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Electrolyte Replenishment - Why It is So Important and How to Do It Right

By Steve Born
Steve Born, Hammer Nutrition's Fueling Expert Steve's decade-plus of involvement in the sports nutrition industry, as well as nearly 15 years of independent research in nutritional fueling and supplementation, has given him unmatched familiarity with the myriad product choices available to athletes.

Introduction

Electrolytes are analogous to the motor oil in your car—they don’t make the engine run, but they’re absolutely necessary to keep everything running smoothly. Proper functioning of the digestive, nervous, cardiac, and muscular systems depends on adequate electrolyte levels.

Muscle cramping, though there are many theories as to why it happens, usually involves improper hydration and/or improper electrolyte replenishment. No one wants to cramp, of course, but remember, cramping is a place far down the road of electrolyte depletion. Cramping is your body’s painful way of saying “Hey! I’m on empty! Resupply me now or I’m going to stop!” It’s like the oil light on the dash; you never want it to get that low.

That’s precisely why, just as you shouldn’t wait until you bonk before you refuel, or you’re dehydrated before you replenish fluids, you shouldn’t wait for cramps to remind you to take electrolytes.

In this article, we’ll look closely at this vital, but often neglected and misunderstood, aspect of fueling. We’ll tell you why salt tablets don’t work and why Endurolytes is unquestionably the finest electrolyte formula available.


Hammer Products Ideal for Replenishing Electrolytes

Our two forms of Endurolytes are designed to help you easily and effectively replace any lost electrolytes.

Keep reading for our detailed breakdown on the subject.