Even when you're not sweating, your body needs salt.
Your body needs salt to stay healthy. Sodium helps keep the amount of water inside and outside your cells balanced. It also supports healthy nerve and muscle function. When you're sweating, you need to pay extra attention to your salt intake, because sodium is the electrolyte you lose most through sweat.
Most electrolyte drinks don't contain enough salt to replenish what you lose in your sweat. That's because they use cheap, processed salt that tastes so bad they can't include enough to actually replace what you're losing in sweat without making their product taste bad.
Re-Lyte Hydration uses delicious, unrefined Real Salt that allows us to deliver two times the sodium of other electrolyte brands and still taste great!
Isn't salt bad for us?
No Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) is set for sodium because there's very little evidence that sodium causes toxicity in healthy people even at very high doses. The Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Intake (CDRR) is set at 2,300 mg per day. But this isn’t necessarily based on hard evidence. In his book The Salt Fix, Dr. James DiNicolantonio provides substantial research demonstrating that up to 3,000-5,000 mg of sodium per day is safe for many people (we recommend checking that book out if you haven’t already). We also recommend checking with a trusted healthcare provider about what's best for you and your situation.
More information about salt:
- Blog Post: Do You Really Need to Hold the Salt to Stay Healthy?
- Blog Post: What Are the Benefits of Using an Unrefined Sea Salt?
- Article: Rethinking the War on Salt
- Book: Salt Your Way to Health by Dr. David Brownstein
- Book: The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong--and How Eating More Might Save Your Life by Dr. James DiNicolantonio