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Do You Need an Electrolyte Drink?

Your body needs electrolytes to function, but should they come from a sports drink?

Your body loses electrolytes—minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium—every time you sweat. Common symptoms of electrolyte imbalance include muscle twitching and cramps, increased thirst, salt cravings, and irritability. Some people are at higher risk of imbalance than others, but a sports electrolyte drink may not be the answer. Read about some sports drink alternatives here. Youth sports season is underway, so we’ve also compiled seven tips from a Scripps pediatrician to help young athletes avoid injury and stay in the game. Find out more here.

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Do You Need an Electrolyte Drink?


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