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Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017
Get your electrolytes from PURE sources
Posted by Dr. Rachel Bright of Dr. Rachel Bright

Writer: Dr. Rachel Bright, ND

Hello sunshine and hello sweat! Walk into any grocery store and most likely, the small refrigerated sections will contain bottles of artificially colored and flavored sports drinks a.k.a. electrolyte beverages. Sure, their bright colors and glimmering labels with words promising to help you feel refreshed and energized after consuming them, but please, don't be fooled any longer!

Before going further, let's briefly explain what electrolytes are and the times when you may need an extra boost of them from a beverage:

Electrolytes are electrically charged ions with either a positive or negative charge. In layman's terms, they are plainly salt. The top electrolytes are Sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate and bicarbonate. Luckily, our bodies can maintain a balanced level of electrolytes from wholesome nutrition. Here are examples of cases when you may need to take a beverage containing electrolytes:

1) Intense exercise which causes significant perspiration

2) Muscle cramps

3) Prolonged periods of being in the hot, summer weather

4) Being sick with vomiting or diarrhea

5) Fever

6) Kidney disease the kidneys will flush too much potassium, magnesium and chloride

7) Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy

8) A diet with little nutrition

9) Taking over-the-counter diuretics

10) Malabsorption (not adequately absorbing food) from digestive issues

There are a vast number of beverage companies that have their own formula of sports drink lines and deciphering which one's will deliver you with quality electrolytes can be overwhelming for some individuals.

The most popular sports drink beverages currently are (one of the original fellas) Gatorade, Powerade, PediaLyte, PoweradeZero, Propel, Vitamin Water, Lucozade Sport, Accelerade Sport and Cytomax. Sure, these products contain an abundant source of electrolytes, however

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