Recharge with Health Equations Electrolytes
Most people are dehydrated. Many people drink too much or too little water. But even with the right amount of water, dehydration can result from too little or too much salt, especially in combination with the use of poor quality salt. A deficiency of electrolytes, or an imbalance in electrolyte ratios, is another common cause of dehydration.
Some indicators of dehydration are high or low blood pressure, stress, caffeine and/or alcohol consumption, inflammation, high or low cholesterol, aversion to water or salt, unquenchable thirst, cravings for salty foods, absent or excessive sweating, a low salt diet, use of reversed osmosis or distilled water, and exposure to indoor heat, air conditioning and dry climates.
The need for water to hydrate is obvious. Our bodies are over 80% water. However, water alone is usually not sufficient for hydration. Adequate intake of salt, as well as maintenance of the right amounts and ratios of electrolytes, is as essential to hydration as water.
Electrolytes are essential. The primary electrolytes in the body are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, sulfate (not sulphur) and phosphate (not phosphorous). Why are these electrolytes? When each of these electrolytes is dissolved in the body fluids they become ions. Ions are electrically charged, either positively or negatively. What distinguishes electrolytes from other charged ions is the marked difference in their concentrations inside vs. outside the cells. This difference in concentrations creates a charge on cell membranes, making each cell a battery. The cell battery sustains the functions of the cell. One such cell function is the use of oxygen to ‘burn’ food to generate energy, which in turn charges the cell battery by actively maintaining the wide difference in the concentration of the electrolytes inside vs. outside the cell. In short, hydration is synonymous with cell function.
Is Sea Salt dissolved in water an electrolyte? Yes, water becomes an electrolyte if there are any salts and minerals dissolved in it, even small amounts. Simply put, electrolytes conduct electricity whereas water absent of all dissolved salts and minerals does not. However, sea salt dissolved in water does not charge the cell battery as described above and therefore cannot perform all the functions of the Health Equations Electrolyte Formulas. The ratios of potassium, magnesium, phosphates and sulfates to sodium and chloride in sea salt are very low, well below the cells’ requirements to charge the cell batteries. Moreover, too much sodium and chloride without the required ratios of the other four electrolytes could result in an electrolyte imbalance and sooner or later dehydration.
There are three Health Equations Electrolyte Formulas – Lyte, Lyte CL, Lyte – each containing the six primary electrolytes. The quantities and ratios of the six electrolytes are specific to each formula. See the Guidelines for use of the three HEq Electrolyte Formulas.
CAUTION: The Health Equation Electrolyte Formulas should not be used if there is kidney disease and should only be used under medical supervision if there is edema, hypertension, heart disease or any serious medical conditions.