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What's the Deal With Electrolytes?

What's the Deal With Electrolytes?

I know Jennifer Aniston loves her Smartwater, and I do too. That's because it's enhanced with electrolytes, a scientific term for salts. If you look on the bottle, you'll see ingredients such as sodium chloride, potassium, and magnesium, which are basically mineral salts. Your cells need these minerals in order to pass electrical impulses to other cells for normal bodily functions. Your kidneys work hard to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood consistent, but when you exercise intensely and sweat, you also lose electrolytes. If you don't replace these essential minerals, your performance declines, and you can eventually suffer serious health issues.

If you're exercising for long periods of time or sweating excessively from a workout, it's a good idea to take advantage of electrolyte-enhanced products. Sport drinks like Gatorade contain these necessary electrolytes, and they also contain sugar for quick energy and flavor. If you don't want to carry around a heavy, fake-flavored sport drink while exercising, then Luna Sport Moons, Jelly Belly Sport Beans, or Gu are great alternatives. If you want to avoid the sugar altogether, then go for Smartwater or Function Water.

Fit's Tip: Refueling on lost electrolytes isn't necessary for a regular 30-minute cardio workout, but hydration is. So be sure to drink water often. If you're training for a marathon or doing a three-hour cardio-kick-boxing workshop, then opt for sport drinks with electrolytes, since they'll give you both the minerals and fluids you need.


Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I can't taste anything in water - so I really don't care about the electrolytes! I take enough vitamins that I think I am fine... and salt: yea, that is NOT something I have to worry about!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I like water with electrolytes (Whole Foods has a tasty one). It drives me nuts that even the "light" versions of sports drinks have HFCS in them. Yes, I'm talking about you, G2.
smugirl smugirl 9 years
I love to drink smart water when I'm traveling in the summer.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i used to get dehydrated way too much when i was younger and my doctor always told me that i had to maintain my electrolytes, and i don't really like sports drinks all that much so i was really happy to see that smartwater has a decent amount.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
so basicly it's mineral water! thabks for explaining this... and to think i majored in chamistry in high school :D
lulita lulita 9 years
I was talking to a coworker about that same thing this morning. amazing!! it's like you were here :P I am from dominican republic... and smart water it's almost pretty much the same taste that the dominicans bottled water have, because we treat the water in a plant where they have processes of desalinization of the water and it makes it sweeter and very exquisite to drink, even if it's not flavored water. I've tried a bunch of bottled waters here, and they taste raw! like right from the tap... So, i stick to smartwater. Spring water is for swimming, smartwater is for drinking :P
ohkate ohkate 9 years
my one thing with this water is that it tastes... well it's hard to describe, the water is almost sort of sweet to me.
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