Electrolyte imbalance symptoms, food, water, supplement and solution.

Electrolyte imbalance symptoms, food, water, supplement and solution.

 now we're going to talk about five electrolytes. there are others like phosphorus and bicarbonates   those tend to buffer the ph. if things are too acid or to alkaline but i'm going to focus on these   five right here. 

Electrolyte imbalance symptoms
Electrolyte imbalance symptoms


let's start with sodium. sodium is a mineral that helps hydrate things. because it's   water is attracted to it and of course if you have too much sodium, you're going to retain   fluid. but if you don't have enough sodium, you're not going to hydrate the cells.   as well also sodium is involved in oxygen transport. so if you're getting swelling in   the red blood cells. 


for example you're not going to be able to carry oxygen to the body and you're   going to actually kind of run out of air. so you could have all sorts of problems with endurance.   for example if you're low in sodium. let's say you,  you do this huge workout and you're sweating   and you lose your sodium. you're going to be very very tired and you're not going to be able to like   walk up the stairs.  because you're going to run out of oxygen sodium also works with chloride   as in salt for various things but sodium also works with other minerals like potassium.


 there's   a pump called the sodium potassium pump and the purpose of that pump is to generate electrical   potential and you can look at that as like a battery it's basically these two are necessary   in making sure that there's enough electrical charge inside that cell. because your cells are   mini batteries. they have voltage and the reason why your body is designed like that is to power   the nerve and muscle interaction the contraction of the muscle and the firing of the nerves. 


okay so   if you don't have enough sodium or potassium that pump can't work and you're not going to be able to   activate the nerve impulses or the muscles to work. so there's a lot of problems that can happen with   potassium deficiency and sodium deficiency and you're going to feel tired and weak on both of   these right here now. 


when we get to magnesium, magnesium controls the absorption of sodium   and potassium. so this is a very important mineral as well the most of the population is deficient in   magnesium. magnesium is at the core of chlorophyll which is in all the leafy greens. an average person   consumes probably a cup and a half of vegetable per day and they're usually deficient in magnesium.   


magnesium also is associated with oxygen like sodium but it's mainly about relaxation of   the muscle whereas calcium is about the muscle contraction. so these work together to contract   and relax the muscle. so magnesium is there to also prevent cramping. so when you're deficient   in magnesium, you get muscle cramps but if you're deficient in calcium you can also get   muscle cramps. 

magnesium is real necessary in your workouts especially if you do long workouts   or intense workouts. let's say you're doing a bench press. where you're doing some type of   intense pushing motion or something that you have to have some sustained contraction. then you   need a lot of magnesium and so if you find that you can't work out very long or very intensely.   


you may need magnesium or you may need calcium. i notice when people are deficient in calcium,   they lose their grip strength they just cannot lift as much weight but calcium   is also about neuromuscular excitability. so it's the nerve stimulus of the muscle   just like potassium right. if there is a calcium deficiency what can happen   is you can get too much of this and get tetany where you have this little twitching going on   either in the left eye your arm or throughout the body. 

now this can also happen in the heart too.   so heart palpitations really are a problem with electrolytes when you're low on calcium you get a   muscle cramp and you'll also have skeletal muscle weakness and then chloride works with sodium   and it has everything to do with hydration. 


now there's a lot of other functions of these minerals   that relate to other things that aren't associated with the electrolytes. so i just wanted to focus in   on these electrolytes for this article. 


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