Electrolytes Explained

What are electrolytes and why do athletes need them? STACK provides the skinny on sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

 

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They're vital for health and survival. Electrolytes spark cell function throughout the body.

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Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They're vital for health and survival. Electrolytes spark cell function throughout the body.

They support hydration and help the body produce energy. They're also responsible for stimulating muscle contractions, including those that keep your heart beating.

Sodium: A.k.a. salt. The body uses it to control blood pressure and volume. It's necessary for muscles to work properly.

Chloride: Another important element for keeping body fluids balanced. An essential part of the stomach's digestive process.

Potassium: Helps muscles and nerves communicate. Works with sodium to keep fluid levels balanced in the body's cells.

Calcium: You have more calcium in your body than any other mineral. Your muscles, blood vessels and nervous system wouldn't work without it.

Magnesium: Vital for the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Also aids in transporting energy throughout the body.