29 Sep '17, 5pm

Why you need salt during your long runs

Why you need salt during your long runs

Soon enough, we were panting our way up to altitudes that made us dizzy, trekking 10-plus miles a day, filtering stream water into our CamelBacks, and—per fellow trekkers’ recommendations—taking salt pills and eating salty licorice candies to keep us hydrated . Hydrated, you ask? Yes, indeed. “Essentially, if you think about yourself, your body is just a big bag of salty water,” says John Higgins, M.D., sports cardiologist with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “Your ability to function is tied in fairly closely with that balance with respect to the salt and the water.” RELATED: 5 Things That Happened When I Tried To Walk 20,000 Steps A Day Salt, or sodium, is an electrolyte —one of many, including magnesium, potassium , and calcium—that can be used as a way to replenish your body’s depleted supply during intense exercise....

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