What are electrolytes and why are they important?

July 05, 2011 • Healthy Living

Electrolytes are minerals in your blood that carry an electric charge, and have an effect on the amount of water in your body, your blood pH, and muscle function. Electrolytes in the blood include sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, and magnesium. Electrolytes are lost when you sweat excessively, and must be replenished by drinking plenty of fluids. 

What Are Electrolytes

Now that the weather is warmer and many of us have increased activity levels, it is important to stay adequately hydrated and replenish our electrolytes. There are many sports drinks available in stores, but unfortunately these can contain high levels of sucrose, artificial flavours and colours. Following is a recipe for a healthier electrolyte drink:

Natural Electrolyte Recipe

(makes 1 litre of electrolyte solution)

1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 tsp honey or maple syrup
4 tsp lemon juice
1 litre water