Many associate electrolyte imbalances with heavy sweating, exercising during extreme heat, or having the flu. However, did you know that over 90% of our us our deficient in potassium even without sweating or being sick? Potassium and sodium are the two big ‘electrolyte’ hitters. Deficiency in potassium can cause problems with maintaining hydration and glucose metabolism. Excessive sodium losses have been associated with fatigue and even kidney injuries.
A recent study by John Hopkins revealed that marathoners could experience acute kidney injury (AKI) incidents after marathons due to electrolyte and fluid volume imbalances. Both sodium and potassium are vital to maintaining intracellular water.
Regardless if you are a marathoner runner or heavy sweater during exercise, you must know your personal electrolyte and fluid intake needs. Understanding your individual electrolyte and fluid needs during training and races can reduce the severity of AKI, as well as help to improve your performance.
As a functional nutritionist, I can help you identify your electrolyte and fluid needs to restore your body and help optimize your performance. I’d love to get to know you, share my knowledge, and help you achieve your goals! Contact us or schedule a free 15-minute consultation to learn more.