Web Toolbar by Wibiya
 
 
 

GL PROFILES

More Friends = More Fun

 
 

GL
Tweets !

1 HOURS AGO #GIVEAWAY: 2 strut their stuff in a pair of @rockandrepublic sandals from @Kohls. http://t.co/V85RkNFiiI

13 HOURS AGO Get some sleep, #GLGirls! You need to be full-strength fabulous for your Fridayyyyy! 😘💁 💋‍

14 HOURS AGO ICYMI: The #ScorchTrials trailer has us totally freaking out. http://t.co/XoEn2bBmBJ pic.twitter.com/gwIfeFuDQI

 

sponsored links

Nutrition 101: Why your bod needs electrolytes, like, right now

 
You hear the word all the time: electrolytes. You know that it has something to do with rehydrating you and making you healthier. But what are electrolytes really doing in that body of yours? Well get ready for a science lesson, ‘cause here’s the sitch.

 

 

“Electrolyte” is just a fancy way to say salts, or ions. The term means that the ion is electrically charged, either positively or negatively. The major electrolytes in your body are: calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate.

 

So why are they important? Well, cells use electrolytes to maintain voltage across their membranes and to carry electrical impulses, like reflex reactions and muscle contractions. That means they regulate your nerve and muscle function, your body’s hydration, the pH of your blood, blood pressure and the rebuilding of damaged tissues. Your kidneys, which filter the water for all of the ions in it, try to always keep the electrolyte concentration in the blood constant no matter how much you eat or drink.

 

You lose electrolytes (especially potassium and sodium) the most rapidly when you sweat—that’s why it tastes so salty! Those lost electrolytes have to be replaced to keep all of your bodily fluid concentrations constant.

 

If you lose too many, your muscles (including your heart!) can become too weak, or sometimes, they’ll try to work too hard. The most common symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance are muscle spasms, fatigue, confusion, weakness and blood pressure change.

 

Dehydration is the biggest cause of electrolyte imbalances. However, experts say that it isn’t ideal to consume large quantities of water after heavy exercise because it will dilute your bodily fluids and drop existing electrolyte levels too quickly.  A great way to replenish your electrolytes are by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking sports drinks like Motive Pure, Gatorade and Powerade, and by taking your vitamins. So stay healthy!
 
 

BY TESS MORAN ON 6/19/2012 3:57:00 PM

POSTED IN , ,

< PREVIOUS   NEXT >   
comments powered by Disqus
X
Start your day with a delicious fruit smoothie. Throw in bananas, berries, pineapple and/or melon. Anything goes! 
 
Summer is almost here, which means pool weather is right around the corner! When you lounge poolside what will you be rockin’?



 
 

Guys are way gassier than girls.

QUIZ: Are *you* secretly magical?

 

Find out if you've got what it takes to save the world (or at least your town)! 

CLICK HERE to take the quiz.  

 
Posts From Our Friends

sponsored links