Electrolytes, are you using them? Here is what you need to know and why you should be if you’re training and exercising hard.
Not all electrolytes are created equal. The one you see your favorite athlete drinking may not improve performance or improve your health. It has too much sodium, not enough potassium, is missing key electrolytes, and too much crappy sugar.
Electrolytes are necessary not only for hydration but also for proper firing of the nervous system and the sodium/potassium pump, basically the thing that makes muscles move and relax.
When you supplement with electrolytes you will not only be less sore, you will increase the rate of firing of your muscles, you will be able to train harder, have better peak muscular contractions and prevent cramping and fatigue.
Here is what needs to be in a great Electrolyte:
2/1 ratio of Potassium to Sodium, need much more potassium in our American diets. Most Americans get 1/2 the reccomended amount of Potassium per day.
Magnesium: for ATP and electrical conduction and relaxation of muscles.
Phosphorous: for electrical conduction
Chloride: helps maintain proper fluid levels in the body
Bicarbonate: Buffer of Lactic Acid (You will be LESS sore)
Potassium: regulates heart rate and muscular contraction
Symerplex is the product I sell at my office and the one I have found to be the best on the market. My patients agree, as its frequently purchased again and again, with comments such as “I am less sore after training, I can train more intensely, I don’t cramp”