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Are Electrolytes Similar To Salts And Cause Water Retention
Yes: Electrolytes are the collective name for sodium, potassium, chloride, etc. -- the chemicals that make up the liquid part of blood. Too much of one particular electrolyte -- sodium -- one component of nacl, or salt -- can cause swelling. Most energy drinks have "some" electrolytes in them, and drinking too much of them can contribute to swelling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can potassium alum and hydrated magnesium silicate can penetrate skin and cause cancer like other deodorants?
YES: When the amount of electrolytes in your body is too high or too low, you can develop dizziness, cramps, and problems with an irregular heart beat (heart rhythm) or symptoms of mental confusion. If you think you might have an electrolyte disturbance or have symptoms of dizziness, nausea, fatigue, or muscle twitching or spasms that continue, call and schedule an appointment. Feel better. ...Read more
Is drinking 128 oz of fluid daily safe? I try to mix in Gatorade or electrolyte tabs to prevent Na/K depletion, but concerned about dilution of other things in blood. Must do this to address orthostatic intolerance and not faint.
Better question: If that's what you need to prevent orthostasis then, nothing will happen to you but a more interesting question to ask is WHY does a 29 year old have orthostasis if they drink any less than 128 oz. of fluid daily? That is not a normal situation. Has that been investigated and discovered? If you'd like to chat about this 1-1 please write me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Starvation?: There is no long-term substitution for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Very simplistically, weight gain is achieved if the individual takes in more calories than he/she burns; weight loss happens when calories burned exceed calorie intake. Diet modification often results in GI & non-GI manifestations, but perhaps you need some guidance. Ask your doctor at this time for a check-up & his/her advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can potassium gluconate, magnesium or invokana cause cloudiness and a popcorn like smell in the urine?
Likely Invokana: since the popcorn like smell is a result of urine full of glucose. I have had other patients complain of "sweet tea" and "just baked bread" smell to their urine, though the latter had a yeast infection. Cloudiness would make it more likely to be infection. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Can dehydration, regular Pepsi intake, or some specific lack in nutrients cause vomiting and diarrhea? Brother is unhealthy and this happens sometimes
Unhealthy: vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration (not usually the other way around). Drinking excessive soft drinks can contribute to upset stomachs and possibly diarrhea depending on how a person tolerates carbonated, sugary beverages. Unhealthy eating can also cause diarrhea (as can lack of certain nutrients). Please have your brother see a doctor for a complete check up. ...Read more
Water retention: Water retention means the body through the kidney and sometimes the intestine is reabsorbing water perhaps to excess. It will reabsorb water from whatever the water containing liquid is......If you drink beer its the water part that is reabsorbed for instance. If you were to drink the drug Furosemide in its solution form, the drug part would override the water and you'd lose water due to drug. ...Read more
Are vitamin B6 and B12 water soluble vitamins? Do their excess harm the body or is easily flushed out of urine and is safe?
If vasopressin allows people to retain water, are other hormones necessary for people to make use of food and air?
Complex: Hi. It's way more complex than I can present in a short blurb. Clearest to look at what hormone deficiencies cause. Insulin deficiency causes inability to "make use of food". Insulin is an anabolic hormone, and without it, nutrients can't be stored. This is way over simplified. As for oxygen use, erythropoietin makes red cells, which transport O2, and thyroid hormone stimulates aerobic metabolism. ...Read more
It should not: Keeping well hydrated is very important during pregnancy, mild ankle swelling at the end of the day can normal in the third trimester as the uterus grow and compress the inferior vena cava (main vein draining the legs). Excess salt may however lead to increased water retention. ...Read more
Can be: Many women complain of water retention, bloating with menopause. This can occur due to the hormonal imbalance especially low Progesterone levels as well as the increase in weight that is seen with menopause. Treating the women with hormone replacement if she is candidate, improving diet, exercise can help these symptoms. ...Read more
What is used to thicken water and any potential GI or other health problems with drinking thickened water?
Thickened water: I would like to help but I do not know what you mean by " thickened water" In general, based on your clinical findings listed as history of kidney stones?? you should see your nephrologist and certainly drink regular water only ...Read more
Overnight lip swelling! ideas of cause? Possibly due to improper kidney function in that they retain too much water?
Need more history: Many things can cause lip swelling. First thing i would think of is an allergic reaction. It may be some lip balm or anything else you put on your lips or anything you eat that can cause an allergic reaction. Some medications can cause this problem as well, such as ace-inhibitors. Some autoimmune diseases can cause lip swelling. Kidney problems will likely cause swelling in more places. ...Read more
What can cause the tendons in the top of your feet to cramp and draw/ have tried taking magnesium and eating foods with lots of potassium?
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