Electrolytes don’t make your body run, but they do make it run smoothly. As our CEO Tim demonstrates, like a battery operating, these minerals in your blood and other body fluids stimulate voltages that carry electrical impulses – in the form of nerve impulses and muscle contractions – across your cells. This electrical energy keeps your organs functioning properly. In fact, electrolytes help maintain optimum performance of your digestive, nervous, cardiac and muscular systems.
Your body regulates electrolytes through your kidneys; your kidneys are the hub for electrolyte monitoring.
Some signs you have an electrolyte imbalance, where either electrolytes in your body are too high or too low, you may develop:
- irregular heartbeat
- fast heart rate
- diarrhea or constipation
- abdominal cramping
- muscle weakness
- muscle cramping
- numbness and tingling
- mental confusion
Electrolyte disorders are most often caused by a loss of bodily fluids through prolonged vomiting, diarrhea, or sweating. The most common sign of low electrolytes is muscle cramping. Certain medications can cause electrolyte disorders as well.
Thyroid disorders, medications (including diuretics, blood pressure meds, seizure meds, and steriods), poor nutrition, vitamin D deficiency, and chronic kidney disease are some of the other causes of electrolyte imbalances.
The best way to keep electrolytes balanced in your body is by paying attention to your thirst. Staying hydrated is key to maintaining a balance of electrolytes. Water is the most natural choice for hydration and replenishing these essential minerals with Lyte Balance will help you maintain a constant stable electrolyte level.