Mercy Sports Medicine Dr. Jessalynn Adam Discusses Treating Electrolyte Deficiency, Imbalance
There are many reasons why people can get an electrolyte imbalance.
The human body needs electrolytes to survive. Electrolytes regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure and help rebuild damaged tissue.
When a person has too much or not enough, they might have an electrolyte imbalance.
When thinking of a way to replenish electrolytes, people probably think of sports drinks, but many other drinks and foods can help. Some fruits and vegetables are good options.
"Some (reasons for imbalance) are genetic, where people have either low potassium or high potassium. Some are medication related, so there are certain medications that cause you to retain potassium. And then the one that I think I see a lot of is sports and exercise related due to those volume losses," explained Jessalynn Adam, M.D., CAQSM, a fellowship-trained, board-certified physician specializing in primary care sports medicine with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.
Some symptoms include an irregular heartbeat, twitching, weakness, and if it gets too bad, seizures.
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