Why swimmers need electrolytes
The good people at Wright Sport have put together a quick blog about why swimmers, like all athletes, need to think about electrolyte replacement.
A common myth is that swimmers do not sweat because they are immersed in water, thereby removing the need for perspiration. However, this is not true, and it can deceive swimmers into believing they are not becoming dehydrated as they perform their workouts.
Swimming is an aerobic activity, which raises core temperature. Even though a lot of excess heat is conducted away from your body through the pool water, a rise in core temperature triggers your sweat glands to do what they are meant to do: release sweat, which is composed of water and electrolytes.
Five electrolytes in particular play a pivotal role in maintaining normal human muscle function: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride. A shortage of any of these electrolytes will affect athletic performance through a range of subtle to serious side effects.
How SaltStick can help you improve your swimming:
What is lost in sweat should be replaced by your electrolyte capsules in a quantity and form which your body can absorb. SaltStick® Caps have been formulated to provide your body with a balanced electrolyte content in the suggested serving of 1 capsule per 30-60 minutes. Two SaltStick Caps in an hour equate to 430 mg sodium, 126 mg potassium, 22 mg magnesium, and 44 mg calcium per hour: The ideal ratio to keep you moving.