Are Electrolytes Really Important? Why We Include Them In Our FormulasDavid Nazarian M.D.
VitaminMD realizes that its vitamin supplements need to establish the maximum amount of health benefits. That’s why we include essential electrolytes in all our vitamin drink mixes.
What is an electrolyte?
The term electrolyte encompasses seven essential minerals that dissolve in fluid and produce negative and positive ions used for metabolism. Electrolytes are essential for proper nerve and muscle function, maintaining acid-base balance, and keeping you hydrated — especially post-workout.
Electrolyte in the body are:
- sodium chloride
Are there other ways to get electrolytes?
When thinking about electrolyte replacement, many people think of sports drinks, flavored and unflavored electrolyte powders, and gels. Non-GMO, gluten-free, and keto friendly supplements often come in flavors like strawberry lemonade, watermelon, and lemon-lime.
Most sports drinks are loaded with sweeteners; we recommend choosing a lower sugar containing options when possible. Our custom vitamin packets contain a comprehensive electrolyte power in addition to many other essential vitamins.
Why are electrolytes important?
Electrolyte imbalance can be devastating to a person’s health and well-being. Indeed, these minerals keep the nervous system, muscles, and internal chemistry balanced. Endurance athletes and weight lifters especially benefit from electrolyte drinks and supplements as they key nutrients help muscle recovery.
Keep the nervous system functioning
Electrolytes are vital to establishing the electrical signals that begin in the brain and talk with the cells in the body — these signals are called nerve impulses. The progressive physicochemical changes in the membrane of a nerve fiber that follows stimulation and transmits a record of sensation to form a particular action.
This occurs because the electrolyte sodium moves across the nerve cell membrane. This causes a chain reaction, moving more sodium ions (and the change in charge) along the length of the nerve cell axon.
Calcium allows muscle fibers to slide together and move as the muscle shortens and contracts. Magnesium works with calcium to allow muscle fibers to slide outward and relax after contraction.
Water levels must remain balanced inside and outside every cell in the body. Electrolytes — particularly sodium — help maintain fluid balance through osmosis. Rehydration is a process where water moves through the wall of a cell membrane from a dilute solution (more water and fewer electrolytes) toward a more concentrated solution (less water and more electrolytes).
Electrolytes prevent cells from becoming too full or shrinking due to dehydration.
Balancing body chemicals
pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. It’s regulated by chemical buffers — or weak acids and bases — which help minimize changes in your internal environment.
Blood is regulated to stay at a pH of around 7.35 to 7.45. If it deviates from this, the body can’t function properly, and illness can follow.
Having the right balance of electrolytes is essential to maintaining the blood pH level.
What are the symptoms of electrolyte imbalance?
Electrolyte imbalances typically happen when people are severely dehydrated due to vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive sweating. Severe imbalances can interfere with the way the body functions. In addition to taking our electrolyte vitamin supplements, it’s important to drink lots of fluids when it’s hot or you’re ill.
Illnesses such as kidney disease and eating disorders, and injuries like severe burns, can also cause electrolyte imbalances.
A mild electrolyte disturbance usually does not cause symptoms.
A more severe electrolyte imbalance can cause:
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- numbness and tingling
- muscle cramps
If you think you may have an electrolyte imbalance, contact your healthcare specialist.
What foods have electrolytes?
Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is the best way to maintain electrolyte balance. A common source of sodium and chloride is table salt. Electrolytes like bicarbonate are naturally produced in your body.
Here are some of the foods that contain electrolytes:
- Sodium: Pickled foods, cheese, and table salt.
- Chloride: Table salt.
- Potassium: Fruits and vegetables like bananas, avocado, and sweet potatoes.
- Magnesium: Seeds and nuts.
- Calcium: Dairy products, fortified dairy alternatives, and green, leafy vegetables.
How to avoid electrolyte imbalance?
- The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends drinking eight to 20 ounces of water or sports drink after a strenuous workout.
- Replace amino acids. Foods that contain all nine essential amino acids are called complete proteins. These foods include beef, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, soy, quinoa, and buckwheat.
- Maintain your complex carbohydrate intake. Avoid simple carbohydrates with added sugar to avoid highs and lows.
- Be especially mindful of electrolytes balance when on a low-carb or keto diet.
- Closely examine the ingredient list of any supplement you ingest.
- Make sure you take sufficient antioxidants, an essential nutrient in balancing electrolytes.
Why trust VitaminMD to maintain your electrolyte levels?
The VitaminMD Story
Dr. David Nazarian developed VitaminMD because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He saw that his patients’ diets lacked all-inclusive vitamins. He also noticed that most of his patients were of electrolyte imbalance and unaware of its many problems. Our vitamin packets and electrolyte drink contain the best electrolyte powder available for purchase.
Many patients asked Dr. Nazarian what to take to boost their immune systems and keep their bodies strong against infections, but there wasn’t one product with all the necessary ingredients.
There is a wide variety of multivitamins available to the public. Unfortunately, no single multivitamin has been specifically formulated to meet today’s needs. VitaminMD’s vitamin packets and formulas contain many ingredients that patients can’t find in a single product. An M.D. drafted VitaminMD on the pandemic frontlines with the specific purpose of meeting today’s health needs.
Many patients do not like having to take multiple tablets (11% of the U.S. population). VitaminMD delivers a robust and comprehensive dose of all the necessary vitamins and electrolytes that boost the immune system and support overall wellness. Other vitamins often lack main ingredients — meaning patients must take multiple tablets to meet all their needs.
VitaminMD daily vitamin packets and custom vitamin packets have the best electrolyte supplement with the necessary dosage of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin D, and B-complex vitamins.
Order VitaminMD’s products online at www.VitaminMD.net or by calling us at 877-760-3564.