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  • Alyssa Abrahamson

9 Signs You Need More Electrolytes

Electrolytes. You need them. Why?


Electrolytes are essential minerals in your body that give off an electric charge to help the body function. They include:

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium

  • Chloride

  • Sodium

  • Bicarbonates

  • Potassium

  • Phosphate

Since our bodies are about 60% water, nearly every fluid and cell in our body contains electrolytes. They help to support your digestive system, nervous system, regulate your heart rhythm, and support nerve and muscle function.


Your kidneys and liver, as well as other organs and tissues, are vital in this process, continually moving electrolytes in and out of cells to adjust fluid levels in your body.


Electrolytes

  • Keep you hydrated

  • Regulate body fluid levels

  • Keep the blood pH in normal range

  • Support muscle contractions, including heartbeat

  • Transmit messages from the muscles, nerves, and heart

  • Help blood clotting and bone health

  • Support the nervous system

Causes of an electrolyte imbalance include

  • Medications such as diuretics, antibiotics, laxatives, steroids, and chemotherapy drugs

  • Not eating and drinking enough

  • Fluid loss from exercise or physical activity

  • Losing fluids from persistent vomiting or diarrhea

  • Chronic respiratory diseases such as emphysema

  • Alcohol and alcoholism

  • Kidney disease

  • Diabetes

  • Eating disorders

  • Severe burns

9 signs your body needs more electrolytes

  1. Fatigue and low energy

  2. Headaches

  3. Lightheadedness or dizziness

  4. Upset stomach, nausea or GI issues

  5. Irregular or fast heart rate

  6. Mental confusion and irritability

  7. Blood pressure changes

  8. Weak muscles, cramping, or muscle spasms

  9. Numbness or tingling in limbs, fingers and toes

3 ways to get more electrolytes

  • Eat an abundance and diverse amount wholesome foods found in nature, organic when you can

  • Add a pinch of salt and/or lemon to your water

  • Take a raw and unsweetened electrolyte supplement

PRO TIP: When you're thirsty or dehydrated, avoid carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, and energy drinks like gatorade. These are NOT hydration sources and they often contain added food coloring and sugar which can spike blood sugar levels.


You are better off making your own electrolyte mix. It's simple and cost effective.


DIY Electrolyte Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ -2 cups water

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • ¼ tsp real sea salt, Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt

  • 2 tsp raw local honey

Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients into a mason jar with a lid and shake to combine.

  2. Drink and enjoy daily.

Love, Your Wellness Coach,

Alyssa


P.S. If you need help figuring out where to start with your nutrition, and looking for support with your health concerns and goals, comment or email me at info@ thewellnessheadquarters.com


P.P.S. Listen to this week's new podcast episode 139, "Electrolytes: You Need Them. Why?"


August 23, 2023




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