Electrolytes affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood (pH), your muscle function, and other important processes.
You lose electrolytes when you sweat.
Electrolytes influence energy on a number of levels within the body. First, they are essential carriers of energy. They generate and conduct energy. Second, they are essential converters of energy. Without electrolytes, the body cannot convert dormant energy into active energy. Third, the movement of electrolytes is a basic energy source tapped by the body. The energy in a battery is created by the movement of charged ions, i.e., electrolytes, and the body uses the same process.
The Electrolyte Team and Its Functions:
- Magnesium Essential for all energy conversion as well as to the proper function of sodium, potassium, and calcium within the body. Essential for muscles, nerves, the cell pump, bones and teeth and pH balance. The most expensive major electrolyte.
- Potassium The most abundant electrolyte in the cells. Essential for muscles, nerves, water balance and pH balance.
- Sodium Commonly excessive in modern diets. Essential for thirst response, heat tolerance, muscle contraction, nerve conduction, water balance and pH balance. The least expensive electrolyte.
- Calcium Essential for bones and teeth only. Small amounts in electrolyte form found in body fluids but it plays critical roles in that form.
- Chloride The most abundant negative electrolyte (anion) in the body. Essential for oxygen exchange, digestion, water and pH balance.
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