Most often linked to sports drinks, electrolytes are vital for good health
You’ve probably seen those ads for sports drinks that claim to offer better hydration than water during or after an intense workout. The reason, they say, is that sports drinks replenish electrolytes; water does not.
Are these claims valid, or are sports drink companies just trying to sell you their products? What, exactly, are electrolytes? And is it really so important to replace them?
The essence of electrolytes
You’re probably familiar with most or all of the electrolytes, even if you didn’t necessarily know they were electrolytes: