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Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Overview)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, calcium in the body.


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What are electrolytes needed for?

What are electrolytes needed for?

Cell function: Different electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium are required for the proper function of the cells of the body. The concentrations of these substances must be tightly regulated for the various activities of these cells. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
569 Doctors shared insights

Electrolytes (Overview)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, calcium in the body.


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What exactly are electrolytes? Why are they important and how can I make sure mine stay balanced?

What exactly are electrolytes? Why are they important and how can I make sure mine stay balanced?

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are normal chemicals that include sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). The levels can be affected by your body's state of hydration, use of some medications, kidney function, and many medical conditions. If your are well and not taking any medications that alter electrolyte balance, the best way to maintain balance is to keep hydrated and eat a balanced diet. ...Read more

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Electrolytes (Tip)

Ask about hydration for your activities. Discuss electrolyte balance. Learn + +fluids can kill you. ...See more

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Can you tell me how I can replenish electrolytes/hydration?

Replenishment: You can replenish both electrolytes and water by drinking liquids such as gatorade that have both. Citric juices are also good sources of fluids and potassium. If you're volume depleted, from lack of water intake, drinking water is the best, fastest and cheapest way to cure your dehydration. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?

What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?

< 2000 mg sodium/day: There are many fluid and electrolyte disorders out there, but it sounds like you may be having trouble with edema? Diuretics and sodium restriction are cornerstones to treating edema, however there may be other issues at play. You should have your kidney, heart, and liver function checked, so follow up with your doctor who can provide more directed care. Read food labels! Sodium is everywhere! ...Read more

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Can a blood test measure electrolyte levels?

Can a blood test measure electrolyte levels?

Blood values: Yes, the only way you can test for electrolyte levels in the one's blood is by drawing it and sending it to the lab for analysis to what they are. ...Read more

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Is it safe to administer electrolytes and medications in a central venous line?

Yes, however: In hospital, nurses usually check on compatibility of medicines if have to be infused together. Any medicine that could be given IV could be given via a central line. Of course, medicines that are to be given only as im (shot), cannot be given via central line. Infusing meds and lytes via central lines requires specification of rate of infusion depending on the agent and dose to be used. ...Read more

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It is dangerous to run a marathon using Diazoxide? Could it cause an electrolyte imbalance? I need to take it for my hyperinsulinemia

It is dangerous to run a marathon using Diazoxide? Could it cause an electrolyte imbalance? I need to take it for my hyperinsulinemia

Speak to your doctor: You need to discuss with your physician to make sure that running a marathon is the right thing to do with your condition and the medications you are on, that's my advice to you. ...Read more

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I'm on metoprolol, benicar, omeorazole, allegra, synthroid, (thyroxine) and ativan. Will any of these cause liver kidney or electrolyte issues? Or cardiac issues?

I'm on metoprolol, benicar, omeorazole, allegra, synthroid, (thyroxine) and ativan. Will any of these cause liver kidney or electrolyte issues? Or cardiac issues?

Unlikely: I guess the answer depends on whether you are a glass half empty or a glass half full person. You are not likely to have any of those adverse effects from the medications you listed, however there is no medication that is not associated with rare liver toxicity, and several of the medications on the list might have some of the other side effects you listed. Rarely. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of using injectable concentrated amino acids with electrolytes and b vitamin supplement?

Con=infection: Why risk it? All the things you listed are very absorbable via oral route with no risks of infection. I doubt a reputable dr is offering this injectable cocktail. ...Read more

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Constipation on and off for weeks, gas pains after eating, aching left flank pain with no UTI symptoms. CBC/electrolytes and urine tests normal...?

Constipation on and off for weeks, gas pains after eating, aching left flank pain with no UTI symptoms. CBC/electrolytes and urine tests normal...?

More testing: It is good that Your initial testing has been normal, and suggests a benign etiology. However, you are continuing to have symptoms. At this point, after closer scrutiny of your lab testing, I would consider a CT scan with/or without contrast, to evaluate for other Possible intra-abdominal problems. Additionally, you may benefit, from a GI Sub-specialist Evaluation ...Read more

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What does abnormal urea and electrolytes mean in diabetes. Why told to drink more fluids?

What does abnormal urea and electrolytes mean in diabetes. Why told to drink more fluids?

Labs: If you blood urea nitrogen is elevated it means you are dry and need more hydration. Elevated sugar makes diabetics frequently urinate which can lead to dehydration. ...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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Possible reasons for high electrolyte in urine for STD test?

Possible reasons for high electrolyte in urine for STD test?

It's likely: Because you are dehydrated and have concentrated urine; it says nothing in terms of whether or not u have an std. ...Read more

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I have low electrolytes what does it means?

I have low electrolytes what does it means?

Low electrolytes: You may have a low sodium, Potassium Chloride or calcium levels in your blood. The first 3 could be seen in someone taking diuretics. Please provide more information for a better answer. ...Read more

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Creatinine level is 1.3mg/dl (range:0.8-1.3). bun/creat ratio normal, electrolytes all normal, uric acid normal, urinalysis all normal. Any concern?

Creatinine level is 1.3mg/dl (range:0.8-1.3). bun/creat ratio normal, electrolytes all normal, uric acid normal, urinalysis all normal. Any concern?

No: At your age, kidney function is usually starting to drop of. And/or you may simply be physically fit and decently muscled. When I was lifting weights daily, I ran 1.7-1.8. I see you have hepatitis C and cirrhosis. See if you can get into one of these new studies with the meds that usually cure it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do electrolytes do?

What do electrolytes do?

Electolytes: If too high they kill you. If too low they kill you. Good question for Wikipedia. ...Read more

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What are electrolytes made of?

What are electrolytes made of?

Electrolytes: An electrolyte is any substance containing free ions that make it electrically conductive. Electrolyte solutions are normally formed when a salt is placed into a solvent such as water. For example, when table salt, nacl, is placed in water, the salt (a solid) dissolves into its component elements, sodium and chloride. For more info: http://www. News-medical. Net/health/what-is-an-electrolyte. Aspx. ...Read more

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What are electrolyte imbalances?

Sodium, potassium: These are the most common to have imbalance but also magnesium, calcium, chloride and phosphorus are all electrolytes since by definition they all have electrical charge in the ionic (reactive) state. ...Read more

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What are electrolytes needed for?

Cell function: Different electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium are required for the proper function of the cells of the body. The concentrations of these substances must be tightly regulated for the various activities of these cells. ...Read more

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Too many electrolytes, is that bad?

Electrolyte problem: Please rephrase your question to get a meaningful answer. Do you mean that some of your electrolytes are elevated? Please either ask the physician who ordered to the blood work for an answer or submit another question that can be answered properly. ...Read more

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What are sources of quick electrolytes?

Here are some...: Of course, intravenous injection is faster than oral intake, but what made you think of quick electrolyte supplement? Known to us, the body is a wonderful machine of automation to regulate fluid & electrolyte, so listen to what it may tell you. To help understand Life Reality, go to articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. More? Contact me at wwwlhealthtap. Com/dr-Lin.... ...Read more

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What are recommended electrolyte drinks?

Electrolyte drinks: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What are abnormal sources of electrolytes?

Huh?: Not sure what you mean. Electrolytes are found commonly in almost every aqueous solution and salts o all sort are everyday household items. Not sure that any source is more "normal' than any other. ...Read more

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I have low electrolytes what does it means?

Low electrolytes: You may have a low sodium, Potassium Chloride or calcium levels in your blood. The first 3 could be seen in someone taking diuretics. Please provide more information for a better answer. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my electrolytes are low?

Hard to know: If you were told you had "low electrolytes", some abnormal values were likely found on your blood chemistry. Most often the test will include sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, glucose, calcium, and magnesium. Electrolytes can be caused by renal dysfunction or certain meds. Recommend discussing results with the ordering MD or your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your electrolytes are low?

See below: Please specify, sodium pottssium etc
both can be low if you are taking diuretics. There are many electrolytes such as calcium magnesium, and each has specific symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I keep my electrolytes up during triathlons?

How can I keep my electrolytes up during triathlons?

Training: Same way you do in training. Race the way you train. You should have a regular fluid intake plan throughout the event, whether training or racing. Much depends on the length of the event. Sprints, not so much. Olympics, more attention and halfs/ fulls, extreme attention. Training should include fluid /food intake at planned times. Gels, gatorade, water, banana, etc. You need to be able to digest on fly. ...Read more

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How can I improve my electrolyte balance in my body?

Eat: Assuming you're a healthy person in general, the best way to ensure electrolyte balance is to eat REAL foods - and a variety of them. Focus on protein, veggies, some fruits, and stay away from the starches/sugar. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: electrolytes?

Sodium, potassium: Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, calcium in the body. ...Read more

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How does an imbalance in electrolytes affect your body?

Here are some...: Testing electrolytes is an indirect way to check the homeostasis of body fluid and its contents; their abnormalities usually suggests their already significant derangements. So, yes, a documented electrolyte imbalance will definitely affect your body all-all functionality and endurance. More on life reality? Go to articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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What exactly are electrolytes? I've always wondered this.

Electrolytes: electrolytes are substances that are ionized when dissolved in water. Main electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnisum. They can make up oral rehydration solutions that are used in dehydration, like pedialyte. ...Read more

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What is the best to improve electrolyte imbalances in my child?

What is the best to improve electrolyte imbalances in my child?

Find out the cause: You should perhaps find out the cause of the imbalance before correcting, as different conditions are treated differently.
It is paramount to get to the root of the problem as there may be some life threatening or potentially so conditions that if left untreated may get advanced enough to leave permanent damage or even end up in death. ...Read more

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Would I know if I had electrolyte issues what would be symptoms?

Varied: Weakness out of character for the individual and cramps that are difficult to relieve are some of the more common signs of electrolyte abnormality. Please see your health care provider for assessment ...Read more

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What effects could an imbalance in electrolytes have on your body?

Variable: There are many different electrolytes. Some symptoms;
high potassium: weakness of the muscles, twitching of the muscles, heart rate slowing
low potassium: weakness of the muscles
high calcium: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased urine output, lethargy, confusion
low calcium: twitchy muscles and cramping
low sodium: confusion, weakness and lethargy.
High phosphate: itching. ...Read more

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What effects can having an imbalance in electrolytes have on your body?

Multiple: Depending on which electrolyte.
Potassium: too low can cause cramping, too high can cause fatal heart arrhythmia.
Sodium: too low confusion, seizure, brain herniation and death, too high lethargy, weakness, irritability, neuromuscular excitability.
Those are the main ones, can also get calcium multiple symptoms with calcium fluctuations, but not consider a true electrolyte. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens if I don't have enough electrolytes in my body?

Electrolytes: Please help! What happens if I don't have enough electrolytes in my body? ANS: you die. Please send more details as there are at many electrolytes. ...Read more