Definition of Electrolyte:

An element or compound that, when melted or dissolved in water or other solvent, breaks up into ions and is able to carry an electric current.

Also: Electrolytes

Topics Related to Electrolyte


...the condition
“...involves a series of blood tests which measure: the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood; blood pH; kidney function and pH balance (metabolic panel); calcium; protein; blood sugar; electrolyte levels; If metabolic acidosis is suspected, a urine test will check the pH to see if acids and bases are being properly eliminated...”

Adrenal Cortex

...related topic
“...Embryonically derived from gonad tissue, they make steroid hormones that control electrolytes, the management of fuels, the rate of anabolism, mineral metabolism, glucose metabolism, the general response to stress, and maintenance of nonspecific resistance.”
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Alzheimer's Disease

...relationship to Dehydration
“Due to older people's precarious homeostatic mechanisms they are much more prone than younger people to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances...”


...the condition
“...The liver and kidneys may also be tested ... Electrolyte levels...”

Body Odor

...the condition
“...In contrast, when we exercise, our eccrine glands produce sweat contains mainly water and electrolytes (salt), which does not cause such odor problems...”

Cancer, General

...recommendation Coffee Enema
“...Serious illness and death have occurred from some of the components of the treatment, such as the coffee enemas, which remove potassium from the body and can lead to electrolyte imbalances...”

Chronic Renal Insufficiency

...the condition
“...Salt, potassium, phosphorus, and other electrolytes may be restricted...”

Clostridium Difficile Infection

...the condition
“...Testing electrolyte levels, including serum creatinine, may indicate electrolyte imbalance in severe cases...”

Colon Cleansing

...as a treatment
“...Your colon absorbs water and sodium to maintain your body's fluid and electrolyte balance.  Some colon-cleansing programs disrupt this balance, causing dehydration and salt depletion...”

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

...the condition
“...Treatment during Phase 4 (the Recovery phase) includes drinking a lot of water and replacing electrolytes that have been lost...”


...our question about Numb/burning/tingling extremities
“Dehydration can cause an electrolyte imbalance...”
...relationship to Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
“The adrenal glands produce aldosterone, which is a hormone involved in regulating the body's fluid and electrolyte levels.  Adrenal fatigue reduces aldosterone production, which results in dehydration and low electrolyte levels.”


...the condition
“...Large volume and frequent watery stools that persist during fasting and that are associated with severe fluid and electrolyte abnormalities and dehydration characterize these endocrine neoplasms...”


...as a treatment
“...Side-effects include ... Electrolyte imbalance...”


...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“...Diuretics cause dehydration, blood electrolyte changes, heart effects and/or direct side-effects.”


...the condition
“...General Recommendations for Dysentery The first concern in treating dysentery is to compensate for the sometimes life-threatening loss of fluid and electrolytes due to the extreme diarrhea...”

Excess Salt Consumption

...the condition
“...Sodium is the major electrolyte that maintains normal fluid outside the cells...”

Excess Water Consumption

...the condition
“...It can dilute the electrolytes in your blood and cause low blood-sodium levels (hyponatremia)...”


...recommendation Increased Water Consumption
“...Sports drinks and other electrolyte/carbohydrate-containing drinks are also a good option.”

Heat Exhaustion

...the condition
“...One key adaptation is that your sweat becomes more dilute (there are fewer electrolytes, including sodium, dissolved in it)...”

Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

...the condition
“...Sodium is an essential electrolyte in our bodies, vital for proper muscle and nerve function, and stabilizing blood pressure; we cannot live without it...”
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...the condition
“...As the deficiency becomes more serious or has a more rapid onset (Addison crisis), symptoms of confusion, stupor, psychosis, abnormal electrolytes (low serum sodium, elevated serum potassium), and vascular collapse (low blood pressure and shock) can occur...”

Intestinal Malabsorption Syndrome

...the condition
“...The main purpose of the Gastrointestinal tract is the digestion and absorption of major nutrients (fat, carbohydrate, and protein), essential micronutrients (vitamins and trace minerals), water, and electrolytes.  Digestion involves both mechanical and enzymatic breakdown of food...”

Intestinal Obstruction

...the condition
“...This leads to fluid loss, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances involving sodium, potassium and chloride...”

Laxative/Enema Overuse

...the condition
“...There can be problems with heart rhythm due to loss of fluids and electrolytes in very severe cases (where someone is taking laxatives multiple times each day), and severe weight loss can occur as well...”

Leg Cramps At Night

...the condition
“...Low levels of certain minerals known as electrolytes – magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium – have long been linked to leg cramps...”


...as a treatment
“...There is also a tendency amongst people suffering from being lipase deficient, to have a problem with electrolyte balance as well...”


...related topic
“...They regulate electrolyte balance and hormonal production, and they strengthen skeletal structures.”

Morning Sickness

...the condition
“...Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and sometimes electrolyte disturbance...”

Muscle Cramps / Twitching

...relationship to Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet
“...Along with the toxins created by low-carbohydrate diets, one's kidneys also flush out critical electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, which may result in muscle cramps or worse...”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...Epithelial cells in the small intestine secrete over half a gallon of a neutral fluid daily to supply a watery substance to mix with the chyme and provide a substance to aid in electrolyte and vitamin absorption through the villi...”


...related topic
“A mineral that serves as an electrolyte and is involved in the balance of fluid within the body...”

Reduced Water Consumption

...as a treatment
“...For prolonged, intensive exercise and/or significant water intake, it's essential to balance salt/electrolytes with water...”

Seizure Disorder

...the condition
“...Known causes of seizures include ... Metabolic abnormalities found in diabetes mellitus, electrolyte imbalances, kidney failure, uremia, nutritional deficiencies and phenylketonuria (PKU)...”


...as a treatment
“...Chronic abuse can lead to a variety of complications such as chronic diarrhea with nutrient loss and excessive electrolyte loss/imbalance...”

Short Bowel Syndrome

...the condition
“...Some vitamins and minerals may still need to be given by injection, and in serious cases intravenous feeding end electrolyte supplements may also be required until the situation improves...”

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

...the condition
“...A subarachnoid hemorrhage also causes shifts in the level of electrolytes, especially sodium, in the blood...”


...the condition
“...Such shaking or trembling could also be caused by conditions such as: Endocrine imbalances; Electrolyte imbalances; Hormonal imbalances; Drugs can also cause tremor...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“Dehydration can cause a loss of electrolytes such as potassium and sodium, which are required for normal muscle control and nerve function...”

Urinary Retention

...the condition
“...Tests that are commonly performed are: Midstream Specimen of Urine (MSU) test; Blood tests, including: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Urea and Electrolytes (U+E), Creatinine, Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR), Blood Glucose; Imaging studies, including: Ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI/CT brain scan, Spinal MRI, Cystoscopy; The most urgent...”
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