An electrolyte disturbance can be caused by severe fluid loss (dehydration) through sweating (without replacing fluids) and by certain health conditions, such as kidney problems, diabetes, malnutrition, hormone disorders, and heart disease. It might also occur as a result of treatment for another condition, such as cancer.
Without proper treatment, an electrolyte disturbance may become life-threatening, hence it is very important to spot the symptoms of various electrolyte deficiencies :
- Low Calcium – Symptoms include cramp in leg or feet, irritability and twitching, chronic cough or depression, can’t sleep. Treatment include consumption of dairy products, in case you already take calcium supplements, take the ones with D3 for better absorption.
- Low Magnesium – Symptoms include weak muscles and hyperirritability. Treatment include eat leafy greens and taking magnesium supplement.
- Low Potassium – Symptoms include fatigue, cramps, constipation, nausea and sugar craving. Treatment include eating potassium rich veggies and potassium supplement.
- Low Sodium – Symptoms include headache, fatigue, appetite loss, nausea and fuzzy thinking. Treatment includes adding sea salt only 1 to 1.5 tsp.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor.