Keeping Fluids and Electrolytes in Balance

Editor(s): Sports Nutrition Focus 2009

Summary

It’s no surprise that fluid/electrolyte balance is critical to performance for endurance athletes. After all, water is your #1 ingredient, and every cell and tissue in your body bathes in it. The fluid that circulates throughout your body also includes dissolved minerals known as electrolytes. These electrolytes help properly regulate the fluid levels inside and between cells, and they’re absolutely vital to the proper functioning of your cells and tissues, including muscle tissue.