Alright Gatorade, what are electrolytes, really?

After our round this morning, my cousin bought his son a Powerade – certainly a reward for a 14-yr-old to get up at 5:15a to play with us dew-sweeping lunatics. 

So, on my way into the gym, I really started thinking about sports drinks – most are uncomfortably high in sugar – but what about… 


Every sports drink under the sun talks about how their product “replaces electrolytes”. 

So, what are electrolytes? 

Basically, they are essential minerals our bodies need to function. 

Things like: 

  • Sodium 
  • Potassium 
  • Magnesium 
  • Calcium 
  • Chloride 

They are crazy-important in our bodies. 

Think of electrolytes like a traffic cop in our bodies – they tell the water and nutrients where to go. 

Now, as a champion for your health, fitness, and golf, I wanted to share with you an article that simply explains what they are, where to get them, and how to stay at your maximum level. 

Here’s the article:  

What is the Best Electrolyte Powder (And Why Are Electrolytes Important)? 

Don’t be deceived by the title. 

Like all nutrients, the best source is our food. 

But, we can’t always get what we need, so I love to have supplements as a safety net. 

I like things simple, so in the article under the heading “How Are Electrolyte Levels Maintained?”, there is a great example with a glass of salt water that clearly drives the point home. 

There is also a list of foods that are high in electrolytes, which is really helpful. 

Again, if you can’t get what you want with your diet and need to supplement, I like the 1stPhorm and LMNT packets – beware of the powders that are high in sugars (Liquid IV is a little high in carbs for me). 

Alright, if you’re in the U.S., go enjoy the long weekend. 

If not, enjoy the regular weekend!