Electrolytes

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. They carry a charge and are essential for life. All higher forms of life need electrolytes to survive. In our bodies, they include sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), calcium (Ca2+), bicarbonate (HCO3-), magnesium (Mg2+), chloride (C1-), and hydrogen phosphate (HPO42-).

 

Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in electrolytes.

Our muscles and neurons are sometimes referred to as the "electric tissues" of the body. They are relielectrolytesant on electrolyte movement between extracellular, interstitial and intracellular fluid (fluid inside, outside or between cells).

A muscle contraction needs calcium (Ca2+), sodium (Na+) and potassium (K+) to be present. Wrong electrolyte levels can lead to either weak muscles, or muscles that contract too severely.

Our heart, muscles and nerve cells use electrolytes to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses to other cells. The level of an electrolyte in the blood can become too high or too low. Body electrolyte levels tend to alter when water levels in the body change - when our level of hydration goes up or down. Source: nature identic lad made