Every day we lose tons of electrolytes. You might have heard the word thrown around in a commercial for your favorite water or exercise drink. But what exactly is an electrolyte? And why does it matter that we lose them?
Electrolytes are little, electrically charged ions found in your body. Each one helps send signals through your body and aid in the operation of your brain, nerves and muscles. Some of the most commonly known electrolytes include:
These electrolytes help balance the fluid in your body, which affects blood pressure. They also regulate glucose levels, your immune system and your body’s pH levels – determined by your body’s alkalinity. The optimal level is 7.4 (out of 14) and anything under 7 is considered acidic. When levels drop, health risks increase. Alkalinity has been connected to issues involving the skin, sleep, body weight and even chronic conditions.
With such a strong link to various parts of the body, electrolytes play a vital role in keeping you healthy and losing them can be detrimental.
How Do You Lose Electrolytes?
Electrolytes travel through the fluids in your body, water most especially. Naturally, when those fluid levels decrease, the electrolytes follow suit. So, when you sweat, you’re losing electrolytes. That’s why athletes commonly consume electrolyte drinks during games and workouts.
They can also be lost due to illness that involves vomiting and diarrhea or requires the use of antibiotics and diuretics. Conditions such as diabetes, heart failure and kidney disease have also been linked to electrolyte loss.
Plus, as you age, your body naturally loses water. According to the US Geological Survey, the percentage of your body’s water drops from 75-80% to 55-60% between the age of 55 and birth.
A few possible signs of electrolyte imbalance:
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Digestive Issues
- Dizziness, fatigue and restlessness
- Frequent headaches
Support Your Electrolytes
The most common way the average American increases electrolytes is drinking overly processed sports drinks. But is that the healthiest way? Obviously, we’re going to say no, considering the added sugars and artificial additives. Don’t worry there’s an organic alternative.
Fulvic acid, an acid found in nature, might be just as effective, if not – more so. This acid is normally found from the microbial metabolism process in plants, earth’s soils and natural bodies of water. It can help boost nutrients and allow your body to absorb probiotics, antioxidants, minerals and electrolytes more efficiently. It can also support healthy digestion and brain function.
Fulvic acid is the main ingredient in our Ionic Elements, a specially formulated combination of fluvic acid and ocean trace minerals. The benefits include:
- May reduce the effects of aging
- May help hair, skin and nail growth
- May support immune function
Ionic Elements can be conveniently added to water or a beverage you drink daily. With supercharged activated fulvic acid, Ionic Elements can help give you daily electrolyte protection and hydration.
To view the Certificate of Analysis for Ionic Elements, click here.