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    Electrolytes  |  Vitamin C  |  Vitamin D

    Electrolytes

    An electrolyte is basically a salt that can carry an electrical charge.
    The cells of your body rely on electrolytes to carry the electrical impulses responsible
    for muscle contractions and nerve impulses to other cells.

    Electrolyte minerals such as potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg) are key to muscle function, mental focus, and body cooling. Electrolytes are easily lost in sweat during physical activity, so replenishing these minerals is important. Symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, headache, cramps, nausea, dizziness, and even fainting can result from a lack of these vital minerals.

    Depletion of Potassium (K) and Magnesium (Mg)

    When the body is low in potassium or magnesium, muscles can cramp more easily and fatigue can occur quicker.

    Potassium (K) also plays a critical role in the transmission of electrical impulses in the heart and is also linked to depression.

    Magnesium is particularly important to your energy level. This is because each individual cell uses magnesium to form ATP—the energy that drives the body. Researchers have found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome have remarkably low levels of magnesium.


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    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C provides a healthy dose of the antioxidant. This is important because exercise stimulates the production of free radicals—harmful compounds within the body that are linked to a multitude
    of chronic health problems.

    Vitamin C has the ability to combine with toxic or poison substances within the body and excrete them with itself through the urine. As a result, vitamin C has been found to greatly minimize exercise-induced free radical damage.

    Another key function of vitamin C is to help form and maintain collagen (the framework protein for tissues of the body that found in connective tissue found in cartilage, ligaments, etc).

    Cell walls are only a few molecules thick and can be easily penetrated by harmful substances. Collagen acts as a "glue", keeping cell walls strong and resistant.

    Deficiency also leads to scurry, characterized by fragile capillaries, poor wound healing, and bone deformity in children.


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    Vitamin D

    This is a steroid vitamin that promotes absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Under normal conditions of sunlight exposure, no dietary supplementation is necessary because sunlight promotes adequate vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Deficiency can lead to osteomalacia in adults and bone deformity (rickets) in children.


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