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If you need to replenish your body with the water and salt then the answer could be an electrolyte drink. This could be the case if you are ill with diarrhea or sickness as you will be losing vital liquids from your body. The electrolyte drink will give you an immediate spring of energy, which will of course hydrate you. Electrolyte drinks are used by athletes, because it is thought they will experience instantaneous dehydration and exhaustion after performing painstaking exercises.

What is an Electrolyte Drink

Chemistry will describe electrolytes as a solution which has free ions, these are atoms in which the figure of electrons and protons are unequal and this is what makes it electrically conductive. Basically it is salt such as sodium chloride that has been dissolved in water. An easy way to imagine it is to think about what occurs when you place a salt cube in a cup of water, it dissolves into nothing, blending itself with the water. A healthy and natural electrolyte drink is fruit juice and/or vegetable juice.

The Importance of Electrolyte Drinks

The basic form of an electrolyte drink will have in it salt, sugar, minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and of course water. The majority of the sports drinks that you can see on the super market shelves will be electrolyte drinks. The American College of Sports Medicine advises that a sports person has to have a minimum of seventeen ounces of electrolyte drinks two hours before exercising to stop them from becoming dehydrated. It is also advisable to drink fluids at accepted intermissions during an exercising regime because your body’s liquid can be lost via sweating.

Top Electrolytic Drinks

Isotonic electrolyte drinks have glucose and fructose in them. This form of electrolyte drink is the one that the majority of long distance runners consume. Hypotonic electrolyte drinks hold less than eight percent of carbohydrate and mineral substance than the usual fluids held in one’s body. This type is used for the average exercise routine, because they hold fewer calories. People who are jockeys or gymnasts have this type of hypotonic drink because it hydrates and strengthens them. Other forms of electrolyte drinks are Lucazade Sport, Sis Go, High five, Boots Isotonic, Accelerade and Gatorade. If you are worried about the amount of sugar in these drinks then make your own by putting together water, lemon juice, a little salt and some sugar free flavoring essence like Torino.

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