Magazine article Dance Spirit

THEY'RE Electro-Fying!

Magazine article Dance Spirit

THEY'RE Electro-Fying!

Article excerpt

Chances are, you've heard of electrolytes-but you might not know what they really are, why you need them, or how to get them. Dance Spirit asked Emily Cook Harrison, a registered dietitian at the Centre for Dance Nutrition in Atlanta, GA, for a crash course on this key performance component.

WHAT THEY ARE

"Electrolytes are essentially minerals-sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium," Harrison explains. They're found in your blood and cells, and are essential for a laundry list of functions. But their primary role is maintaining blood volume, or the amount of fluid that your body, muscles, and blood have at any given time.

WHY DANCERS NEED THEM

Electrolytes regulate muscle hydration, and wellhydrated muscles are crucial for dancers. When you start sweating after a particularly intense combo, you're losing lots of the key electrolyte sodium by way of your sweat-and that can cause a myriad of symptoms. …

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