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How to prevent an electrolyte imbalance?

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Published At March 7, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 30-year-old male. I would like to know about electrolyte imbalance. What are electrolytes, and what is their role in the human body? How do they contribute to overall health and well-being? Can you explain the common electrolytes found in the body? What are the causes of electrolyte imbalances, and what are the common risk factors associated with these disruptions? What are the signs and symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance? I am interested in understanding the potential health consequences of both high and low levels of specific electrolytes. What are the short-term and long-term effects of these imbalances? How to prevent electrolyte imbalances and maintain a healthy balance of these essential ions in the body?

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Electrolytes that are significant in our body are sodium, chloride, magnesium, and calcium. Food and drinks are primarily the source. Electrolytes can be reduced in the body either by reduced intake or increased excretion like diarrhea, or sweating. Always replenish electrolytes in the form of ORS (oral rehydration solution) solution where severe loss of bodily fluids is there.

Electrolyte imbalance can cause severe cramps in the body.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you.


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