Electrolytes are essential minerals such as potassium, sodium, and calcium. They’re necessary for muscle and nerve function and keeping us hydrated. Electrolytes also help balance your pH levels (the measure of acidity and alkalinity).
Symptoms of low electrolyte levels include fatigue, headache, nausea, blood pressure changes, muscle cramps, low energy, and simply not feeling well.
You can get all the electrolytes you need through a nutritious diet—especially when eating healthy, whole foods. However, they can be depleted from the body through sweat following rigorous exercise, due to illness, or exposure to extreme heat conditions. It’s vitally important to maintain an electrolyte balance.
Electrolytes can be replenished by drinking fluids, but many sports drinks are just chemical-fests filled with kitchen villains such as high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives, artificial flavourings, and food colourings.
Salt can be added to water in small amounts to increase electrolyte levels. Salt is not only comprised of sodium, it also contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium. So avoid these sport drinks and add a pinch of sea salt to a glass of water instead.
Avoid iodized table salts, instead choose unbleached / processed sea salts such as Celtic or Himalayan Pink Salt.