Ask the Experts: Why Are Electrolytes Important?

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Q: Why are electrolytes important?

A: Electrolytes like potassium and sodium are elements crucial to proper muscle function. However, these and other electrolytes are lost through sweat, so athletes need to ensure that they are replenishing their supplies on a regular basis. Dehydration and electrolyte loss can result in severely diminished performance through fatigue, lack of focus and cramping.

View the video below with Lindsay Baker from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to learn how you can improve your athletic performance through proper electrolyte intake.


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Topics: GATORADE | ELECTROLYTES | SODIUM | SPORTS | SPORTS SCIENCE | SWEAT | FATIGUE | ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE | POTASSIUM | DEHYDRATION