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The 411 on Electrolytes

October 8th, 2012

Electrolytes are advertised on so many products these days – even your local 7-Eleven is chock full of ‘em. So what’s the story on electrolytes when it comes to running performance? Are you getting the right balance? How do you determine the electrolytes you need when training and racing?

Electrolytes Explained

First off, what are these magic “electrolytes”? A group of minerals crucial to your muscle function and proper hydration, electrolytes are involved in the transmission of electrical impulses that signal muscle contraction and relaxation. The electrolytes commonly utilized by the body are sodium (Na), chloride (Cl), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg), all commonly found in the foods we eat everyday.

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