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Drinking Water Is Wellness 101 … But Are Electrolytes Even More Important?

Evidence suggests that we should aim for 5,000 mg sodium, 4,700 mg potassium, and 6,00 mg magnesium per day from diet and supplements. That may sound like a lot of sodium, but for reference, athletes can lose up to 7 grams of sodium per day through sweat. And it turns out the government’s “heart-healthy” recommendation of no more than 2.3 grams of sodium per day has actually been linked to heart attack and stroke in heart disease patients. Five grams per day was the sweet spot.

Your body is pretty good at maintaining fluid balance on its own. If you drink too much water, you’ll excrete more fluids through urine. If you don’t drink enough water, your brain will tell you you’re thirsty. If you consume too many electrolytes, you’ll excrete the excess through urine. But if you consume too few electrolytes, your body will pull these minerals from bone… If that doesn’t sound great, that’s because it’s not.

Although your body is doing its job to keep blood levels of electrolytes balanced, that doesn’t mean hydration status is optimal. That’s why it’s important to replenish both water and electrolytes in the right amounts so that your body doesn’t have to take minerals away from your bones. Drink LMNT has you covered with perfectly formulated ratios of sodium, potassium, and magnesium for healthy hydration throughout your day.

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