How’s that humidity? During exercise you naturally lose fluids and vital electrolytes including magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium and chloride through sweat and physical stress. In summer and particularly with the humidity we have been experiencing, this loss of electrolytes can cause dehydration, fatigue, reduce performance and impair recovery. Hydrating with a good quality electrolyte supplement prior, during and after exercise (depending on your needs and the activity itself) enhances endurance and energy throughout your session as well as support your post-workout recovery.


There are many marketed “electrolyte” supplements or “sports drinks” that are high in sodium chloride (salt) and sugar, but without the balance of the other vital electrolytes these products have little benefit. While the sugar may give you a quick energy spike you will crash harder and faster. Sodium alone will further dehydrate your muscle cells having the reverse effect on your body. You need to be aware that these products often contain food colouring, preservatives and additives which your body has absolutely no use for.

We recommend to our clients a product called Basica ActivE as electrolyte replacement supplements need to provide adequate levels of magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium – in the ratio’s similar to those found in the muscle cells. Magnesium is an essential component of an electrolyte supplement because it is required in every stage of energy production, it will increase your physical capacity, energy, recovery and reduce those unbearable muscle cramps.

Come in to Gisborne Health Essentials any time and chat to us if you have specific questions, there is always a Naturopath in store to assist.

And all the best with your training and recovery!