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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 is the correct ingredient measurments for a homemade electrolyte water mix?

Wouldn't try: You don't toss a bit of sugar & salt in some water & call it an electrolyte mix. Any situation where the body needs a re-hydration mix should have one that is made properly. In some localities you can find packets of pre-mixed ingredients that you add to a fixed amount of water. Otherwise the risks of error in compounding this make it ill advised. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have been getting headaches and difficulty thinking for a couple of years, but if I drink water with electrolytes, my headache goes away in minutes.

Your question?: Thank you for your informative post. Did you have a question in mind? My question is: Which electrolytes? Sodium? Potassium? Calcium? Magnesium? Sulfur? Chloride? Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)? Hydroxide? Nitrate? Sulfate? Acetate? Phosphate? ...Read more

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Is 16 oz. Of electrolyte fluid, and 112 oz. Of water in a day unhealthy? Diet instructions given by medi weight loss doctor

Depends on solution: The content of the "electrolyte fluid" is the key to answering the question. Your daily requirements for fluid losses are exceeded by this volume, but quite acceptable if you have normal kidney function. The fluid should contain at least the daily requirements for sodium and potassium, and ideally would include additional additives (such as magnesium) in appropriate amounts. ...Read more

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I've been adding a grape flavored powered filled w/ electrolytes to my water. For the past 2 days my stools have been green and loose, is that normal?

I've been adding a grape flavored powered filled w/ electrolytes to my water. For the past 2 days my stools have been green and loose, is that normal?

Possibly: Loose & green stools can be a sign of a infection such as viral gastroenteritis, but certainly can be from your powder. If you discontinue the powder & your stools normalize, then you may have your answer. The food coloring dyes often show up in stool. Consider increasing fiber to add bulk to your stool. If I can help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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When I run on the treadmill I sweat a lot. Is it better to hydrate w electrolyte drink like a bottle of Pedialyte unsweetened rather than plain water?

Depends.....: That would depend upon the distance you run, duration and intensity of the workout. Anything longer than 30 minutes or moderately intense would probably benefit from an electrolyte solution. Otherwise, water would be your go yo fluid ...Read more

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Drank 2.7 L water in an hour 4 days ago. I've been a bit nauseous recently and light stomach pains. I've been consuming electrolytes and drinking less?

Drank 2.7 L water in an hour 4 days ago. I've been a bit nauseous recently and light stomach pains. I've been consuming electrolytes and drinking less?

Maybe getting sick: Perhaps you are starting to come down with something. Rest, relax over the weekend.
If feeling worse take your temperature. Then can take some acetaminophen for body aches, chills, fever.
Treat symptoms of cold with antihistamine med. Theraflu for flu symptoms. See a Doctor if not better in 48 hours. ...Read more

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Woke up Both Calves cramping & cramped all day. Tried salt water, bananas, powerade drink with electrolytes. No relief yet. Help!! ?

Stretching: Does this happen frequently? Try stretching your calves and or exercise/walk. You could also jiggle your legs a bit and elevate it. Or take a hot shower with the stream directed at your calves (for five minutes) or even a warm bath may help as well. I would be hesitant to recommend medication since there may be an underlying cause that should be targeted instead. See your Dr if it doesn't improve. ...Read more