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 diet are Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium.

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

The Importance of Supplementing with Electrolytes on Keto
On a Keto diet the body burns electrolytes much faster than normal. Most of us are already low on electrolytes, so reduction of electrolytes in the body during ketosis, can cause many symptoms that are characterized as the "Keto-Flu":

  • Sodium: Important for controlling blood pressure & retaining normal levels of water in your body. Insufficient 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 help maintains normal nerve and muscle function, 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.

  • Calcium: 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 a person doesn't replenish their body’s electrolytes when on a Keto diet, they often experience cramping, aching, fatigue, headaches, cough and irritability. This is a sign that the body’s electrical system is out of balance.
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