At one point in time, we’ve all heard the word “electrolytes.” But not everyone knows what they are and why they are important. In this blog, we’ll tell you exactly why electrolytes matter for on-the-job hydration.
What Are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are minerals that act as electricity when dissolved in water. Not only do they give your body the energy it needs to function, but they also keep your energy flowing through your body, and they are essential for you to survive.
Although we use the word “electrolytes,” there are different types of them, which offer your body with either a positive or negative charge. Here are some you might have heard of:
Why Electrolytes Matter For On-the-Job Hydration
Have you ever felt like you had a long, hard day at work? Did your body feel weak? Well, that’s how you feel when you experience an electrolyte imbalance.
We all get busy throughout the day, so it’s easy to forget to drink plenty of fluids often. You might be thinking, “athletes are the only ones who need electrolytes.” But that is not the case.
Even if you have a desk job, you need to continually refuel your body with fluids to keep your electrolytes balanced. This is especially true if you are a construction worker, electrician, welder, or work outdoors.
Do You Sweat?
Are you not sweating while on the job? Your shirt might like being dry, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for your body.
Sweating is the way your body cools itself down. In fact, did you know your sweat glands use electrolytes to make it happen? That’s right! Water and electrolytes fill your sweat glands and then get released as a salty mixture that allows the water to evaporate and cool you down.
If your body doesn’t have enough water or electrolytes, it will prevent you from sweating, which puts your body at risk of overheating.
So drink plenty of fluids! Even if it’s not warm out.
Symptoms of Electrolyte Imbalance
During an electrolyte imbalance, you’ll experience different symptoms depending on the type of electrolyte. Here are some symptoms to watch for while you’re on the job:
- Twitching or muscle spasms
- Frequent Urination
- Nausea, Stomach Pain, or Vomiting
- Extreme Thirst
- Sudden Moodiness or Irritability
How to Replenish Electrolytes
- Keep a water bottle with you at all times
- Take breaks
- Sports drinks are a healthy way for maintaining electrolyte balance
- Eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables
We care about your safety while on the job, so work hard, but work safe!