Sweating is one of our body's most important detoxification pathways. When we exercise, we sweat, losing both water & minerals from the body. This is a good thing!
To maintain our strength and focus during exercise, however, and to aid in our post-workout recovery, we must replenish during exercise and after (especially in the hotter seasons of the year).
Although the amount of electrolytes lost during a workout differs from person to person, studies show that even a 2% loss in body weight (via sweat) can affect performance levels and electrolyte balance within the body.
Next workout, keep an electrolyte-enhanced drink within arm's reach (oh, and pro-tip, be wary of the sugar content. Most sport's drinks are way too sugared up!).
Stay Safe, Stay Cool
This is a less common situation, but still important all the same!
Electrolytes can also prevent severe effects in hotter temperatures, like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or heat rash.
Although we all know that sweating is the go-to way for our bodies to release internal heat, sometimes this isn't enough. To replace the minerals and water loss and help keep your internal temperature cool...you guessed it. Replenish with water and electrolytes.
When traveling to hotter climates, keep the good stuff with you (H20 and electrolytes), and ditch anything dehydrating (i.e., alcohol, coffee, etc.).
Getting Sick, it Happens.
From time to time, we all have a typical human experience of getting sick, whether vomiting or diarrhea. We usually bounce right back. But when we are down for a longer time, our bodies can lose a lot of water and electrolytes (this happens all too often to children). This throws off the communication between our cells (hint: headaches, muscle cramps, and more) and our body's pH.
Replenishing our electrolytes (especially sodium, chloride, and potassium) is important to get our body's back on track and properly absorb and use the water we drink.