Electrolyte enhanced water is water that has electrically charged minerals, or electrolytes, added to it.

The most common electrolytes found in the body are sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.

Proper hydration involves drinking enough water daily, along with maintaining a balance of electrolytes in the body. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, electrolyte balance is critical for normal muscle and nerve function, as well as for maintaining the health of cells and organs.

In addition, electrolytes help to regulate fluid levels and the acid-alkaline balance in the body, both of which are essential to health and fitness.

When to Drink It?

Your body may lose electrolytes after a flu or illness involving excessive diarrhea or vomiting. This is the reason why if you’ve had the flu your doctor may recommend drinking a sports drink such as Gatorade or Powerade, which contain added electrolytes.

You can also lose too many electrolytes from excessive sweating and/or physical activity.

However, drinking plenty of filtered tap water (which contains minerals) will normally suffice to replenish electrolytes when exercising for less than an hour.

For high-intensity workouts or endurance-type activities lasting more than an hour, I recommend replenishing electrolytes both during and after exercise.

Also, exercising in hot temperatures can cause lower levels of electrolytes.

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