***Before making changes to your diet, please consult a physician and registered dietician to ensure that the changes being made are safe and necessary for YOU personally.***
Electrolytes are minerals that can carry an electric charge and serve a variety of functions in the human body.
Sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, phosphate, magnesium, and chloride are the most common of electrolytes when it comes to proper bodily function.
- SODIUM: regulates the amount of water in your body and allows your nerves and muscles to transmit signals efficiently. When mixed with chloride, it becomes your commonly used table salt.
- POTASSIUM: regulates the body's heartbeat and important for efficient muscle contractions.
- CALCIUM: responsible for tooth and bone strength as well as proper nerve function.
- BICARBONATE: a byproduct of your metabolism. Helps to regulate body's pH level.
- PHOSPHATE: plays a major role in repairing damaged bone and teeth, and allowing muscles to contract appropriately. 85% of phosphates are stored in your bones and teeth.
- MAGNESIUM: Assists in the maintenance of normal nerve and muscle function, helps to maintain a steady heartbeat, and regulates blood glucose levels.
- CHLORIDE: works along side sodium and water to help maintain acid-base balance in the blood stream.
It is important to maintain a proper balance between these minerals, as an excess or lack of any, can cause negative physical and mental effects.
Including but not limited to:
- irregular heartbeat
- consistent feeling of weakness and/or tiredness
- muscle spasms
- a change in blood pressure
- numbness in the fingers and toes
To avoid any symptoms, please stay aware of your fluid intake, the quality of the food you are ingesting regularly, the outside temperature and humidity, and your exercise intensity and duration, as all these factors play a major role in electrolyte needs.