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Electrolytes – Minerals For Well Being

Jul 30, 2023 | Holistic Nutrition - Food is Medicine

Wow, it’s hot out there! Summer arrived, and with it, heat and sweat. If you, like me, spend hours in the garden or are active, you sweat a lot right about now. Your sweat comprises water (99%), salts, and fats (1%). Don’t let the minute amounts of minerals in your sweat confuse you.  If you sweat profusely, you might lose enough minerals to interfere with your normal body function. Discover how electrolytes play an essential role in your well being

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are essential minerals that are critical for many functions in the body. They are essential because the body can’t produce them. Instead, you need to ingest them with your food. Electrolytes carry an electrical charge when dissolved in water; hence, they move things.

“In the human body, the minerals act as catalysts, participating in enzyme systems that allow the transformation of food and the air we breathe into energy, vibrant health, and consciousness.”
~ Herbalist Paul Bergner

How electrolytes play an essential role in your well being?

Hydration

Fluids in your body dissolve electrolytes. Your body actively maintains a balance of fluid-electrolyte ratio. If a cell in your body lacks hydration, it attracts fluids to uphold the balance.

Sodium, among other electrolytes, triggers your thirst response, encouraging water intake to prevent dehydration.

Sodium imbalances can impact blood pressure, leading to symptoms like dizziness, lightheadedness, and faintness.

Energy production

Electrolytes actively participate in breaking down food in the digestive system, facilitating food absorption, and driving the Kreb cycle—a chemical chain reaction converting nutrients into energy.

Insufficient levels of sodium, magnesium, or potassium can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or an upset stomach.

Fatigue is a notable consequence of electrolyte deficiency.

Muscle function

Calcium and magnesium actively contribute to the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Supplementing with magnesium can effectively alleviate various muscle cramps, including menstrual cramps, restless leg syndrome, or tension cramps.

Nerve signaling

lectrolytes actively enable the movement of electrical impulses along the nerves, facilitating communication and catalyzing various body functions, including heart rate and mood.

An imbalance in these electrolytes can result in irregular heart rhythms, palpitations, or a sensation of a racing or fluttering heart.

In the nervous system, electrolyte deficiency may manifest as depression, anxiety, or migraines.

PH balance

The body comprises various ecosystems, each specifically designed to support the chemical reactions occurring in that environment. The pH of an environment is a crucial factor in determining its suitability for its function. For instance, the stomach has a much more acidic pH compared to the colon.

Electrolytes actively play a vital role in maintaining diverse pH levels in different body parts. Any disturbance in the pH balance within the body can have severe consequences, potentially leading to outcomes as severe as coma or death.

5 ESSENTIAL ELECTROLYTES

What leaches minerals from the body:

Sweat

If you live a very active lifestyle, you probably sweat a lot and need extra care with your electrolyte consumption. People who sweat more than the average are people that:

  • Work in physically demanding jobs outdoors, such as farmers and construction workers.
  • Train regularly: hiking, running, biking, etc.
  • Enjoy a sauna or sweat lodge regularly.

Stomach flu

One of the risks of vomiting, diarrhea, or fever is the loss of electrolytes when you lose too many fluids. Although you might not feel like eating anything when sick, drinking bone broth will help you replenish your fluids and electrolytes.

A diet low in minerals

Sodium and potassium play a vital role in keeping the fluid minerals balanced in your body. A diet high in sodium and low in potassium, AKA fast food, can tip the balance, causing water retention and high blood pressure. Not having enough magnesium in your body can cause irregular heartbeat, muscle spasms, and neurological issues.

Medicines

For minerals to be broken from the food and absorbed by the body, they need an acidic environment. The place in the body where minerals are extracted from food is in your stomach. If you are using Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) or any acid blocker regularly, then there is a good chance that you are depleted in minerals.

Replenishing electrolytes:

Many energy drinks are marketed as high in electrolytes; what they forget to tell you is that they are also high in sugar. Don’t fall into that trap.
In the summer, it is easy to replenish your electrolytes because nature offers us so much abundance.

Here are some ways to replenish your electrolytes:

Diet

Eat a well-balanced home-cooked meal.

  • Sodium can be found in table salt and fermented foods.
  • Potassium is abundant in fruits like bananas, avocados, beans, lentils, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes.
  • Calcium is present in dark green leafy greens, tofu, and certain types of fish like salmon and sardines.
  • Magnesium is found in pumpkin and chia seeds, almonds, cashews, rolled oats, legumes, and spinach.
  • Chloride is commonly consumed through table salt and is present in many foods, including tomatoes, rye, seaweed, celery, and olives.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is made by simmering bones in water and vinegar (2 Tbsp) for a long time. Water and vinegar are the best way to pull the minerals out of the bones. Since bones are high in minerals, the broth will be too.

Store-bought bone broth is not as rich in minerals as homemade one simply because time is money, so it was probably cooked faster. The bone broth requires patience. I use a slow cooker and let it simmer for a week before straining and using it. (Add water if needed)

Some electrolytes in bone broth are calcium and phosphorus and magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfate, and fluoride.

Herbs

Some herbs are known to contain a lot of minerals. The best way to use these herbs for their minerals is in water (tea) or infused in vinegar.

Some herbs you want to consider are red raspberry leaf, nettle, alfalfa, chickweed, horsetail, and peppermint.

Maple syrup and molasses contain abundant minerals; use them to sweeten your tea.

mineral rich beverage

How we practice modern agriculture reduces the mineral content in the soil and food we eat. It is important that we are aware of the crucial role that electrolytes play in our well-being and make a point to include them in our diets.

A nutrient dense diet is a diet that is designed to provide your body with all the macro and micro nutrients that your body needs for optimal function.

For a deep dive into healthy digestion and a nutrient dense diet including practical tips for moving with ease and grace in your kitchen join Bee Well, Eat Well. 

 

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Electrolytes – Minerals For Well Being

Jul 30, 2023 | Holistic Nutrition - Food is Medicine

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