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A Medical Review of Electrolyte Packets for Dehydration

by Contributing Author

What do you think of when you hear about the electrolytes? That is, they are only beneficial for hydrating your body, right?

We will not blame you at all even if you think so. Most of us consume it after returning from patchy heat or while suffering from diarrhea.

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However, the beneficial attributes of the electrolytes packets aren’t limited to only hydrating our body. There’s a lot more to it.

Keep reading! 

Electrolytes – What Is It, Really?

Electrolytes are, in essence, a type of mineral that can produce a substantial amount of ions when dissolved in a liquid solution. They are known as “electro”lytes, as they tend to create either a negative or positive electrical charge. 

The electrolyte found in your body generally contains seven essential compounds. Here’s what you need to know about them.

  • Sodium, 
  • Bicarbonate, 
  • Potassium, 
  • Calcium,
  • Magnesium, 
  • Chloride, and 
  • Phosphate.

These components generally operate as a team to help carry nutrients to your cells, produce energy, and offer balance to your body. Hence, if their amount gets reduced for some reason, like excessive sweating, you may lose your consciousness. Sometimes, it might also feel like you are losing your balance while walking or sitting down.

Benefits Of Using Electrolyte Packets 

As mentioned, it’s pretty easy to lose a hefty amount of electrolytes from your body. Hence, if you don’t replenish them, it might affect your general health massively. In that case, you will need to take electrolytes from another source, preferably the powder form. 

Here’s how it can help you out.

Benefit – 1: Improves Exercise Performance

As we’ve said before, electrolyte-infused beverages can help you replenish minerals, water, and everything else you’ve lost due to sweating. It, in turn, can improve your overall energy level even more and allows you to work out for a prolonged period and reduce muscle cramps.

Benefit – 2: Boosts Sleeping Schedule

A component named calcium (available in electrolytes) aids your brain in changing tryptophan into melatonin, a sleep hormone. Thus, if you drink the same at least an hour before sleeping, it can both improve your sleeping time and quality massively.

Benefit – 3: Enhances Cognition Skills

If you are low in electrolytes, your ability to be attentive to something or keep anything in your memory will go downhill. Therefore, if you want to improve your cognitive skills again, you will have to consume a little bit of electrolyte supplement. 

Benefit – 4: Reduces Anxiety

As mentioned before, intaking an electrolyte supplement can help you feel calmer than usual. This, in turn, may reduce your anxiety a little. Some reports have also suggested that these products can lower your stress if used regularly.

Benefit – 5: Strengthens Your Immune System

The magnesium, available in the group of electrolytes, can minimize the risk of internal inflammation in your body. It, sequentially, can help your immune system to improve its overall efficacy and take care of harmful components quickly.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

As of now, we have told you about how electrolyte supplements can help in improving your health. However, in this section, we will focus on something a little more subjective – the queries you may have after reading until now. 

Let’s get started, then.

How Do Electrolytes Help With Dehydration?

As you have to consume electrolytes with a liquid, it can help you take care of dehydration right away. Besides, as you are consuming more and more magnesium, it’ll be easier for you to balance fluid throughout your body. 

What Is The Benefit Of Drinking Water With Electrolytes?

If you mix up electrolytes with water, it can help you replenish more energy than anything else. It, in turn, can help you exercise for a prolonged period. 

What Are The Most Important Electrolytes For Hydration?

When it comes to hydration, potassium, and calcium, tend to be the most important compounds for your health. Aside from this, the other options that you may have to look for are – phosphorus, chloride, and bicarbonate.

The Final Takeaway

Dehydration can be pretty hard-formed on your body and overall health. For instance, it can make you lose your balance, affect your memories, and lead to muscle contractions.

Thus, if you feel you’re low on energy, buy an electrolyte packet or two from the shop. Replenish whatever you are lacking as soon as possible. Otherwise, it might lead to negative consequences. 



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