Welcome back fellow readers and welcome in to those just checking my blog out for the first time. I hope that your Wednesday is an amazing day and that you are harnessing the positivity in your life for the best. Today I want to take an in depth dive into the world of electrolyte’s and why they are so important to keep in balance. There are many things that influence your electrolytes and keeping them in balance can make a huge difference in how you feel.
Before I dive in please understand that I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice. Everything I share with you here today is of my own opinion or from research I have performed. Any key info I share I will also provide a link to the source if you want to go to their site and read more in depth there. Always consult with you own physician for making supplemental changes in your life of any kind.
First things first what are electrolytes? Electrolytes are minerals in your body that contain an electric charge. The main electrolytes we carry in our body are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine and phosphate. The majority of all of these we consume from our daily diet intake. Some people can be deficient in any of the above and may need supplements and there are even cases when people create too much of one of the above and also need medical assistance to keep it in a normal range. Having too much of one and not enough of another would place you in an imbalance and that is not optimal for your health.
When one pursues a low carb high fat diet one of the reasons you hear so much about electrolytes and balancing them out is because that lifestyle of eating promotes anti-inflammation. In addition when increasing water consumption the more you drink the more you venture to the restroom and the more you are eliminating all those electrolytes from your body. Does that mean everyone needs to supplement, absolutely not! Some people may only need to supplement certain ones and others may need more. This is where talking to your doctor becomes vital. Get a baseline blood work to see where you are at. Then listen to your body. Your body will let you know when you are not in align, then you can communicate with your doctor and determine what you might need added in. Two common ones that I have to add in are sodium and magnesium and I can tell when both are off balance in my body.
So what do electrolytes do for you? The biggest things they do are as follows according to medline plus:
- Balance the amount of water in your body
- Balance your body’s acid/base (pH) level
- Move nutrients into your cells
- Move wastes out of your cells
- Make sure that your nerves, muscles, the heart, and the brain work the way they should
From the list above you can see just how vital electrolytes are to your body. The two on that list that mean the most to me are moving nutrients into my cells and moving waste out. This in itself means so much to me as an importance to keep thing balanced. This means I am getting all the good things my body needs and removing all the things that are bad for it. That is vital to feeling your best.
We all lose electrolytes in a couple different ways. One being through urination and the other being perspiration. This is why there are so many factors that influence what your electrolyte levels are and how much they need replenished. Someone who is drinking over 100 ounces of nothing but water a day is flushing more out than someone only drinking 20 ounces of water a day. Those working out and pushing their bodies through physical activities are losing electrolytes more than someone just sitting on the couch. Even the smallest of factors such as age and sex can influence your electrolyte levels and what your body actually needs.
One of my common misconceptions that I used to have was when I would go a little while without eating I would start to get a headache and I would think of I need to eat. The reality was that was my body signaling that I needed more sugar to function. Once I eliminated the sugar I would on occasion still get a headache. After some researched I learned if I would let a little high quality salt dissolve under my tongue that headache would go away and I would feel fine. I wasn’t hungry I needed sodium. It is little things like that that you will start to pickup on once you are more aware of your body. I also learned for myself that if I start to crave chocolate, like I’m talking that is all I can think about I usually need magnesium. I can usually also gauge if I am in balance by my energy levels.
I really encourage you to not only talk to your doctor but also take some time to do some research and see how electrolytes help your body. Learn as much as you can and then make an educated decision on what you need in your body to make it optimal. Don’t just rely on one resource check out several. There are numerous medical studies out there that are electrolyte based. To think that something as simple as an extra shake of salt can make you feel better is awesome. Until next time …. What’s Your Confession?