What are Electrolytes?
When dehydrated our bodies need more than water alone. We need to replace all the essential nutrients we lose through sweat. These nutrients are known as electrolytes. Blood pressure, fluid balance and muscle contractions are some of the key functions that electrolytes help regulate in our bodies. Having an adequate supply of electrolytes for dehydration, such as Sqwincher® is an important factor to consider when developing a hydration program. Sqwincher® is an electrolyte drink for effective hydration.
EFFECTS OF ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCE
- If electrolytes lost through perspiration are not replaced, effects of electrolyte imbalance may occur.
- When perspiring, if a person’s sodium levels drop too low, effects of muscle weakness, cramping and dizziness may occur.
- Similarly if a person’s potassium levels drop too low effects of confusion, muscle weakness and paralysis may occur.
- If sodium is not replaced, and blood concentrations of sodium fall below a critical maximum – hyponatremia may set in, which could cause swelling of the brain, seizure and death, without treatment.