The great particularity of electrolytes, which makes them different from other types of nutrients and mineral salts, is that they have a certain electrical charge. That is, electrolytes have electricity. Okay… the name already gave us a clue (electro, from electricity, and mineral litho) but still, we confirmed it 🙂
Electrolytes are positively or negatively charged (giving rise to cations and anions) and when they dissolve in our bloodstream, electrolytes are capable of producing “electric current”, so to speak. This is extremely important because it is this “electricity” that allows our muscles to contract and dilate or that makes our brain able to send the necessary commands to the rest of the organs through the nervous system so that our body can function normally, just to mention a couple of examples. Without that ability to produce electrical impulses present in our body, and which appears thanks to these important minerals present in the human body, the organism would collapse.
Poor hydration causes muscle cramps
Therefore, the appearance of muscle cramps is one of the first symptoms that appear when we lose electrolytes and are not able to replace them quickly and adequately. Muscles begin to fail as one of the first warning signs.
The most abundant electrolytes in our body are sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Although they are not the only ones, they are the most important ones and the ones we must always keep in mind. RAW Superdrink helps you to recover those electrolytes that you lose especially with sweat and that are essential to be able to continue doing sport without risk.
Is it enough to hydrate with water to replenish the electrolytes?
We tend to think that drinking water is enough to replenish the electrolytes we lose when doing sports or in relatively special situations (very hot days or after spending several hours playing video games or in front of the computer), but the truth is that many electrolytes are not present, or are not abundant, in tap water and that is why it is so important to reinforce sports hydration with isotonic drinks such as RAW Superdrink and also with rich and varied nutrition, in other words: adequate.
Which electrolytes are harder to replace?
We insist that it is important to maintain a balanced diet to maintain an adequate electrolyte level (and within the diet we include, of course, hydration). A good diet is key to maintaining our health in optimal conditions. However, some nutrients are easier to find in our food than others. In the case of electrolytes, reference is always made to foods rich in potassium and magnesium because these are minerals that tend to be in short supply in our diet. RAW Superdrink is a good ally for keeping you healthy and with optimum electrolyte levels, but you will also find potassium and magnesium especially abundant in bananas, green leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, chard…), tomatoes, kiwis or pumpkin.
Osmotic pressure and electrolytes
Another key function of electrolytes is to help us maintain the complex balance that affects osmotic pressure. These minerals are especially important in maintaining that essential balance that affects our cells and that manages to balance the amount of water and mineral salts inside and outside the cells.
If you have reached this point, you will already have a complete picture of how important electrolytes are for the correct functioning of our organism and especially for sportsmen and women. Don’t forget this every time you go to play sport!
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