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Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

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 more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Water Retention (Definition)

fluid retention = edema. Occurs when excess fluid collects in tissues, body cavities ...Read more


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Can sodium in the diet cause water retention?

Can sodium in the diet cause water retention?

Yes it can : Excess sodium in the diet is a big reason for swelling and water retention in a variety of disease states. Wherever sodium goes, water follows...Its called osmosis. ...Read more

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Can potassium alum and hydrated magnesium silicate can penetrate skin and cause cancer like other deodorants?

Can potassium alum and hydrated magnesium silicate can penetrate skin and cause cancer like other deodorants?

NO: These two chemicals that you have listed are safe and not known to cause Cancer. So you can quit worrying about this matter. ...Read more

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Could potassium cause water retention in feet and ankles?

Could potassium cause water retention in feet and ankles?

Water: As stated , potassium is not the cause of water or fluid retention. In fact there are potassium sparing BP meds. See your prescribing doc if you are on BP meds. If you are not , then see your family doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can consuming too much potassium or other electrolytes in diet cause severe lightheadedness?

Can consuming too much potassium or other electrolytes in diet cause severe lightheadedness?

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

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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.

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 more

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Can not eating enough calories cause fluid retention and constipation?

Can not eating enough calories cause fluid retention and constipation?

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 more

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Can potassium gluconate, magnesium or invokana cause cloudiness and a popcorn like smell in the urine?

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

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Can dehydration, regular Pepsi intake, or some specific lack in nutrients cause vomiting and diarrhea? Brother is unhealthy and this happens sometimes

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

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What liquids can I drink besides water that will not cause water retention?

What liquids can I drink besides water that will not cause water retention?

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

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Are vitamin B6 and B12 water soluble vitamins? Do their excess harm the body or is easily flushed out of urine and is safe?

Are vitamin B6 and B12 water soluble vitamins? Do their excess harm the body or is easily flushed out of urine and is safe?

Vitamin B: BBB6 deficiencies are more common than vitamin B12 deficiencies. Vegetarians and vegans may need to supplement their intake of these vitamins as many sources are found in animal products. Both water soluble and excesses eliminated. ...Read more

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If vasopressin allows people to retain water, are other hormones necessary for people to make use of food and air?

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

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Can drinking lots of water during pregnancy lead to water retention?

Can drinking lots of water during pregnancy lead to water retention?

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

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Are water retention and menopause related?

Are water retention and menopause related?

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

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What is used to thicken water and any potential GI or other health problems with drinking thickened water?

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

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Overnight lip swelling! ideas of cause? Possibly due to improper kidney function in that they retain too much water?

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

Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more