Electrolytes are minerals which maintain balance regarding the amount of water entering your cells and in your body. They maintain hydration and help regulate the body’s PH levels as well as rebuilding damaged tissue. Examples of electrolytes are magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium. If your body’s fluid balance is not equal, ie, your outpur is greater than your input, this can cause electrolyte imbalance leading to hydration and fatigue.
Exercise is a good example of how electrolytes can become de pleated in your body. Electrolytes are lost through sweat. The same applies to hot weather. If your electrolyte balance is too low you may become drowsy, confused, fatigued and overall low energy.
Assessing your urine is a quick way to assess hydration levels. If your urine is dark or you are not passing as much urine, this may be due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Magnesium is an essential component of electrolyte function. It is a nutrient which works together with sodium, calcium and potassium. It is essential for bone and teeth development. It may offer many other benefits including migraine prevention, promote heart health and has many anti inflammatory properties. Nuts like peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and cashew are rich in magnesium and are an important component of a healthy diet.