Wellness Wednesday: Electrolytes

What are Electrolytes & What do they do for the Body?

Electrolytes are minerals used by the human body to have properly functioning muscles and nerves. Electrolytes include sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, calcium, and phosphates (Group, 2014). Sodium, Potassium, & Magnesium specially aid in brain functioning. (Tremblay, 2012). 

 Sodium

▶️ Provides an electrical charge for cells to produce an action potential. 

Potassium

▶️ Neutralizes charged cell to allow cell to re-establish resting state.

Magnesium

▶️ Activates enzymes in the brain & supports healthy myelin. 

The best and most natural way of replenishing electrolytes is from food. In fact, sugary sports drinks only provide a quick burst of minerals, but deplete the body over time.
— Dr. Edward Group III, Founder of Global Healing Center

 

 

Natural Forms of Electrolytes 

⚡ apples, beets, carrots, corn

⚡  nuts & seeds

⚡  beans

⚡  bananas

⚡  dark leafy greens

⚡  himalayan salt or organic raw apple cider vinegar 

 

Your level Electrolytes also depends on your level of hydration.  Levels of electrolytes in your body can become too low or too high when the amount of water in your body changes, causing dehydration or overhydration.  As with everything, find proper balance when it comes to electrolytes ⚖️ 


Sources:

Group, E., Dr. (2014, March 07). Electrolytes: What Are They & Why Are They So Good For Us? Retrieved March 28, 2017, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/electrolytes/

Tremblay, S. (2012, June 09). Electrolytes & the Brain. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/electrolytes-brain-2895.html