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How Much Water to Drink? 8 Water Facts and Questions Answered (Page 6)

Should I Drink Water with Electrolytes?

Should I Drink Water with Electrolytes?

Sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium are essential for vital reactions in your body—all are electrolytes and all are lost in sweat. It’s important that the concentration of those electrolytes doesn’t get too high or low—and that they are replaced when depleted. If your electrolyte balances are out of whack, you won’t properly absorb the water you do drink. Most electrolytes can be replenished simply with regular, healthy meals. “If you’re well-nourished and well-hydrated, then exercise can be at least an hour in length before you need to concern yourself with including electrolytes in the beverage,” says Sam Cheuvront, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Replenishing what you lost could be as simple as having a few pretzels. You could also try a sports drink, because it has some sodium. For a walk in cool weather or a short run, water will suffice.

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