Salt in the Athlete's Diet

Human blood contains sodium chloride (NaCl) common saltin solution and, in addition, contains smaller quantities of other ions. Electrolytes such as sodium chloride cannot be stored, nor can they be manufactured in the body. These electrolytes must be obtained from our diet. Sodium and potassium salts are needed in greater quantity than any other electrolyte. Maintaining an equilibrium between the salt loss and dietary intake is vital.

A fluid and electrolyte balance is critical to optimal exercise performance. Many athletes, especially endurance athletes, often ...

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