Why Electrolytes Are ImportantJanet Noe
Electrolytes, substances that produce an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water, are vital for the normal functioning of the human body. They regulate our blood pH, blood pressure, nerve and muscle function, hydration and rebuild damaged tissue. Electrolytes are literally electric in that they have an electric charge. When dissolved in water they separate into positive and negative charged ions. Because the nerves of our bodies signal to one another through a process of chemical exchanges dependent on these oppositely charged ions found both outside and inside your cells, appropriate electrolyte levels are crucial.
If electrolyte levels are off, it can lead to weak muscles or muscles that contract too severely. Kept constant by our kidneys and several hormones, our electrolyte levels tend to change when our level of hydration goes up or down. As we sweat and urinate we lose electrolytes, mainly sodium and potassium, so they must be replaced by the foods we eat such as fresh fruits and vegetables. If we don’t consume the necessary levels, there can be serious health consequences.
When electrolytes are out of whack due to altered levels of magnesium, sodium , potassium, phosphorus, chloride or calcium you may experience the following symptoms. . .
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood pressure changes
Several conditions and health problems can bring on an imbalance of electrolytes, such as kidney disease, prolonged periods of vomiting, severe dehydration, heatwaves, congestive heart failure and cancer treatment. Also some drugs like ACE inhibitors and diuretics can mess with your levels. One study revealed that 20% of patients who were prescribed diuretics for high blood pressure or a heart condition had reduced potassium and sodium levels.
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