Dr. Keith Kantor
Explain what electrolytes are/why they’re important;
The textbook definition of electrolytes is a substance that conducts electricity when dissolved in water. They are necessary for several essential bodily functions because they interact with each other and the cells in the tissues, nerves, and muscles. A specific balance of different electrolytes is vital for healthy function.
Fruits and vegetables are natural good sources of electrolytes, because they naturally absorb them from the soil. Common electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium and bicarbonate.
Signs that someone isn’t getting enough electrolytes or there is an imbalance include twitching, weakness and if unchecked, seizures and heart rhythm disturbances. These symptoms are most common in older adults who are particularly at risk of electrolyte imbalance due to water retention and congestive heart failure, hypertension, etc.
Endurance athletes and athletes who are competing in extremely hot temperatures can also be at risk for electrolyte imbalances, their symptoms may include, muscle cramping, confusion, fainting and after hydrated they can develop a hard distended abdomen due to bloating.
Make sure you’re meeting your needs by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, drink at least half of your body weight in plain water or even better hydroxide alkaline water. If you are in conditions that are extremely hot or you will be competing in a sport or activity that is over 90 minutes of continuous movement consider drinking a electrolyte drink that is free of dyes, artificial sweeteners, processed sugars and syrups. There are natural electrolyte tablets that you can add to water; unsweetened coconut water or organic pure white grape juice is also a good source of electrolytes. Flavor food with a high quality Himalayan salt and pay attention to the warning signs of electrolyte imbalances.