When we think about electrolytes we usually think first about salt. There are many different electrolytes that are important for the body.
In fact, our body doesn’t just contain 80% of water, it contains an electrolyte solution. This solution is inside the cells (intra-cellular) and outside of cells (extra-cellular). AND the concentration of those electrolytes is different in each solution.
Symptoms of Electrolyte Imbalance or Loss of Electrolytes
- Craving salt which often times comes with so called adrenal fatigue
- Feeling intense thirst
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle cramps after exercise or at night time
- Delayed recovery time after exercise
- Can’t sweat
- High or low blood pressure
- Feeling Fatigued
- Feeling dizzy, especially after standing up from a sitting position
- Heart palpitations
- Digestive issues
- Low stomach acid and GERD
- Muscle and / or joint pain
- Trouble concentrating
Causes of Electrolyte Imbalance
Diarrhea: You all know that someone with watery diarrhea over a prolonged period of time loses electrolytes.
Sweating: Any kind of condition that causes you to sweat a lot, such as an illness with high fever and vomiting reduces electrolytes. Exercise and physical work or spending time outside on a hot summer day, causes the body to lose electrolytes through the sweat and the lungs.
Kidney Problems: Other diseases such as kidney problems can reduce electrolytes. The kidneys filter out and retain certain minerals such as potassium, chloride, sodium and magnesium.
Hormones: play a role in hydration or electrolyte imbalances such as thyroid hormones and progesterone.
Processed Salt: Eating foods that are high in processed salt which the body can’t use, causes electrolyte imbalance.
Prescription drugs: such as diuretics flush out electrolyte in higher rates than the body would do normally.
We also lose water through urination, and the stool contains some water content, and we lose water when we breathe.
Reverse-osmosis water filtration systems they filter out all minerals. So, what happens in your body when you drink this water? You end up with severe electrolyte imbalance and probably with some of the symptoms I described.
Distilled water causes the same problem, the deprivation of minerals in the body. And coffee and/ or alcohol cause dehydration as well.
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The information provided on this website is not meant to substitute professional medical advice. Consult your health care provider in regard to supplementation, especially if you are on any kind of medication.