Are You Tired of Being Tired? The Importance of Electrolytes
By Marge Pickering-Picone
July 7, 2014.
When warm weather is upon us, the humidity zaps the electrolytes right out of our bodies. How do you know this occurs? Have you ever experienced an instant headache as soon as the sun starts beating down on you? Or have you ever felt washed out and wish you could just lay down for 20 minutes. The question is how far do you let it get?
We cannot function without electrolytes. The most commonly recognized electrolytes are sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Of course there are others, but I want to focus on sodium and potassium levels for this article. From my experience, many people feel that their common symptoms that they accept as our normal everyday functioning, is actually resulting from their lack of electrolytes.
Here are some common symptoms of being dehydrated and deficient in electrolytes:
– Headaches or pressure at the top of the head. They are even worse on hot, muggy days.
– Jaw problems like TMJ
– Post nasal drip – prone to allergies, asthma
– Prone to bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis
– Shortness of breath and/or COPD
– Heart Palpitations
– Urinary Track Problems, frequent urination, UTI’s etc.
– Muscle Cramps, specifically in the legs
– Nervous Legs
– Sigh a Lot…as though everything you do is a chore
– Emotional – tend to cry at “Hallmark” commercials
– Slight temperature
– Feel depressed or unable to laugh at jokes that others think funny
– Those with an extreme deficiency often suffer from a stroke or congestive heart failure disease
The biggest complaint I hear every day is, “I am so tired”. We never think of our body as a fuel tank. Without the right levels of all its nutrients, the symptoms and the malfunctions begin. Most of the time doctors consider the above list of symptoms as individual items that need to be dealt with specifically. However, they are all in the same category, a deficiency in electrolytes. That running out gas feeling or slope in the afternoon is when most are reaching for the coffee, cokes or sugared snacks. They give you an adrenaline burst and quickly make you recede back into the slump. If being tired every time you eat is becoming a normal reaction, it is time to do something about it. You are the only one that can.
Children are not an exception, they too require electrolytes. When your child is tired and pushes to keep playing sports, they may get very sweaty and experience low grade fevers. They need proper hydration of electrolytes and not with sugar laden drinks. Try our “Want More Energy” packets that you add to their water bottle as they are not loaded with sugar.
Don’t wait until you suffer with lethargy, forgetfulness, migraines, pneumonia or even heart palpitations. Get your electrolytes back into balance. When electrolytes are replenished you will feel better, more rejuvenated, and back to feeling like the person you remember being.
If you are tired of being tired – Give us a call to get you or your loved ones back on track – today! Dial 585-787-4251 for our soonest appointment.