Common Mistakes Made Regarding Hydration

Not Replacing Electrolytes

Livestrong

Not replacing electrolytes is a serious mistake many individuals make when hydrating, as water alone doesn't have the electrolytes the body needs. Electrolytes are substances necessary for organ and body system function. These minerals and compounds are essential for helping muscle contraction and energy production. Some of the most common electrolytes are calcium, potassium, chloride, and sodium. Some individuals make the mistake of cutting salt out of their diet entirely, which can lead to a sodium imbalance. While it's true too much salt in one's diet can increase the risk of high blood pressure, individuals need sodium to retain enough water in their body. Balanced electrolytes are necessary for regulating fluid levels in the body and blood plasma. In addition, electrolytes are responsible for muscle contractions throughout the body, including the heartbeat. A serious enough electrolyte imbalance can lead to heart damage and cardiac arrest. Individuals also need electrolytes to create new tissue, help with blood clotting, and transmit nerve signals.

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