These Foods With Electrolytes Are Nature's Hydrators

When you think about electrolytes, those old Gatorade commercials probably come to mind. (That can't be just me.) Yes, Gatorade and other sports drinks contain electrolytes, but you don't need a special beverage to get your electrolyte fix. Certain foods—likes the ones below—are packed with these essential minerals.

"Electrolytes are minerals that create electrically charged ions when mixed with water or when dissolved in our body's fluids," explains chef and nutritionist Serena Poon, creator of Culinary Alchemy. "They do everything from hydrating our body and balancing the pH levels in our body, to regulating our muscle and nerve function and rebuilding tissue."

So, you know, some pretty important things. Poon says that the most important electrolytes are potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphate. Read on to get the scoop on the best foods that contain electrolytes.