What are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are minerals that float around in the fluids in our body, like blood, urine, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid. They usually get sucked up by the cells in our body, but some bind to the surface of our cells where they do their thing. Electrolytes are critical for proper functioning of most of the biochemical in our body, including all enzymes and DNA itself. They also regulate the amount of water that gets into our cells and their pH levels.
There are six electrolytes that naturally occur in our body.
Calcium is essential for strong bones and nerves. Since nerves innervate all the organs in our body, calcium is critical for general health. Nerves also control the muscles, so calcium is critical for all muscle movements. It also prevents blood clots.
Sodium is also fundamental for nervous activity and muscle movements. It is considered by some, the master electrolyte because it helps balance all the other electrolytes. Sodium also controls blood pressure and body fluids.
Magnesium is also important for nervous activity, muscle movements in general and regulation of heart muscles (and heart rhythms) in particular. It is a key player in activating the immune system and even helps DNA production.Magnesium also controls blood sugar levels.
Potassium plays a key role in nerves transmission of nervous impulses and the muscle tissues innervated by our nerves. In particular, it is critical for a healthy heart and for minimizing hearth arrhythmias. It is also necessary for promoting bone health.
Chloride balances our blood pH and is critical for the digestive system. Chloride also balances our blood pH and regulates body fluids
Phosphorous is involved with most bone functions and in particular with the maturation of vertebrae in our spine.
Although electrolytes are present in the foods we eat, most people don’t choose to eat bananas, for example, because they are deficient in potassium. The problem is that the soil our foods are grown in are mostly deficient in the nutrients and electrolytes we need to stay healthy. Therefore, most people are deficient in one or more electrolyte.
Electrolyte levels must stay within a fairly narrow range, or there may be serious consequences. Electrolyte imbalances can cause muscle spasms, weakness, twitching and convulsions or even seizures and cardiac arrest in severe cases. Particularly low levels may lead to confusion, high or low blood pressure, nervous system disease, bone disorders and irregular heartbeats.
The best was to main a healthy electrolyte balance is to eat healthy food, avoid too much salt, exercise and drink lots of the right type of water. CellDration water has the ideal balance of electrolytes to help keep you healthy.