We would not be able to survive without electrolytes. The body depends on electrolytes such as chloride, sodium, potassium and magnesium to keep the nerves healthy; for the functioning of the muscles; as well as to keep a liquid balance and the acid-base balance
A properly balanced diet usually provides enough electrolytes. An electrolyte deficiency can be caused by a loss of liquid caused due to: overtraining, vomiting, diarrhea, renal diseases or medicines like antibiotics.
What are some of the sources of electrolytes?
Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and hard cheese provide great quantities of proteins and electrolytes, including potassium and calcium. Cheese also provides important amounts of sodium, chloride and iodine.
Vegetables are the main sources of antioxidants, which are nutrients that help the body to defend itself against infections and diseases. Green leaf vegetables, like spinach, kale and mustard leaves supply great amounts of magnesium, potassium and calcium. Broccoli, red onions, okra, peas, peppers, sweet potatos and radish also have calcium. It is advisable to eat 2.5 cups of vegetables daily in order to follow a healthy lifestyle. Pure vegetable juices and soups provide electrolytes and hydration.
Whole cereals contain all the nutritional components of the grain, including electrolytes. Whole grain enriched cereals are high in calcium and provide magnesium as well. Eating cereal bran and oats with low-fat milk for breakfast is a good way of providing electrolytes and nutrients to start the day off. Whole grain biscuits made with cereals, salty crackers made of whole wheat, rice and pop corn are rich in sodium and chloride.
Meats, beans and seafood
These are rich sources of proteins and electrolytes. Chicken meat, canned fish like sardines and salmon, or beans provide substantial amounts of calcium. Beef, pork and sardines are rich n chloride. We suggest eating different foods rich in proteins regularly.