Elec­trolytes

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Stories -

You’re a finely tuned ma­chine, and elec­trolytes are the spark plugs that keep your en­gine hum­ming on all cylin­ders. Sci­en­tif­i­cally, they are charged, wa­ter-sol­u­ble min­er­als that reg­u­late mus­cle con­trac­tion, nerve trans­mis­sion, fluid bal­ance, and en­ergy use. They’re essential for life, not to men­tion op­ti­mum per­for­mance. Sodium, potas­sium, mag­ne­sium and cal­cium are all elec­trolytes. A healthy diet is all you need for main­tain­ing most of those lev­els for daily life and short rides. But you lose them – es­pe­cially sodium – when you sweat. Ex­perts rec­om­mend con­sum­ing about 500mg of sodium per hour when ex­er­cis­ing in the heat. You can get that amount through a high­er­sodium drink such as Skratch Labs Sport Hy­dra­tion Drink Mix.

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