What are electrolytes and why are they important?

Electrolytes are minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that are crucial to the body for proper muscle function as well as proper absorption of water. If your electrolyte levels are off, your body will not be able to absorb water effectively no matter how much you drink. Symptoms of electrolyte deficiency include dizziness, headaches, cramping after class, and fatigue. The best indicator of electrolyte levels is the color of your urine. If your urine is clear, that is a good sign that the water you are drinking is passing through your system without being absorbed. Sources of electrolytes include coconut water, pickle juice, tomatoes and tomato juice, bananas, figs, oranges, and lemons.