What are Electrolytes?

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A common question we hear is "What are electrolytes and why do I need them?". It’s a great question because it ties right into "Why should I drink birch water?". In a nutshell, electrolytes are minerals that dissolve and turn into ions. Ions are positive and negative electric charges that are then sent to your nerves to help regulate your nervous system. When you sweat you lose electrolytes—hence why your sweat tastes salty, therefore it is crucial to replenish these electrolytes. If you don’t replenish these electrolytes you can be left feeling light headed, lethargic, with muscle cramps, and even with an irregular heartbeat.

So why is birch water good for rehydrating? As mentioned birch water naturally contains electrolytes (sodium and potassium), however, birch water contains an extremely low amount of calories and sugar (10cal and 2g of sugar) in a whole 355ml serving!

This means you’re not ruining all your hard work at the gym, yoga, sprinting, rowing, hiking, or you name it by just drinking those sugars and calories back. You also don’t need an extremely high amount of electrolytes if you’re just working out (not running a marathon every day here), so if you’re drinking extra salty electrolyte drinks be sure to watch your sodium intake. Next time you grab a sports drink, have a look at the nutrition facts and ask yourself if you can replace it with a natural alternative, such as birch water!