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?
Hello fellow readers…HAPPY FRIDAY! What a week it has been and I am looking forward to my weekend. So I wanted to take a few today and talk about salt. Salt seems to instill fear into people. I have never had that fear because that fear is a large majority of the time tied to high blood pressure, I’ve always been on the opposite side and had lower blood pressure so it never bothered me. With that being said I was still very conscious about consuming it and minimally using it on my food.
First off I am not a medical doctor and the information I am sharing with you is of my opinion only. If you want medical advice I advise you to reach out to your doctor. Also, please be aware that just because my body does not see an effect from salt consumption it does not mean you will have the same effect, we are all bio-different!
If you want a great resource to read on salt I highly recommend the book The Salt Fix by Dr. DiNicolantonio. This is a great book with information from a great guy! You need to understand what salt is and what it does for you and this book will help you understand that better.
Second off you really need to invest in a good high quality salt. It makes all the difference in how it is used in your body and also the taste quality is different. Yes all salts taste different. Just a note for knowledge…table salt has sugar in it! Avoid it at all costs! You need a good quality Himalayan pink salt or even a Celtic sea salt would be great. Don’t just grab anyone of them though. You need to see where the salt is being sourced from. Many salts today are polluted with micro-plastics from our oceans. This is one of the main reasons I choose Redmond’s Real Salt, it is mined from an ancient ocean that dried up in Utah and is pure. It also has an amazing taste profile to it and I thoroughly enjoy the flavor it gives me. They even offer travel shakers and while I have not purchased one yet, I do keep some in my purse at all times! Yes I take my own salt everywhere with me and yes it makes that big of a difference.
Lastly I wanted to talk about some personal results of mine. I had blood work done in 2017 prior to starting any form of keto. My sodium level at that time was 143. Keep in mind during that time I pretty much added no extra salts to my food, and if I did it was a minimal amount. Fast-forward to March 2019….43 weeks into Keto and my sodium level was 142! My sodium actually dropped a complete point. The funny thing is I salt everything I eat now liberally to taste, I add it to my water for an electrolyte boost, and I actually just eat it as a snack on a daily basis. So your thinking ok what about your blood pressure? So pre-keto my average blood pressure had been running around 124/87 my current blood pressure averages around 112/74. So personally for me the increase in salt has not affected my sodium levels or my blood pressure. As a side note my resting heart rate has also dropped 18 beats per minute as well…I would say my ticker is doing just fine.
Don’t shy aware from a necessary mineral that we need because you don’t understand it. Take the time to educate yourself about the mineral, and then educate yourself on a good quality product to put into your body. Salt is your friend not your enemy. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!