- a low Sodium formulation that uses other minerals and ingredients to replenish electrolytes
- no artificial flavour or colour
- free of wheat, dairy, nut, and gluten. Made in a facility that is free of these as well.
Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Electrolytes affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood (pH), your muscle function, and other important processes. You lose electrolytes when you sweat.
Electrolytes regulate our nerve and muscle function, our body’s hydration, blood pH, blood pressure, and the rebuilding of damaged tissue. Various mechanisms exist in our body that keep the concentrations of different electrolytes under strict control.
Our muscles and neurons are seen as electric tissues of the body. They are activated by electrolyte activity between extracellular fluid or interstitial fluid, and intracellular fluid (fluid inside, outside or between cells).
A muscle contraction needs calcium (Ca2+), sodium (Na+) and potassium (K+) to be present. Wrong electrolyte levels can lead to either weak muscles, or muscles that contract too severely.
Our heart, muscle and nerve cells use electrolytes to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses across themselves to other cells.
The level of an electrolyte in the blood can become too high or too low. Body electrolyte levels tend to alter when water levels in the body change – when our level of hydration go up or down.
Electrolyte levels are kept constant by our kidneys and several hormones – even when our bodies trigger changes. When we exercise we sweat and lose electrolytes, mainly sodium and potassium.
To maintain electrolyte concentrations of our body fluids constant, these electrolytes must be replaced. If our consumption of necessary electrolytes is wrong there can be health consequences.
- Overwhelming the body’s mechanism for regulating Sodium.
- Swollen hands and feet from water retention, especially during prolonged exercise in the heat.
- Neutralizing the body’s mechanisms to effectively regulate and re-circulate Sodium
- Disruption of our natural process due to the production of a hormone that tells the kidneys to stop filtering and re-circulating Sodium, but to excrete it instead.
- Stressing our body, which receives an average of 6000 to 7000 mg of Sodium per day, via natural unprocessed foods, where only 250 mg is needed to function normally.
Refresh is low in sodium and formulated with magnesium citrate, a higher cost and more effective replenishing compound. Magnesium citrate is supported by research as essential in converting blood sugar to energy. Magnesium citrate also helps in maintaining normal blood pressure and a healthy heart. Conversely, the research supporting sodium and its benefit in sports drinks is limited. In fact, too much sodium may overwhelm the body’s mechanism for regulating it.
Athletes are known to suffer with swollen hands and feet from water retention due to ingestion of electrolyte products too high in sodium during prolonged exercise in the heat. The body has mechanisms in place to effectively regulate and re-circulate sodium. It has been shown that too much sodium may interfere or neutralize these mechanisms.
It is known that sweat generates large sodium loss and that rapid sodium replacement neutralizes this loss by allowing water intake to dilute sodium content. However, high sodium electrolyte supplementation also disrupts the body’s natural process by producing a hormone signaling to the kidneys to stop filtering and re-circulating sodium and instead excrete it. When this happens, another hormone is produced that dominates Table Saltand causes fluid retention. As a result, you may experience puffiness and swelling because your sodium intake was too high.
The fact is that the human body only needs a small amount of sodium to function normally. Individuals require 250 mg of sodium per day. Athletes may need 500 mg. These amounts are easily supplied by natural, unprocessed foods. In fact, the average Canadian consumes approximately 6000 to 7000 mg per day.
Quite simply, an individual already has a vast supply of sodium already present in his/her body. The body also has a complex and efficient way of monitoring and re-circulating sodium back into the blood to maintain its balance. You still need to replenish sodium during exercise but it should be in amounts that cooperate with and not override these mechanisms.
The ideal approach is to ingest foods and drinks lower in sodium that cooperatively enhance the body’s natural systems. When evaluating products, look for one that contains a moderate supply of sodium that supplies the necessary electrolytes but does not compromise internal regulation. Refresh has specifically designed to work with the body in this regard.
- The use of probiotics improves overall health which will help with the athletic performance in enhancing and restoring a suppressed immune system , allowing quicker recovery from fatigue and maintenance of a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
- Our probiotic is resistant to both heat and cold, and is shelf stable, so no refrigeration is needed to maintain efficacy. Harvard’s Family Health Guide admits that scientific evidence suggests we can treat and possibly prevent certain illnesses with probiotics. These are live bacteria, beneficial microorganisms. The name itself, pro and biota, mean “for life”. Studies show promise for the use of probiotics to help with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, urinary and vaginal infections. The Guide reports that about 100 trillion microorganisms (over 500 different species) inhabit a healthy bowel.