Electrolyte Blog

by Liam O'Regan on April 07, 2022

Get to Know Electrolytes

Electrolytes play a major role in keeping you hydrated. Hydration is crucial when it comes to athletic performance. With the amount of sweat that is produced during strenuous exercise and sports, it is dangerous to enter a dehydrated state. When your body is in a dehydrated state because of an abundance of sweat due to exercise or extreme heat your perceived exertion will be increased, meaning exercise will feel more difficult. Yet, your body will not reap the same amount of benefits as it would if fully hydrated. [1]

Electrolytes are essential for basic life functions, such as maintaining electrical neutrality in cells, generating and conducting action potentials in the nerves and muscles. Sodium, potassium, and chloride are the significant electrolytes along with magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and bicarbonates. Electrolytes come from our food and fluids. [2]

Benefits of Electrolytes

  • Electrolytes play a major role in helping your body retain water, aka hydration.
  • They also play a role in maintaining proper muscle function (contraction).
  • Electrolytes help maintain nerve function.
  • They help your body keep a healthy pH balance.

All of which are key parts of optimal performance!

Types of Electrolytes

There are four different crucial electrolytes:

  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium

Dr. Andrew Huberman, neuroscientist and professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, stated, "I do ingest water which contains electrolytes, so that means sodium, magnesium, potassium. For the simple reason that sodium, magnesium, potassium, are required for neurons to function properly. It's part of the way they generate electrical activity." [3]


When developing Forty Steps’ new pre-workout AMP we wanted to ensure that we included the four main electrolytes sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium to help make sure that your body stays hydrated, and performs at its highest level throughout your entire workout, practice, or game!

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[1] Shirreffs SM, Sawka MN. Fluid and electrolyte needs for training, competition, and recovery. J Sports Sci. 2011;29 Suppl 1:S39-46. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2011.614269. PMID: 22150427.

[2] Shrimanker I, Bhattarai S. Electrolytes. 2021 Jul 26. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 31082167.

[3] Huberman, A. (2021, July 12). Andrew Huberman often supplements with electrolytes before exercising fasted. PodClips. Retrieved March 25, 2022, from https://podclips.com/c/andrew-huberman-often-supplements-with-electrolytes-before-exercising-fasted