By Pharmacist Anusuya Kashi
Symptoms electrolyte imbalance
Electrolytes such as chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium play a vital role in the human body.
Any situation that causes a loss of these electrolytes can be potentially dangerous and therefore it is imperative to immediately replenish their levels.
Here is some information about what commonly causes an imbalance in electrolyte levels and the symptoms one needs to watch out for.
The normal balance of electrolytes in the body may be disturbed in certain situations.
When we lose body fluids, we lose electrolytes. Here are a few ways we lose body fluids.
In all of these conditions, a lot of body fluid is lost, and along with it, important electrolytes.
Electrolyte imbalance may occur when re-hydrating with water or other fluids that don’t contain a balance of needed electrolytes.
Whatever be the cause, the fact remains that a disturbance in our electrolyte balance can have negative consequences.
It is therefore important to be able to recognize when this imbalance occurs, and to know how to take the needed steps to correct it.
Here are some of the common symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance.
Symptoms of more advanced electrolyte imbalance
Symptoms of serious electrolyte imbalance
As you can see, an electrolyte imbalance is potentially dangerous. It is important to take the needed steps to prevent a more serious electrolyte imbalance from developing when symptoms occur.
Several electrolyte sports drinks are commonly used to replace lost electrolytes. However, almost all such products are loaded with empty calories from sugars and contain preservatives and artificial ingredients that are better to be avoided.
Fortunately, there is another choice.
A homemade electrolyte drink using all natural low sodium sea minerals can provide a rich buffet of electrolytes.
Such a solution is truly ideal for electrolyte replacement. One tsp. of ionic sea minerals, mixed into 1 or 2 liters of water or lemonade, provides the following:
For a more concentrated electrolyte solution, mix ½ tsp. ionic sea minerals into 16 ounces of lemonade. Note: Crystal Light Pure Lemonade contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.
There are numerous symptoms that can result from an electrolyte imbalance.
This suggests the importance of recognizing these symptoms and knowing the conditions that cause the imbalance in the first place.
When symptoms appear, it then becomes important to know how to restore proper electrolyte balance.