What are Electrolytes?

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what is an electrolyte


Q: What are electrolytes and why are they important?
A: Electrolytes is the scientific term for salts, or specifically, ions. In the body, major electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulfate. Electrolytes are vital because various cells in the body (especially nerve, muscle, heart) use them to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses such as muscle contraction. When you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. Drinking water, especially during strenuous exercise or training, is not always the best way to replace lost fluids because it dilutes the existing electrolytes (salts) inside the body's cells and interferes with their chemical functions. Pure water intake during exercise also causes bloating and stimulates urine output which makes it less effective when exercising.

Q: What are carbohydrates?
A: Carbohydrates are key macronutrients that come in two forms: starch and sugar. Starch is a complex carbohydrate found in foods such as cereals, grains, pasta rice, vegetables whilst sugar is a simple carbohydrate found in foods such as fruits, juices, milk, honey. Carbohydrates are stored as glucose in the liver and muscles. Carbohydrates are the most efficient source of energy as they require less oxygen to be burnt than either protein or fat. If carbohydrate stores are gradually depleted it can affect performance. As it is a challenge to consume carbohydrates from food before and after exercise, an isotonic drink can help to provide the required carbohydrate to maintain energy.

Q: Why does the body sweat so much?
A: Sweating is the body's way of maintaining its normal temperature of 37C but it leads to loss of body fluid and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium. An average adult needs to consume approximately two litres (eight glasses) of water per day; however consumption should increase when exercising. Professional athletes should aim to drink between three and a half litter of fluid on a typical training day. Although water is traditionally the immediate choice for helping to stay hydrated, it can cause bloating and stimulates urine output - so for many athletes an isotonic drink is the preferred choice.

Q: What are the benefits of H30 Pro Fitness drink?
A: Exceptional performance exceptional taste! Whether you are exercising for 45 mins or four hours you need to be sure that the sports drink you use doesn't have an over-sweet sickly taste and won't leave a bad taste in your mouth. Developed with experts in sports nutrition, H3O Pro is a clean isotonic drink infused with a subtle hint of tangy lemon; guaranteed to keep you refreshed, hydrated and performing at your best whatever your sport. It is all down to the great blend of carbs and electrolytes which come with every energising, hydrating, satisfying sip.

Q. When is the best time to drink H3O Pro™?
A. Before or during exercise. It is recommended to drink one serving for every hour of strenuous physical activity.

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