Have you ever spent an active day outside, but failed to stay hydrated? Chances are your body didn’t receive enough natural electrolytes. That’s why I created a smoothie booster cube recipe designed to give your body more natural electrolytes. Here’s why it’s important:
What are natural electrolytes?
Electrolytes are minerals that are vital for normal functioning of the human body at a cellular level. They conduct electrical impulses through water that are relayed between cells and organ systems.
Potassium, sodium, calcium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium are all electrolytes used by the body and are sourced from the foods we eat. This includes many fruits and vegetables you probably eat every day.
Most every system in the body relies on these electrolytes, but especially the nervous system, circulatory system, and muscular system.
Our bodies rely on a this delicate balance of vitamins, minerals, and water to keep things humming along. When something gets out of whack, such as with an electrolyte balance, it can make us feel “off” and even cause more serious symptoms like muscle cramping, dehydration, headaches, fatigue, blood pressure issues, and more.
What do natural electrolytes do?
To contract properly, the body’s muscles, including the heart, need calcium, sodium, and potassium. When an imbalance occurs, the muscles may twitch, become weak, or contract excessively (cramping). This includes skeletal muscles and smooth muscles within the digestive system, heart, and other systems.
Because electrolytes provide water to conduct the impulses, it is vital to stay properly hydrated. If there’s no enough water, the signals can’t be sent properly. Conversely, if there’s too much water or a concentration of electrolytes, the same thing can happen. So an electrolyte imbalance can occur when there is a deficit or overabundance.
Electrolytes leave the body mainly through the skin (sweating) and filtration through the kidneys (urination). If there is too little water in the body, the electrolytes are filtered out of the kidneys to achieve a normal balance. Likewise, if there is too much water, the body would rid itself of the excess to restore balance.