Thank you for that, interesting read and good info as I've never really researched it much until now.A post I have already written on this forum:-
Electrolytes Levels and Bodybuilding.
Electrolytes are minerals that are electrically charged (Positive and Negative charge) when dissolved in liquid. They are Essential for many important body functions. They are most known to start nerve impulses, aid with muscle contraction and help balance fluid in the body.
Five most common Electrolytes (minerals):-
Chloride - Helps support the balance of fluids on the inside and outside of cells within the body. Also helps peak muscle function.
Potassium - Aids in nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction and heartbeat regulation.
Calcium - Supports muscle contraction and helps regulate heartbeat.
Sodium - Helps maintain Fluid Balance within the body and muscle contraction.
Magnesium - Vital in many chemical reactions within the body - regulating heart rate, supporting muscle contraction, conduction of nerve impulse and more.
Electrolytes support Essential Functions:-
Muscle Contractions - Electrolytes help trigger the muscle contraction process, without them your muscles would not contract. Not forgetting your heart muscle!
Fluid Balance - Your body is made up of mostly water. Water is used when you breathe, to digest food, to regulate your temperature and many other body functions. Your organs, tissue and cells need Fluid Balance to function.
So remember when you are training hard in the summer in warm gyms you will be sweating and losing Electrolytes. If you train hard for an hour or more, especially with HIIT thrown in, be careful. Lack of Electrolytes in your body can cause nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness and worse.
In addition, drinking to much water can cause the loss of important minerals and some people develop a condition known as "water intoxication" which causes blood Sodium levels to drop causing an Electrolyte imbalance and you definitely do not want that.
Moral of the story is, have a sports drink with you containing the above minerals or Smart Water or buy your own Electrolyte powder to mix your drink for the gym yourself. You normally get your intake of Electrolytes (minerals) from food and fruit. Also a multivitamin.
Once you feel thirsty, you are already 3% dehydrated which reduces maximal performance by 15%.
Iirc I'm sure I made a thread a while back for advice on cramps and feeling dizzy after work out and I'm 99% sure someone mentioned electrolytes like then but I've never had them much since so didn't get round to buying them but after reading this thread I've ordered them for my intra workout drink.
I currently have 3 portions of fruit, I use pink himalayan salt for my meats too just a small pinch fill over the meat to season it i also use multivitamin and minerals (same tab) a day too in my supplement stack and eat a fairly clean diet. So will use for intra workout and see how it goes. Thank you