Warning Signs Your Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium Levels Are Off And How To Fix It!
Electrolytes are essential substances required for an optimal work of the bodily functions.
When the electrolytes are dissolved in water they produce electrically-conductive solution. These involve sodium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, hydrogen phosphate and potassium.
These are the most important functions of electrolytes in the body:
- Sodium – it maintains the fluid balance, assists the muscle contractions and nerve signaling.
- Calcium – it improves the creation and maintenance of teeth and bones, helps with muscle contraction, cell division and nerve signaling prevents blood clots.
- Magnesium – It promotes bone strength and building, supports proper heart rhythm, helps in muscle contraction, helps digestion, lowers anxiety, balances the protein fluid and assists the function of the nerves.
- Chloride – manages a fluid balance.
- Potassium – it promotes proper function of the muscles, heart contraction and regulates the blood pressure.
These substances are found in the bodily fluids including blood, sweat, urine and when dissolved in water, their electrical charge will separate positively and negatively charged ions. Through chemical exchanges, the nerves signal other nerves, dependent of oppositely charged ions, inside and outside the cells.
The electrolyte imbalance can be a result of:
- Improper absorption of nutrients, due to digestive or intestinal issues
- Unhealthy diet
- Antibiotics use (corticosteroid hormones, diuretics and many types of medication)
- Sickness (sweating, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea which may result in loss of fluid and dehydration).
- Other medication (drugs for hormonal disorders, heart diseases and cancer).
- Endocrine disorders or hormonal imbalance.
- Kidney damage or disease (kidney remove magnesium, potassium, sodium and regulate chloride in the blood).
- Chemotherapy treatments (this can cause calcium deficiency, electrolytes deficiencies and disruption in potassium levels).
Symptoms of electrolyte imbalance:
- Bones problems
- Pain in the joints and numbness
- Cramps, diarrhea or constipation
- Irregular blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeats
- Muscle aches, spasms, weakness and twitches
- Fatigue (chronic symptom)
- Appetite and weight fluctuations
- Dizziness (when standing up suddenly)
- Overall confusion and difficulties concentrating
If you have experienced some of the symptoms previously mentioned, you should estimate your electrolyte levels, urine and blood test as well as EKG test to find the right cause of these symptoms.