What are electrolytes and why does your body need them?

What Are Electrolytes & Why Do You Need Them? 

Electrolytes are minerals that allow your body to maintain important functions, such as muscle contraction and heartbeat regulation. Electrolytes exist in your bodily fluids and are lost on a regular basis through sweat, urination and breathing. The primary electrolytes that are lost on a Keto or low carb diet are Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium. 

“It’s a simple equation – losing fluids faster =losing electrolytes faster.” 

The Importance of Supplementing with Electrolytes on Keto 

On a Keto diet, the body burns electrolytes much faster than normal. In general, adults  are low on electrolytes and during ketosis the reduction of electrolytes in the body can cause many symptoms that are characterized as the "Keto-Flu".  

The four primary electrolytes are:


Important for controlling blood pressure & retaining normal levels of water throughout your body.



Insufficient levels of sodium is also known as hyponatremia and can cause lethargy and confusion.


Magnesium: Responsible for over 300 different important biochemical functions in the body and helps maintain normal nerve and muscle functions, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady and helps bones remain strong.







Insufficient magnesium is also known as hypomagnesemia and can be related to diabetes, poor absorption, chronic diarrhea, celiac disease and hungry bone syndrome.  


Potassium: Regulates fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals.

Insufficient potassium is also known as hypokalemia and can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, adrenal gland disorders, muscle weakness, cramps, etc.  

Helps form and strengthen teeth and bones. Calcium helps with blood clotting, transmitting signals between nerve cells and regulating blood pressure.

Insufficient calcium is also known as hypocalcemia and can lead to dental issues, cataracts, alterations in the brain and osteoporosis.


When you do not replenish your body’s electrolytes, they can experience cramping, aching, fatigue, headaches, cough and irritability. This is a sign that the body’s electrical system is out of balance. 

Keto-BEAM's Electrolyze is highly-charged with electrolytes and offers supplemental support for your Ketogenic diet. Electrolyze will provide essential support necessary to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of Keto Flu!