5 signs your body is asking for more electrolytes

July 1, 2023 0 Comments

The term “electrolytes” has become something of a buzzword in the field of fitness and health. You’ve probably heard about them from a trainer or health enthusiast, but what are electrolytes and what do they do for the body?

Simply put, leading functional medicine physician Bindia Gandhi, MD, tells mindbodygreen that electrolytes are a category of electrically charged essential minerals that the body produces and obtains from food and drink. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphate, chloride, and sodium are examples of important electrolytes.

According to Gandhi, electrolytes are vital to maintaining a healthy body and mind because they “balance fluid levels, maintain blood pH, help keep our muscles, nerves, heart and brain cells working, help transport nutrients to our cells , and remove toxins from our cells.” In other words: they’re more than post-workout fuel.

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