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Electrolytes: What, Why & How

Electrolytes. You've almost certainly heard the term in the marketing campaigns of sports & energy drinks companies but do you know what they are? An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved into water. They carry electrical charges which are essential for carrying out important physiological functions in the human body. The table below shows the main electrolytes and the functions they perform in your body: Electrolyte Functions in the body Calcium Necessary for muscle contraction, nerve function, blood clotting, cell division, healthy bones and teeth Chloride Maintains fluid balance in the body Potassium Regulates heart contraction, helps maintain fluid balance Magnesium Necessary for muscle contraction, nerve function, heart rhythm, bone strength, generating energy and...

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Is your fitness program missing the most basic foundation?

With the explosion of the health & fitness industry over the last decade more people than ever before are regularly attending the gym. To varying degrees people push themselves towards their chosen goals; weight loss, muscle gain, endurance, general well being. However, amidst the growth of knowledge about nutrition and fitness, many people often neglect the most important foundation for exercising - adequate hydration. Research by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute found 40% of those going into group fitness classes were partially dehydrated. The Science In order to achieve optimum performance in any activity, mental or physical, adequate hydration is the key. Therefore, when exercising your body demands more fluids to perform effectively. It is estimated that everyday we lose...

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