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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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During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

During my workout when is it necessary to switch from water to a sports drink that has sodium, potassium & carbs? Are these electrolytes? Value?

Electrolytes: When you sweat you loose salt and water. Sports drinks with electrolytes try to replace both. Carbs are added for quick energy. Unless you are doing competitive sports, either drinks ar ok. ...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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Which is more probable that my iron deifciency is making me retain 10 kg of water or food allergies are making me retain the water ?

Which is more probable that my iron deifciency is making me retain 10 kg of water or food allergies are making me retain the water ?

Salt: How about hidden sources of salt such as soy sauce and eating out where everything is salted. I would say that salt is more likely to make you retain water than iron deficiency or food allergies. Calculate how much salt you take in a day if possible and see if you take under 2 grams a day. Try substituting with salt free options. ...Read more

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Fluid and electrolyte balance in and out always equal in surgical patients?

Fluid and electrolyte balance in and out always equal in surgical patients?

No: Fluid & electrolyte balance in the peri-operative time period is highly variable. It depends on a person's medical conditions before surgery such as heart failure or kidney disease. It depends on medications used before surgery. It depends if the surgery was long, complicated, emergency, or due to sepsis. Fluid retention & electrolyte imbalance early after major surgery is common & correctable. ...Read more

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Can alcohol and bulimia recovery cause water retention that makes you blow up like a balloon?

Can alcohol and bulimia recovery cause water retention that makes you blow up like a balloon?

ETOH: Please see: www.Researchgate.Net/publication/...By_alcohol_withdrawal... Exclusion of the recognized causes of inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion left alcohol withdrawal as the ... Resulting in water retention ... During the alcohol- induced ... ...Read more

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Autonomic dysfunction and POTS.Why is it no amount of salt/water/Gatorade helps me??Only iv fluids.How can I avoid needing iv fluids.I drink so much.

Autonomic dysfunction and POTS.Why is it no amount of salt/water/Gatorade helps me??Only iv fluids.How can I avoid needing iv fluids.I drink so much.

Different: Oral consumption of fluids and electrolytes have different mechanisms of increasing intravascular volume. Intravenous administration is much more efficient and effective. ...Read more

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Can drinking "smart water" or water with electrolyes that is carbonated before a full blood lipid panel/blood work alter results?

Can drinking "smart water" or water with electrolyes that is carbonated  before a full blood lipid panel/blood work alter results?

No: There is no such thing as "smart water". It is just a scam to separate the not so smart people from their money. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can dioralyte and its like, be used to restore electrolytes after exercise?

Can dioralyte and its like, be used to restore electrolytes after exercise?

Gatorade : Water is usually sufficient but after excessive exercise, gatorade or powerade can be helpful to restore electrolytes more quickly. ...Read more

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My serum phosphate is usually very low (though sometimes back to low normal). Can this be because of too much fluid intake? My diet lack no phosphate

My serum phosphate is usually very low (though sometimes back to low normal). Can this be because of too much fluid intake? My diet lack no phosphate

Several causes: Chronic low phosphorus usually is the result of decreased reabsorption of phosphorus from kidneys. Causes include the following: Hyperparathyroidism Other hormonal disturbances, such as Cushing syndrome and hypothyroidism Electrolyte disorders, such as low magnesium, low potassium Long-term diuretic use. Check with your physician and ask to look for causes ...Read more

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Can being anorexic (16 and 66 pounds) and eating only 200 calories a day with lots of water be fatal?

Can being anorexic (16 and 66 pounds) and eating only 200 calories a day with lots of water be fatal?

Manutrition -> Death: Anorexia nervosa = one of most serious mental health disorders. Restricting food leads 2malnutrition: the body doesn't get what it needs & stops functioning. 1 in 10 ppl w/ anorexia die from complications, heart organ failure, etc. U r eating fewer calories/day than in a bagel. If u keep this up u may not be able 2reverse damage. Recovery can be tough but you can start here http://www.Anad.Org. ...Read more

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I have struggled with water retention inns recent trip to Europe and today with our hot weather. I get it in my feet and ankles. I don't eat high amounts of sodium. Is there a natural way to manage water retention that seems to be creeping up on me at 50.

I have struggled with water retention inns recent trip to Europe and today with our hot weather. I get it in my feet and ankles. I don't eat high amounts of sodium. Is there a natural way to manage water retention that seems to be creeping up on me at 50.

Need to be seen : first to find a cause for your edema 'water retention' , then look for a treatment. Although salt retention is a common cause, there are causes too, can be your heart, kidneys, liver, or may be your thyroid, etc.. Better see your doctor for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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Is 2000ml of normal saline too much fluid over 8 hrs? And when u flush the line with heparin is that going into my system?

Is 2000ml of normal saline too much fluid over 8 hrs? And when u flush the line with heparin is that going into my system?

IV Hydration: No and yes. This is a safe amount of fluid as long as you do not have renal failure. The Heparin does go into your vein. But, this medication does not last long. It dissolves very rapidly and is not thought to be of any danger in such a small dose. ...Read more

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Are there any conditions that make you beef better with low blood sugar on 60s and feel worst in 90s??

Are there any conditions that make you beef better with low blood sugar on 60s and feel worst in 90s??

Not likely: Blood sugar below 60 is abnormal and could cause symptoms of lightheadedness,weakness,sweats,some confusion. Blood sugars in the 90's to low 100's don't usually cause symptoms in nondiabetics but in diabetics with very high sugar levels, a precipitous drop to 90's could bring on symptoms of sweats,weakness,etc. ...Read more

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Is it important for people with congestive heart failure to avoid fats and refined sugar and carbs?

Is it important for people with congestive heart failure to avoid fats and refined sugar and carbs?

Yes and no: It's important for everybody, including people with chf, to avoid bad fats (animal fats, trans-fats), refined sugar, and simple carbs. A balanced diet includes mono and poly-unsaturated fats, complex carbs and starches and protein, all in moderation. Folks with CHF should avoid salt which promotes fluid retention and htn, and should aim for normal body weight. ...Read more

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Is crystal light lemonade a diuretic and or can it be used in water to maintain normal hydration?

Is crystal light lemonade a diuretic and or can it be used in water to maintain normal hydration?

Crystal Light: Crystal light isn't a diuretic. It's free of caffeine and sugar, but has plenty of the artificial sweetener aspartame. This has been linked to neurological symptoms such as headaches and more. This powder is also highly processed, containing other chemicals too. http://tinyurl.com/mhgbh63. ...Read more

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