Electrolytes are a group of nutrients that are important for several types of cellular function. There are a bunch of them, but the main four are Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium.
Electrolytes carry electrical charges and play a key role in maintaining
Thyroid gland regulation. Potassium sensitizes the cells to thyroid hormone, according to Dr. Eck’s research. In addition, when sodium and potassium rise, tissue calcium tends to decrease. This causes the cells to become more permeable to thyroid hormone, in particular, and to other hormones such as insulin, as well. 1
Potassium is associated with
- Cell membrane stability
- Proper muscle contraction and relaxation
- Nerve conduction
- Co2 transport
- Sodium transport & balance
- Association with with cortisol levels
The electrical conductor. Sodium is one of finest conductors of electricity. The body is an electrochemical factory. Sodium represents one pole of the human “battery”. Sodium is outside of the cells while the other pole of the battery is potassium inside the cells.
Sodium and the adrenals. Sodium is regulated primarily by the adrenal glands. High sodium is associated with excessive adrenal activity. Low hair tissue sodium is associated with adrenal weakness, fatigue and burnout. 2
Sodium dissolves many compounds made of
- Zinc and other minerals.
One cause of high blood pressure while consuming sodium is from too much sodium and/or not enough potassium. Dr. Wilson says another cause is metals damaging the kidneys and arteries.
- One of the most important nutrients
- Present in every cell of the body
- Involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions3
- Deficiency contributes to dehydration issues
- Regulates brain activity
- Helps run the cycles that produce our energy
Calcium is used as a signalling agent for our cells. There is science to show Electromagnetic Field radiation causing disturbances to this system.
Not much is known about calcium though. Heading down the rabbit hole of D3 supplementation highlights this issue.
I prefer these over other electrolytes because of several extra nutrients
- Creatine which may help ATP for energy
- D-ribose also for more energy support
- Niacin for circulation and metabolism
Fast MAOA or Fast COMT friendly flavors available
I have tried several electrolytes and prefer Seeking Health’s. Not because I get a kickback from sharing this with you, but because Dr. Ben knows his stuff and his products are blended well for their purpose.
I like to start with the individual packets so it’s easier to get in the habit of using them daily for a while. Then if I like a brand/blend, I purchase the bottle or tub of powder.
I do not prefer the huge amount of potassium in this blend. I like to focus on potassium from food so I know I’m getting plenty of nutrients. Dr. Berg uses his wheat grass powder for a blend of nutrients. Although better than nothing, it’s a little too quick for me.
- 100% dissolvable and has an amazing raspberry lemon flavor
- No maltodextrin or sugar
- Contains 1000 mg of potassium per serving
Sodium and potassium create an electrochemical gradient. This just means cells now have the ability to transfer nutrients that have the correct electrical charge. Without this gradient, our cells do not physically have the ability to transfer nutrients and other electrical charges from outside the cell to within the cell and vice versa. This gradient is almost like revolving doors of a building, without charging this system, the doors do not move and people cannot get in and out. Even if a business has high demand for its products, no sales can be made without customers getting in and out of the building.
In a perfect world, the sodium and potassium from our food would be enough to keep things in check, but due to our extreme imbalances by now, each system tends to require individual support before its able to function again. This means our electrolyte system may not work well enough unless we focus on it, but, once we do focus and do get it running again, it’s time to continue supporting other systems which depend on electrolytes. Otherwise we end up with a strong ability to transfer nutrients, but those nutrients do not exist.
Sodium and potassium run these nutrient-revolving-doors, but they also create a solution that allow magnesium and calcium to function properly. Our cells use magnesium and calcium to communicate in an interesting way. Our cells import more or less of the a small piece of these nutrients called ions.
Here is a real world example of what magnesium ions are like. Lithium batteries are commonly used today because they are able to hold and utilize a lot of energy. But lithium ions are only half as potent as magnesium ions. Our body uses these ions in a different way but chemistry functions very similarly in different situations throughout our environment. “The magnesium ion has two valence electrons in the outer energy shell, compared to just one with the lithium-ion. Since these ions, lithium or magnesium, are effectively shuttling the electrons back and forth the magnesium would effectively allow twice as much energy to be carried during charge and discharge.” 4
If this is confusing, try to ignore the complexities and understand the importance and the overall goal. We are essentially a biological battery of many sorts, and these electrolytes allow us to generate and hold several important charges. This system needs support, but once its running, it’s time to use it.
A decent example would be trying to use our cell phone all day long and killing the battery so often that we need extra battery booster-chargers. But once we finally find all the boosters we need to run our phone all day long, we end up not using the phone, and all the extra batteries sit there at 100% charge. We wouldn’t continue to keep all the extra batteries charged if we don’t use them, just like we shouldn’t charge up our electrolytes if were not going to use the system and feed it nutrients.
If we do boot-up this system but don’t support the rest of the machine, we might expect things to behave oddly. The system closed everything down inadvertently as a method to protect itself. So although this electrolyte system is important to bring online, its going to cause other broken systems to start or resume blasting their alarm sirens.
What I’ve done is supported this system till I felt and understood the symptoms of high and low levels, and then went back to nutrition in general. Over time if I notice the symptoms of high or low electrolytes, I adjust what I’m consuming and how fast I’m trying to heal. It can get complex but I either feel slow when I’m low or jittery and overly energized when I’m getting too much of an electrolyte without enough of the others, or just too fast. My body is just one more advanced machine, it’s very possible to cause it to go too fast in a positive direction, which ends up being uncomfortable. There have been times I’ve benefited from eating crappy food or drinking something I know may slowdown my healing.
- Magnesium in man: implications for health and disease - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25540137/
- Next generation and beyond lithium chemistries - https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/magnesium-ion