Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you work out or do something that triggers excessive sweat, you’re feeling more tired and dehydrated, regardless of whether or not you drink plenty of water?
That happens because our sweat is not just made out of water, but also electrolytes – and because there are no electrolytes in water, you’ll need to get them in a different way.
Symptoms of Electrolyte Imbalance
The easiest way to lose electrolytes is through diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, or kidney problems. That process can also happen when your body processes certain medications. The other reasons are alcoholism, heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney disease, eating disorders, diabetes, severe burns and even cancer .
And yes, there are quite a few different electrolytes, but the most common source of problems is low levels magnesium, potassium and calcium levels.
These are the symptoms:
- Fluid retention
- Confusion or change in behavior
- Severe muscle weakness
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
What you can do about it?
The best way to get all the nutrients your body requires on a daily, and even prolonged basis is that for starters you’ll have to avoid junk food. Fresh produce, healthy fats, lean protein, and complex carbs are encouraged.
Stay away from salt
Most processed foods contain hidden salts, even processed sauces, desserts (belive it or not), and salad dressing. Cook your own food and replace your regular salt with Himalayan salt, it’s full of important minerals.
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated because if you’re losing electrolytes in a way, the last thing you want your body to lose is water on top of that.
Consider Your Medication
Supplements are also encouraged if your diet can’t seem to provide the dosage you need, but for this you will have to consult a doctor or a nutritionist.
Refuel After Exercise
Once you’re done exercising, drink coconut water or maybe an electrolyte-infused drink. That way, the muscle fatigue and weakness will go away faster.
Take an Epsom Salt Bath
If you’re having muscle cramps due to stress, trouble sleeping or you feel anxious all the time, then take an epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is incredibly rich magnesium. Your body actually absorbs magnesium better through its skin than through its digestive system.