What is Electrolyte Blend?
Electrolyte Blend is a complete and balanced electrolyte formula to help promote optimal hydration, especially after excessive sweating. It contains potassium, sodium, chloride and magnesium, the main electrolytes found in the body. D-ribose is included because of its importance in healthy cardiac function, exercise recovery and energy production, while taurine helps to regulate cellular electrolyte flow. Electrolyte Blend also contains vitamin C, along with the synergistic compounds quercetin and citrus bioflavonoids. Vitamin C supports the cardiovascular system by helping to build healthy collagen, which is one of the main structural components of blood vessels. This product has a delicious natural lemon-orange flavor, is sugar-free, and gets its sweetness from a small amount of the natural herb stevia.*
What are the benefits of Electrolyte Blend?
Electrolyte Blend may be beneficial for supporting a healthy cardiovascular system, regulating blood pressure and balancing tissue fluid, helping with occasional symptoms of dehydration after excessive diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating, helping athletes replenish electrolytes lost during intense exercise, and supporting individuals facing occasional stress.*
What is the recommended dose?
One scoop (approximately 8 grams) in 8-10 ounces of water, per day, is recommended.
When should I take it?
Mix Electrolyte Blend into any beverage or sports bottle, or mix with water and place in an ice rack to make into popsicles.
How long can I take Electrolyte Blend for?
Taking Electrolyte Blend for 3 months to 2 years is recommended.
I read that magnesium needs to be separated by 4 hours from thyroid medications, but that this supplement (which contains magnesium) can be taken within 1 hour of thyroid medications. Can it be taken with thyroid medication?
The mechanism of interaction between magnesium and thyroid medication seems to be based on reducing stomach acidity. The high content of vitamin C and the forms of magnesium (malate and ascorbate) in Electrolyte Blend tend to increase acidity, which will likely counteract any stomach acid reducing capabilities of the small amount of magnesium contained within the blend.
As such, people may see increased absorption of thyroid medication with this blend, and spacing Electrolyte Blend 1 hour away from thyroid medication is generally recommended. However, those that believe the blend may be interfering with their thyroid medication absorption should separate the Electrolyte Blend 4 hours from their thyroid medication. Those taking Tirosint are less likely to experience absorption issues, due to the Tirosint formulation.*
What is the importance of electrolytes?
Simply put, electrolytes are minerals that play a critical role in the body. Through a biochemical process, electrolytes become ions (an atom or molecule with an electrical charge) that can conduct electrical signals in the body. These signals create communication and function within nerves and muscles, as the electrolytes move in or out of cells. Electrolytes are important for fluid balance, muscle contraction and blood pressure, and play other roles in the body as well.
How do I know if I have low electrolyte levels?
Electrolytes are often measured as part of routine annual lab work with your primary care provider, but you can certainly request these labs more often. If your blood levels of sodium, potassium, or calcium are out of the normal lab range, this would signal an electrolyte imbalance. This is the main way that conventional medicine looks at electrolytes.
What if my electrolyte levels are normal but I still feel like I could use Electrolyte Blend?
It is possible to have low levels of certain electrolytes, or an imbalance of electrolytes that is less severe, but still affecting your thyroid health. After all, the body, which needs pretty tight control of electrolytes in the blood, may prioritize electrolytes and concentrate them in certain areas when there is a deficiency somewhere. If you experience a collection of these symptoms, you may wish to experiment with increasing your intake of electrolytes, to see if that helps to improve your symptoms.
Symptoms of electrolyte imbalance, Hashimoto’s, and adrenal imbalance can all overlap to some degree. Here are some common symptoms to look for: fatigue (even after a good night’s sleep), salt cravings, low blood pressure, feeling faint with standing, brain fog, low blood sugar, hitting the snooze button, feeling “wired, but tired”, mild depression, decreased resilience to stress, headaches, muscle aches or cramps, diarrhea or constipation, frequent urination (including drinking water and feeling the urge to urinate right away), fast or irregular heartbeat, increased thirst, anxiety, and dry skin or lips.
Electrolyte supplements may not be recommended for those with sodium-sensitive hypertension, those with a pacemaker, and those with high sodium or potassium levels. Do not use if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients in this supplement.
Consult with a doctor before use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Avoid if taking the following medications: ace inhibitors, aminoglycoside antibiotics, anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs; antihypertensive drugs, antidiabetic drugs, angiotensin receptor blockers, antacids, bisphosphonates, blood thinners, calcium channel blockers, corticosteroids, didanosine, digoxin, insulin, levodopa/carbidopa, lithium, potassium-sparing diuretics, quinolone antibiotics, skeletal muscle relaxants, sodium phosphates, sulfonylureas, tetracycline antibiotics, or tolvaptan.
Please note: Electrolyte Blend contains ingredients derived from non-GMO corn, but does not contain a protein component which could cause an antigenic response. While it is generally well-tolerated by those with corn sensitivities, please consult with your practitioner before use if you have individual concerns.
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