“What are those electrolytes that I often hear about?”


During sports drinks commercials, you probably hear the term electrolytes tossed around a lot. However, what exactly are these electrolytes? Well, electrolytes are simply substances that produce an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. For example, Sodium [Na+] and Potassium[K+] are positive electrolytes. Electrolytes are extremely important to the functioning of a healthy human body since the cells that compose it use the material of electrolytes to maintain a voltage potential across their membrane and to carry electrical impulses (such as nerve connections and muscle contractions) alongside your body. Replacing electrolytes are especially important if you contract a stomach flu, as such support will become depleted with the advent of such a situation.

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