Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge and they affect how your body functions in many ways, including:
- The amount of water in your body
- The acidity of your blood (pH)
- Your muscle function
- Other important processes
You lose electrolytes when you sweat. You must replace them by drinking fluids that contain electrolytes. Plain water does not contain electrolytes. Common electrolytes include:
It is important that you not only drink water before class, but also that you are prepared with electrolytes in your system. After class, make sure that you properly replenish them as well. Many of the electrolytes listed above can be found in nutrient dense foods, but Bikram Yoga NYC also carries a wide array of products that contain some of the minerals and electrolytes that you need.
- Core Natural Water
- Harmless Harvest Natural Coconut Water
- Fresh Squeezed Juices from Pulp
- Isotonix Daily Essential Multivitamins
- Emergen-C Packets
- Motive Pure Liquid Electrolytes
- Ultima Replenisher
If you find yourself cramping during or after class, often it’s a result of a lack of these important minerals. Ask at the front desk which of these products might be right for you.