I had to teach electrolytes to a senior health/gym class last week and I thought Id sum it up for you guys who are interested, if you dont already know.....
Electrolytes are elements or compounds when melted (or dissolved) is say water or a sports drink immediatley separates into IONS and had the ability to conduct electrical currents (neat aye ) It is a must to get a proper balance of elecrtolytes in your diet because they're critical to normal metabolism.
An example of electrolyte function- calcium is essentail for the relaxation of skeletal muscle and essential in the contraction of cardiac muscle (the heart).
-Potassium is essential for the contraction of skeletal muscle and relaxation of cardiac muscle.
- Sodium is important in maintaining fluid balance.
The electrolyte group includes sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, and calcium.
Now I hope everyone can see why these minerals are so important as electrolytes in the human body