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Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

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


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What do you advise if I'm looking for products similar to propel water or drinks with electrolytes that I can buy in drugstores or supermarket, what can you recommend?

Propel substitute: Propel contains water, Vitamins C, E B3, B5, B6 and B12. as well as calcium and potassium (K). All of the vitamins other than Vitamin E are water soluble. This means they cannot be stored by the body and any excess amounts of these are eliminated in the urine. A cheaper alternative is to ingest any citrus juice and take multivitamin pills that contain calcium. The juice will give you K. Good luck.

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Can coconut water replenish electrolytes?

Can coconut water replenish electrolytes?

Yes, some: Coconut water has less sugar and sodium and more potassium than Gatorade. It will replenish electrolytes (sodium and potassium) but the amount replenished will be different than Gatorade. Some athletes use coconut water, but, to get the proper ratio of electrolytes you need to add sodium (i.e. table salt). It may be easier to stick with the low sugar versions of Gatorade.

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Can you mention water / food examples of electrolytes please? I know coconut water is one of them

Can you mention water / food examples of electrolytes please? I know coconut water is one of them

Easily done: Electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride and so forth. They ubiquitous in your food, and you naturally replenish your body after illness or exercise. The popular sports drinks make this very easy. There's nothing magic about coconuts.

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How exactly does lithium affect electrolyte balance? I'm retaining a lot of water and have decreased urine output. What am I doing wrong?

How exactly does lithium affect electrolyte balance? I'm retaining a lot of water and have decreased urine output. What am I doing wrong?

Not doing anything: Wrong. Lithium can cause many problems, including increased thirst, fluid retention and both fluid and electrolyte problems, as well as kidney problems. You should contact the prescribing physician immediately and be evaluated. If there is too long a wait, consider an urgent care center or an emergency department if necessary. Your doctor should be monitoring renal function and lithium levels.

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What will happen if I take electrolytes plus and don't exercise am over weight and find it hard to exercise can I just take them to reduce water?

What will happen if I take electrolytes plus and don't exercise am over weight and find it hard to exercise can I just take them to reduce water?

Electrolytes plus: 41 F with unknown medical Hx. Asks: What will happen if I take electrolytes plus and don't exercise am over weight and find it hard to exercise can I just take them to reduce water? ANS: I have no idea what you mean by electrolytes plus. Do the DASH eating plan to lose weight. Major electrolyte that drives weight (if you swell) is Na. DASH is low Na. My record pt lost 70 lbs. ISBN: 0-7434-1007-8

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What is the best source of adding electrolytes to regular drinking water?

What is the best source of adding electrolytes to regular drinking water?

Tap water: Tap water is a good source of regular drinking water. Otherwise buy something like gatorade or if you are talking about someone for example who has diarrhea in the drugstore there are packets of electrolytes called oral rehydration packets that can be added to tap water that are made specifically for rehydration. Just follow the direction for mixing and for age groups. Pedialyte is best for kids.

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If my electrolyte levels and sodium levels were normal, is drinking 1.5 gallons of water safe per day.?

If my electrolyte levels and sodium levels were normal, is drinking 1.5 gallons of water safe per day.?

No!: If you have them checked every day and they stay normal (which they won't) then fine. Otherwise, this is an extremely silly and dangerous idea. Why on earth would you want to do this? People die from the electrolyte imbalances they get from, for example, trying to get around a drug screen by drinking this much water. If someone recommended this for any reason, they are very misguided. Don't!

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Can drinking too much water cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Can drinking too much water cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Yes: It will water down the electrolyte concentrations in your blood, also causing problems.

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Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

Yes: The most common "electrolyte" is salt. Some salts of other elements such as potassium are usually present. Many people retain water, experience swollen ankles, and feel bloated after too much salt consumption.

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After sporting activities, is water ok or do you have to regain electrolytes by drinking gatorade?

After sporting activities, is water ok or do you have to regain electrolytes by drinking gatorade?

Depends on activity: If you exercise for less than one hour in relatively normal temps, then water is likely adequate. If you are a heavy sweater or exercise greater than one hour and/or in hot, humid environments, then electrolyte-containing beverages are encouraged during and after an event.

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Could electrolyte enhanced water skew a liver function test?

Could electrolyte enhanced water skew a liver function test?

No.: Lfts are not looking at your electrolytes, they are examining levels of enzymes produced by the liver.

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Is it true electrolytes will help for gastric flu? So that means coconut water right?

Coconuts for diarrhe: Coconut water contains electrolytes (e) such as as potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride that help maintain proper fluid levels in the body and regulate muscle function. If one has diarrhea, these are lost in it when having it. To avoid depletion of e's, coconut water useful. Gatorade also can be used to replete e losses in adults.

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I drink about 85-100 oz of water a day plus 32 oz of dr pepper. Will this cause electrolyte imbalance?

I drink about 85-100 oz of water a day plus 32 oz of dr pepper. Will this cause electrolyte imbalance?

Dr. Pepper: As long as your also eating and not just living off dr. Pepper and water and as long as you have normal functioning kidneys like most do, you will not encounter electrolyte imbalance. You will however encounter other less easily treatable conditions with your continued daily 32 oz intake dr pepper, obesity being one of them. The water is okay and start cutting back on the dr. Pepper all together.

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How much coconut water do I have to drink before I replenish all the lost electrolytes after the colonoscopy prep?

Drink to thrist: It is hard to ascertain the amount needed without get a BP checked and or labs. Best option is respond to your symptoms. If thristy drink fluids including water, electrolyte solutions and/or coconut water. If you are dizzy light headed then a formal check is needed. Once u are back on regular diet and fluids your body should correct if there are electrolyte issues. Best of luck

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Can drinking water wash away electrolytes? My anatomy professor told us this, but I am not finding any on-line references.

Can drinking water wash away electrolytes? My anatomy professor told us this, but I am not finding any on-line references.

No: A person can lose electrolytes in the urine under normal circumstances which is minimal but when higher than normal, may be related to medication being used or medical condition of the person. Ordinary water intake will not wash away what is in the body. When adequately hydrated, levels of electrolytes may not be as high due to dilution

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How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy.

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Do electrolytes in smart water cause strong smelling/dark urine the way sodas can? Should I only drink electrolyte-free water?

Do electrolytes in smart water cause strong smelling/dark urine the way sodas can? Should I only drink electrolyte-free water?

No: No. You may be prone to dehydration if you have dark urine. Try drinking regular tap water, smart water, bottled water, etc., any type of water. Drink less soda, coffe, tea.