appear in nearly every food we eat:

  • Calcium is essential in the development of healthy bones and teeth. It also plays a role in maintaining a regular heart rate. Calcium is frequently found in dairy foods, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, but it can also be found in fish, leafy greens, and some beans. Foods that have been enriched with vitamins and minerals can also be valuable sources of calcium.
  • Chloride** helps with the balance of body fluids. Chloride is most commonly found in the chemical compound sodium chloride, or table salt. Other valuable sources include tomatoes, lettuce, celery, and even seaweed!
  • Magnesium serves many different functions throughout the body, including proper muscle and nerve function, maintaining a healthy heart rate and blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and contributing to metabolism and protein synthesis. A diet consisting of fish, whole grains, nuts, and leafy vegetables will also be a significant source of magnesium.
  • Phosphorus is frequently consumed in one of many derivative forms of phosphate that are used to preserve meats, freshly-baked goods, and beverages. Other sources include meat, eggs, dairy products, beans, carrots, and other select vegetables. Phosphate works with calcium to strength bones, and also contributes to proper enzyme function and tissue metabolism.
  • Potassium has several main purposes, which are to help lower blood pressure, encourage healthy bone development, and regulate fluid levels within the body. Potassium also contributes to the healthy function of the heart, brain, and muscular systems. Many fruits provide a significant source for potassium, including bananas, oranges, and peaches, along with other food sources such as milk, tomatoes, beans, and whole grains.
  • Sodium** is often looked upon in a negative light, although it plays a vital role in human physiology. Sodium helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels, and is a contributing factor in healthy muscle and nerve function. Meat, eggs, and dairy ingredients will contain elevated levels of sodium, as well as common table salt.

**It is important to actively regulate your sodium and chloride intake daily, as an elevated presence of sodium and chloride in the bloodstream can lead to hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, and other debilitating health issues.

The loss of valuable electrolytes through extensive exercise can lead to a number of unwanted side effects, including dizziness, fatigue, muscle spasms, cramping, dehydration, and abnormal heart rate, to name a few. Since the human body cannot generate electrolytes on its own, these nutrients must be replenished through food or dietary supplementation.

True Nutrition offers electrolytes in a variety of forms to help ensure the proper replenishment of these vital nutrients throughout your workout. Electrolytes may be added to any one of our custom protein or carbohydrate formulas using the Additives drop-down menu. This will allow you to add 1 Serving containing 261mg of electrolytes on top of each 30g Serving of your own custom blend.

Each 261mg Serving of electrolytes will contain the following ingredient amounts:

40mg Sodium (from Sodium Chloride)
60mg Chloride (from Sodium Chloride)
10mg Calcium (from Calcium Chelate)
3mg Magnesium (from Magnesium Aspartate)
4.2mg Potassium (from Potassium Gluconate)
1mg Zinc (from Zinc Aspartate)
6mg Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCL)
50mg Tyrosine (as L-Tyrosine)

It is our goal to help you meet your goals, and adding True Nutrition‘s electrolytes to your supplement intake may be the key to your continued success! Ask us how electrolytes can complement your current diet and exercise plan today!

*DISCLAIMER: The above description is provided for information only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician or the appropriately licensed professional before engaging in a program of exercise or nutritional supplementation. No information in this site has been reviewed by the FDA. No product is intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.

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