Water is the fundamental solvent for all biochemical processes in the body.
A solvent is the dissolving medium to which a solute (the substance to be dissolved, like a solid, liquid or gas) is added.
When a solvent dissolves a solute, it is known as solvation. Solutes that solvate into ions are known as electrolytes. These play important roles in our bodies including nerve transmission and muscle contraction.
Electrolytes are single, electrically-charged particles, key to maintaining water balance and the balance of acid base in the body.
Sodium, potassium, prosperous and chloride are examples of electrolytes – substances dissolved in blood and body fluids that carry electric charges. The key role of electrolytes is to balance the fluids inside and outside of the cells, so they can function properly, transporting nutrients while removing waste products.
Electrolytes also help create the environment in which the cells’ work (for example nerve-nerve communication, heartbeats and contraction of muscles) takes place.
For all of that, there is another reason why remaining hydrated is so important. When we lose fluid from the body, we also lose electrolytes. Maintaining healthy concentrations of electrolytes is critical to support the important activities of the vital organs.
Today, think about how easy you can make this current habit for the weekend ahead.
How are you going to drink fresh water with every meal this weekend?
Keep getting hydrated!