Did you know that your electrolytes play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure and fluid balance?
What are electrolytes?
Electrolytes are substances that hold a positive or negative charge and can thus conduct electricity when dissolved in water. Electrolytes (and their charges) found in the body are:
What do electrolytes do?
Electrolytes assist in regulating the fluid balance in the body and muscle contraction through chemical reactions.
What can cause changes in electrolytes?
How Dr. Munjal Helps:
Dr. Munjal can order a Basic or Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (BMP/CMP) to measure the electrolytes’ levels present in the blood. From there, more specified tests can be ordered to determine a precise cause or imbalance. Supplements, infusions, or dietary recommendations can be ordered. Follow-up appointments will be necessary to monitor progress and changes.
The electrolyte levels in your body are not necessarily a reflection of your nutrition or intake, but a measurement of their balance in your blood. In the next Kidney Korner installations, we will be going into more detail on sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.
If you have any concerns about your electrolyte levels, contact your Primary Care provider or nephrologist. As always, stay safe and healthy!
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