Science Behind Hydration
The challenge of hydration is not just about how much water to drink. As you may remember from biology class, the human body is more than 60% water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water. Within this water are essential minerals we call electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magnesium. Electrolytes direct the flow of water throughout the body to nourish, remove waste and provide the electrical conduction for our muscles, nerve and brain. Electrolyte salts are nature's original anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agent. Even your senses of smell, hearing, sight and taste are dependent on adequate hydration.
MOODY? Two recent studies* indicate that mild dehydration can impact your mood. Fifty one healthy men and women walked on a treadmill to induce dehydration. The researchers then tested the subjects' alertness, concentration, reaction time, learning, memory, reasoning and mood. Mild dehydration in men caused difficulty in memory and alertness. In women dehydration caused significant fatigue, tension and anxiety (this experiment was repeated three times over three months with the same results). Sometimes it's the simple things we do like staying hydrated that can make the most difference in our daily health and well being. Water + Electrolytes = Hydration. Lyte Balance = 100% pure, balanced electrolyte salts. Add to water or your favorite beverage for personalized hydration.
* Mild dehydration affects mood in healthy young women; Journal Of Nutrition February 2012
*Mild dehydration impairs cognitive performance and mood of men; British Journal of Nutrition, November 2011
BUILD BETTER BONES: Besides holding you up, did you know that your bones are the body’s largest reservoir or storage container for minerals? Bones store 99% of the body's calcium and 85% of the phosphorus. Bone also contains small amounts of magnesium, sodium, potassium and bicarbonate (yes all are electrolytes). Our bodies continually remove small amounts of calcium from our bones and replace it with new calcium in a process known as bone remodeling. Calcium and other minerals will also be taken from the bone when needed elsewhere in the body which underscores the need to replenish these minerals every day. If your body removes more minerals from bones than it replaces, they slowly become weaker and more prone to breaking. Osteoporosis is actually de-mineralization of the bone; not just loss of calcium. You may also be surprised to know that your bones are comprised of about 25% water. Help fill up your bones with the minerals and fluid it thrives on with Lyte Balance Electrolyte Replacement mixed in milk, kefir or yogurt.