Imbalanced Electrolytes – Poor Health!
Replace The Electrolytes You Use Everyday!
Not enough health advisers/practitioners talk about electrolytes and yet so many health issues can be resolved by keeping an electrolyte balance.
Electrolyte replacement is NOT just for athletes. It is critical for athletes but still imperative for everybody. Just about everyone is running around deficient in electrolytes. Electrolytes are essential for active bodies…this means shopping, working, driving, sleeping…you’re losing electrolytes all day and all night long.
Feeling Fatigued? There’s A Good Chance It’s Because You’re Deficient In Electrolytes!
Electrolytes give the body the electrical charge that keeps the heart, muscles and nervous system working properly. Fatigue, heavy sweating (or not sweating at all), cold hands or feet and susceptibility to colds are sign of a really bad imbalance.
There are, of course, many other signs of electrolyte imbalance and to see more information on these health problems visit our site [http://www.MyElectrolytes.com]
When your electrolytes are truly balanced, there are all types of little health nuances you may have that will just go away. Let’s face it, we all have little health issues and we aren’t sure what causes them. Anyone with any type of illness, disease or major health concern should start taking electrolytes immediately.
The Usual Misconceptions About Electrolytes!
Usually if someone feels dehydrated, they drink water or a sports drink. I used to do the same. Sports drinks provide carbohydrates, which are important for active people. Sports drinks have lots of glucose in them. Marathoners, endurance athletes, hikers and bikers crave quick energy when working, so it’s easy to see why they would grab a sports drink.
Water dilutes electrolytes and creates a greater electrolyte imbalance. Drinking water is very important and honestly, most people don’t drink enough. Drinking water unfortunately makes people with electrolyte imbalance worse off. Mineral water contains a variety of minerals that upsets electrolyte balance.
How Do You Get Electrolytes?
In the “old” days people used to get their electrolytes from cooking down animal bones into soups and broths. Even though it’s not a perfectly balanced way of getting electrolytes, electrolytes can be replaced this way.
Even though drinking a bone soup broth may be hard to swallow after a hard workout or during the summertime when soup really isn’t on the menu, there are other ways (thanks to science) of getting the perfect balance that’s VERY convenient.
Beware of Electrolyte Mixes!
I’ve seen powdered mixes of so called electrolytes. There are salt tablets, minerals, vitamins. None of these will replace and balance your electrolytes.
The essential minerals for electrolyte replacement are: Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, Bicarbonate, Phosphorous and Sulfur.
Low potassium (hypokalemia) may not cause symptoms, but it may affect how your body stores glucogen (your muscles’ source of energy) or cause abnormal heart rhythms. A level under three can cause muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, paralysis and respiratory problems. If it continues, kidney problems may occur. High potassium (hyperkalemia) may not cause any symptoms, although you may experience muscle weakness or abnormal heart rhythms. If the level goes very high, the heart can stop beating.
Low calcium (hypocalcemia) may not cause symptoms, but chronically low levels can cause changes in skin, nails and hair; yeast infections; and cataracts. As levels drop, muscle irritability and cramps (particularly in legs and back) may develop. Calcium under seven causes changes in your reflexes (hyperreflexia), muscle spasms, spasms of the larynx (voice box) and seizures. High calcium (hypercalcemia) may not cause symptoms. As calcium rises, constipation, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neuromuscular symptoms and bowel obstruction (ileus) may occur. Above 12, emotional swings, confusion, delirium and stupor occur. Above 18, it may result in shock, kidney failure and death. Persistent or severe hypercalcemia can damage kidneys and cause heart problems, including rhythm changes and heart attack.
Low magnesium (hypomagnesemia) may cause symptoms similar to low potassium or calcium. An extremely low level can be life-threatening. High magnesium (hypermagnesemia) may cause low blood pressure, breathing problems (slow, ineffective breathing) and heart problems (cardiac arrest).
Low phosphate (hypophosphatemia) can cause muscle weakness, respiratory failure, heart failure, seizures and coma. It may be caused by very poor nutrition, certain diuretic medications, diabetic ketoacidosis/DKA, alcoholism and severe burns. (DKA is a serious complication of diabetes in which cells burn fat instead of glucose. This creates ketones, which enter the blood and turn it acidic. Normal blood is slightly alkaline.) High phosphates (hyperphosphatemia) may not cause symptoms. It may be due to tumor lysis syndrome, overwhelming infection, chronic kidney disease, parathyroid gland disorder, or acidosis (blood pH more acidic than normal).
Individually these electrolytes cannot provide CONDUCTIVITY necessary to transmit the electrical pulses that operate the nerves, muscles and heart! Together, in the proper ratio, they regulate the nervous system, muscle function, maintain the body’s acid/alkaline balance and regulate the amount of water in body fluids and cells!