What are electrolytes 

Electrolytes help the body in many ways.   They are basically salts (but can also be acids and bases) that carry an electrical charge.  They tell your brain to move a muscle (mainly calcium, sodium and potassium).  Without electrolytes the cells in your body can not talk and thus, hamper performance.  A common sign of electrolyte loss or shortage: muscle cramping.  I used to experience it all the time when I played long hours of water-polo.  Wish I had known to drink some Gatorade.  Electrolytes regulate nerve and muscle function, yes.  But, they also regulate body hydration, blood pH, blood pressure and the rebuilding of muscle tissue.  

Here's a great read by Levelen.com 

What Are Electrolytes? How Do They Help Me?

Electrolytes are essentially salts that can carry an electrical charge. The cells in your body rely on electrolytes to control cell membrane stability and to carry the electrical charges needed for muscle contractions caused by nerve impulses. Without electrolytes, the cells in your body couldn’t communicate with each other or perform these essential functions.

Adequate function of the nervous, cardiac, digestive and muscular systems all depend on a proper balance of electrolyte levels. Both normal body function, and athletic performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present, especially in the heat.

One of the most obvious (and painful) signs of electrolyte loss is muscle cramping. But, muscle cramping is usually a sign that you missed your chance to maintain a proper electrolyte balance. Cramping is one of your body’s last warnings that it cannot continue normal muscle function without electrolyte replenishment. By the time you feel cramping, your performance has already been diminished for some time.

The problem can get worse than just muscle cramping. When your muscles cramp, this is caused by over-excited positive power charges in muscle cells, struggling to do their job with depleted electrolytes, just like a light flickering before it burns out. Severe and sustained muscle contractions caused by these unpredictable power surges can cause muscle pulls or strains, as your muscles involuntarily contract.  These severe, sustained and involuntary muscle contractions can not only result in muscle damage but will decrease performance or disrupt exercise entirely. Maintenance of your electrolyte balance can help avoid these potentially severe problems.

Maintaining proper electrolyte balance isn’t just for athletes who’ve suffered from debilitating muscle cramps or pulled muscles. You need to provide your body with an adequate supply of electrolytes to maintain specific bodily functions, so you can perform at your peak. To ensure peak performance, you need electrolytes sending a steady stream of energy to all the cells in your body, to keep your body performing smoothly, without interruption or decreased power. No serious athlete should wait until the final signs of severe electrolyte depletion before replenishing electrolytes. You need to get out in front of electrolyte loss and maintain it before it becomes a performance problem.  Levelen offers great products.  I recommend the below. 

Recommended product:  

Athlytes - Krebs Chelated Electrolytes
  • Increase ATP
  • Optimize Hydration
  • Maximize Endurance
  • Combat Fatigue
  • Sugar Free
  • Banned Substance Free
  • Enhanced with MSM

 Supplement Facts:

Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 50

Amount Per Serving:
Vitamin B2 500mcg
Vitamin B6 5mg
Sodium 350mg
Potassium 100mg
Chloride 445mg
Calcium 30mg
Magnesium 30mg
MSM 100mg
Krebs Cycle Intermediates 489mg