What Are”Electrolytes”?? & What Do They Do For Me??

Having sickle cell, “My” body is lacking so many components and I am always thirsty and gasping for more air to flow through my body. As a young child I was always told my electrolytes are low due to my sickle cell anemia. So during school, college, having my children I would grab some Gatorade to quench my thirst, but as I got older I went on a quest to find something with not so much salt, colors, dyes, and I came across, “electrolyte enhanced Water” while shopping at my favorite spot, “Trader Joe’s”. ((Which is only $.99 for a 33.8FL.OZ)).

Since I speak so much of it on facebook and in my blog I thought I would give you some 411 on what it is and what it does:
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Electrolytes are important because they are what cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. Kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in blood constant despite changes in your body. For example, during heavy exercise, electrolytes are lost in sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of the body fluids constant.

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My cells struggle to get from one point of my body to the other due to having sickle cell anemia, and low blood means low oxygen…so when I drink the enhanced Electrolyte water I do feel a difference as to drinking just regular water. I do feel my body waking up and wanting to get up and go.

One of my favorite things to mix with my water is an organic juices (Mango, Apple, Papaya, Pear) and sip on it through out the day. Or just drink it by itself. I am always looking into what are the things my body needs to function better!!

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