Today, most of us have been introduced to the name and concept of Electrolytes. Few know what they really are and what their role in the body is. This short article will hopefully give you a clear concept of what they are and why they are important.
The elements known as electrolytes are the following:
While these elements play numerous enzymatic roles, in addition to being electrolytes, their synergistic interplay sets the stage for optimal functioning processes in the body such as:
- Muscle contraction and relaxation
- Heart beating
- Blood pressure
- Nerve transmission
Potassium is essential for muscle contraction and Magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation. Sodium and Chloride are necessary for proper cell wall functioning to allow for transportation of both Potassium and Magnesium into and out of the body’s cells. Numerous organs and muscle groups must contract and relax every second of the day (i.e. our heart), even while asleep. By supporting proper contraction and relaxation of the heart muscle and related artery and veinous tissues, electrolytes will also support normal heart beating and blood pressure throughout the body.
Muscular function disruption can be experienced by cramping, either while exercising (lack of Potassium) or at rest (lack of Magnesium). The prevalence of nocturnal cramping can usually be attributed to a lack of Magnesium and subsequently corrected with this element. I recommend electrolytes as this indicator may be caused by an imbalance of all these elements.
Electrolytes also affect the amount of water in the body and the acidy of blood (pH). There are numerous ways the body can lose electrolytes. We may become deficient in any of these crucial minerals from strenuous work or exercise, emotional or physical stress, or consuming alcohol. As such, it is necessary that our cells be replete with these specific elements.
I take a dose of our Electrolytes blend in the morning and evening. The morning dose helps me deal with my hectic days and the evening dose helps me sleep well. In today’s stressful, hurried environment, electrolytes are an important supplement for staying on top of your game.
In good health,
Rick Wagner, C.N., M.S.