Let's use this summer to "lyte" up our lives and our bodies, with electrolytes. Electrolytes are chemicals that conduct small amounts of electricity in the body. They help our bodies control fluid pressure in our cells, balance pH levels in our blood, and regulate functions with the heart, nervous system and muscles. In other words, electrolytes are essential to our bodies' functions.
It is important for us to maintain proper balance in our bodies with electrolytes. If the amount of electrolytes in the body is too high or too low, it is called an imbalance, and can lead to a variety of symptoms. Some examples include muscle weakness, twitching, fatigue, blood pressure changes, numbness, confusion, seizures, irregular heartbeat.
These symptoms and imbalances are caused by loss of, or too high intake, of electrolytes. Some causes include older age, kidney disease, cancer treatment, dehydration, vomiting, diahrrea, movement and exercise causing us to sweat. When we lose electrolytes, it's important to replenish. You'll hear it often in the summer. Here are a few good sources to replenish.
with summer sun comes the need for sunblock and sunglasses. Sunlight is good and bad for us - good source of Vitamin D, bad source with the harmful UV rays. While we take proper steps to protect our skin from sunlight, there are other ways to "lyte" up our lives this summer.
Spinach, kale and dairy foods like yogurt are good sources of calcium. Potatoes, raisins, bananas, spinach and sweet potatoes are good sources of potassium. Canned tuna, canned salmon, soup, beans, pickles, olives are good sources of sodium, as is table salt. There are many more, but be sure to make sure you keep your "lyte" up your life.