Balanced Electrolyte x 473ml
- Vegetarian product
E-lyte Balanced Electrolyte Concentrate is a dietary supplement that replenishes the blood by balancing the essential electrolytes. Electrolytes drive all muscle function from the blinking of an eye to the wiggling of a finger.
The Balanced Electrolyte Concentrate can replace electrolytes lost as a result of:
• poor diet
• medications, etc.
Electrolytes are among the smallest of chemicals important to a cell’s function, they are crucial to the manufacturing of energy, the maintenance of membrane stability, the movement of fluids in the body, and other tasks such as contracting a muscle, like the heart. No Sweat!
Sodium is one of sweat’s main ingredients, along with chloride and potassium. All three are carried to the surface of the skin by the water made in sweat glands and the salt stays after the liquid evaporates. The purpose of sweating is regulation of body temperature, which is achieved by the eccrine glands that cover much of the body. An adult can easily sweat two litres an hour (Godek, 2008), up to eight litres a day (Vukasinovic-Vesic, 2015). It’s the evaporation of the water that has the cooling effect.
After exercise, or any other cause of heavy perspiration, it’s important to restore fluid balance, especially in hot weather when it is easy to get dehydrated. Rehydration occurs only if both water and electrolytes are replaced. The amount of electrolytes lost through sweat varies from person to person. Accurately matching beverage electrolyte intake with loss through sweat is practically impossible. Inclusion of electrolytes is almost always essential.
What Are They and What Do They Do?
In the body, the electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, and phosphate. Not all are contained - or needed - in an electrolyte replacement beverage. Sodium, the main cation outside the cell, controls total amount of water in the body, regulates blood volume and maintains muscle and nerve function. You need at least 500 mg a day. The suggested upper level is 2300 mg, but most Americans ingest more than 3000. Chloride, also from table salt, is an anion. Found in extracellular fluids, chloride, in the company of sodium, helps to maintain proper fluid balance and pressure of the various fluid compartments.
Potassium is the major cation inside the cell, where its job is to regulate heart beat and blood pressure while balancing the other electrolytes. Because it aids in transmitting nerve impulses, potassium is necessary for muscle contractions, actually the relaxation half of the contraction. Deficiency of potassium is more common than overdose, and may arise from diarrhoea or vomiting, with muscle weakness and cramping being symptoms. Intake of potassium is generally much lower than the recommended 4700 mg a day, which is not surprising in light of the deficits in food caused by insulting agricultural practices.
Perhaps the most under-appreciated mineral in the nutrient armamentarium is magnesium, not only a constituent of more than three hundred biochemical reactions in the body, but also a role player in the synthesis of both DNA and RNA. As an electrolyte, magnesium supports nerve and muscle function, boosts immunity, monitors heart cadence, stabilises blood glucose, and promotes healthy bones and teeth. With half the U.S. population deficient, Mg is the orphan nutrient that is able to prevent elevated markers of inflammation (such as CRP), hypertension (it’s called nature’s calcium channel blocker), atherosclerotic vascular disease, migraines, asthma, and colon cancer (Rosanoff, 2012).
Calcium is involved in muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve messages, but also in blood clotting. Calcium tells sodium to initiate a contraction so that you can pick up a pencil or scratch your nose. In opposition, magnesium tells potassium to let the pencil go or to move your arm back down. Because the heart needs calcium for a strong beat, it will pull the mineral from bone if dietary sufficiency is missing. After calcium, phosphorus – phosphate - is the most abundant mineral in the body. This anion helps to produce energy inside the cell besides being a bone strengthener. It’s a major building block of DNA and the cell membrane. Bicarbonate keeps pH in balance and is important when muscles make lactic acid from work.
Directions for use
Mix 2 capfuls (~1 tbsp.) in 8oz of water. Can be further diluted to desired taste. Drink 1-2 servings per day or as directed your physician for optimal hydration.
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**The % Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Ingredients: A proprietary blend of purified water, potassium, phosphate, sodium, chloride, magnesium, bicarbonate, sulfate, and potassium iodide as a preservative.
This information is for education purposes only. Patients should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making decisions about therapies and/or health conditions.
Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a balanced and varied diet.