Electrolytes: Why You Need Them & Where To Get Them

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Staying sufficiently hydrated helps the body function properly. Being partially dehydrated, which most people often are, can impair the healthy performance of various organs and systems in the body. When it comes to exercising, you cannot afford to be dehydrated. One of the best ways to keep the body hydrated and functioning optimally during exercise is by consuming electrolytes.

 

What Are Electrolytes?

Your body would not be able to function without electrolytes. They are tiny minerals that possess an electrical charge, and they aid proper cell function and fluid balance in the body. You can obtain electrolytes from minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium. The interesting thing about these minerals is that most of them are lost when you sweat or urinate. When you don’t replenish the body with electrolytes, you can increase your risk of muscular or neurological issues.

 

Am I Dehydrated?

A quick way to determine if you are dehydrated is by checking the color of your urine. This is a standard test, but certain medications can alter the color of urine, so keep that in mind if you are taking any. The color should be a very light yellow, almost translucent, if you are hydrated. Anything darker could mean you are partially dehydrated.

 

Hydration is not just about drinking water; rather, you have to consume different foods that contain electrolytes. Not all electrolytes are created equal because each one has its own function. Consume the following minerals for sufficient electrolyte intake.

 

Potassium:

Potassium works to break down carbohydrates in the body. Essential for healthy muscle contraction, skeletal growth, and heart function, potassium can be found in bananas, avocados, broccoli, tomatoes, beans, kiwis, and citrus fruits. For the best sources of potassium, click here.

 

Phosphorus:

Phosphorus helps to maintain healthy teeth and bones, but it also aids with the conversion of carbohydrates into fats for energy storage. Consuming foods that contain phosphorus can also help to maintain healthy cells. Foods that are rich in phosphorus include adzuki beans, chickpeas, lentils, black beans, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, steel cut oats, and quinoa.

 

Calcium:

Like phosphorus, calcium works to support healthy bones and teeth, but it also promotes the healthy function of muscles, heart, and the nervous system. Calcium is the most abundant electrolyte in the body, which is why you have to replenish your body with it. Some of the best calcium sources include collard greens, kale, almonds, oranges, okra, blackstrap molasses, and butternut squash.

 

Magnesium:

The body needs magnesium. In fact, every organ requires magnesium for optimal function. Magnesium works to help the body maintain healthy levels of calcium, copper, vitamin D, zinc, copper, and potassium. It also combats stress hormones in the body. Great magnesium sources are leafy greens, Brazil nuts, beans, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, and blackstrap molasses.

 

Sodium/Chloride:

It is important to limit your sodium consumption because it has been linked to high blood pressure. Sodium chloride, commonly known as table salt, is also beneficial for maintaining healthy blood pressure, so long as you are getting it from natural sources like seaweed, olives, and tomatoes. Sodium is also available in beets and celery.

 

When you don’t have enough electrolytes in the body, you can experience symptoms like fatigue, irregular heart beat, digestive troubles, headaches, insomnia, and numbness. Stay hydrated, but make sure you are eating your electrolytes! Fresh coconut water, not the bottled kind, is one of the best sources of natural electrolytes.

 

Sources:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/295579-sources-of-electrolytes/

https://about.spud.com/electrolytes-best-sources/

https://thefitimpact.goherbalife.com/Content/Article/en-us/content/electrolytes-why-you-need-them-and-how-to-get-them?scheme=/public

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.

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    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: My mom is currently in the hospital due to her kidneys being in a state of "not working to well" most of this is due to the many meds that she takes and because of this she is now suffering from high Potassium partly because they are intravenous giving her fluid to hydrate her and at the same time giving her a diuretic to release the potassium out of her body too "WHAT" she's dehydrated and hydrated at the same time. What can I do to help this matter, what kinds of foods, drinks ... please advise and btw, my mom is also on meds for her mental imbalance, schizophrenia.

    A:

    Wow! Drugs/medication just really messes people up! These things can't heal you because your body is not made up of drugs. When people learn this they'll be better off. If the person is going to still take drugs while taking herbs it defeats the whole purpose. On the other hand if the person goes all herbal, all the person has to do is perform the Full Body Detox Cleanse which help the kidneys to cleanse and repair and the entire balance should come into balance.

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    Q: My sister has sickle cell anemia and has to deal with her potassium levels being too high. Although she drinks plenty of water all of the time she was just hospitalized for being dehydrated as well as high potassium levels. This is my question; to help her dehydration if she drank water with the added vitamins would that help? and what can she do to control her potassium levels? She does not eat foods with potassium and her levels are still high.

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    YES, IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO DRINK WATER WITH VITAMINS ADDED TO THEM. THE BEST FORM OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS IS KHEMETIAN GOLD. THIS FORMULA WILL ALSO ADDRESS HER POTASSIUM IMBALANCE AS WELL.

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

    A:

    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: I have read that drinking teas with the herb senna, can cause the loss of electrolytes and may contribute to heart failure. Is this true?

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    Not true! Only true of man-made drugs and other products! Herbs have intelligence.

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    Our Multi-Vitamins and Minerals includes all the nutrients you named below. You may take this formula with other Dherbs formulas.

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    NO, you don't need to take anything additionally while on the Anti-Viral kit and regimen.

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    2nd RESPONSE: The following products are toxic to you: Vitamin C Calcium Fish Oil Magnesium Potassium Toxic products can cause pre-eclampsia! Make sure you read our article â€ECLAMPSIAâ€. Start getting your products from Dherbs because we are all natural (herbal-based) and you can trust our integrity.

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    Please read our article "IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

    Purchase the Full Body Detox Companion ($20) and perform some of the colon/intestinal techniques outlined in there.

    Also formulas that you benefit from are: Intestinal Janitor, Blood and Lymphatic and Cardiovascular.

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    The doctors are right under Western standards and information, no body part can regenerate itself with the USE OF DRUGS, but not so with herbs. You CAN regenerate every organ in the body with herbs. The doctors can't help him, but natural healing protocols can. I highly recommend he start with the Pancreas Kit and Regimen (which comes with a dietary guideline. Western doctors are insane. You couldn't pay me to visit a doctor after learning all I've learned. Doctors do more harm than good. Get your fiance on the herbs as soon as possible.

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    Q: I have been drinking nettles tea as well as parsley juice and a tea made of marshmallow, gravel and hydrangea roots to control my potassium levels. I have noticed that my potassium numbers are less controllable now that I do dialysis once or twice a week. I know they give me a “K-bath" and I suspect that it keeps my potassium higher to discourage me from eating fruits and veggies and to make me feel jittery enough to keep going back. Actually the doctor told me not to juice or eat fruits at all. I will be ordering your FULL BODY DETOX this week, However, I want your input on how to control my potassium.

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    You control your potassium levels by not worrying about it - eating how God intended you to eat. Beloved, just eat NATURAL food (fruits, vegetables, seed, and nuts) and you'll be all right. P.S. - apples and bananas are good sources of potassium!

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    Q: Hi D, I began the FULL BODY DETOX this AM - Sun.13th. In the past I have experienced high blood pressure (BP) in about the 130/88-95 range. I have personally chosen not to take prescription meds for this but instead to lower it naturally. I have been taking Ultimate Omega, CoQ-10 (100mg), Magnesium, Super Calcium (1200mg)and Kyolic (6x day). I thought to monitor my BP while on this cleanse. I took my first reading @ 6:50 (164/95) pulse 66. Took second reading @ 9:45 (175/101) p- 66. By taking the herbs will this cause my BP to rise? what might be the cause of this and what recommondations might you be able to share with me. Also, I have not been taking my above pills while cleansing - not sure if I was to or stick strictly to the cleanse.

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    Your BP is self-regulating itself so numbers will fluctuate. Don't panic or worry! Trust in your body's natural healing process! With healing it's Ordo Ab Chao: order (stability) out of chaos! And by all means strictly stick to the cleanse! You''ll be fine!

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    Q: For about 2.5 months I have been on the path of taking care of my temple (body). I am more dedicated than I have been in the past. One I was diagnose with so-called diabetes (type II) took the pills (made me sicker than I was) and now my doctor has stressed taking insulin injections. Which I am totally against it. Since I have been taking the Pancreas formula, changed my diet (no meats, juicing, fresh fruits, green veggies (organic))& vigorous exercise (cardio), my A1c has gone from 10.9 to 8.6(should be 6.5) in the span of 2mths. Glucose 137 (should be 70-125) has been high as 238 and higher. However, my doctor insist that my diabetes is not controlled, and will not get better because the pancreas function in type2 diabetics declines as time goes on. Therefore, insulin injection will deter kidney failure, heart attack, body amputations, and blindness. I know our emotions help with the conditions of the disease body. What can I do to continue to lower blood sugars to a healthy level? Lower trigylcerides and cholesterol(lower in the last two months)? My blood pressure is 122/80.

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    Performing the Pancreas kit and regimen as much and as often as you can and you'll get your desired results.

    Great maintenance formulas include CIRCUL-AID, PANCREAS FORMULA, SUGAR BUSTER, and BIO-INSULIN.

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

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    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.

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    From what you wrote I would suggest you start drinking alkaline water (purchase an alkaline water machine, you can find various brands in our e-book "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual"). If you are urinating within 10-15 minutes of drinking water you are not absorbing the water, and thus you require micro-clustered water which an alkaline (and ionizing) water machine does. I also highly recommend consumption of our Kidneys-Bladder formula (3 capsules per day).

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    Q: I know blackstrap molasses is a good source of calcium, but is it the ionized one??

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    NO!

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    Q: I notice that my 5 year old son as a cavity, and also his teeth are of a grayish color. He does not eat a lot of sweets, and artificial foods. I try to eat food that is organic, lots of fruits and vegetables. My concern is that, he is not getting enough vitamins, protein, and calcium. Is there of particular diet that you would recommend for my child?

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    To make sure your child is getting enough nutrients, give the child Dherbs.com Children's Nutritive Formula 9, Calcium Extract, and Moringa Seed Extract. (Read our article on Moringa in the articles section of our site).

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    Q: This past May my sister started to have really bad asthma attacks and allergic relations to scents, dust etc, and a horrible cough. She was told by her doctor that she had asthma and was put on asthma medication, inhalers, etc. the symptoms got worse, she couldn't sleep because she was up all night coughing, the claritin didn't work, etc. She had been complaining the past week of feeling bloated, her ankles being swollen, not being able to breath when she layed down, etc. She couldn't even walk from desk to desk at work. On the way home last week she went into the Emergency room and was admitted and stayed 4 days. We soon found out that she had congenital heart failure and only 25% of her heart is pumping properly. She couldn't breath because of the water build up on her lungs and heart. The doctors said that the build up of antibodies in her system showed that she had contracted EB virus some years ago and it permanently damaged her heart. She is limited to only 64 ounces of water a day, takes water pills, blood pressure pills, and is not allowed to eat foods high in sodium. My question is, is there any herbs or vitamins that can be used to help her heart? I do not want her to get a pace maker or have a heart transplant. The medications that she is on now make her so weak and drowsy. I know the doctors said the heart damage is permanent, but I just need to know is there anything else that would help naturally?

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    The heart failure is only permanent if you guys (especially your sister) BELIEVE so! What is believed is achieved! It's nothing but medical BS if you ask me!

    To CURE her heart condition, I would suggest she:

    1. Perform the Full Body Detox (absent any pharmaceutical drugs, but it is your sister's choice to stay on them or get off of them)

    2. While on the FBD, drink 2-4 cups of Hawthorn Berry tea

    3. After the FBD, she needs to take CARDIOVASCULAR Formula (3 capsules 2 times daily), CIRCUL-AID formula (3 capsules once daily), and BOWEL MOVER (3 capsules before bed every night).

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    Q: Is necessary to continue food combining after completing FULL BODY DETOX in 20 Days? For example can you consume sweet fruit with sub acid & acid fruit also starches and vegetable (beans) proteins together? I learned in Nutrition that starches (rice) and beans are complete protein when combined together that our body needs. Are you at risk for protein deficiency if consuming vegan diet?

    A:

    IT'S YOUR CHOICE! OF COURSE IT'S BEST TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. IT'S UP TO YOU, BELOVED! I PERSONALLY DON'T RECOMMEND IT. NOT TRUE! YOU CAN'T GET PROTEIN FROM COOKED FOODS REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE FOOD IS. OF COURSE NOT, UNLESS YOU ARE IGNORANT TO PROTEIN, REAL PROTEIN, HOW AND WHERE TO GET IT.

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

    A:

    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently.