What is an Electrolyte?
An Electrolyte is a substance that conducts electricity when it is dissolved. Electrolytes are salts and covalent compounds. When the electrolytes are dissolved into water the Ions are separated by the water molecules allowing the Ions to move freely in the water. These Ions have a charge (either positive or negative) and therefore can conduct electricity. These Ions are then used by the body once the solution has been consumed. Electrolytes maintain health and function in all the systems of the body. They promote neuromuscular impulses, maintain body fluid osmolality (the body’s fluid concentration of all chemical particles), regulate the body’s pH levels (acid base balance) and distribute fluid and electrolytes between the body’s fluid compartments. Electrolyte concentrations are different in different fluid compartments of the body and this concentration should always be maintained. Continue reading “Electrolytes – The key to Hydration” »