What is an Electrolyte

Electrolytes are chemical solids that dissolve in water (or other body fluids) and have an electric charge. They help with nerve conduction and maintaining acid base balance.

If we have too little, too much or the amounts of electrolytes are out of balance, then we can experience disease or unhealthy conditions. There is even a risk of death. Electrolytes are involved in the function of the neuromuscular, endocrine, and excretory systems. These also play a role in our mental processes, thinking, emotions and can correct depression.

An analogy of what electrolytes do could be the electric system of your car. While most cars run on some form of fuel, without the electric system, they will not go very far. The electric system also informs the driver of the fluid levels. The electric systems in the body are regulated by the chemicals that allow the transmission of the electric impulses. These chemicals, called electrolytes make the transmission possible. There are seven main types of electrolytes.

Definition of Electrolyte

Electrolytes in chemistry are liquids or gels that have ions (an ion is an atom or molecule that ends up having a electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons) and can be decomposed by electrolysis.

In human physiology, an electrolyte is a substance that breaks down into ions in a solution and has the capacity to provide for electricity to be conducted. Electrolytes are part of the makeup of living cells such as skin, muscles and blood.

The main electrolytes are Sodium (Na+)
Chloride (Cl-)
Potassium (K+)
Magnesium (Mg++)
Calcium (Ca++)
Phosphate (HPO4–)
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) They are also known informally as lytes.

Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

Fluid and electrolyte balance, or as we prefer to say at Water Cures, Water and Electrolyte balance is the balance of water for hydration and salts, like sodium, chloride, calcium and others. When most think of balance, the picture of a teeter-toter may come to mind. In the balance of water and electrolytes, it is better to think of it as a round balancing disk. A balancing disk needs to be balanced on numerous axises. So too with our body, it needs to be balanced in numerous ways. Much as water finds its own level, it balances within the body, even in a state of drought or imbalance.

Electrolyte Imbalance Symptoms

How do you know if you have an electrolyte imbalance? You only need to know the electrolyte imbalance symptoms.

Electrolyte Drink

This is the electrolyte drink we use in the advanced Water Cures protocol. It includes the ingredients in the 3-minute challenge. You only need to take it once a day or twice at the most. Morning and evening and you will be set. It costs less than $10 a month.

Electrolyte Drink

This is more than a basic electrolytes drink. It is low cost, easy to make and it is a good source of several necessary electrolytes. When it comes to the orange juice, get the wrong one and you could get less than stellar performance. Get the right one and get the best effect.

Electrolytes Drinks

Check Out Our Ultimate Energy Supplement Drink It is an amino acid and electrolyte based drink that you can make yourself. While the page is a bit tongue in cheek, the drink is real. Try it.

DIY Electrolyte Drink

Magnesium Electrolyte Drink

Magnesium Bicarbonate How to make it for about 67 cents per gallon. It is easy. You will find a recipe and directions how to make the concentrate and how to make into the drinkable form.

Homemade Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink

Here is a DIY Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink Recipe. The benefits of coconut water add to the benefit of the electrolytes.

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