What do electrolytes do?
Electrolytes are the foundation to healthy cells, without them we will not be able to function. The question is what do electrolytes do and how can we make sure we are getting the necessary amount for proper and optimal health.
At Pyradyne, we have formulated Pyralyte to help make sure your cells are always healthy and hydrated. But lets take a closer look at what electrolytes are doing within the body.
There are 5 main types of electrolytes which are key and that also work in synergy with one another:
Chloride is important for proper hydration in the body, it carries an electric charge and therefore is classified as an electrolyte. Sodium and chloride with together to help regulate the amount of fluid and types of nutrients going in and out of the bodies cells.
Hypochloremia can occur when there's a low level of chloride in your body.
Sodium is a mineral which also helps to hydrate things because water is attracted to it. If you have too much sodium you will retain fluids but if you don't have enough sodium that you won't be able to hydrate the cells.
Endurance can be affected if you are low on sodium because sodium is involved with oxygen transportation throughout the entire body, during a workout if you are low in sodium you will become tired very quickly as the body will run out of oxygen.
Sodium also works with chloride (salt) and potassium acting like a pump. The pump generates electrical potential, working like a battery to make sure there is enough electrical charge inside of the bodies cells. The body is designed this way to power the nerve and muscle interaction, the contraction of the muscle and the firing for the nerves. Weakness and fatigue will follow low sodium levels.
Potassium is essential for the proper health and functioning of the human body. Potassium should be one of the most important parts of a balanced and nutritious diet. Citrus fruits, grains and vegetables are the most important sources of potassium.
Potassium also has an important role to play in the normal functioning of the human brain. High levels of potassium mean more oxygen reaching the brain which further stimulates neural activity and increases cognitive function.
Calcium is about muscle contraction, working with magnesium to contract and relax the muscles in our body. If you are deficient in calcium you may also experience skeletal weakness and general weakness throughout your body.
Heart palpitations can be common when low in calcium and electrolytes in general.
Magnesium controls the absorption of sodium and potassium. Most of the population is deficient in sodium and magnesium. Magnesium is at the core of chlorophyll which is in all of the leafy greens, an average person consumes a cup and a half of vegetables per day which isn't enough. Check out of our Leafy Green Formula if you are not getting enough vegetables per day.
It is also associated with oxygen, like sodium, but its mainly about relaxation of the muscle.
Magnesium is necessary for workouts, especially for long or intense workouts using sustained muscle contraction. Adding both magnesium and calcium to your diet may help tremendously in increasing bodily strength.
Electrolytes are vital in regulating our bodies pH levels, muscle and nerve function, hydrating our body and even rebuilding damaged tissue. They also help to move nutrients in and move waste out of the cells. Thus, it’s so important to replenish minerals and electrolytes as we lose them through things like loss of fluids such as sweating, urination, diarrhea, and especially when you get sick.