Electrolytes are important when it comes to staying hydrated while playing sports. Derived from minerals, such as calcium, potassium, and sodium, electrolytes create ions and manages fluid exchanges, encouraging the proper distribution of nutrients and waste products. When athletes get the right amount of electrolytes, their muscles and glands function more efficiently and their performance improves.
Drinking beverages like vegetable and fruit juices can help ensure the body receives enough electrolytes. Among fruit juices, athletes should check labels to ensure the beverage is made of 100 percent fruits. In addition, many commercially sold sports drinks contain electrolytes.
Certain foods also contain electrolytes, like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and bananas. If an athlete wants salty or savory foods, pretzels, walnuts, and chickpeas are also good sources of electrolytes.