The rules and tips for maintaining proper hydration tend to vary, but we are here to simplify it for you.
There are three primary compartments when it comes to hydration- blood, fluid within the cells and fluid around the cells. Proper hydration requires that fluid remain in all of these compartments and that all of these compartments remain balanced. This balance is maintained by electrolytes: minerals that carry an electric charge when they dissolve in a solution such as water or blood. Sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate are electrolytes which dissolve in blood and are critical for muscle and nerve functionality.
More than water
Water does not come charged with the electrolytes I mentioned above. Electrolyte-rich hydration might sound familiar to you… and it often comes to us in neon colors and exotic flavors. It’s true that Gatorade, Powerade, and Propel are enhanced with electrolytes, but what else are they “enhanced” with? I told you I would keep it simple, so let’s focus on the best way to increase your electrolyte intake, and overall enhance the functionality of your brain, heart, and muscles without sacrificing the authenticity of ingredients in what we consume.