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What are the Symptoms of loss of Electrolytes?

Why exactly do you feel exhausted on a hot summer day? What is it that takes a lot out of you just because you used stairs instead of the elevator? Why, after back-to-back meetings, you feel all flacked out? You don't skip any of your meals, yet, you get all drained out by evening; why is it so?

Sometimes the answer is right before us, and we just don't realize it.

Let's settle it once and for all; all these issues have a single solution.

Fill yourself up with the required electrolytes. That's it!

 

What Are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are those essential minerals that are vital for many critical functions in the body and maintaining your energy levels.

The minerals are Sodium, Calcium, Potassium, Chloride, Magnesium, Phosphate, Bicarbonate and many more.

Lack of these electrolytes is often associated with health issues like fatigue, restlessness, dehydration and much more.

Therefore, your body needs an adequate amount of electrolytes to keep itself functioning.

Let's get into the details.

 

How Do Electrolytes Benefit?

Electrolytes are the particles that carry a positive or negative electric charge.

Electrolytes play an important role in

·      Nervous impulses

·      Muscle contraction

·      Hydration

·      Body pH regulation

·      Metabolism

·      Maintaining acid-base balance

·      Internal nutritional balance

·      Electrolytes, particularly sodium, help maintain fluid balance through osmosis.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of Loss of Electrolytes?

As evident from the above section, electrolytes are vital for smooth bodily functions. Hence, when you start experiencing even a mild loss of electrolytes, you start getting the signals through health issues like

·      Restlessness

·      Fatigue

·      Blackout

·      Mentally stressed out

·      Confusion and lack of concentration

·      Dizziness

·      Muscle cramping

·      Headaches

 

What Is The Reason For Loss of Electrolytes?

The most common reason for electrolyte loss is excessive sweating. When you sweat, you lose both water and electrolytes, especially sodium and chloride. That's why whenever we spend a lot of time in physical activities or outside under the hot sun, we lose electrolytes via sweat and start feeling restless and fatigued.

Loss of electrolytes in your body may also result from dehydration caused by excess heat, vomiting, or diarrhea or as a result of some illnesses like kidney disease, accidents, and severe injuries, food poisoning.

(yes, that's why you are asked to drink a lot of fluids when ill)

 

How To Recover From Electrolyte Deficiency?

We have seen how vital electrolytes are for our body functions; now in this section, let's take a brief look at what measures we can take to recover from electrolyte loss.

Healthy diet

We should plan our diet as per the nutritional requirements of our body.

An important source of electrolytes are fruits and vegetables, so we should include all mineral-rich foods in our diet.

Pickled foods, Cheese, Bananas, Avocado and Sweet potato, Seeds and Nuts, Dairy products, and green leafy vegetables are the good electrolyte sources.

Besides, drinking ample water throughout the day helps to keep you hydrated.

 

Electrolyte drinks

Working professionals, individuals engaged in vigorous physical activities like sports, heavy workouts need an extra energy.

Therefore, energy drinks enriched with electrolytes and vitamins are a good source of quick electrolytes in your body.

Drinking electrolyte-rich energy drinks is an instant way to rejuvenate and recover from its loss.

 

Lastly,

Trust your body; it keeps all the fluid levels perfectly maintained; you just need to listen to its demands from time to time.

What's your electrolyte score? Are you listening to your body?

 

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