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What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes regulate our nerve and muscle function, our body's hydration, blood pH, blood pressure, and the rebuilding of damaged tissue. When we exercise we sweat and lose electrolytes, mainly sodium and potassium.
To maintain constant electrolyte concentrations in our body fluids, these electrolytes must be replaced. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good sources of sodium and potassium and replace lost electrolytes. Excess electrolyte levels in our blood are filtered out by our kidneys.
If we do not consume the necessary levels of electrolytes there can be health consequences. The most common imbalances are hypernatremia and hyponatremia (too much or too little sodium), and hyperkalemia and hypokalemia, (excessive and insufficient levels of potassium).
Symptoms of electrolyte imbalance
An electrolyte imbalance can be manifested in several ways. The symptoms will depend on which electrolyte is out of balance, and whether that level is too high or too low.
An altered level of magnesium, sodium, potassium,or calcium may produce one or more of the following symptoms:
In my practice, healthy clients that are active and sweat alot in our hot climate, often mistake water retention being due to to much salt (electrolyte) but is most often due to too little. Hyponatremia (low salt levels) may result from not eating enough foods containing sodium, too much sweating and urinating, or being over-hydrated. When sodium levels are low, our bodies can produce too much of an antidiuretic hormone which tells our kidneys to retain water. This can also be caused by certain medications too.
Huma PLUS is the Natural Electrolytes enhanced version of Huma Gel, the all-natural, great-tasting energy gels made from finely blended Chia seeds. They are designed to be a healthy option for getting you through tough exercise. The idea for Huma was born in the sands of Iraq. In the summer of 2009, a US Army 1st Lieutenant was charged with leading grueling missions throughout Iraq. At the time he was reading a book about the Tarahumara, a tribe of Mexican Indians who regularly compete in epic 100+ mile races as part of their culture. To fuel themselves on these ultra marathons, they use a special chia seed blend. He figured if it worked for them in Mexico, maybe it would work for him in Iraq. It did. In fact, it was amazing at keeping him going, and that discovery led to the creation of Huma Gel. Today, Huma combines Tarahumara tradition, extensive sports nutrition research, healthy ingredients and great taste to bring you the best energy gel on the market. Now with Huma PLUS you can enjoy extra electrolytes with your gel!