It’s got electrolytes! …So?

Based on my continued Precision Nutrition education…

If you’ve ever seen Idiocracy, you know that in the future, people appreciate electrolytes a lot more than they do today. Sure, we have Gatorade. But they have Brawndo.

While these people clearly don’t know much, they obviously know that electrolytes are important (even if they don’t know why). If only they could figure out how to use the internet to find this post, where we explain the basics behind the brawn.

What are electrolytes? Do you even know?

Electrolytes are ionized forms of certain mineral in our diets. When dissolved in water, sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium each carry an electrical charge, thanks to the gain or loss of an electron. Sometimes called salts, electrolytes are present in both intracellular and extracellular (vascular and interstitial) fluids. In order to maintain optimal physiological function, we need to maintain a correct electrolyte balance. Continue reading