Warning Signs Your Magnesium, Potassium And Calcium Levels Are Off And How To Fix It!
Electrolyte deficiency is diagnosed when they are outside the normal values, and are measured per liter of blood. Here are the normal levels:
- Potassium: 5-5.3 mEq/L
- Calcium: 5-5.5 mEq/L
- Sodium: 136-145 mEq/L
- Chloride: 97-107 mEq/L
- Magnesium: 1.5-2.5 mEq/L
Confusion, dizziness, and irritability, are all symptoms of high sodium levels in the body. You may become weak and dizzy when you have very high sodium amount, and if you don’t treat this condition you may experience seizures, delirious states, and even fall into a coma.
Treatment of electrolyte imbalance
- Drink enough water, because the balance of the electrolytes changes with the change of the amount of water in the body.
- Adjust the diet by consuming more home-cooked meals, and avoiding processed, fried foods. Start eating more leafy greens, cabbage, avocados, squash, cruciferous vegetables, sweet potatoes, bananas, and broccoli. It is recommended to include coconut water, celery, cucumber, pineapple, watermelon, citrus fruits, kefir, yogurt, kiwi, bell peppers, carrots, to your diet to stay hydrated.
- Check the medications you are taking, because the levels of electrolytes in the body may be affected by certain medications, such as diuretics, antibiotics, hormonal pills, cancer treatments, and blood pressure medications.
- Monitor your sodium intake, especially if you consume processed and packaged foods. So, be sure to always look for the amount of sodium added, as they usually contain it in high amounts.